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A Reflection on the Mahjong Table

ruosi li

What is the relationship between possessions and identity? What is the symbolic meaning of Mahjong, a traditional Chinese board game? How can cross-culture conversations can be conducted on a Mahjong table? “A Reflection on the Mahjong Table” investigates how people’s culturally-influenced possessions serve as coping mechanisms that help people anchor and navigate their national identities. This interactive installation, featuring a set of re-designed Mahjong tiles inspired by Chinese and American cultural products, invites people to participate in the piece and play Mahjong with strangers. I intend to use this project to provide an immersive experience contributing to audiences’ and players’ reflections on globalization, diversity and culture hybridity.

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