June 2017 Newsletter
Happy Father’s Day!
                      A Male Perspective on Playing Mah Jongg

In honor of Father’s Day, we are featuring a male perspective to playing a female-dominated game. Thanks to Alan O. Bornmueller, from Greenville, South Carolina, a MahJonggMentor member, who responded to our request for experiences of a male playing Mah Jongg. Read about him below:

Alan wrote, “My wife’s grandmother played Mah Jongg in the 1920’s.  We inherited her bone/bamboo set in the 1980’s but didn’t know how to play. I was able to get 4 matching blank tiles (very lucky as it was a difficult match to the vintage set) to add to the 4 blanks. I now have 8 jokers so we can play American Mah Jongg with this set.”                                                              (See the four pictures below)

“In 2008 my wife (who also plays) gave me a very beautiful set from Red Coin – Lunar Year Set (see picture left). After I retired 10 years ago I took a Mah Jongg class and learned how to play. Run the clock forward and I now teach Mah Jongg at our local Furman University OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) group.”
“I have taught over 100 students in the past 4 years. As you noted, most were women.  I have had 6 male students, and fortunately all of them are continuing with the game.
In addition to teaching, I play twice a week with two different groups.  One is all women, and the other has some of my male students! As you can tell, I love the game.”