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If you don’t already have this book, buy it now!

Because I have been on a self-imposed vacay from this blog during the pandemic I have not had a chance to discuss a very exciting book that was published about 9 months ago. The book is Mahjong: A Chinese Game and the Making of Modern American Culture written by someone I am proud and honored to call my friend: Annelise Heinz.

Annelise Heinz is an assistant professor of history at the University of Oregon. Her work has been featured on NPR, and international Chinese television. Annelise has lived – and played Mah Jongg! – in the United States and Southwestern China.

This wonderfully researched and beautifully written book tells the story of how our beloved game brought together separate ethnic communities in our nation thus giving all of us the first history of our beloved game in American culture along with its influence and meaning on all of us.

From Amazon: “Click-click-click. The sound of mahjong tiles connects American expatriates in Shanghai, Jazz Age white Americans, urban Chinese Americans in the 1930s, incarcerated Japanese Americans in wartime, Jewish American suburban mothers, and Air Force officers’ wives in the postwar era…

…Annelise 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. As it traveled from China to the United States and caught on with Hollywood starlets, high society, middle-class housewives, and immigrants alike, mahjong became a quintessentially American game. Heinz also reveals the ways in which women leveraged a game to gain access to respectable leisure. The result was the forging of friendships that lasted decades and the creation of organizations that raised funds for war effort and philanthropy. No other game has signified both belonging and standing apart in American culture.”

I am making an assumption that if you are a reader of this blog you must have at the very least some kind of interest in or attraction to the game of Mah Jongg (a very American way of spelling the game). If that is the case, run to your local bookstore, or Amazon, or your local library and get a copy of Annelise’s fabulous book. This is a must-have book for anyone with even a mild interest in the game!


Have any of you seen the Amazon series “Red Oaks” with Jennifer Grey, Paul Reiser, Freddy Roman, Gina Gershon, Richard Kind and more? My dear friend (although not a Mah Jongg player!) Jodi D told me that I must watch this series, now in its second season. So, this afternoon I watched the pilot and then binge-watched right into Episode 2…and guess what I saw…the women at the Red Oaks Country Club playing Mah Jongg! Seriously, Mah Jongg is everywhere!!! Now I just have to contact the producers and let them know that in reality these women would have been playing with NMJL sets and racks because I definitely heard them say, “I still don’t have any Jokers!”img_2010 img_2011 img_2012


Well, the big day has finally arrived! Amazon has sent out emails stating that you will be receiving our book today. Please let me know your thoughts – I can’t wait to hear what you think about the book!!!

And, if you like it, I hope you will write reviews on Amazon – I will be very thankful if you do so!






Recently I heard about a discussion concerning a book called Crak Bam Dot Mah Jongg by 2wice Arts Foundation that is up for sale on Amazon for around $160.  Suddenly I realized what book they were discussing – it is the catalogue sold in the bookstores/gift shops of the museums that have shown the exhibit, Project Mah Jongg.

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The other day I wrote about Didi Lee Gallo, the very gifted artist who will restore tiles or carve new ones to match missing tiles from a set but I neglected to give you her contact information. Dee has a beautiful website showcasing her amazing artistry. You can reach her at http://www.redcoinmahjong.com/.

Also, the cover to my new book has been revised (thankfully) and now has the correct title and a credit to our wonderful photographer, Michel Arnaud:


The book is available at a special discounted price found at this link on Amazon.com. The book is also available on Goodreads.com at https://www.goodreads.com/user/rate_books?reg_path=true#art (with thanks to Ray Heaton for alerting me to this!).

We are so excited and honored by everyone’s response to the pre-order of the book – thanks so much to all of you!




So excited about this fabulous trinket box from The House of Rice Store on Amazon. What a great hostess gift for your Mah Jongg-playing friends…or just nice for yourself!