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.

Mission: MOCA’s mission is to celebrate the living history of the Chinese experience in America, to inspire our diverse communities to contribute to America’s evolving cultural narrative and civil society, and to empower and bridge our communities across generations, ethnicities and geography through our dynamic stories.

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This photo of a Black Lives Matter mural in Oakland, CA was sent to us by Colin K. Chin and Gyopo Lim.The ongoing COVID-...
09/08/2020

This photo of a Black Lives Matter mural in Oakland, CA was sent to us by Colin K. Chin and Gyopo Lim.

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every aspect of life for people around the world. For many Asian American Pacific Islanders, there has been an added fear of racism from being seen as originators of the virus. We believe that it is especially important to document, preserve, and present the experiences of Chinese in America during this turbulent time, so it has been great to see the strong response to MOCA's OneWorld COVID-19 special collection which has been accepting submissions from the public that document and share the stories of Chinese Americans and the Chinese diaspora resisting coronavirus-fueled hate with incredible acts of compassion, generosity, and creative and artistic expression.

We are looking to collect artistic reflections, photographs, personal correspondences, video or audio recordings, etc. In addition, we would like to conduct short oral history interviews with individuals about their experiences during the pandemic. Collectively, the materials will help add to the larger narrative of what it means to be Chinese in America.

The MOCA OneWorld Collection oral history initiative is already off to a strong start, with oral histories already recorded via Zoom with people from all walks of life. We've been delighted to capture in-depth stories from people such as Professor Russell Jeung, chair of Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University and one of the principals who launched the #StopAAPIHate project; Laura Gao, visual storyteller whose digital comic The Wuhan I Know took the Twitter-sphere and social media by storm; and many others.

If you are interested in telling us your story, submitting digital materials, or donating a physical artifacts, please email [email protected] with the subject line: Submission for MOCA OneWorld COVID-19 Special Collection*. For any other questions please email the collections team at [email protected]. *All submissions are made with the understanding that MOCA will have rights to reproduce and use the materials for research, education, and any other museum-related initiative.

This photo of mask donated to the USC Medical Center by the US Chinese Women Organization was sent to us by Tina Chung.T...
09/07/2020

This photo of mask donated to the USC Medical Center by the US Chinese Women Organization was sent to us by Tina Chung.

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every aspect of life for people around the world. For many Asian American Pacific Islanders, there has been an added fear of racism from being seen as originators of the virus. We believe that it is especially important to document, preserve, and present the experiences of Chinese in America during this turbulent time, so it has been great to see the strong response to MOCA's OneWorld COVID-19 special collection which has been accepting submissions from the public that document and share the stories of Chinese Americans and the Chinese diaspora resisting coronavirus-fueled hate with incredible acts of compassion, generosity, and creative and artistic expression.

We are looking to collect artistic reflections, photographs, personal correspondences, video or audio recordings, etc. In addition, we would like to conduct short oral history interviews with individuals about their experiences during the pandemic. Collectively, the materials will help add to the larger narrative of what it means to be Chinese in America.

The MOCA OneWorld Collection oral history initiative is already off to a strong start, with oral histories already recorded via Zoom with people from all walks of life. We've been delighted to capture in-depth stories from people such as Professor Russell Jeung, chair of Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University and one of the principals who launched the #StopAAPIHate project; Laura Gao, visual storyteller whose digital comic The Wuhan I Know took the Twitter-sphere and social media by storm; and many others.

If you are interested in telling us your story, submitting digital materials, or donating a physical artifacts, please email [email protected] with the subject line: Submission for MOCA OneWorld COVID-19 Special Collection*. For any other questions please email the collections team at [email protected]. *All submissions are made with the understanding that MOCA will have rights to reproduce and use the materials for research, education, and any other museum-related initiative.

This photo of people in Montgomery, NJ with mask donations was sent to us by Charlie Wu.The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic ha...
09/04/2020

This photo of people in Montgomery, NJ with mask donations was sent to us by Charlie Wu.

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every aspect of life for people around the world. For many Asian American Pacific Islanders, there has been an added fear of racism from being seen as originators of the virus. We believe that it is especially important to document, preserve, and present the experiences of Chinese in America during this turbulent time, so it has been great to see the strong response to MOCA's OneWorld COVID-19 special collection which has been accepting submissions from the public that document and share the stories of Chinese Americans and the Chinese diaspora resisting coronavirus-fueled hate with incredible acts of compassion, generosity, and creative and artistic expression.

We are looking to collect artistic reflections, photographs, personal correspondences, video or audio recordings, etc. In addition, we would like to conduct short oral history interviews with individuals about their experiences during the pandemic. Collectively, the materials will help add to the larger narrative of what it means to be Chinese in America.

The MOCA OneWorld Collection oral history initiative is already off to a strong start, with oral histories already recorded via Zoom with people from all walks of life. We've been delighted to capture in-depth stories from people such as Professor Russell Jeung, chair of Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University and one of the principals who launched the #StopAAPIHate project; Laura Gao, visual storyteller whose digital comic The Wuhan I Know took the Twitter-sphere and social media by storm; and many others.

