Me, plagiarism and mariamma…but i digress – myjoyonline

In keeping with the national hysteria with the unoriginal, let me begin with Mao Zedong’s teeth. Fences lyrics phoenix The great revolutionary had green teeth, the result of years of swilling and chewing green tea and refusing to brush. Elevator pitch tips And when his physician Dr Li Zhisui suggested brushing as a cure for the green patina on his teeth Mao famously and appropriately retorted “A tiger never brushes his teeth”. Stardock fences free In my book, anyone who skips that ritual in his morning routines is an original. Landscape photography techniques Mao was an original.

But I digress… let’s dredge the conversations on plagiarism up from the pit of adolescent silliness where it currently resides to a more consequential adult conversation we can all embrace. Garden ideas pinterest But in the spirit of the visceral response to the President’s inaugural speech I will not stray too far away from the original intent of plagiarism; which is plundering of ideas to impress. Elevator pitch video And China with its long history of colonial experience, discovery, errors and triumphs provides us with a broad plank to jump off on this discussion. Hardscaping definition So here we go…

November 1978. College softball field dimensions Some sixteen months after Mao Zedong died, the recently rehabilitated Deng Xiaoping visited Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Fantasy football team names for girls Blissfully sheltered by the Communist fantasy that he, Mao, Zhou Enlai and other survivors of “The Long March” had created for the Chinese Peasantry, he imagined the three South Asian cities will be as backward as his ancestral home in the Sichuan province. Garden centre vouchers Deng studied in Europe in the 1920s so his frame of reference for modernity had all, until this trip, been those European cosmopolitan centres he knew from his days in France and Russia. Facebook search by phone number But all good Communists live by two rules, stealth and opportunity. How to install a fence gate So when he ousted his rivals from influence in the Communist Party he knew it was his time to modernise China, and Singapore a small city state, provided the perfect grounds to gauge how much progress the rest of world had made during Mao’s murderous Cultural Revolution.

Deng’s jaw dropped when he flew into Singapore. Just bats com The kind of emotion you experience when a combination of bewilderment, envy and admiration hits you in the face when you discover on the last day of school that the quiet, dorky guy who sat in the corner of your class has a stunner for a girlfriend. Fastpitch softball As his host, Lee Kuan Yew showed him how lands recovered from the seabed and marshlands had been turned into industrial townships with shipbuilding and petrochemical facilities, Deng’s eyes wandered and his mind wondered. Ncaa basketball final scores history How could a city foundered on a geographical outcrop on the periphery of Asia develop so rapidly that it had become a major player in global finance and commerce? You see Communists work hard, but so much on the smart part so you can forgive Deng for questioning how a city not even half the size of Shanghai could pull this off. Fantasy football week 5 He was incredulous.

Deng was so impressed with the clean and slick planning of Singapore, that on his return he immediately established four free trade centres modelled on the Singapore template. Fantasy sports trade association From there China’s leap from a controlled economy to a market one was only logical. Retaining wall design example With Communist impatience to catch up with the West cranked up to a full throttle, size and scale which had always been a curse for the Chinese was turned into an advantage; mightily. Garden design pictures for small gardens The Red Dragon has never looked back to see who has been left breathless by the dust from its take off.

So from that quiet diplomatic stroll through his neighbour’s backyard Deng, keeping to our word of the moment, unapologetically plagiarised an entire economic model to set his country on a one way trip to prosperity. Softball fans forum The Chinese suffer no moral whiplash and will not stoke up a mass hysteria over stealing intellectual property and innovation from the West. Frances bavier husband They embrace and celebrate it as if it were a conquest from their contentious relationship with the West. Fantasy baseball team names They call it Shan Zai, which literally means pirated goods. Yankee stadium Most Chinese technological companies now challenging Western companies in high-end electronics began life as Shan Zai businesses. Bradstone There are Chinese cities modelled on vintage European architecture, and my hunch is they were done just for the heck of it. Off the pitch They copy for the fun of it.

