The Mid-Autumn Festival Mixer last night was beyond amazing! It was a night full of games, music, and making new friends 🌟 If you missed out, don’t worry - there’s always next time! Stay tuned for more exciting events coming your way ☺️
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The Mid-Autumn Festival Mixer last night was beyond amazing! It was a night full of games, music, and making new friends 🌟 If you missed out, don’t worry - there’s always next time! Stay tuned for more exciting events coming your way ☺️
We can’t wait to celebrate the Mid Autumn Festival at the Museum of Chinese in America on Saturday, September 30 from 2-5 pm! 🌕
We’re especially excited to make Make-Believe Mooncakes with Gwen from and learn how to make REAL mooncakes 🥮 with Rebecca Li of .
Want to get a taste of a mooncake or some delicious tea? ☕️ You can, thanks to samples from and ! 😋
Getting full? Enjoy a riveting performance of “Hao Bang Ah, Rabbit! 好棒啊，兔子！” by , or practice your ink brush painting with . 🖌️ Feeling artistic? Make autumn leaf art with .work, then try out all our other arts and crafts!
We here at the Museum wish everyone a very happy Mid Autumn!
You might have heard that there’s a man on the moon, but do you know how he got there? 🌝 Test your knowledge of the legend of Wu Gang with us! 🎓
MOCAPERFORM: Dear John, A Workshop Performance 🎭
📆 Date: Thursday, September 21
⏰ Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
📍 Location: Museum of Chinese in America (215 Centre Street)
🎟️ Free Admission
Writer/actress Rachel Lin takes you on a journey spanning three continents and four decades, weaving together letters, history, and immigrant experiences in NYC. Don’t miss this powerful performance! ✉️☺️
RSVP here: https://www.mocanyc.org/event/moca-performs-dear-john-a-workshop-performance/
🌕 Join us at our captivating Mid-Autumn Festival Mixer! 🥮
Date: September 28, 2023
Time: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Museum of Chinese in America (215 Centre Street, NY, NY 10013)
Experience a mesmerizing tea ceremony, soul-stirring Erhu performance, and nostalgic melodies. Explore our exhibitions and enjoy Chinese board games. 🤩
Get your tickets here: https://www.mocanyc.org/event/mid-autumn-festival-mixer/
"Chinatown By The Sea" formally recognized in Bradley Beach, NJ! 🥰🎉
Read more here:
For Bradley Beach, NJ's 130th anniversary, Mayor Larry Fox formally proclaims "Chinatown By The Sea", a Chinese American community that began in the in the borough in the 1930's during a reunion of past and present Chinese American residents at the local firehouse.
Not long after the tragic events of 9/11, the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) began collecting community reports related to its impact on Chinatown, a neighborhood just ten blocks from Ground Zero. In solemn remembrance, we offer a few photograph from MOCA’s Recovering Chinatown: The 9/11 Collection which document and reflect this and the following days.
Photo 4 shows people using the portable payphone trailers that Verizon set up at 27 locations around Chinatown beginning on September 21, 2001. As a result of the 9/11 attack, telephone service in the general area south of East Broadway was disrupted for nearly two months. This lack of phone service affected the ability of businesses to conduct daily operations, such as restaurant take-out orders, medical prescriptions, and credit card transactions. As of October 15th, telephone service was still not completely restored on some major Chinatown streets. Due to their proximity to many of the key federal, state, and city offices, various streets were shut down repeatedly by authorities, particularly when the federal government issued terror warnings. During this period, Chinatown was in a state of siege. Barricades were erected, manned by the NYPD, New York State troopers, and National Guard. In oral histories, garment workers spoke about how the inability of vehicles to get in and out of Chinatown all but shut down the factories, leaving them without work and a pay check for weeks and even months. Debris diminished air quality, covering shops in dust from the collapsed towers and causing some to wear protective goggles and masks. In the days following, family members posted flyers on makeshift missing person walls outside Mount Sinai Medical Center near Chinatown, and the community hung American flags and came together in candlelight vigils to mourn the members who were lost.
Courtesy of Lia Chang, Xiao Min Yu, Wai Lum William Man, Melmie Lee Young, and Bina Gupta, Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) Recovering Chinatown: The 9/11 Collection.
