It’s a long story of how I came up with the idea to learn how to play Mah’jong. A really good friend of mine mentioned they had an old game that was their father’s and I did some researching for her and suddenly, I was yearning to play Mahjong! By chance, I watched the movie the “Joy Luck Club” and you guessed it, the movie was centered around the game of Mah’jong. I even bought a painting similar to the one hanging on the wall in the movie! I was also fascinated about their jewelry, specifically the jade and the defined meanings of it . In the Chinese Empire, jade was considered the most noble of all gems…. “This gemstone is one of the few stones that can never hurt or bring negative influences on the individual who wears it. I wear this next to my heart. Now, you wear next to yours. It will help you know. I see you. I see you.” Quoted from the book, Joy Luck Club.
The old woman remembered a swan she had bought many years ago in Shanghai for a foolish sum. “This bird,” boasted the market vendor, “was once a duck that stretched its neck in hopes of becoming a goose. And now look, it is too beautiful to eat!” Then the woman and the swan sailed across an ocean many thousands of lei wide, stretching their necks toward America. On her journey, she cooed to the swan, “In America, I will have a daughter just like me. But over there, nobody will determine her worth by measuring the loudness of her husbands belch. Over there, nobody will look down on her because I will make her speak only perfect American English. And over there, she will always be too full to swallow any sorrow. She will know my meaning because I will give her this swan, a creature that became more than what was hoped for.” But when she arrived in the new country the immigration officials pulled the swan away from her, leaving the woman fluttering her arms and with only one swan feather for a memory. For a long time now, the women had wanted to give her daughter the single swan feather and tell her, “This feather may look worthless, but it comes from afar and carries with it all my good intentions.”
I am bidding on this game of Mah’jong on Onlineauction.com wonder if I will get it?