REVIEW BY JUDITH VAN PRAAG“Mahjong All Day Long”
Size: 11 x 8-1/2
In “Mahjong All Day Long,” Ginny Lo (a computer science professor by profession) tells the delightful story of her Chinese immigrant family’s preoccupation with the centuries old game of Mahjong. The underlying message however, is that: “Families that play together, stay together.” Not a bad hint for parents and children of any age.
The author’s sister, master ceramist Beth Lo, created oval porcelain plates (as in dishes), which she painted with scenes and text. Photographed for the page, each plate resembles an eye shaped frame, allowing a peek into the sisters’ childhood.
The Lo sisters, born to Chinese immigrant parents in the United States, continue playing Mahjong, passing on the rules of the game in their own community — Ginnie in Eugene, Ore., with her husband, her children, and her mother who lives next door; Beth in Missoula, Montana, with her husband, son, and Chinese cousin who lives up the valley.