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Mahjong (ma jiang) is a Chinese game of skill, strategy, and calculation. Some research shows that Mahjong is beneficial for individuals suffering from dementia and other cognitive and memory difficulties. Now, Mahjong has become a game played internationally.

Mahjong is very similar to Rummy and is played with tiles. The main objective is to build sets with the tiles through drawing and discarding them. In different variants it has different tiles but it is always played by four players. Traditional Chinese Mahjong is played with 144 tiles (including 8 flower/season tiles) and some variants incorporate just 136 tiles (without flower/season tiles which are optional tiles used to apply bonuses).

In this course, we will introduce the basic rules of Chinese Mahjong and will play the game.

Instructor Bio

Dr. Xiaohong Du is an Associate Professor from Beijing Normal University, and a Master Instructor. Professor Du began to learn and practice Chinese Wushu (Martial Arts ) at 8 years old. She practices Taiji quan, Taiji Sword, Chang quan, Shaolin quan, Nan quan, Xingyi quan, Sword fighting, and Spear fighting among others. She won the Northern China college Wushu Competition and has gained the first-class athletes on Wushu in China. And now she is the director of Wushu Department of College of Sports and Physical Education, and the President of Wushu Association in Beijing Normal University. Dr Du has over 32 years experience training and teaching Tai-Chi and Wushu in China.
Therefore, Dr Du' research is about Chinese traditional culture on Wushu and Chinese traditional exercises, Chinese TaiJi and the body Aesthetics , sports and the self-concept. She have directed some important research in China, and have published several papers.