Yes, they would work. But they would be much different. In fact they would probably be alot closer to what the founding fathers and mothers (?) intended.
For the record: I was in a fraternity in the US for 4 years and I was never tortured and I never tortured anyone. I believe the correct word is “hazing.” Furthermore, I don’t believe that “hazing” is particularly enjoyable for anyone. If you would like to know why people haze, I can explain it to you, but my chapter did not condone it and neither do I.
PS. I’m positive there are secret societies in Taiwan, but they are usually called “gangs.” Anyone heard of any secret academic or political organizations with rituals? Maybe religious?