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Annelise Heinz, Mahjong: A Chinese Game and the Making of Modern American Culture

October 20, 2021 @ 6:00 pm

Mahjong book cover

Mahjong: A Chi­nese Game and the Mak­ing of Mod­ern Amer­i­can Cul­ture illus­trates how the spaces between tiles and the moments between games have fos­tered dis­tinct social cul­tures in the Unit­ed States. This mass-pro­duced game crossed the Pacif­ic and created waves of pop­u­lar­i­ty over the twen­ti­eth cen­tu­ry. Heinz nar­rates the his­to­ry of this game to show how it has cre­at­ed a vari­ety of mean­ings, among them Amer­i­can moder­ni­ty, Chi­nese-Amer­i­can her­itage, and Jew­ish-Amer­i­can wom­en’s cul­ture. Mahjong has become a quin­tes­sen­tial­ly Amer­i­can game, traveling from Chi­na to the Unit­ed States, and is a favorite among Hol­ly­wood star­lets, high soci­ety, mid­dle-class house­wives, and immi­grants alike.

Wednesday, October 20, 6:00PM in person at the JCCNS (the author will be presenting virtually)
Price – $25, includes Chinese dinner, wine, and mahjong!


October 20, 2021
6:00 pm
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In person at the JCCNS
4 Community Rd.
Marblehead, MA 01945 United States


Sara Ewing
(781) 476-9913
Everyone's Welcome

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