Our founder, Mona, was born to parents from Macau and Hong Kong. She was introduced to Hong Kong Mahjong at the very young age of 3. Through the years she played mahjong with people from many different cultural backgrounds, generations, experience levels, and languages. She played with people completely new to the game, very high level players, and seniors in their 90's. She began teaching others how to play mahjong, and enjoys helping people learn the complex Hong Kong style of mahjong regardless of their background or skill level.
Mona is a disability artist and multiple brain injury survivor. At times, she lost the ability to walk, read, and speak. However, she could still remember how to play mahjong. When her disability became severe, she tenaciously pursued progress by using mahjong to remember how to function and interact with others. Recalling the Cantonese mahjong terms helped her progress further. For Mona, Mahjong represents joy, community, resilience, longevity, and cultural connection. She is passionate about sharing it with others. Mona runs Mahjong Party with her husband, Jason.