Right in front, the Asian lady with tattoo at the back should be China. On the right, the lady with full concentration should be Japan. The woman in the background in a top, looking sideways is USA. Lying rather seducingly is Russia. The little girl standing by the side is Taiwan.
China “tripled” the Dong tiles (East Winds, this is a double up). Maybe it means China has arisen with the circumstance (the winds); maybe that is the display of the “East Wind” missiles she possesses now. It looks like China is doing ok, but there is no clue about the other cards (tiles). Meanwhile she is doing some little tricks under the table.
USA, appearing confident, is looking at Taiwan with an expression; perhaps trying to read from the look of Taiwan and send some messages.
Russia may appear indifferent, but it is far from that. A leg is on USA and one hand is passing card(s) to China. They are some exchanges.
Japan has all eyes on her cards, unaware of what others are doing.
Taiwan wears a red abdominal vest, maybe implying she is the last successor of the Chinese culture. She holds a tray of fruits in one hand and a fruit knife in the other, looking quietly at China with resentment. But she has no option. She is not in the game (a little girl?). She may only offer the cut fruits to the winner(s), whoever she may be.
Dark clouds hang over the river outside the window, should be the tension over the straits separating Main Land and Taiwan. Any time now…The portrait on the wall is interesting, mustache of Sun Yet Sun, the bare head of Chiang Kai Set, the face of Mao Tze Tong…
How the 4 ladies dress is also very interesting. China bares top, with a panties and a skirt. USA has a shawl and a top, bares the bottom. Russia is left only in her panties. Japan has none. These perhaps reflect the status of each nation.
The attire of USA appears to be most complete, probably she also the most powerful. Others are short of something here and there. Though USA is most presentable, she has nevertheless exposed her bottom (line). Then while China and Russia look naked, the private parts are covered.
If China loses, she will be like Russia today… (broken up). If USA loses, she will also be like Russia… If Russia loses again, then she has nothing left… And Japan is already left with nothing….
Russia may appear to have drawn an extra tile (by rule cannot complete the game i.e. cannot win), and is hanging on…BUT she is actually exchanging tiles with China…
The other person hanging on is Japan, since she has no more “chip”. She is out of the game if she loses.
In conclusion: US looks most glorious but faces great dangers. If she loses this game, she loses the dominating position.
Russia has a leg each on a boat, most sly… Her situation is a little like China after liberation (when the communist took over China), sometime with USSR sometime with USA … Due to her lack of self sufficiency, she has to yo-yo between two parties for survival and room of development.
China has many tiles but not in view, does that imply China keeps her strengths under wrap? And she is exchanging tiles with Russia under the table…USA can only try guessing from the expression of Taiwan what may be happening between China and Russia… Japan looks ignorant, just continues to play her cards. China ’s hand (of tiles) is most unpredictable.
Poor Japan … so many things happen around her, she has no chance of a win; and, she is out the moment she loses.
Taiwan… keeping watch as a bystander. She sees all that transpire in the game, and she understands. But she is not qualified to, nor capable of participating in the game; and she has no right to speak…she is full of grievances but helpless. She will be the maid, offering fruits to the winner(s).
The winner should be a pick between China or USA , there is little doubt above this. Then again if you notice, they are playing Chinese Mahjong, not Western Pokers. Playing with the rules of a Chinese game, what are the odds for USA?
(via gilbert voo)