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Thursday, April 28, 2011

Mah-Jongg Mavens Meet Mondays @ Miller Park

Mah Jongg is on the rise and the Triad is in on the trend.

Beautiful Asian floral tiles can be found at Miller Park Recreation Center, and I'm not talking about the ladies' bathroom. There is a nationwide renewed interest in the game of mah-jongg -- it's no longer just your "Grandma's game". 

The American history of the game as described in an
in the Wall Street Journal entitled "Dust Off Your Game Tale; Mah-Jongg I Back": 

The game was popular in the 1920s, then again in the 1950s and early '60s, when middle-class Caucasian women hosted mah-jongg evenings, decorating their homes with lanterns and dressing up in Chinese-style clothing.
But as more and more women joined the work force in the 1970s, many no longer had time to play mah-jongg for hours at a stretch.
Modern mah-jongg mavens play in parks, at wine bars, in caf├ęs and on the Internet. The National Mah Jongg League hosts an online version of the game you can play day or night, while other sites offer the chance to find partners in your area to play with.
But for many players, the game is still best played the old-fashioned way—seated around a table with three friends and a stiff drink.  

Mah Jongg players of all skill levels are welcome to join in the fun on Monday afternoons from 1:00pm to 4:00pm at Miller Park Recreation Center. The Carolina Mah Jongg group also meet weekly in Greensboro and Mocksville, NC. The group plays American Mah Jongg, which is different from the various types of Asian Mah Jonggs, and follow the rules of the National Mah Jongg League (NMJL). To contact the group, visit where it states that Mah Jongg: 

"... is a game of skill, strategy, calculation and LUCK." 

I attended one of their game sessions one Monday afternoon. I loved the distinctive click clack of the tiles as exotic terms flew around the room like poetry: "One Crack -- Charleston -- Seven Dot -- Soap -- Pong -- Five Bam"
One gamer explained that the game is similar to Rummy. For her, the Mah Jongg group is
"a respite for me since my husband passed. The game is fun, mentally challenging and offers great camaraderie."
The founder of the Carolina Mah Jongg group, Ellen M., suggested this site for anyone wanting an overview of the game:

"A couple of hours of Mah Jongg beats potato couching any time! You'll meet a hearty group of players here!" - Ellen M.

I fell in love with this candy-hued, vintage,  hand-carved bakelite mah jongg set.


  1. Kristy, Joe and I have loved playing mahjonng in the past. It's been years, but I'd like to teach it to our girls.

  2. Go visit them Monday! They'd be thrilled to help teach your girls!