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

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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