Museum of Chinese in America

Museum of Chinese in America MOCA preserves, presents, and explores the diverse history, heritage, and culture of people of Chinese descent in the United States. Founded in 1980, the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) promotes dialogue and understanding among people of all cultural backgrounds, bringing over 160 years of Chinese American history to vivid life through its innovative exhibitions, educational and cultural programs.
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The greatly expanded MOCA at 215 Centre Street is a national home for the precious narratives of diverse Chinese American communities, and strives to be a model among interactive museums.

The greatly expanded MOCA at 215 Centre Street is a national home for the precious narratives of diverse Chinese American communities, and strives to be a model among interactive museums.

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06/11/2021
MOCACREATE At Home: Bernice Bing

Join Educator Taylor and her talented assistant Roux 🐱 to celebrate Pride Month by learning about AAPI artists who are members of the LGBTQIA community! 🏳️‍🌈 This week, let’s explore the life of Abstract Expressionist Bernice Bing. Bernice was a Chinese American le***an artist and community activist who worked in San Francisco🌉. She was inspired by Zen Buddhism and Chinese calligraphy, as well as the Abstract Expressionist movement in the U.S. 🎨 Let’s get inspired by Bernice’s colorful style of painting to create our own Abstract Expressionist work of art! 🖌

Share your finished projects with us by tagging #MOCACREATE and #MOCACREATEathome on social media, DMing us, or emailing images to [email protected].

#MuseumFromHome #MuseumAtHome #ProjectsAtHome #PrideMonth #ChineseAmerican #AbstractExpressionism #WomenArtists

Happy Pride Month! 🏳️‍🌈 Come sing, dance, and celebrate 🎉 love in all its forms as we read Julián at the Wedding and Lov...
06/09/2021

Happy Pride Month! 🏳️‍🌈 Come sing, dance, and celebrate 🎉 love in all its forms as we read Julián at the Wedding and Love, Z. ❤️ Please bring something that reminds you of what love feels like (it could be anything! Perhaps a blanket, a photograph, a small toy, a steamed bun…) to share! We will end storytime with a craft. See you tomorrow! 🌞
Live via Zoom tomorrow, Thursday, June 10th at 4PM EDT! Register for FREE here: https://bit.ly/2S9qWm4

Please note that this workshop will be recorded via Zoom and posted on Facebook Live for 24 hours.

#Storytime #MuseumFromHome #MuseumAtHome #ChineseAmerican #Chinatown #Family #PrideMonth

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At MOCA, stories and storytelling are incredibly important to our mission of preserving and presenting the history, heritage, culture and diverse experiences of people of Chinese descent in the United States. MOCA has launched the OneWorld COVID-19 collection that seeks to document and share the stories of Chinese Americans and the Chinese diaspora resisting coronavirus-fueled hate with incredible acts of compassion and generosity.

We welcome you to send us a write-up, photos, videos, audio, emails, texts and any other materials to [email protected] to share a story that you believe should be recorded. Help us continue to tell the stories of these extraordinary individuals and community groups.

Happy Pride Month! 🏳️‍🌈 Come sing, dance, and celebrate 🎉 love in all its forms as we read Julián at the Wedding and Love, Z. ❤️ Please bring something that reminds you of what love feels like (it could be anything! Perhaps a blanket, a photograph, a small toy, a steamed bun…) to share! We will end storytime with a craft. See you tomorrow! 🌞
Live via Zoom tomorrow, Thursday, June 10th at 4PM EDT! Register for FREE here: https://bit.ly/2S9qWm4

Please note that this workshop will be recorded via Zoom and posted on Facebook Live for 24 hours.

#Storytime #MuseumFromHome #MuseumAtHome #ChineseAmerican #Chinatown #Family #PrideMonth

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At MOCA, stories and storytelling are incredibly important to our mission of preserving and presenting the history, heritage, culture and diverse experiences of people of Chinese descent in the United States. MOCA has launched the OneWorld COVID-19 collection that seeks to document and share the stories of Chinese Americans and the Chinese diaspora resisting coronavirus-fueled hate with incredible acts of compassion and generosity.

We welcome you to send us a write-up, photos, videos, audio, emails, texts and any other materials to [email protected] to share a story that you believe should be recorded. Help us continue to tell the stories of these extraordinary individuals and community groups.

Check out our newest MOCA Heroes magazine about Maya Lin 🌟. Maya Lin is a world-famous artist 🎨, sculptor, and architect...
05/28/2021

Check out our newest MOCA Heroes magazine about Maya Lin 🌟. Maya Lin is a world-famous artist 🎨, sculptor, and architect 📏. Read on 📖 to learn more about her life and work!

