Mahjong! How A Chinese Game Shaped Modern American Culture

Tuesday, April 27 5:30 PM - 6:45 PM

Online - Zoom

Lecture by Annelise Heinz, Assistant Professor of History, University of Oregon

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The USF Center for Asia Pacific Studies welcomes Annelise Heinz, Assistant Professor of History at the University of Oregon to campus to discuss how the Chinese game of mahjong has shaped modern American culture.

In her talk, Professor Heinz explores the American history of the Chinese parlor game mahjong. She charts a complex cultural journey as the game’s history connects American expatriates in Shanghai, Jazz Age white Americans, urban Chinese Americans in the 1930s, incarcerated Japanese Americans in wartime, Jewish American suburban mothers, and Air Force officers’ wives in the postwar era. Her talk follows the history of the game, encouraging us to think about how individuals create and experience cultural change in their daily lives.

Annelise Heinz is a professor of history at the University of Oregon. Based on a decade of research, her book Mahjong: A Chinese Game and the Making of Modern American Culture is forthcoming with Oxford University Press in 2021. Her work has been featured on National Public Radio, the American Historical Review, and international Chinese television. A native of Southern California, Annelise Heinz has lived and played mahjong in all three West Coast states, Texas, and Southwestern China.

Community partners:  Department of History, MA - Asia Pacific Studies (MAPS)

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