Tag Archives: Toby Salk


The other day I posted a wonderful image that had come from Toby Salk‘s email – and a number of you wondered where she could have found such a fabulous picture. Well, the mystery is solved thanks to the marvelous Annelise Heinz, who is definitely an authority when it comes to American culture and Mah Jongg.

Annelise sent me an email with the following message: “…this image is actually from my article, “Performing Mahjong in the 1920s: White Women, Chinese Americans, and the Fear of Cultural Seduction,” which was published in 2016 in Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies. Isn’t it an amazing image?? I begin the article by talking about the meaning we can draw from it, in the context of the 1920s mahjong fad.”

If you are interested in reading this article, head on over to Annelise’s website where you will find a link to the article. From there, you can access the article at no cost if you are using a computer at a library that has a subscription to the database, or you can sign up for a 2-week trial and access it for free. If none of this works for you, Annelise is kind enough to let us contact her directly via the website and she will share a pdf.

And now, here is that amazing image once again:





Our very dear friend, Toby Salk, always finds the best Mah Jongg images. I know you are going to love this one – thanks, Toby!


                Our dear friend, the very wonderful Toby Salk, lets us know that even Barbie ❤ Mah Jongg!


My wonderful friend Toby Salk posted an interesting reproduction photo on her last Mah Jongg email message, taken from Judge Magazine.Wait a minute, Toby!…have you been peeking into my jewelry box?!!!



If you are fortunate to live in the greater Bay Area, you are close enough to sign up for this worthwhile event with the wonderful Toby Salk presiding as the tournament director. Sign up now as this event sold out right away last year. To register and see more information on this wonderful event, visit  this REGISTRATION LINK.


Whenever I hear from someone in the Bay Area asking me for a Mah Jongg teacher recommendation, my go-to – and only – person I send them to is my dear friend, Toby Salk. And now Toby has finally received the recognition she so deserves – she has been crowned as the Bay Area’s Mah Jongg Queen by Berkeley Hills Living, a private, neighborhood-focused magazine that serves the Berkeley Hills residents and Montclair and Piedmont Pines residents. The magazine’s mission is “to bring neighbors and businesses together with a positive, relevant and family-friendly monthly magazine, customized to meet the needs of the neighborhood.”

Read on about Toby and you will learn some of the reasons why I think she is the greatest!