Job Talk History Candidate – Annelise Heinz
Monday, Feb. 5 @ 2pm Palmer 223

Jewish Women, a Chinese Game, and the Paradoxes of Postwar Domesticity

This talk is drawn from Ms. Heinz’s current book project, an American history of the Chinese parlor game mahjong. Mahjong was a modern Chinese game that, after an international craze in the 1920s, became a hallmark of post-World War II Jewish American culture. Jewish women’s weekly mahjong games carved out space for temporary female-only recreational spaces in their family-centered homes. The culture of the game reinforced the consensus of middle-class American domesticity to which Jewish Americans had unprecedented access in the 1950s and 1960s, while simultaneously establishing a unique norm – albeit limited – of autonomous female leisure.

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