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China Daily / 2020-11 / 21 / Page004

'Versailles' typifies both luxury and decadence

By Yao Yuxin | CHINA DAILY | Updated: 2020-11-21 00:00

Editor's note: "Versailles" has become a buzzword online with the hashtag being viewed more than 770 million times on Weibo, a Twitter-like social media platform."Versailles" refers to Chinese millennials flaunting their wealth on social media and expressing opinions contrary to the majority on random issues. What is the reason behind this phenomenon? Two experts share their views on the issue with China Daily's Yao Yuxin. Excerpts follow:

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Compared with people explicitly bragging about their wealth and status,"Versailles"-type braggers use so-called literary techniques, like pretending to be unhappy about things and events that make normal people happy, pretending to be superior in taste and aptitude to others in discussions on certain topics, or quoting a third party for self-flattery.

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