🌙 Shadow Stories at the Elmhurst Library! 🌟
📅 Date: Tuesday, September 12
🕒 Time: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
📍 Location: Elmhurst, Queens Public Library (86-07 Broadway, Elmhurst, NY 11373)
Get ready to paint, build, craft, and collage with us as we celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival! 🎨✨ Create enchanting shadow puppets of moon goddess Chang ‘Er and legendary archer Hou Yi. 🌕🏹
This program is designed for ages 5-12, but everyone is welcome! No registration required; it's first-come, first-served. 🎉
Don't miss this unique cultural experience brought to you by Culture Pass! 🎟️✨
🎉 Annual Community Day is BACK! 🎉
Join us and Henry Street Settlement THIS SATURDAY from 12pm to 6pm as we take over Henry Street from Montgomery to Gouverneur Streets for a day of fun, food, and festivities! 🌞
Now in its fifth year, this FREE street party promises a fantastic time for all ages. 🎈 Enjoy captivating arts, thrilling circus acts, live music, and mesmerizing dance performances. We've got games, free food, and even a bubble show to keep the excitement going! 🎪🎶🍔
Don't miss out on this highly anticipated local event - see you in Sol Lain Park and along Henry Street! 🥳
🎶 GIVEAWAY ALERT! 🎶
Ready for a musical adventure? Win a pair of tickets to Mencius Society for the Arts's enchanting mid-Autumn concert, 'EastRiver Over the Moon'! 🌕✨
🏆 Prize: One pair of tickets to 'EastRiver Over the Moon'
Not feeling lucky? You can secure your tickets right away by scanning the QR code in the photo or using this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe40k0VPvW3Hi_ooY7IPpVkBCyS9Ytzx6rEFghBEQDxY_SQiQ/viewform?pli=1.
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Dorothy Casterline, a deaf pioneer who was born in Hawaii to Japanese American parents, has died at 95. Her work with William Stokoe and Carl Croneberg on the first comprehensive dictionary of ASL helped to establish the language as a legitimate form of communication. Casterline's legacy will continue to inspire generations to come. 📚
Read more about her journey here:
She collaborated with two professors at Gallaudet University on the first ASL dictionary, laying the groundwork for a flourishing in Deaf identity over the last 50 years.
‼️ PSA: You can save $30/month on internet with BPL's Home Access Program 🌐
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Join workshops at Central Library or contact a BPL digital navigator for help. Call 718.230.2297 (Mon, Wed, Fri, 10 am - 5 pm) or email [email protected].
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☀️ We know that summertime sometimes means searching for something to do—and we've got just the thing for you and your family this weekend. Join us and New York Int'l Children's Film Festival (NYICFF) as we celebrate the latest adaptation of the beloved story of the Monkey King this weekend. 🐒
Did you know❓
The animation in The Monkey King is meant to resemble the textures of traditional Chinese brush painting. Just like this animation's artistic technique, our museum preserves and presents such art that share the stories of the Chinese diaspora. 🎨
Explore our puppetry collection, including our Taiwanese Glove Puppets. These puppets revive scenes from legends like Judge Bao, Journey to the West, and Romance of the Three Kingdoms. You can learn more about our collection here: https://www.mocanyc.org/collections/stories/taiwanese-glove-puppets-2022-005/ ✨
🖌 Join us for our Splash and Swirl Paddle Design guided by Teaching Artist Yu Rong! 🌊🚣♀️
📆 Saturday, August 19
⏰ 2pm - 4pm
📍 The Museum of Chinese in America
🆓 Free Admission
RSVP is optional but greatly appreciated You can RSVP on our website, mocanyc.org.
Step into the gripping world of 'Evergreen,' where Naomi Hirahara depicts post-WWII Los Angeles echoing the enigmatic aura of the movie, 'Chinatown.' Join Aki Nakasone, an intrepid young nurse's aide, as she unravels secrets in a city reshaped by change. 🕵️♀️🌆
Read more about 'Evergreen' in this article: https://www.npr.org/2023/08/15/1193869572/evergreen-naomi-hirahara-la-noir-japanese-american
142 years later, a significant step towards healing as Denver Mayor Michael Hancock officially apologizes for the city's role in the anti-Chinese riot on October 30, 1880.
Read more about this important moment of acknowledgment in this article:
As Colorado's largest statewide, member-supported, multi-media network, Rocky Mountain PBS wants to make sure everyone is seen and heard.
Florida's law barring certain foreign nationals from buying property sparks concern and prompts relocations among Chinese residents.
Read more about it here:
A Florida law barring certain foreign nationals from buying property has brought confusion, thoughts of moving and protests
Rediscover 'Pride and Prejudice' in a vibrant new light! 📚 C.K. Chau's captivating novel, 'Good Fortune,' transports this classic tale to early 2000s New York City Chinatown. 🏙️ Immerse yourself in the heartwarming journey of the Cantonese American Chens – a working-class immigrant family navigating love, life, and cultural identity. 🌟
Read more about this book here: https://www.npr.org/2023/08/03/1191834667/pride-and-prejudice-adaptation-ck-chau-good-fortune
Discover a lesser-known chapter of history: During the Holocaust, Shanghai became a refuge for 20,000 Jewish evacuees. Learn about their resilience and the Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum's exhibit in NYC, showcasing their stories.
Link to the full article:
An exhibit in New York explores a little-known chapter of World War II.
