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

Annelise Heinz

Abstract

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. When this mass-produced game crossed the Pacific it created waves of popularity over the twentieth century. Mahjong 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. As it traveled from China to the United States and caught on with Hollywood starlets, high society, middle- ... More

Keywords: mah Jongg, mah-jong, ethnicity, gender, transpacific, immigration, Americanization, assimilation, gambling, leisure

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780190081799
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190081799.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Annelise Heinz, author
Assistant Professor of History, University of Oregon