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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The Museum of Chinese in America is honored to have won the Guides Association of NYC (GANYC)'s award for Outstanding Ac...
02/23/2021

The Museum of Chinese in America is honored to have won the Guides Association of NYC (GANYC)'s award for Outstanding Achievement in Support of NYC Culture. ⁣

GANYC is one of the oldest tour guide associations in the U.S. The association comprises independent, professional tour guides and each member is licensed by the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs. The award is especially meaningful due to the professional rigor of GANYC members who vote for the winner. ⁣

Thank you @guidesofnyc for this recognition and understanding that #History matters especially as we see history repeating itself and a resurgence of anti-AAPI hate crimes and attacks. We're proud to be a part of NYC's cultural landscape and recognize the power of arts and history to connect, educate and heal. Here’s MOCA President Nancy Yao Maasbach at the virtual 7th Annual GANYC Apple Awards accepting the award on behalf of the MOCA team!⁣

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02/22/2021
MOCA MIXOLOGY: Festive Cocktail HONG BAO with Eddy Buckingham of The Tyger

Join MOCA virtually and learn the secrets to creating your own delicious and colorful cocktail named HONG BAO/RED ENVELOPE, exclusively curated by Eddy Buckingham, owner of The Tyger and Chinese Tuxedo. Mr. Buckingham will first lead the audience through the process of making this festive cocktail HONG BAO. Once the cocktail is poured into a glass, cheers and sip your cocktails as Mr. Buckingham shares the stories and inspirations behind The Tyger's Pan-Asian cuisine with MOCA President, Nancy Yao Maasbach.

Please note that your ingredients should be ready before the beginning of the session. The suggested ingredients include 1.5 oz Volcan Tequila Blanco, 0.5 oz Baijiu (substitute with an additional 0.5 oz Tequila if Baijiu is unavailable), 0.75 oz Fresh Lime Juice, 0.5 oz Aquafaba (for texture, substitute with egg white), 0.5 oz Red Wine, (preferably full-bodied reds such as Merlot or Cabernet Franc), and 4-5 Whole Raspberries.

The Tyger now offers Indoor Dining and continues to offer outdoor dining in the Greenhouse and On-Street Booths. The Outdoor Booths can seat up to 8 people with heaters under the seats to keep you warm. The Greenhouse is also covered from the rain and snow, socially distanced and heated!

It’s five o’clock somewhere! Join us for this virtual session of MOCA Mixology with Eddy Buckingham to create your own c...
02/19/2021

It’s five o’clock somewhere! Join us for this virtual session of MOCA Mixology with Eddy Buckingham to create your own colorful and tasty cocktail🍸🍸 on Monday, February 22, 2021, at 4 P.M. EST.

Eddy Buckingham is the owner of the critically acclaimed The Tyger and Chinese Tuxedo restaurants in NYC.

Prep your ingredients and follow along to make your own glass of “Hong Bao.” Then, hear from Eddy and MOCA's President Nancy Yao Maasbach as they discuss the stories and inspirations behind The Tyger's Pan-Asian cuisine.

Cheers! See you there! Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/1016124747873/WN_wRUd3j6ZSQuEyPCwtcAt-w

#chinatown #chineseamericans #aapi #asianamerican #museum #food #chinesefood #panasiancuisine #cocktails #happyhour

02/19/2021
MOCA SPOTLIGHT SERIES: The Honorable State Senator Mae Yih

MOCA’s month-long celebration of free Lunar New Year programming continues with Spotlight Series on Friday, February 19 at 4:00 EST. Each month, this intimate virtual conversation will highlight the timely and distinctive narrative of a Chinese American icon and friend of MOCA. We are honored to present our next featured speaker: The Honorable State Senator Mae Yih. As MOCA's 2019 Legacy Awards Honoree, Ms. Yih is an internationally esteemed and admired legislator who made history 45 years ago when she won a seat in the Oregon House of Representatives as the first Chinese American elected to a state legislature anywhere in the United States. As a revered public official, Ms. Yih served 26 years in the legislature, six years in the House and twenty years in the Senate after she had served on the board of two local elementary and high schools for 13 years--a total of 39 years of outstanding elected public services. Mae was born in Shanghai, China and came to the US when she was 19 years old to visit her two brothers in the U.S. at Princeton University and then attended college and graduate school in New York.

Ms. Yih’s many accomplishments in the State of Oregon include introducing and helping to pass legislation that created a sister-state relationship between Oregon and Fujian province in China, organizing four legislative leadership friendship and trade delegation visits to China, and establishing a trade office between Oregon and China in Shanghai in 1999. She has made a significant impact in the development of U.S.-China relations for more than three decades. Her book, titled East Meets West: A Bridge to Understanding, Friendship, Trust, Peace, and Prosperity Between My Mother and Adopted Countries, shares her experiences and powerful lessons that she learned from life in China, America, and in public services. Mae has a remarkable story to tell and we cannot wait to share it with you.

