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From just looking at you? Short answer: No.
Anthropology has moved far away from its early days of creating neat categories of human based on superficial features. Partly because its deeply problematic, but mostly because it just doesn’t work. Features we think are important end up cropping up in other parts of the globe. And while having an epicanthic fold might indicate your have ancestors from east Asia, or having a large amount of melanin might indicate recent African ancestry, odds are if you don’t already know, people won’t be able to guess.
That being said, the wonders of 21st century genetics mean you can look at your genes and find out roughly where your ancestors came from with simple home tests. The National Geographic-organized Genographic project has teamed up with Spencer Wells to collect human DNA samples from across the globe. If you send out for a kit, your genes will be added to the bank and you’ll be given genetic report, informing you about your ancestry and how it fits into the story of man as we currently know it. Others have participated in 23andMe, which gives similar results, but I’ve heard better things about the Genographic reports.
If you end up getting a report, let me know how it turns out! The ones I’ve seen have held a few surprises :)