Tuesday 30 June 2015

'Hot and Noisy': The Communal Power of Mahjong

Mrs. Kwan casually defeating her younger opponents.VANCOUVER Canada 20 June 2015 - In downtown Vancouver last Saturday, on a warm evening in Vancouver's fast changing Chinatown, construction cranes and new condo towers looming around them, a group of young adults brought mahjong out onto the streets. They crowd-sourced mahjong tables and tiles from family and friends and invited any and all to join in.

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Prominent actor panned by neighbor for rowdy mahjong parties

A neighbor of the 28-year-old model-turned-actor recently complained publicly that Ruan’s frequent all-night parties at his Taipei apartment had made it impossible for her son to sleep.
Following up on the complaint, local media reported that Ruan and his girlfriend, Tiffany Hsu (許瑋甯), a model and actress, regularly hold boisterous mahjong parties on weekends and holidays.
Responding to the complaint yesterday, Ruan did not deny holding noisy bashes, but said that if his lifestyle inconvenienced his neighbor in any way, he was willing to apologize and do his best to keep the noise down.
“However, she could have come and told me face to face instead of exposing it to the media,” he said.

Apartment

Ruan purchased the two-level rooftop apartment last year for NT$20 million (US$688,700, €503,000) and the space has become a popular hangout among his friends.
Ruan, a Taichung native, made a name for himself in 2008 when he starred in a romantic television series, Fated to Love You (命中注定我愛你), with TV sweetheart Joe Chen (陳喬恩). The drama was an instant hit, even catching the attention of the Wall Street Journal.
His career hit a high point last year when he won a Golden Horse for his depiction of a Wanhua District (萬華) hoodlum in the blockbuster gangster flick Monga (艋舺), which was Taiwan’s submission for Best Foreign Language Film at last year’s Academy Awards.

(Taipei Times)



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