Did you catch our lion dance 🦁 on Monday? Want to try dancing to the music 🎶, grabbing red envelopes (红包 hóng bāo) 🧧, an...
02/19/2021

Did you catch our lion dance 🦁 on Monday? Want to try dancing to the music 🎶, grabbing red envelopes (红包 hóng bāo) 🧧, and tossing lucky candies 🍬 yourself? Make your very own lion head costume right at home with everyday household items and dance in good luck and fortune for the new year! ✨ Click here to create! https://bit.ly/3pwwOAA

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Lights, camera, action! 🎬 We are thrilled to announce that MOCA is a community partner of UCLA’s Asian American film fes...
02/19/2021

Lights, camera, action! 🎬 We are thrilled to announce that MOCA is a community partner of UCLA’s Asian American film festival (UCLA Asian American Studies Center & UCLA Film & Television Archive)

Although it was postponed last year due to COVID, the Asian American Film Festival resumes as it celebrates its 50th anniversary virtually in the next two weeks.

Running from February 19th-21st and February 26th-28th, the UCLA Asian American Film Festival will screen iconic gems such as PBS' American Masters Unladylike 2020 short on "Anna May Wong: The First Asian American Movie Star" and a live score screening of The Toll of the Sea (1922), preserved by the UCLA Film & Television Archive.

These films are featured in the program "Anna May Wong: Asian American Icon," dedicated to telling the story of Anna Mae Wong, often considered the first Chinese American Hollywood movie star.

Celebrate the historical barriers Wong broke and commemorate her significant work with us by tuning into the virtual festival!

All programs are free but be sure to RSVP with the link in the photo below!

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02/19/2021

Legend has it that the Nian monster is scared of three things: the color red 🧧, bright lights 🔆, and loud noises💥. Join MOCA Educator Nicole for a thrilling retelling of the Legend of Nian. Then, follow along with MOCA Educator Taylor as you learn how to transform ordinary household items into festive rattle drums 🥁 🎉 that you can use to scare away the Nian monster until next year. 👋 ✌

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 #diy #chineseamerican #chinatown #AAPI #2021 #newyear #lunarnewyear #chinesenewyear #lny #cny #yearoftheox #新年快乐 #牛年

Gong xi fa cai 🧧🧧 The party is far from over! As part of MOCA’s Lunar New Year festivities, we invite you all to an excl...
02/19/2021

Gong xi fa cai 🧧🧧 The party is far from over! As part of MOCA’s Lunar New Year festivities, we invite you all to an exclusive MOCA Spotlight talk with The Honorable State Senator Mae Yih!

As the first Chinese American elected as a state legislator, Mae Yih served 26 years in the legislature, six years in the House and 20 years in the Senate after she had served on the board of two local elementary and high schools for 13 years--a total of 39 years of outstanding elected public services.

Among her many accomplishments, Senator Yih developed legislative and economic relations between her home state of Oregon and Fujian province, China, that paved the way for improved U.S.-China relations.

Fun fact: Senator Yih was also MOCA’s 2019 Legacy Awards Honoree!

Join us on Friday, February 19, 2021 at 4 P.M. EST to hear from Senator Yih, a storyteller, a pioneer, and a true inspiration to all.

Event is free! Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/3616129861035/WN_oG05TshsQ6iKcM_FXeUgGg

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We are one week into Lunar New Year celebrations as we continue ‘round "The Gathering Virtual Tray of Togetherness"!⁣⁣⁣⁣...
02/18/2021

We are one week into Lunar New Year celebrations as we continue ‘round "The Gathering Virtual Tray of Togetherness"!⁣⁣

⁣⁣⁣⁣Inspired by MOCA's exhibition "Gathering: Collecting and Documenting Chinese American History" featuring 28 Chinese American museums, historical societies and groups, The Gathering Virtual Tray of Togetherness is highlighting one Lunar New Year photo from each institution's collection during the month of February. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣

Today, we are making a stop at San Francisco, California where the Chinese Historical Society of America has been located since 1963. Our friends at Chinese Historical Society of America have shared this iconic photo with the following caption:

“Children riding in the Chinese New Year Parade for the Year of the Ox in 1961. Harry Jew Collection. Courtesy of the Chinese Historical Society of America.”

Thank you for sharing your favorite Lunar New Year photo, especially as this year also marks the Year of the Ox!

