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Game with homemade board

Significance 

For Chinese men separated from their families by the head tax and other restrictions on immigration from China, familiar games helped to pass long hours in rooming houses. This game has 16 playing pieces marked in red and 16 marked in tan. The playing board was drawn by hand on the back of an old calendar with coloured pencils. Novelist and historian Paul Yee collected this game and displayed it in the original Saltwater City exhibit in 1986.

Date Range 
c. 1930 - 1955
Dimensions 
Board: 27 cm long, 24.5 cm wide; Disks: 0.9 cm high, 2.3 cm diameter
Museum Location 
Gateway to the Pacific gallery
Catalog Number 
H988.3.73a-e
Donor 
Paul Yee