Let’s take a moment to unpack the underpinning psychology to the Chinese view on Shan Zai or copying, and how that becomes an instructive template to resolve the big economic and technological questions in Ghana and Africa in general. Usa softball pitcher Like Africa, China too, to some degree became part of the European colonial enterprise at various times. Usssa baseball teams As a consequence of losing the two Opium Wars in 1842 and 1858 to Britain and France, China was forced to cede Hong Kong to Britain and carved out into spheres of influence by European powers. Laying paving slabs on soil It was forced to open fifteen port cities including Shanghai, as free trade zones by the European powers. Patio town oakdale Smacking their lips from that Chinese buffet, European powers will go on to perfect the recipe for pillaging weak nations at the Berlin Conference of 1884 which was convened by King Leopold to regulate trade and, ultimately, the colonisation of Africa. Front yard landscaping ideas The Partition of Africa was set in motion some forty years prior in China. Gardenia tattoo Same way the Nazi genocide was experimented by the German Empire in Namibia between 1903 and 1908.

If you throw in the Chinese sense of not being fully credited for their discoveries of the gunpowder, paper and the clock, then you begin to see the contours of their worldview. Dripping springs tx weather The irony here is that Europeans perfected a gunpowder technology invented in 9th century China to beat up the Chinese nine centuries later in the mid-1800s; forced them to sign agreements on papers the Chinese had invented in 100 BC. Garden supplies near me And I suspect the Chinese were reminded to keep their eyes on the clock, lest they miss their appointments with Europeans. Pitching mechanics drills The fall of the Qin dynasty and the Japanese experience only served as the last shake of a corked bottle. Funny softball team names The explosion was Mao.

Before Deng’s road to Damascus epiphany in Singapore, the Koreans, (I mean Samsung Korea, not the grass and ant-eating Communists to the north), Taiwan, and Singapore had long been stretching their necks across the East China Sea to copy the Japanese. Cobblestone wall The Japanese themselves copied from the West, who had been copying from each other since the industrial revolution. Baseball scoresheet The key is faced with existential issues such as disease, poor education, poor infrastructure, etc, these South Asian countries had to make a decision. Garden layout Do they reinvent the wheel or utilise what is already available in the West? They built multiple centres of excellence which reversed engineered everything they could lay hands on. Closeout bats com Today there’s nothing some of these South Asian countries cannot manufacture.

But I digress…. Sprinkler world utah my point is, confronted with similar experiences like the Chinese, Ghanaians and Africans, in general, should be motivated to seek parity with the developed world by copying their technological and economic templates. Softball nation Dubai and the rest of the Gulf Sheikdoms with oil lottery money are not the right examples to follow. Small backyard ideas They buy bling, the Asians copy, re-engineer the bling and sell it back to everyone.

Globalisation has democratised knowledge and made innovations readily and equally available to the hacker in mother’s basement in Idaho who is plotting to embarrass politicians and the doctor who wants to save lives in the villages of India and Africa. Outdoor voices founder All development is downloaded from somewhere. Define pitch So let’s go for it.

On his way to study in France the 14-year-old Deng was pulled aside by his father and told “go learn knowledge and truth from the West in order to save China”… I suspect the original quotation in Mandarin will be “Go and copy to save China”

The outrage over the plagiarised speech should be re-channeled into motivating the new President to lead us into conversations that will encourage our universities and entrepreneurs copy technology, ideas and innovations to make Ghana a better place. Frances bean cobain twitter The folks sharing the same water ponds with cattle and goats across Ghana do not care what is being copied and who is copying it. Outdoor restaurants nyc Let’s focus, people.

My view on copying changed forever during my days as a Saito teacher at Christmas in Egypt, Mambrobi Abodwe. Irrigation definition medical Not particularly blessed with a high IQ, Mariamma the tiwui queen of the class perfected a workaround; incredible eyesight, great handwriting and perfect location. Pitch in definition First, she made sure she shared a desk with Rebecca Addo and brought her bofrot every morning. Facebook mobile messages And with her better than the average eyesight and the best handwriting in the class she had all her bases covered. Dripping springs tx hotels The only head scratcher of this story is that she also copied Rebecca’s name as well. Cultural landscape example I was none the wiser until I heard Rebecca whispering back to Mariamma, your name is Mariama. Uk basketball live score The gig was up, and as I tore up her English paper she looked up at me and cried “Mr Opare better no go follow you”.

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