American historian Annelise Heinz sees mahjong as a historical agent for assorted social changes on both sides of the Pacific. Photo: Shutterstock American historian Annelise Heinz sees mahjong as a historical agent for assorted social changes on both sides of the Pacific. Photo: Shutterstock
American historian Annelise Heinz sees mahjong as a historical agent for assorted social changes on both sides of the Pacific. Photo: Shutterstock
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How did mahjong become so popular in the US? The game’s Chinese origins and American adaptations examined in historian Annelise Heinz’s book

  • Annelise Heinz looks beyond the mahjong myths and marketing to find the 19th-century origins of a game that proved wildly popular in China and Jazz Age America
  • Claims that mahjong was the ‘game of the Mandarins’, played 2,500 years ago by Confucius, were the ideas of marketing men from the West, she writes

Topic |   Chinese culture
American historian Annelise Heinz sees mahjong as a historical agent for assorted social changes on both sides of the Pacific. Photo: Shutterstock American historian Annelise Heinz sees mahjong as a historical agent for assorted social changes on both sides of the Pacific. Photo: Shutterstock
American historian Annelise Heinz sees mahjong as a historical agent for assorted social changes on both sides of the Pacific. Photo: Shutterstock
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