I confess, I buy these little games in shops in The Richmond solely because they look cool (they are also very inexpensive). If I was really ambitious, I could learn how to play, but I don’t even care for Western Chess. I repurposed this game set for an art piece and I had to wonder what Chinese people would make of it. Is it really cultural appropriation or just silly? As an American, it is often weird encountering foreign depictions of “American” things. Obviously it can be similar experience for any people when their culture is reconfigured by another culture.
I think for my next trip to the The Richmond it’s time to hit the Russian candy store — if just for the packaging. Plus I’ll have to eat all those sweets for the sake of art.