Elderly people playing mahjong in a Dutch club.

HONG KONG – Good news in the struggle against dementia. According a recent study, published in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, mahjong and tai chi can delay cognitive decline in older people with dementia.

Ooi Hock Chye painting his handcrafted mahjong tiles.

PENANG (Malaysia) - There are a few old-timers in Penang who are involved in making joss sticks, leather canvas products and mahjong tiles. Some of these trades are in danger of disappearing as the skills are not being passed on to the next generation.

A visitor takes a snapshot of Lui Liu's 2005 oil painting Beijing 2008 at an exhibition in Shanghai early this year. Photo:IC

BEIJING – On the Poly auction in Beijing last weekend, the controversial painting ‘Beijing 2008’ by Chinese artist Lui Liu was sold for 19.55 yuan (USD3.14 million, €2.42 million). The winning bid is considered within the normal range for works by artists of the same generation.


Mahjong in the People’s Park in Chengdu.

QIONGLAI - Jing Daiju, a 33-year-old woman from the city of Qionglai in the Chinese Sichuan province, was crowned champion of the 2012 Sichuan Mahjong Competition, which ended on Aug 18. Jing won 200,000 yuan ($31,700, €25,100). The runner-up, Wang Chao, a 24-year-old woman from Sichuan's Santai county, won 50,000 yuan ($7,800, €6,200).


UTRECHT, The Netherlands - This is so annoying: the slots of your mahjong box are broke. Or the plastic lid gets torn; the quality of Chinese mahjong boxes is not always the best. Janny Adelaar now can fix problems like these for you: she makes mahjong boxes in every size, color and print. So now you can have a nice box again to store your favorite set in.

Hong Kong office transformed into a gambling den: prize-winning illustration by Chen Chung-hung.

TAIPEI - (CNA) In a competition against thousands of advertising works from around the globe in the 2010 London International Awards (LIA), Taiwanese illustrator Chen Chung-hung has won a gold trophy for four of his illustrations, the first Taiwanese to receive such an honor.