MOCA Heroes is a series of free, non-fiction magazines 📚 that explore the lives of Chinese American trailblazers. Head to https://www.mocanyc.org/learn/learning-resources/ to read them all.

#museumfromhome #museumathome #projectsathome #aapiheritagemonth #chineseamerican ⁣#americanhistory #history

Check out our newest MOCA Heroes magazine about Maya Lin 🌟. Maya Lin is a world-famous artist 🎨, sculptor, and architect 📏. Read on 📖 to learn more about her life and work!

MOCA Heroes is a series of free, non-fiction magazines 📚 that explore the lives of Chinese American trailblazers. Head to https://www.mocanyc.org/learn/learning-resources/ to read them all.

#museumfromhome #museumathome #projectsathome #aapiheritagemonth #chineseamerican ⁣#americanhistory #history

05/27/2021
[LIVE STREAM] MOCA CURATORS IN CONVERSATION: Brian Kuan Wood

Join us virtually today, May 17 at 5:00 PM EDT as writer and editor Brian Kuan Wood talks about his life and work with Andrew Rebatta, MOCA's Associate Curator. This conversation is part of the series Curators in Conversation, where we learn about how curators, artists, and cultural producers in the Chinese and Asian American community approach their work. Brian will discuss growing up Seattle and becoming interested in music, moving to Egypt and then to New York in the early 2000s, the genesis of the online platform e-flux journal, and more recent attractions to Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Mainland China in relation to being a mixed-race cultural producer in the art world.

Brian Kuan Wood is a writer and editor in New York. He is a founding editor of e-flux journal and Director of Research at SVA’s MA in Curatorial Practice. His recent writings include the essay “Insurgency of Life” on immunity in the work of Goldin+Senneby and mechanical and organic circularity in the work of philosopher Yuk Hui, and the short story “The Story of Peter Green Peter Chang,” about a Chinese-American architect eager to profit from the place of his own family’s origins. He recently edited Relearning Bearing Witness, a book of Natascha Sadr Haghighian’s writing, and, with Anselm Franke, edited the Taipei Biennial 2012 catalogue, Modern Monsters: Death and Life of Fiction (2014). He has edited readers such as What's Love (or Care, Intimacy, Warmth, Affection) Got to Do with It, The Internet Does Not Exist, and Are You Working Too Much? Post-Fordism, Precarity, and the Labor of Art (with Julieta Aranda, Kaye Cain-Nielsen, and Anton Vidokle, Sternberg Press, 2015, 2015, and 2011, respectively). He was a visiting professor at the Home Workspace study program (Ashkal Alwan, Beirut) in 2013-14.

Join us virtually today, May 27 at 5:00 PM EDT as writer and editor Brian Kuan Wood talks about his life and work with A...
05/27/2021

Join us virtually today, May 27 at 5:00 PM EDT as writer and editor Brian Kuan Wood talks about his life and work with Andrew Rebatta, MOCA’s Associate Curator. This conversation is part of the series Curators in Conversation, where we learn about how curators, artists, and cultural producers in the Chinese and Asian American community approach their work. Brian will discuss growing up Seattle and becoming interested in music, moving to Egypt and then to New York in the early 2000s, the genesis of the online platform e-flux journal, and more recent attractions to Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Mainland China in relation to being a mixed-race cultural producer in the art world.

Brian Kuan Wood is a writer and editor in New York. He is a founding editor of e-flux journal and Director of Research at SVA’s MA in Curatorial Practice. His recent writings include the essay “Insurgency of Life” on immunity in the work of Goldin+Senneby and mechanical and organic circularity in the work of philosopher Yuk Hui, and the short story “The Story of Peter Green Peter Chang,” about a Chinese-American architect eager to profit from the place of his own family’s origins. He recently edited Relearning Bearing Witness, a book of Natascha Sadr Haghighian’s writing, and, with Anselm Franke, edited the Taipei Biennial 2012 catalogue, Modern Monsters: Death and Life of Fiction (2014). He has edited readers such as What’s Love (or Care, Intimacy, Warmth, Affection) Got to Do with It, The Internet Does Not Exist, and Are You Working Too Much? Post-Fordism, Precarity, and the Labor of Art (with Julieta Aranda, Kaye Cain-Nielsen, and Anton Vidokle, Sternberg Press, 2015, 2015, and 2011, respectively). He was a visiting professor at the Home Workspace study program (Ashkal Alwan, Beirut) in 2013-14.

