The East may be more pink these days but red faces still seem to be in fashion at China Unicom.
At the firm's recent spring dinner, the troops were allowed a little revenge on the bosses via a series of embarrassing games.
Even retired chairman Yang Xian Zu was 'summoned' to attend. Humiliation was heaped upon executives such as Mr Yang, Shi Cuiming, William Lo Wing-yan and newly appointed executive director Zhao Le.
Mr Shi, who speaks poor Cantonese despite living in Hong Kong for almost seven years, was asked to read a tongue twister in our fair dialect. Other executives were bound in gift wrap while some were forced to sing.
A major problem - and opportunity - for foreign banks keen to establish credit card alliances with mainland partners is the lack of an established credit culture in China. A joke doing the rounds in Shanghai sums up the challenge:
Two ladies, one Chinese and one American, meet in heaven.
'I hated debt and by the time I died I had saved enough money to buy a house,' the Chinese lady says.
'I was different,' said the American woman. 'When I got married, I borrowed money to buy a house and paid the final instalment on the day I died. Which of us had the better life?'
QUESTION OF THE DAY
Received by e-mail yesterday from The Repulse Bay:
'Dear [Lai See],
'Are you an incurable romantic?'