What did they do wrong duchess? please what specifically did they do wrong, I don’t no why they changed the tile design and I don’t understand why they would want to make the game easier.
Why is it wrong though surely Mahjong is a successful cultural export it’s bound over time to be tweaked in terms of tile design. As I say I think these white American women are guilty of ‘Gilding the Lily’ but no more.
In this case, Kevcvs57 keeps condoning racism and refusing to learn.
Can Kevcvs57 even learn from Annelise Heinz, a white American historian?
"Dallas company apologizes after criticism for redesigning Chinese mahjong tiles"
"A company in Texas apologized on Tuesday after being criticized for replacing
traditional Chinese mahjong tiles with redesigned game pieces covered in images
of items such as bubbles and bags of flour."
"Annelise Heinz, a mahjong historian and assistant professor of history at the
University of Oregon, told NBC News that while gameplay and tiles vary worldwide,
mahjong sets usually are embossed with references to the traditional Chinese
suits, including bamboo, circles or dots, and Chinese characters.
American mahjong was popularized across the country in the 1920s, but, Heinz said,
the game draws on a complex history enmeshed with anti-Asian racism and colonialism.
“There was this paradoxical fascination,” Heinz said. “White Americans embraced
the game because marketers attached the game to ancient Chinese courts that
were seen as highly esteemed, but also distanced themselves from Chinese American
people who were denigrated and caricatured, and subject to nativism and anti-Asian sentiment.”
A throughline can be drawn from its complicated past to the company’s controversial
repackaging, according to Heinz.
“There is a lack of genuine and actual engagement with Chinese people who are
connected to this culture and history,” she said. “What we’re seeing here is a real
ignorance of this history that remains ignored in American education.”
"She acknowledged the long history of white entrepreneurs in America profiting from
“things that they see as culturally valuable,” but warned against drawing strict
boundaries around mahjong — and its tiles — that has constantly changed over time.
“I don’t think there’s any question that there is ignorance and erasure of Chinese American
history here,” she said. “The history of mahjong is global — it is a dynamic story
of play and exchange as much as a story of appropriation and erasure."