May 17, 2021

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This Dallas company tried out to give Mahjong a ‘makeover.’ It failed to go very well.

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If it ain’t broke, really don’t resolve it. Or restyle it. It is a sentiment Dallas-based mostly business The Mahjong Line maybe should have retained in thoughts.

The firm is dealing with backlash for its brightly hued, “modern makeover” of Mahjong, the hundreds of years-previous Chinese tile match.

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Rapidly sufficient, the enterprise was termed out on-line, with criticism picking up earlier this 7 days. Quite a few accused the founders of appropriating the common recreation.

Kate LaGere released Mahjong Line with friends Annie O’Grady and Bianca Watson in late 2020, getting “traditional tiles … did not replicate the enjoyment that was experienced when participating in with her close friends,” and that obtainable sets did not occur “close to mirroring her design and persona.” Present tile sets range from $325 to $425.

The company issued an apology on Instagram Tuesday evening in gentle of the backlash.

“It is really imperative our followers know we never set out to disregard or misrepresent the origins of the recreation and know there are extra discussions to be had and steps to just take as we understand and expand,” the organization wrote. “We are normally open up to constructive criticism and continuing to conduct conversations with individuals who can offer even more perception into the game’s traditions and roots in each Chinese and American lifestyle.”

The company’s “about us” web site also hosts the apology assertion.


On the start of The Mahjong Line’s “respectful refresh” back again in November, LaGere instructed Paper City’s Caitlin Clark that she’s viewed a new growth in Mahjong.

“It’s regularly staying picked up and passed down by generations of women. But there is definitely a progress spurt going on in the young crowd, throughout unique demographics and in various towns. It is just attracting definitely great, enjoyable men and women with a ton of fashion,” LaGere told Clark in November. “It’s played in properties or by the pool — from time to time with beverages, at times with out. For some ladies, as a substitute of picking up bridge, they are choosing up Mahjong. We have had so significantly entertaining developing a manufacturer all around it.”

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