Register for this event at the link in bio.
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#chineseamerican #AAPI #asianamerican #history #arts #newyork #newyorkcity #ny

Join us virtually today, May 27 at 5:00 PM EDT as writer and editor Brian Kuan Wood talks about his life and work with Andrew Rebatta, MOCA’s Associate Curator. This conversation is part of the series Curators in Conversation, where we learn about how curators, artists, and cultural producers in the Chinese and Asian American community approach their work. Brian will discuss growing up Seattle and becoming interested in music, moving to Egypt and then to New York in the early 2000s, the genesis of the online platform e-flux journal, and more recent attractions to Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Mainland China in relation to being a mixed-race cultural producer in the art world.

Brian Kuan Wood is a writer and editor in New York. He is a founding editor of e-flux journal and Director of Research at SVA’s MA in Curatorial Practice. His recent writings include the essay “Insurgency of Life” on immunity in the work of Goldin+Senneby and mechanical and organic circularity in the work of philosopher Yuk Hui, and the short story “The Story of Peter Green Peter Chang,” about a Chinese-American architect eager to profit from the place of his own family’s origins. He recently edited Relearning Bearing Witness, a book of Natascha Sadr Haghighian’s writing, and, with Anselm Franke, edited the Taipei Biennial 2012 catalogue, Modern Monsters: Death and Life of Fiction (2014). He has edited readers such as What’s Love (or Care, Intimacy, Warmth, Affection) Got to Do with It, The Internet Does Not Exist, and Are You Working Too Much? Post-Fordism, Precarity, and the Labor of Art (with Julieta Aranda, Kaye Cain-Nielsen, and Anton Vidokle, Sternberg Press, 2015, 2015, and 2011, respectively). He was a visiting professor at the Home Workspace study program (Ashkal Alwan, Beirut) in 2013-14.

Register for this event at the link in bio.
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#chineseamerican #AAPI #asianamerican #history #arts #newyork #newyorkcity #ny

Happy AAPI Heritage Month! 🌟Help us round out our celebration as we read some special Asian American books featuring fam...
05/26/2021

Happy AAPI Heritage Month! 🌟Help us round out our celebration as we read some special Asian American books featuring families—both near and far. 🌏 Storytelling is an important part of family history, so join us for stories 📚, songs 🎶, and a craft! Bring a loved one, or a picture of someone you love who lives far away from you. 📷 💕
Live via Zoom tomorrow, Thursday, May 27th at 4PM EDT! Register for FREE here: https://bit.ly/3ysBNI1

Please note that this workshop will be recorded via Zoom and posted on Facebook Live for 24 hours.

This program is part of our celebration of Lower East Side History Month and the diversity and resilience of Lower East Side communities. For more activities, check out https://www.peoplesles.org!

Photo credit: I Dream of Popo by Livia Blackburne, illustrated by Julia Kuo
#Storytime #MuseumFromHome #MuseumAtHome #ChineseAmerican #Chinatown #Family #LESHistoryMonth #AAPIHeritageMonth

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At MOCA, stories and storytelling are incredibly important to our mission of preserving and presenting the history, heritage, culture and diverse experiences of people of Chinese descent in the United States. MOCA has launched the OneWorld COVID-19 collection that seeks to document and share the stories of Chinese Americans and the Chinese diaspora resisting coronavirus-fueled hate with incredible acts of compassion and generosity.

We welcome you to send us a write-up, photos, videos, audio, emails, texts and any other materials to [email protected] to share a story that you believe should be recorded. Help us continue to tell the stories of these extraordinary individuals and community groups.

Happy AAPI Heritage Month! 🌟Help us round out our celebration as we read some special Asian American books featuring families—both near and far. 🌏 Storytelling is an important part of family history, so join us for stories 📚, songs 🎶, and a craft! Bring a loved one, or a picture of someone you love who lives far away from you. 📷 💕
Live via Zoom tomorrow, Thursday, May 27th at 4PM EDT! Register for FREE here: https://bit.ly/3ysBNI1

Please note that this workshop will be recorded via Zoom and posted on Facebook Live for 24 hours.

This program is part of our celebration of Lower East Side History Month and the diversity and resilience of Lower East Side communities. For more activities, check out https://www.peoplesles.org!

Photo credit: I Dream of Popo by Livia Blackburne, illustrated by Julia Kuo
#Storytime #MuseumFromHome #MuseumAtHome #ChineseAmerican #Chinatown #Family #LESHistoryMonth #AAPIHeritageMonth

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At MOCA, stories and storytelling are incredibly important to our mission of preserving and presenting the history, heritage, culture and diverse experiences of people of Chinese descent in the United States. MOCA has launched the OneWorld COVID-19 collection that seeks to document and share the stories of Chinese Americans and the Chinese diaspora resisting coronavirus-fueled hate with incredible acts of compassion and generosity.

