mardi 5 juin 2012

Zaire / South Korea: Down with Costume (ABACOST)

Zaire / South Korea: Down with Costume (ABACOST)

The imposition of Abacost in Zaire as part of Authenticity.
In 1971, after a stay in Beijing and meeting with Mao Zedong, the President of Zaire, Mobutu Joseph Désiré comes back to Kinshasa with a "brilliant" idea: "the abacost", that is to say "down with the suit."
         We then present energy crisis but still very close to a decolonization awkward and lame. With his complex of colonized, President Mobutu Sese Seko (1930-1997) can not prove to the Belgians that he is truly independent. It was also said that the tie gives him the buttons at the neck, above 33 ° C in Kinshasa.
Finally the superstitious think that it was a diabolical inspiration, as was confessed before his death, the then Minister of National Guidance and apostle of authenticity, Dominique Sakombi Inongo (1940-2010).
He then turns the costume "Mao" to "abacost" with some alterations with the help of a Moroccan tailor installed in Matonge, the African quarter of Brussels (Porte de Namur).
And... he decided to impose it to all Zairians on behalf of his new political philosophy of "Authenticity", that is to say a return to traditional African values. He also correctly renaming the country, the 36 million Congoleses, streets, lakes, provinces, cities, rivers, etc. ... Even the national anthem and the national currency had to change.
The outside sign of that "Revolution" was the  abacost. When it is not solid color, it takes the form of a multicolored female robe loincloth.
Skirts and pants are forbidden for Zairian girls and women, now known as "Mama" in honor of his wife “Mama Mobutu”.

Seoul: "Super Cool Biz" or "dress down" in Korean.

The City of Seoul has invited his servants to work in shorts in the summer for air conditioning savings, high consumers of electricity.
The mayor of the South Korean capital, Mr. Park Won-Soon, decided to promote summer outfits at work during a fashion show, held this Tuesday, June 5, 2012 as part of the campaign "Super Cool Biz".
But here, far from the Zairian dictatorship, democracy requires, this campaign has lasted 4 years. For the fourth consecutive year, city authorities are trying to convince officials to drop the jacket and tie when they have no business appointments with people outside their jurisdiction. But this year is the first time they are asked to come to office in shorts.
"Some employees of a certain age are not accustomed to casual because they have long remained prohibited. But we think the campaign will eventually be widely accepted," he told AFP an official of the operation. The government generally shows an example in Cabinet
During the summer, the ambient temperature in public buildings must not fall below 28 degrees Celsius, a restriction relaxed at 26 ° C for private businesses, shops and restaurants.
Winter or summer, South Korea is facing severe shortages of electricity, resulting from years of underinvestment and subsidized tariffs that disempowers consumers, according to experts.
In November 2011, the South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak said it had lowered the heat in his office at the first frost, and put on a vest, urging his countrymen to follow suit.
Nicknamed the "Land of Calm Morning " South Korea is far from the Democratic Republic of Congo that the psychiatrist from Martinique, Frantz Fanon described in "Les damnés de la Terre (The wretched of the earth)" as "Trigger" of revolver "Africa" ​​*
* Frantz Fanon, Les Damnés de la Terre (The Wretched of the Earth), Maspero, France, 1961.

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