Instruction booklet for playing 'Chinese Game of Four Winds', stored with the Mahjong set. Used with Mahjong set which belonged to Sydney Louey Gung and Yun Ping and was brought to Australia by one of them when they migrated or during a return visit to China. Mahjong is a traditional and popular game originating in China which involves (allowing for some regional variations) the drawing and discarding of 144 tiles featuring Chinese characters and symbols until the legal hand is achieved. It is a game of skill, strategy and luck. The accompanying instruction booklet was printed in Hong Kong.
23 page instruction booklet contains text in English and illustrations. Stappled along spine, and printed with decorative border.
The Gung family collection provides an invaluable representation of Chinese migration and settlement experiences in the Museum's migration collections. The family narrrative spans two generations, enabling the exploration of key themes such as the establishment and gradual dillution of the White Australia policy, Chinese businesses and the labour market, and family life. Many of the documents in the collection reflect the gradual easing of the restrictions on Asian immigration which occurred in the 1950s and 1960s, policy shifts which contributed to the Racial Discrimination Act of 1975. The objects compliment the photographs and documents and tell the story of a family's desire to continue their cultural practices and remember their cultural heritage while living in Australia from the 1920s to the 1960s.
Donation from Jeff Gung, 11/02/2013
Past Owner & User
Booklet Front Cover: 'DIRECTIONS/OF/PLAYING/'CHINESE GAME OF FOUR WINDS'/PRINTED BY/MANSHING PRESS/29, WELLINGTON STREET, H.K./TEL.26772'
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