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Mahjong, Deep-Vein Thrombosis and Jewish Women

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/jewish_diseases/item/mahjong_deep-vein_thrombosis_and_jewish_women_20101031

Aunt Minnie, my mother, and many of their friends played Mahjong every Sunday afternoon for hours upon hours, peppered with sips of coffee, bites of strudel, and soft whispers about Uncle Irving’s ulcer. The game of Mahjong was a favorite amongst Jewish Women, but is also played by millions of people in Asia as well as Asian-Americans. Ruth Unger, president of the New York-based Mahjong League for twenty-six years, states that “you are mixing the tiles and you talk and you talk and these people become your network, your support group – everything you need."

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