Chinese see funny side of financial crisis
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...