We welcome you to send us a write-up, photos, videos, audio, emails, texts and any other materials to [email protected] to share a story that you believe should be recorded. Help us continue to tell the stories of these extraordinary individuals and community groups.

On March 29, 2021, Vilma Kari was attacked on her way to church near Times Square in midtown Manhattan, simply for being...
05/20/2021

On March 29, 2021, Vilma Kari was attacked on her way to church near Times Square in midtown Manhattan, simply for being Asian. The video of the brutal attack on 65-year-old Vilma—which also shows several security guards nearby witnessing the attack yet doing nothing—went viral on social media and shocked the world. ⁣⁣
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Inspired by the outpouring of love and support shown in the wake of the attack, Vilma's daughter Elizabeth has launched AAP(I belong) @aapibelong, a website where people who have encountered anti-Asian hatred can share their stories and words of encouragement (anonymously and confidentially). ⁣⁣Share your story at the AAP(I belong) website at link in bio.
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Elizabeth also has opened a temporary exhibition "MyOwnStory: AAP(I belong)" using space donated by the Museum of Chinese in America. The exhibition is a testament to her mom's resilience and desire to give other survivors of anti-AAPI hate crimes a voice. ⁣⁣
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"MyOwnStory: AAP(I belong)" will be at MOCA's Cultural Programs Center at 147 Lafayette Street and runs daily until Saturday, May 22, 2021 from 12 P.M. to 6 P.M. ET. ⁣⁣
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Watch ABC News’ Nightline with Juju Chang @jujuchangabc as Vilma gives her first interview since the attack. Both mother and daughter share their journey of healing and the making of AAP(I belong).
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At MOCA, we believe the best way to tear down hate is to lift up others through their stories of remembrance and resilience. Thank you Liz and Vilma for trusting MOCA to be a venue for your important work.⁣⁣
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Photo credit: Elizabeth Kari, left, with her mother Vilma Kari at the AAP(I belong) exhibition at the MOCA Cultural Programs Center. ⁣⁣
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#chinatown #chineseamericans #apahm #asianamericans #aapi #stopasianhate #stophate #stopracism #madebyus

On March 29, 2021, Vilma Kari was attacked on her way to church near Times Square in midtown Manhattan, simply for being Asian. The video of the brutal attack on 65-year-old Vilma—which also shows several security guards nearby witnessing the attack yet doing nothing—went viral on social media and shocked the world. ⁣⁣
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Inspired by the outpouring of love and support shown in the wake of the attack, Vilma's daughter Elizabeth has launched AAP(I belong) @aapibelong, a website where people who have encountered anti-Asian hatred can share their stories and words of encouragement (anonymously and confidentially). ⁣⁣Share your story at the AAP(I belong) website at link in bio.
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Elizabeth also has opened a temporary exhibition "MyOwnStory: AAP(I belong)" using space donated by the Museum of Chinese in America. The exhibition is a testament to her mom's resilience and desire to give other survivors of anti-AAPI hate crimes a voice. ⁣⁣
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"MyOwnStory: AAP(I belong)" will be at MOCA's Cultural Programs Center at 147 Lafayette Street and runs daily until Saturday, May 22, 2021 from 12 P.M. to 6 P.M. ET. ⁣⁣
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Watch ABC News’ Nightline with Juju Chang @jujuchangabc as Vilma gives her first interview since the attack. Both mother and daughter share their journey of healing and the making of AAP(I belong).
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At MOCA, we believe the best way to tear down hate is to lift up others through their stories of remembrance and resilience. Thank you Liz and Vilma for trusting MOCA to be a venue for your important work.⁣⁣
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Photo credit: Elizabeth Kari, left, with her mother Vilma Kari at the AAP(I belong) exhibition at the MOCA Cultural Programs Center. ⁣⁣
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#chinatown #chineseamericans #apahm #asianamericans #aapi #stopasianhate #stophate #stopracism #madebyus

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Subway N, R, Q, J, Z, and 6 trains to Canal Street; M9, M15, M103 buses

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MOCA began as a community-based organization and was founded in 1980 by Jack Tchen, Charlie Lai and Chinese American artists, historians and students who felt that the memories of first-generation "old-timers" would be lost without oral history, photo documentation, research, and collecting efforts. Now a focal point of the community's cultural life, the Museum has evolved into a cultural anchor in downtown Manhattan, featuring contemporary exhibitions, walking tours, educational workshops and festivals, as well as signature public programs for visitors.

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Thursday 11am - 9pm
Friday 11am - 6pm
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