If you are interested in telling us your story, submitting digital materials, or donating a physical artifacts, please email [email protected] with the subject line: Submission for MOCA OneWorld COVID-19 Special Collection*. For any other questions please email the collections team at [email protected]. *All submissions are made with the understanding that MOCA will have rights to reproduce and use the materials for research, education, and any other museum-related initiative.

With #Mulan premiering this weekend, the always amazing Tzi Ma, the cast and crew of CW's #KungFu, and MOCA Chair have g...
09/03/2020

With #Mulan premiering this weekend, the always amazing Tzi Ma, the cast and crew of CW's #KungFu, and MOCA Chair have generously covered the cost to bring the @Disney live action adaptation to 40 local #AsianAmerican families. Thank you! ⁣

This giveaway, which includes a complimentary one-month subscription to Disney+ and access to the live-action Mulan movie available only on Disney+, is available to K-8 students in Manhattan's Chinatown, Lower Eastside, and Two Bridges neighborhoods. Students should e-mail [email protected] and provide your full name, the name of your school, and your grade.

@tzima8 @christnakimla @hanelleculpepper @hillview798 @itmeolive @khenghua #chinatown #chineseamerican #AAPI

This photo of medical professionals at Mount Sinai West receiving masks from the N95forNYC Fund was sent to us by Echo H...
09/03/2020

This photo of medical professionals at Mount Sinai West receiving masks from the N95forNYC Fund was sent to us by Echo He.

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every aspect of life for people around the world. For many Asian American Pacific Islanders, there has been an added fear of racism from being seen as originators of the virus. We believe that it is especially important to document, preserve, and present the experiences of Chinese in America during this turbulent time, so it has been great to see the strong response to MOCA's OneWorld COVID-19 special collection which has been accepting submissions from the public that document and share the stories of Chinese Americans and the Chinese diaspora resisting coronavirus-fueled hate with incredible acts of compassion, generosity, and creative and artistic expression.

We are looking to collect artistic reflections, photographs, personal correspondences, video or audio recordings, etc. In addition, we would like to conduct short oral history interviews with individuals about their experiences during the pandemic. Collectively, the materials will help add to the larger narrative of what it means to be Chinese in America.

The MOCA OneWorld Collection oral history initiative is already off to a strong start, with oral histories already recorded via Zoom with people from all walks of life. We've been delighted to capture in-depth stories from people such as Professor Russell Jeung, chair of Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University and one of the principals who launched the #StopAAPIHate project; Laura Gao, visual storyteller whose digital comic The Wuhan I Know took the Twitter-sphere and social media by storm; and many others.

If you are interested in telling us your story, submitting digital materials, or donating a physical artifacts, please email [email protected] with the subject line: Submission for MOCA OneWorld COVID-19 Special Collection*. For any other questions please email the collections team at [email protected]. *All submissions are made with the understanding that MOCA will have rights to reproduce and use the materials for research, education, and any other museum-related initiative.

This illustration is by artist Vera Chow.The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every aspect of life for people arou...
09/02/2020

This illustration is by artist Vera Chow.

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every aspect of life for people around the world. For many Asian American Pacific Islanders, there has been an added fear of racism from being seen as originators of the virus. We believe that it is especially important to document, preserve, and present the experiences of Chinese in America during this turbulent time, so it has been great to see the strong response to MOCA's OneWorld COVID-19 special collection which has been accepting submissions from the public that document and share the stories of Chinese Americans and the Chinese diaspora resisting coronavirus-fueled hate with incredible acts of compassion, generosity, and creative and artistic expression.

We are looking to collect artistic reflections, photographs, personal correspondences, video or audio recordings, etc. In addition, we would like to conduct short oral history interviews with individuals about their experiences during the pandemic. Collectively, the materials will help add to the larger narrative of what it means to be Chinese in America.

The MOCA OneWorld Collection oral history initiative is already off to a strong start, with oral histories already recorded via Zoom with people from all walks of life. We've been delighted to capture in-depth stories from people such as Professor Russell Jeung, chair of Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University and one of the principals who launched the #StopAAPIHate project; Laura Gao, visual storyteller whose digital comic The Wuhan I Know took the Twitter-sphere and social media by storm; and many others.

If you are interested in telling us your story, submitting digital materials, or donating a physical artifacts, please email [email protected] with the subject line: Submission for MOCA OneWorld COVID-19 Special Collection*. For any other questions please email the collections team at [email protected]. *All submissions are made with the understanding that MOCA will have rights to reproduce and use the materials for research, education, and any other museum-related initiative.

This photo of mask donations at Pearl River Mart was sent to us by Joanne Kwong.The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has impact...
09/01/2020

This photo of mask donations at Pearl River Mart was sent to us by Joanne Kwong.

