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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Mahjong

One game that has been identified with Chinese is Mahjong. While many people view it as a gambling game, it actually takes a lot of concentration, skill and just a little bit of luck. While I don't play myself, I do think it's similar in principle to "pusoy dos".

It's not only a game, it's also a social affair. I remember when I was a kid, my parents would sometimes play mahjong with relatives, betting on small amounts of money (coins, usually). The gambling is not the serious portion, the main reason is for relatives and close friends to be able to spend some time with each other and enjoy a game pitting their wits against each other.

In Hong Kong, even wedding receptions are preceded by a few tables set up for mahjong while the guests wait for the entrance of the newlyweds.

It is so much identified with Chinese that it's the game being featured in the book (and later, movie) "The Joy Luck Club". But not only Chinese people enjoy this game. Would you believe that you can actually find this online? I just wonder if it's available on PS3 too.

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