For anyone who has ever been presumed - incorrectly - to speak a certain language because of how they look, this post by author Sabina Murray on The Nervous Breakdown blog will resonate.
Murray, the child of a Filipina mother and German-Irish father, writes about how her particular mestizaje leads people to think she's a Spanish speaker, especially when she travels to Spanish-speaking countries. The problem is that while she can get by in Tagalog, she doesn't speak Spanish. Anticipating a trip to Peru, she begins to dread what she calls "the Spanish thing."
It's a lengthy essay, so here are a few highlighted snippets: