I'm Gregg Swain, and I write posts for this website using the internet alias of Kuan Yin. I am the co-author of the book:
Mah Jongg The Art of the Game, published by Tuttle in November 2014.
In connection with the book, I have given over 100 talks about Mahjong art and the history of the game. Please contact me if you would like me to give a talk in your area.
I have the ability to give powerpoint talks remotely-I would be in my NYC office and I could address your group using a business meeting website. Please contact me if you would like to learn more about this.
Here is recent press coverage:
China News did a video interview, which aired on December 19, 2016. You can see it here:
Recorded at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in NYC on October 26th, 2016. The Google translation of the Chinese seemed way off, but it is a fun interview.
Here are some clips of the talk that night. China Institute sponsored me to give a talk about the Chinese Tradition of Mahjong, and at the end Melissa Martens Yaverbaum, curator of Project Mah Jongg, and I chatted about the game.
There is exciting mahjong news at the bottom of this welcome page. Be sure to check it out!
I am undertaking a new project that you can read about by clicking History Project at the top of the page. Perhaps you would like to participate.
This website, Mahjong Treasures allows people to see photographs of vintage Mahjong tiles, boxes and game accessories, and to develop a new appreciation for the art. Years ago when sets were carved, and painted, a great deal of thought was put into their designs, but today much of the subtle symbolism goes unnoticed. This website will help readers learn more about the images and meanings on the tiles and game accessories. We consult with experts in the field, hoping to bring as much scholarly insight as possible into the discourse. Influences of Chinese art on the tiles and boxes will be explored. And with your help, thoughts, and photographic submissions of sets and accoutrements, we will learn even more.
It is hoped this website will become an online resource and guide for Mahjong collectors and enthusiasts of the game. Perhaps others who are heretofore unfamiliar with the game will discover why so many of us love it so much.
In this first year and a half of the website, there have been over 75,000 views by people who found the site using a search engine. This does not count the people who are subscribers. People in over 110 countries have found their way to the site!
The Blog tab is where you will find posts about different sets, images, image interpretations, etc.
The Resource tab will take you to articles written about Mahjong and its history, and others that can help you to understand your own set. You can also find out where to turn if you need help fixing parts of your set to make it whole again. There is a general guide to help you understand how to estimate the value of your set, and key things to look for when determining its worth. There is a list of books many have found to be helpful for learning more about Mahjong and Chinese art.
A general note: the name Mah-Jongg was coined by Joseph P. Babcock for the games he marketed with the Mah-Jongg Sales Company of America. The game is known by many different names and spellings, including Majong, Mah Jong, Mah Jongg, Mahjong, Ma Cheung, the Game of Sparrows, and the Game of One Thousand Intelligences, to name just a few!
The Search box can help you locate posts on many different subjects. Type in what you want to read about, and chances are good you will find something that will be helpful.
The tiles in the banner above are from Dee Gallo's Money set, featured here
Announcing the newest addition to the world of Mahjong collecting: Mahjong is For the Birds.
It is the guide for anyone wondering about a vintage mahjong set and its value. For more information about the book, click here
I have been working with Redstone Games to develop a Mahjong Solitaire tile set. You can download the app and the Viridian tile set for free.
Mahjong Solitaire Redstone (iOS): https://itunes.apple.com/app/apple-store/id880605393?pt=48597800&ct=GreggPress&mt=8
Mahjong Solitaire Redstone (Android): https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=mobi.redstonegames.redstonemahjong
PLEASE EMAIL ME WITH IDEAS FOR POSTS, PHOTOGRAPHS OF UNUSUAL SETS, ETC.
THIS SITE NEEDS YOUR HELP TO CONTINUE SHOWCASING DIFFERENT MAHJONG SETS AND GAME ACCESSORIES