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every aspect of life for people around the world. For many Asian American Pacific Islanders, there has been an added fear of racism from being seen as originators of the virus. We believe that it is especially important to document, preserve, and present the experiences of Chinese in America during this turbulent time, so it has been great to see the strong response to MOCA's OneWorld COVID-19 special collection which has been accepting submissions from the public that document and share the stories of Chinese Americans and the Chinese diaspora resisting coronavirus-fueled hate with incredible acts of compassion, generosity, and creative and artistic expression.

We are looking to collect artistic reflections, photographs, personal correspondences, video or audio recordings, etc. In addition, we would like to conduct short oral history interviews with individuals about their experiences during the pandemic. Collectively, the materials will help add to the larger narrative of what it means to be Chinese in America.

The MOCA OneWorld Collection oral history initiative is already off to a strong start, with oral histories already recorded via Zoom with people from all walks of life. We've been delighted to capture in-depth stories from people such as Professor Russell Jeung, chair of Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University and one of the principals who launched the #StopAAPIHate project; Laura Gao, visual storyteller whose digital comic The Wuhan I Know took the Twitter-sphere and social media by storm; and many others.

If you are interested in telling us your story, submitting digital materials, or donating a physical artifacts, please email [email protected] with the subject line: Submission for MOCA OneWorld COVID-19 Special Collection*. For any other questions please email the collections team at [email protected]. *All submissions are made with the understanding that MOCA will have rights to reproduce and use the materials for research, education, and any other museum-related initiative.

This photo of PPE donations was sent to us by Xia Zhao.The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every aspect of life f...
08/31/2020

This photo of PPE donations was sent to us by Xia Zhao.

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every aspect of life for people around the world. For many Asian American Pacific Islanders, there has been an added fear of racism from being seen as originators of the virus. We believe that it is especially important to document, preserve, and present the experiences of Chinese in America during this turbulent time, so it has been great to see the strong response to MOCA's OneWorld COVID-19 special collection which has been accepting submissions from the public that document and share the stories of Chinese Americans and the Chinese diaspora resisting coronavirus-fueled hate with incredible acts of compassion, generosity, and creative and artistic expression.

We are looking to collect artistic reflections, photographs, personal correspondences, video or audio recordings, etc. In addition, we would like to conduct short oral history interviews with individuals about their experiences during the pandemic. Collectively, the materials will help add to the larger narrative of what it means to be Chinese in America.

The MOCA OneWorld Collection oral history initiative is already off to a strong start, with oral histories already recorded via Zoom with people from all walks of life. We've been delighted to capture in-depth stories from people such as Professor Russell Jeung, chair of Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University and one of the principals who launched the #StopAAPIHate project; Laura Gao, visual storyteller whose digital comic The Wuhan I Know took the Twitter-sphere and social media by storm; and many others.

If you are interested in telling us your story, submitting digital materials, or donating a physical artifacts, please email [email protected] with the subject line: Submission for MOCA OneWorld COVID-19 Special Collection*. For any other questions please email the collections team at [email protected]. *All submissions are made with the understanding that MOCA will have rights to reproduce and use the materials for research, education, and any other museum-related initiative.

This screenshot of a video encouraging Brooklyn College students to stay home and stay safe was sent to us by Professor ...
08/28/2020

This screenshot of a video encouraging Brooklyn College students to stay home and stay safe was sent to us by Professor Ngoc Cindy Pham.

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every aspect of life for people around the world. For many Asian American Pacific Islanders, there has been an added fear of racism from being seen as originators of the virus. We believe that it is especially important to document, preserve, and present the experiences of Chinese in America during this turbulent time, so it has been great to see the strong response to MOCA's OneWorld COVID-19 special collection which has been accepting submissions from the public that document and share the stories of Chinese Americans and the Chinese diaspora resisting coronavirus-fueled hate with incredible acts of compassion, generosity, and creative and artistic expression.

We are looking to collect artistic reflections, photographs, personal correspondences, video or audio recordings, etc. In addition, we would like to conduct short oral history interviews with individuals about their experiences during the pandemic. Collectively, the materials will help add to the larger narrative of what it means to be Chinese in America.

The MOCA OneWorld Collection oral history initiative is already off to a strong start, with oral histories already recorded via Zoom with people from all walks of life. We've been delighted to capture in-depth stories from people such as Professor Russell Jeung, chair of Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University and one of the principals who launched the #StopAAPIHate project; Laura Gao, visual storyteller whose digital comic The Wuhan I Know took the Twitter-sphere and social media by storm; and many others.

If you are interested in telling us your story, submitting digital materials, or donating a physical artifacts, please email [email protected] with the subject line: Submission for MOCA OneWorld COVID-19 Special Collection*. For any other questions please email the collections team at [email protected]. *All submissions are made with the understanding that MOCA will have rights to reproduce and use the materials for research, education, and any other museum-related initiative.

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215 Centre St
New York, NY
10013

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

General information

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.

Opening Hours

Tuesday 11:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 11:00 - 18:00
Thursday 11:00 - 21:00
Friday 11:00 - 18:00
Saturday 11:00 - 18:00
Sunday 11:00 - 18:00

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(212) 619-4785

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