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Accidental, Asian.

I wonder how much of my disdain for parvenu climbing that plays upon the vagaries of “Asian heritage” stems from my jealously that others can pull it off much better than me.

Oh, my!

A parvenu is living a lie—someone else’s, to be exact.

Two kinds of parvenu.

The bland parvenu unconsciously parodies his “betters” through too-perfect replication. The entertaining kind repeats imperfectly, bearing traces of self-conscious difference.