"Go", sometimes called the “surrounding game,” originated in China over 2,500 years ago and is still played in China, Japan, and Korea today. The game is ridiculously simple: two players, one using black stones and another using white, compete to surround the other’s stones and claim the most “territory” on the board.
Despite the game’s simplicity, Go remains one of the most difficult games to master, and is the basis for portions of Chinese philosophy and many proverbs. In ancient China, and later in Korea and Heian Japan, Go was even considered to be one of the essential arts, alongside calligraphy, painting, and poetry, that all in the aristocracy were expected to master.
To acknowledge the game’s importance to East Asian culture, as well as its growing popularity in the United States, we honor Asian Pacific Islander Month with a showcase of this beautiful, but lesser-known game.
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