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The Teahouse under SocialismThe Decline and Renewal of Public Life in Chengdu, 1950-2000$
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Di Wang

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781501715488

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501715488.001.0001

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The Power of Mahjong

The Power of Mahjong

(p.181) 6 The Power of Mahjong
The Teahouse under Socialism

Di Wang

Cornell University Press

This chapter brings out conflicts among neighbors, examines the role of the Residential Committee in the neighborhood, observes the responses of the municipal government and official media concerning the city’s image. Mahjong brings us face to face with changes in daily life and popular culture at the turn of the current century, as daily life moves away from communist control and “socialist morality.” It also serves my argument that these changes reflect a much broader political, economic, social, and cultural transformation in which conflicts between individual rights and the collective interests have become prominent.

Keywords:   Mahjong, Residential committee, City image, Socialist morality, Individual right, Collective interest

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