Although we can't gather in-person, we invite everyone to #GatherRoundtheTray and keep the spirit of "Gathering" and Lunar New Year alive during these virtual times. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
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Follow Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation, Asociación China de Mexicali, Belleville Historical Society, China Alley Historic District, Chinese American Museum, Chinese American Museum of Chicago - Raymond B. & Jean T. Lee Center, Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association of Augusta, GA, Chinese Historical and Cultural Project of Santa Clara County, Inc, Chinese Historical Society of America, Chinese Historical Society of New England - CHSNE, Chinese Historical Society of Southern California, Washington Township Museum of Local History, Kam Wah Chung State Heritage Site, The Locke Foundation, Mai Wah Society & Museum, Portland Chinatown Museum, Save Riverside Chinatown, Temple Of Kwan Tai, Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History, Wing Luke Museum, Lahaina Restoration Foundation to see the great work these Gathering exhibition partners are doing. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣

And don't forget to join in the fun by sending us your Lunar New Year photo with caption to #GatherRoundtheTray or emailing [email protected] so we can repost your photo here. Let's show the world the unique yet universal ways Lunar New Year is celebrated! ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣

⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣#LNY #chinatown #chineseamericans #aapi #asianamerican #museum #MuseumFromHome #photooftheday #photo #photography #photographer #camera #pic #moment #picoftheday #throughthelens #nyc #newyork #madebyus⁣⁣ #history #arts #americanhistory

Join MOCA for a virtual MOCAKIDS Author Meet & Greet 📚 with critically-acclaimed author Oliver Chin, who will be reading...
02/18/2021

Join MOCA for a virtual MOCAKIDS Author Meet & Greet 📚 with critically-acclaimed author Oliver Chin, who will be reading an exciting tale from the Chinese zodiac featuring loveable Mei and Olivia the Ox 🐂 . Enjoy Olivia’s sensational adventure, as she grows up to discover her true character. Best for children ages 4-6. Older and younger siblings welcome!

Live via Zoom today, Thursday, February 18 at 4PM EST! Register for free here: https://bit.ly/3s45qLI

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

#storytime #museumfromhome #museumathome #chineseamerican #chinatown #AAPI #2021 #newyear #lunarnewyear #chinesenewyear #lny #cny #yearoftheox #新年快乐 #牛年 Immedium

Whether greeted with a Tray of Togetherness in person or celebrated virtually, Lunar New Year is a time of celebration a...
02/17/2021

Whether greeted with a Tray of Togetherness in person or celebrated virtually, Lunar New Year is a time of celebration as everyone comes together to bring good luck and prosperity into the new year. Here at MOCA, we want to share another photo for "The Gathering Virtual Tray of Togetherness"!⁣⁣

⁣⁣⁣⁣Inspired by MOCA's exhibition "Gathering: Collecting and Documenting Chinese American History" featuring 28 Chinese American museums, historical societies and groups, The Gathering Virtual Tray of Togetherness is highlighting one Lunar New Year photo from each institution's collection during the month of February. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣

Today, we are heading to sunny California where our friends at the Chinese Historical Society of Southern California has shared their favorite Lunar New Year Photo and the following caption:

“A photo taken on Saturday February 17, 2018, of the Chinese Historical Society of Southern California's flag unit in the 2018 Golden Dragon Lunar New Year Parade, held in Los Angeles Chinatown. For more than forty years, our historical society has been the lead unit in one of Southern California's most popular parades.

The annual Golden Dragon Parade, organized by the Chinese Chamber of Commerce, has been held every year since the 1950s. Prior to WWII, the Chinese community had been participating in the City of L.A.'s La Fiesta parade beginning in the 1890s. Our involvement in the parade today promotes public recognition that there has been a Chinese presence in Los Angeles since 1850, and that we have been an important and integral part of the development. of Los Angeles, a global city.”

⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣Thank you for highlighting a piece of your Lunar New Year story with this photo!

Although we can't gather in-person, we invite everyone to #GatherRoundtheTray and keep the spirit of "Gathering" and Lunar New Year alive during these virtual times. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
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Follow Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation, Asociación China de Mexicali, Belleville Historical Society, China Alley Historic District, Chinese American Museum, Chinese American Museum of Chicago - Raymond B. & Jean T. Lee Center, Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association of Augusta, GA, Chinese Historical and Cultural Project of Santa Clara County, Inc, Chinese Historical Society of America, Chinese Historical Society of New England - CHSNE, Chinese Historical Society of Southern California, Washington Township Museum of Local History, Kam Wah Chung State Heritage Site, The Locke Foundation, Mai Wah Society & Museum, Portland Chinatown Museum, Save Riverside Chinatown, Temple Of Kwan Tai, Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History, Wing Luke Museum, Lahaina Restoration Foundation to see the great work these Gathering exhibition partners are doing. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣

