Friday, 20 June 2008

Asian Knock-Offs: A grand tradition

The easy way to become doctor

Anyone who thinks that fake degrees and qualifications are a modern phenomenon can check this out.

If there is a market for something, there will soon be someone selling it. When I was studying in Singapore ten years ago, there were a lot of people in the region selling press cards and student cards complete with the laser hologram stuff - you couldn't tell the difference of course because they were made in the same factories which made the authorised ones.
It was going on in my father's time and I'm sure will continue a while yet. My favourite was "Passport repair". Don't like the photo or have changed your name? No problem! Hilarious.

Source: Asiatic journal and monthly register for British India and its dependencies. New series. Sept 1831

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