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‘But Where Are You Originally From?’

I welcome your curiosity but there are limits

Aziz Ansari played Tom Haverford in Parks and Recreation. Photo: Getty Images

I would like to first begin with this little dialogue from the show Parks and Recreation, season two, episode two:

Leslie Knope: You’re not from here, right?

Tom Haverford: No, I’m from South Carolina.

Leslie Knope: But you moved to South Carolina




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