And don't forget to join in the fun by sending us your Lunar New Year photo with caption to #GatherRoundtheTray or emailing [email protected] so we can repost your photo here. Let's show the world the unique yet universal ways Lunar New Year is celebrated! ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣

⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣#LNY #chinatown #chineseamericans #aapi #asianamerican #museum #MuseumFromHome #photooftheday #photo #photography #photographer #camera #pic #moment #picoftheday #throughthelens #nyc #newyork #madebyus⁣⁣ #history #arts #americanhistory

The tray of togetherness is a platter with 8 compartments filled with sweet delicacies and treats like nuts, dried fruit...
02/17/2021

The tray of togetherness is a platter with 8 compartments filled with sweet delicacies and treats like nuts, dried fruit, and candy 🍬 🍊🍈. These treats symbolize hope for a sweet new year and are shared with the whole family! 🎊 Click to create your own tray of togetherness and to learn about why we eat certain foods this time of year! https://bit.ly/3psaYxZ

#museumfromhome #museumathome #chineseamerican #chinatown #AAPI #2021 #newyear #lunarnewyear #chinesenewyear #lny #cny #yearoftheox #新年快乐 #牛年

02/17/2021
MOCAKIDS: Sugar Paint a Sweet New Year with Ms. Yan

We’re stuffed from our Lunar New Year feasting 🥟 🍊 🍜 and are craving something sweet! 🤤 🍬 Join Ms. Yan for an introduction to the sweet art of sugar painting, a delicious traditional Chinese folk art popular amongst street artists in China. Watch as Ms. Yan uses hot, liquid sugar and speedy brushstrokes to create popular New Year’s animals 🐂 🐉 and lucky symbols 🐟 🍑, all before the sugar cools and hardens. Follow along and sugar paint a sweet new year! ✨

#museumfromhome #museumathome #chineseamerican #chinatown #AAPI #2021 #newyear #lunarnewyear #chinesenewyear #lny #cny #yearoftheox #新年快乐 #牛年 #sugarpainting

We hope everyone had a great Lunar New Year full of sweets and feasts!  The celebration isn’t over yet because MOCA is b...
02/16/2021

We hope everyone had a great Lunar New Year full of sweets and feasts! The celebration isn’t over yet because MOCA is back with "The Gathering Virtual Tray of Togetherness"!⁣⁣
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⁣⁣⁣⁣Inspired by MOCA's exhibition "Gathering: Collecting and Documenting Chinese American History" featuring 28 Chinese American museums, historical societies and groups, The Gathering Virtual Tray of Togetherness is highlighting one Lunar New Year photo from each institution's collection during the month of February. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
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Today, we're showcasing a photo from our friends at The Mai Wah Society in Montana. They share the following caption: ⁣⁣⁣
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"Each year, the Mai Wah Society of Butte, Montana celebrates the Lunar New Year with a community parade. The Butte High School History Club performs as our dragon dancers, carrying a fine parade dragon donated to us by Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou. The dragon bursts from the Butte Silver Bow courthouse and charges its way back to its home in the Mai Wah Museum. The community joins in and becomes the parade, cheering the dragon along as it stops to confer blessings upon our uptown businesses. Photo by The Montana Standard newspaper, February 2018." ⁣
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⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣Thank you for sharing your favorite photo and reminding us of the joys and festivities of Lunar New Year!
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Although there won't be any LNY parades this year and we can't gather in-person, we invite everyone to #GatherRoundtheTray and keep the spirit of "Gathering" and Lunar New Year alive during these virtual times. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
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Follow Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation, Asociación China de Mexicali, Belleville Historical Society, China Alley Historic District, Chinese American Museum, Chinese American Museum of Chicago - Raymond B. & Jean T. Lee Center, Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association of Augusta, GA, Chinese Historical and Cultural Project of Santa Clara County, Inc, Chinese Historical Society of America, Chinese Historical Society of New England - CHSNE, Chinese Historical Society of Southern California, Washington Township Museum of Local History, Kam Wah Chung State Heritage Site, The Locke Foundation, Mai Wah Society & Museum, Portland Chinatown Museum, Save Riverside Chinatown, Temple Of Kwan Tai, Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History, Wing Luke Museum, Lahaina Restoration Foundation to see the great work these Gathering exhibition partners are doing. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣

And don't forget to join in the fun by sending us your Lunar New Year photo with caption to #GatherRoundtheTray or emailing [email protected] so we can repost your photo here. Let's show the world the unique yet universal ways Lunar New Year is celebrated! ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
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#LNY #chinatown #chineseamericans #aapi #asianamerican #museum #MuseumFromHome #photooftheday #photo #photography #photographer #camera #pic #moment #picoftheday #throughthelens #nyc #newyork #madebyus⁣⁣ #history #arts #americanhistory

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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

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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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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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