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Texas company sparks cultural appropriation row by selling ‘modern’ mahjong sets for RM1,700

The Mahjong Line disabled comments on their Instagram page following the online criticism

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PETALING JAYA, Jan. 6 — A Texas-based company named The Mahjong Line has sparked a cultural appropriation row on with their “modern” mahjong sets.

Photos of the brand’s products, consisting of mahjong tiles with redesigned symbols including geometric shapes, flora and fauna, and even bags of flour, caused on yesterday.

media users were further incensed by the prices, which ranged from $325 (RM1,300) to $425 (RM1,700).

The Mahjong Line disabled comments on their Instagram page following the online criticism.

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According to the brand’s website, co-founder Kate LaGere wanted to give the Chinese game a “respectful refresh” as the artwork of the traditional tiles “did not reflect the fun that was had when playing with her friends.”

Social media users have accused LaGere and her partners Annie O’Grady and Bianca Watson of “erasing Chinese ” by altering mahjong to suit the tastes of upper-middle-class white .

“Cultural appropriation at its finest – completely erasing Chinese culture to make more palatable to white folks and then profiting off ,” said Chinese-American Stephanie on her Instagram Story.

“I can’t believe I’m watching the gentrification of mahjong,” said user @SPRINGBAE.

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A section on The Mahjong Line’s frequently asked questions page titled “American versus Chinese mahjong” claims that while should be credited for the game’s origins, American mahjong has “evolved from the original Chinese version to be distinctly American.”

The American variant differs from the original in various ways, including the use of racks to hold the player’s tiles, jokers, and special scorecards.

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