I cannot find either of these games on Boardgame Geek (my authority on board games), but I saw them today while walking through Williamsburg. There has definitely been an evolution in ‘mainstream’ boardgames (the ones we all know: Monopoly, Connect 4, Chutes and Ladders, etc.) to depict a more racially diverse crew of kids on the box. But, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a boy with payos or a girl with a burka (equally visible points of ‘diversity’) on the box. Not that there needs to be, of course, but why is that? Would only certain groups of children play board games together?

I’m also now thinking a bit about children’s play in a religion-driven context. If anyone can lend anecdotal insight or share suggested reading, that’d be great. 

And, $hpiel?!?

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