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According to the company's websitewhich was down at the time of writing, one of its founders, Kate LaGere, set out to give the game a "respectful refresh" because traditional tiles "did not reflect the fun" that she was having while playing.

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The website, which also included curated Spotify playlists and personality quizzes about playing mahjong, made very little mention of the game's traditions and origins in China and through East Asia. After people online accused LaGere and the company's two other founders, Annie O'Grady and Bianca Watson, of cultural appropriation, they released a statement on Tuesday saying they are "deeply sorry" for neglecting to pay homage and for trying to "refresh" mahjong.

They then shared the statement on their Instagram .

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Anger and criticism quickly built up against the company this week after people discovered the Mahjong Line products and the language used to promote them on social media. The game of mahjong dates all the way back to the Qing dynasty, where its popularity disseminated throughout East and Southeast Asia.

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Different variations were introduced in Europe hundreds of years later. The game is played with tiles that are etched with unique Chinese symbols and des that players draw and discard to create sets. The Dallas company's rede of mahjong tiles into what some called a " white girl aesthetic " — and charging hundreds of dollars for them — was particularly disheartening to the Asian American community.

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LaGere told BuzzFeed News they turned comments off after receiving "threatening messages" amid the backlash. She assured users that comments will be later be enabled to "continue this dialogue. When asked about actionable steps LaGere and the other founders are taking following their apology, she said in addition to consulting experts, the company will "roll out new policies Despite the disappointment of the Mahjong Line, Asian Americans online are now using the opportunity to share stories and memories of their families playing mahjong together.

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It's one of the most common and popular ways that Chinese and other Asian families and friends gather. In light of recent mahjong discourse, here is my dad and Mac playing mahjong. With the regular style of tiles, if you were advanced, you didnt even need to look at them, you just needed to rub your thumb over the pattern and KNOW what tile it was.

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Can wyt ppl just NOT?!? That mahjong potluck party was one of the last big group outings I went to in I won a bunch of rounds using the strategies my cousin taught me, that he got from my grandma.

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I made a steamed egg recipe that I found on the internet. This viral tweet showing a modern mahjong table proves you can have innovation while still respecting and preserving the culture. A version of this post misstated that the founders had taken it down. Tanya Chen is a social news reporter for BuzzFeed and is based in Chicago.

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A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see. Reply Retweet Favorite. View this photo on Instagram.

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