Jewish Community Center of the North Shore:

Speaker Series: Mahjong Night With Annelise Heinz

Top Pick October 20, 2021 Marblehead $25.00
Annelise Heinz
Annelise Heinz (Courtesy photo)

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. This mass-produced game crossed the Pacif­ic and created waves of pop­u­lar­i­ty over the 20th cen­tu­ry. 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. Mahjong has become a quin­tes­sen­tial­ly Amer­i­can game, traveling from Chi­na to the Unit­ed States, and is a favorite among Hol­ly­wood star­lets, high soci­ety, mid­dle-class house­wives and immi­grants alike.

This in-person event (the author will be presenting virtually) includes a Chinese food dinner, wine and mahjong.

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Wednesday, October 20, 2021, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Jewish Community Center of the North Shore
4 Community Road
Marblehead, MA 01945

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