Sagar SSJB Rana (left), Sushila Singh, and Scott D. Miller, MD.

Scott D. Miller, MD of Mahjong News travels to Nepal to talk mahjong, learn new styles, and build new bonds in the basin city of Kathmandu, nestled in the shadows of the tallest mountain in the world.

Ruby and black obsidian mahjong set by Luis Alberto.

LIMA, Peru - Luis Alberto Quispe Aparicio has created what is arguably the most luxurious mahjong set ever made, each tile being fashioned from a solid block of Tanzanian ruby, backed by black obsidian, enshrouded by gold vermeil, and the entire set encrusted with three hundred diamonds and a thousand precious gemstones.

Mentors (from left) Leah Feigenbaum, Sue Pritchard, Faye Somers, Arlene Marron, and Marcy Abloeser.

National Mah-Jongg League rules may not have a large following in the rest of the world, but in the States, they are king, where some sources estimate there are 300,000 followers of the game. A new site is online offering free and paid mentorship on NMJL rules, so Mahjong News checks it out.

COPENHAGEN - Ten years ago the European Mahjong Association (EMA) was born, and what a rollicking decade it was. What began as a pairing of the Danish and Dutch minds of Anders Labich and Martin Rep has blossomed into a nineteen nation co-op spearheading international tournamanets around the globe. As the EMA surpasses this 10 year milestone, Mahjong News talks with the sitting president Tina Christensen about its founding, its present, and what its future may hold.

Gregg Swain (left) and Ann M. Israel.

Ann M. Israel and Gregg Swain were after private Western mah majongg collections when they invaded many homes during their search, but they aren’t burglars! They are photo-archeologists, and private homes were their dig!