Americans also love playing mahjong, do you know? To see how they are playing …
“According to incomplete statistics, there are about 50 to 20 to 30 years of age in the United States to participate in this activity, and most of them are women, but on a global scale, it is still a male player,” said Larry Engel, vice president of the American Mahjong Union. Mostly. ”
But it is said that teachers and places can not be found. The Let the American people feel great.
The history of the American mahjong: As early as the 20th century, 20 years, mahjong has spread to the United States …
n 1920, the American Jewish businessman Joseph Babcock (JosephParkBabcock) learned mahjong in Suzhou, and a mahjong back to the United States began to systematically introduce the Chinese mahjong to the Americans.From the mahjong card to the mahjong rules, and even the mahjong English transliteration “Mah-Jongg” are brought to him by the United States.
The simplification course, the RulesofMah-Jongg, which he wrote for Europe and the United States, was called the “Redbook”, almost one of the most popular books of the time.After this complex and sophisticated game quickly attracted the interest of the Americans, mahjong began to enter the US market on a large scale.
In 1922, the United States imported 13 million pairs of mahjong, each priced at up to 500 US dollars, but soon was sold out. In 1923, the US mahjong sales soared to 1.5 million pairs, 15 million people played mahjong. In 1923, the United States mahjong sales soared to 1.5 million, 15 million people play mahjong. In the same year, New York Park Avenue annual street will be invited to invite 12 Chinese people to show you to play mahjong, the results of the first day of the street, for the display of the mahjong card was spectators bought.
Due to the purchase of too many people, the market was in short supply situation. Importers for this special staff to all parts of China’s rural areas from the mahjong players in the hands of the acquisition, both old and new, as long as the mahjong, are brought to the hands of American players. There was a vigorous mahjong boom in the United States, and the word “Mah-Jongg-craze”, which portrayed the situation. EddieCantor in 1924 even wrote a “When Mom was playing mahjong (SinceMaisPlayingMahJong)”.
At that time, Hu Shi found that “there is a period of time, mahjong has become the most fashionable game in Western society. The club almost tables are mahjong, bookstore out of a lot of research mahjong pamphlet, Chinese students can not money “Who can not dream of the Eastern civilization to conquer the Western vanguard is that one hundred thirty-six mahjong!” Until the twentieth century (the twentieth century), the United States and the United States, In the fifties and sixties, American middle-class white women also popular “mahjong night” party, they hung at home Chinese-style lanterns, wearing Chinese dress to play mahjong, creating a thick oriental atmosphere. Will be treated very high, actually, there are special alliances and exhibitions.
In 1937, the National Mahjong Union was proclaimed, the first meeting of the Union was held in New York, the delegates were 200 Jewish women. The Jewish Heritage Museum, located in New York, collects information on mahjong landing and settling in the country, and has set up an exhibition to all over the country.
As of 2014, the National Mahjong Union has more than 350,000 members. What is the difference between American mahjong:
To make it clear how American mahjong is different, we have to understand how Chinese mahjong is different. American mahjong usually contains 152 cards. The following figure, the north, and south of the following three cards, the equivalent of our whiteboard, fortune, and red. The eight more “Joker” cards are equivalent to the wild cards in some parts of our country.