Cards for Mortality
A new deck of cards aims to deliver community-based end-of-life planning for Chinese-Americans. Reported in the American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, the cards are used in gatherings called Heart to Heart Cafés, which encourage meaningful conversations about death and end-of-life care. Groups are led through a card game with end-of-life prompts written out in both Chinese and English. The prompts cover spiritual, financial, social, and physical concerns, with participants choosing which cards are most important to them. Facilitator Leyan Li says the game has a twofold emphasis: to open up conversations about end-of-life wishes, and to help empower more people to fill out advance directives
Off with Their Heads
Traditional gender norms are toppled in the Gold Silver Bronze deck, created by Dutch card fan Indy Mellink. Seeing how existing playing cards reinforce sexist gender hierarchy, she dreamed up a genderless deck of playing cards which takes the antiquated images of king, queen, and jack and transforms them into gold, silver, and bronze.
Parents are People, Too
At their core, games are a way for people to bond, and a new card game, Parents Are Human, brings a deeper sense of bonding to family game night. Cofounder Joseph Lam created this bilingual game as a way to learn about his aging parents while bridging the language barrier as
a first-generation Chinese-American. Parents Are Human is a game that aims to build relationships and express feelings of love and gratitude that can often go unsaid.
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