Chinese see funny side of financial crisis

Tue Feb 3, 2009 4:55am EST
 
Email This Article |
Share This Article
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
| Print This Article | Single Page
[-] Text [+]

By Ben Blanchard

BEIJING (Reuters) - Millions of migrant workers may be out of a job and China's once booming economy may be locked in a downward spiral as the global economic crisis bites, but for a particular Chinese brand of humor it's been a boon.

Many of the jokes have been circulating online, or via text message in a country whose population is obsessed with their mobile phones.

A bank worker calls a colleague, goes one joke on the tiexue.net bulletin board.

"Hey, how's it been going?"

"Not so bad."

"Oh, sorry, I've definitely called the wrong number."

Others adopt a similar tone, but riffing off Communist propaganda slogans.

"In the face of the financial crisis, I have bravely stood up and am marching forward! That's because ... I can't pay back my loans and the bank has repossessed my car."   Continued...

 
<p>Job seekers look for jobs at a 'talent market' in China's southern city of Shenzhen February 3, 2009. Millions of migrant workers may be out of a job and China's once booming economy may be locked in a downward spiral as the global economic crisis bites. REUTERS/Bobby Yip</p>