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  • Bam!

  • This is crazy!

  • I don't understand anything!

  • I can't believe she's Asian.

  • We're playing mahjong.

  • (speaks Mandarin)

  • That means "play mahjong."

  • So mahjong is a really old game that originated in China.

  • It's one of the best games that I've ever played.

  • It looks like chess and checkers and cards combined.

  • I've never even seen it played

  • but I know it's supposed to be really fun

  • and there's a lot of yelling involved.

  • If you're losing, yes.

  • I really don't know what this game is.

  • I've only seen it played in Chinese dramas.

  • The best way to start learning is

  • to understand what the tiles are.

  • You have three types of tiles.

  • You have suits, honors, and bonus, okay?

  • So usually we play on a square table

  • because it's just easier.

  • So now we're going to wash them

  • and everyone turn them over onto their green.

  • So wash them.

  • Like, rotate it.

  • The grandmas, the aunts, everyone will play this around the table.

  • The kids will hang out

  • and they would just gossip over stuff.

  • Yeah, it was like part of growing up.

  • There was like, five sets of mahjong in my grandma's house

  • and she invited every human over to play.

  • Everyone has a version of mahjong.

  • This is gonna be pretty basic like, Chinese version.

  • It's just pretty much like a matching game almost.

  • It is a matching game.

  • Is it like that one game Bullsh-t?

  • So I take two, you take two.

  • You take two.

  • You take two.

  • It has to be the next one?

  • Yep.

  • Faster guys, quick status.

  • Everyone's fast in this game.

  • Got it, got it.

  • Okay, so you can either choose...

  • That's a dragon.

  • Girl! What are you doin'?

  • What do I do now?

  • Nothing! Now he goes.

  • Two of a kind is good.

  • Ha! Bam! - He's crazy!

  • I feel like I'm getting in touch with my Asian heritage and I am winning at it.

  • So Mallory, when did you start playing?

  • I learned probably early on, like seven.

  • My grandma and my mom would talk about it

  • and say "this is this" and "that's that"

  • you have to match them and it's like a matching game.

  • But I never played probably until I was in college.

  • How come?

  • My grandma died so then mahjong kind of left with her.

  • Wait! Wait wait wait! Did I win?

  • Do you have pairs?

  • No!

  • Hide that two four!

  • It has to be Pong, Kong, or Chow and then one pair.

  • Also, you should say "mahjong."

  • Mahjong! Why?

  • It's like Uno.

  • So basically you have one last hand to play.

  • Yeah. Suck it.

  • Wait wait. If I have three... - You know what they say?

  • Three right?

  • Mahjong.

  • Ah! You have mahjong?

  • - Wait, does that mean you won? - Yeah

  • Okay this game is rigged.

  • So fun 'cause I almost won.

  • Not gonna lie it was hard, but it was fun, yeah.

  • How can you say that you did a bad job when you get three white dragons?

  • I definitely feel more connected with my Chinese side, 'cause I remember learning these Chinese characters when I was in school

  • and it totally reminded me of that stuff.

  • I had a great time.

  • I would love to invite friends over, gossip, play it.

  • Yeah, that sounds fun.

  • Let's just all hang out and play this.

  • Yeah, I'm down.

  • If there's alcohol, I'll be there.

  • You gave me these?

  • Leave me these ones?

  • These Asians?

Bam!

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    韓澐 posted on 2017/09/01
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