Southwest Minnesota State University Mahjong Research Paper


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Your assignment is to consider and write on an aspect of leisure or sports culture in China. You may select any topic which interests you (e.g., tea culture, board games, hiking, tourism, sports, opera, parks, museums, among any other conceivable possibility). The subject necessarily have to be a leisure activity we covered in class; however, your paper MUST explore this topic in the context of issues and themes we have encountered in the course. Your paper must examine of how the activity, past time, or undertaking exists as a leisure activity AND how it provides insights into the culture and history of China. When analyzing this leisure activity you should consider how one or more of the elements we have discussed in class (for example, the activity’s origins, evolution, participants, demographics, use of space—whether public or private, connections to national identity, global significance, and tensions among others) provide insight into broader cultural considerations.

You are reminded that this is not an opinion essay; I am looking for your analysis of an activity and the insights it provides regarding the past and present culture and history of China. You should draw on the time and experiences you have had in the City of Chengdu, as well as course readings, and other material you find in the course of research. Your paper must have an introduction with a strong thesis statement that provides an answer to the question, a clear organizational structure with crisp topic sentences, a lucid conclusion, and proper source citations. In answering the prompt, you should include clear examples from the site you selected, as well as any other relevant material from the textbook, assigned readings, lectures, and class discussions.

Your paper must explore an aspect of sports and leisure in Chengdu, and how it has changed over the course of the twentieth century.The final paper must be 1250 to 1500 words(~5-7 pages) exclusive of citation.

* Note: your theme is set to be Mahjong

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Last Name 1
In the year of 1927, a Chinese writer named Hu Shi was contrasting between the national
and pastime of China among other countries. England was diving into cricket whereas America
was playing baseball, and Japan had wrestling. As he analyzed all the games around the
countries, he then contended that the national game for China would be Mahjong (Dixon 14).
Hu Shi thought that game was so fascinating that it should become a great social peril in the
country of China given the hours that the Chinese people were playing the game daily because of
how it signified greatness in pleasure as a diversion. Mahjong has been played in China for
centuries by both the wealthy and the poor and nearly has unrivaled the popularity among all
genders, urbanites, and villagers. The game does not discriminate and is enjoyed by all cultures
and races around the world today.
According to Dixon, “the examination of Mahjong provides people with an opportunity
to elucidate their relationships of leisure and the state, nationalism, and modernity while
shedding light on the social turbulences of the 19th to the 20th centuries (Dixon 14). Mahjong has
been a patented product which has continuously attracted fans in China and those in distant
regions. The game Mahjong began as a four-player game in which was played with a set of 144
tiles that were grouped into two significant sets. Those sets were the number of tiles and the
honor tiles. The number of tiles is divided into three different suits wit...

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