Preface to the Second Edition
The game of Mah Jong is as much a part of Chinese culture as Confucianism and dim sum. Not only can the clicking of tiles be heard in Chinese homes but also in Chinatown community centers. In fact, interest in Mah Jong has grown among non-Chinese, many of whom do not have the benefit of learning the rules of the game from more seasoned players. It is perhaps for these people that this book will prove most useful.
Two reasons prompted me to revise the first edition of Mah Jong published in 1981: (1) the first edition has been out-of-print for a while; and (2) the popularityof 6-tile Mah Jong has exceeded that of 1 3-tile Mah Jong in Taiwan. Revisions that appear in the second edition therefore include an expanded discussion of 16-tile Mah Jong in Chapter X.
This edition has benefited by the comments of Rose Maria Li and Albert Lee. I would like to also thank my many friends in Taipei who provided information and clarification of the rules for playing 16-tile Mah Jong.