🧩Join us at Summer Streets’ Arts & Cultural Hub for our tangram challenge! ☀️
🗓 Date: Tomorrow (Saturday, Aug 5)
⏰ Time: 7am - 1pm
📍 Location: 51st street and Park Ave Rest Stop
🎟 FREE, No RSVP required
Learn about this popular Chinese puzzle, create patterns, and keep your mind sharp with endless arrangements! 🧠 We hope to see you there! ☺️
70 Mulberry Street Design Engagement Workshops will take place during a virtual town hall on July 26th between 6 and 8 pm and an open house (in-person) on July 27th between 6 and 8 pm. The event is open to the public, and everyone in the community is welcome to join!
DEBUT follows a family’s journey of self-discovery as each member comes to terms with what it means to “act their age.” Jomar’s having a full-blown identity crisis as he approaches his 30th birthday, so what does he do? He throws himself a debut, a traditional Filipino coming-of-age celebration… usually meant for young women turning 18. But things get complicated when he returns home and discovers that his family’s lives are in complete disarray. Will this party bring them together as the family wrestles with the idea of growing up or will it be what causes them to grow apart?
Cool off with us at MOCACREATE! ☀ Practice the eight basic strokes of Chinese calligraphy with teaching artist Yu Rong. 🖌️ Then, learn how to write the Chinese character for summer 夏! 🌈
Join us Saturday, July 22nd, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM. FREE — no RSVP required, simply show up! MOCACREATE workshops are designed with families in mind, but all are welcome! Learn more here: https://bit.ly/44rYUSx.
MOCA warmly invites you to a tribute listening session honoring the extraordinary life and remarkable legacy of the late Chinese-American singer, Coco Lee. This event takes place on Wednesday, July 26, from 6:30 PM ET. From her captivating performances that transcended cultural boundaries to her dedication in promoting cultural diversity, Coco Lee created an indelible imprint on the music industry and inspired generations with her artistry.
In this session, we will explore a curated playlist of Coco Lee’s most influential songs, including her Oscar-nominated masterpiece, “A Love Before Time,” from the acclaimed film, “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.” This tribute event also offers an opportunity for fans and admirers of Coco Lee to share their personal stories, fond anecdotes, and touching reflections. Together, we commemorate Coco Lee’s outstanding talent, unwavering spirit, and profound influence she held over countless lives.
Register at https://www.mocanyc.org/event/celebrate-the-life-and-music-of-coco-lee-a-moca-tribute-listening-session
PASSAGE: A Walk of Chinatown Stories opens this Thursday, July 20 at 6:30pm.
MOCA invites you to have a walk along Mott Street while living through a selection of intimate, local stories! To purchase tickets or for more information, please visit https://www.mocanyc.org/event/moca-performs-passage-a-walk-of-chinatown-stories/
The Museum of Chinese in America presents its featured MOCA TALKS speaker Professor Jean Pfaelzer and her forthcoming book “California, a Slave State,” unveiling the untold history of slavery and resistance in California, from the Spanish missions, indentured Native American ranch hands, Indian boarding schools, Black miners, kidnapped Chinese prostitutes, and convict laborers to victims of modern trafficking.
Ultimately, Pfaelzer reveals the history of California as a state that was built on slavery, shredding the state’s utopian brand. She rewrites our understanding of race in the West and redefines America’s uneasy paths to freedom. This program is moderated by Anita L. Allen, Henry R. Silverman Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania.
Register at https://www.mocanyc.org/event/moca-talks-jean-pfaelzer-california
MOCA Performs invites you to have a walk along Mott Street while living through the stories of nostalgia, resilience, loneliness, dreams, and celebration – the cultural tapestry of Chinatown. For more information and reserving tickets, please visit https://www.mocanyc.org/event/moca-performs-passage-a-walk-of-chinatown-stories/
The Museum of Chinese in America is pleased to announce its inaugural Performing-Artist-in-Residence Program. This residency program will invite a cohort of 5 performing artists to individually generate ONE theme-based new project, by utilizing the resources and collections at MOCA. Throughout the residency, artists will be invited to participate in a 2-week long intensive workshop and will be required to give 2 work-in-progress presentations to the public, one in November, and the other in February.
Submissions Open until August 1, 2023
For more information, please visit mocanyc.org/pair/
To mark the common historical experiences shared by Jewish and Chinese people seeking to emigrate to the United States, the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) and the Center for Jewish History invite you to a special panel discussion on the unique materials created by Jewish and Chinese detainees in the U.S. and abroad and their experiences.
Join scholars Claire R. Thomas (Professor of Law and Director of the Asylum Clinic at New York Law School), Roslyn Bernstein (Professor Emerita, Baruch College, CUNY and Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism), and Ayelet Brinn (Philip D. Feltman Assistant Professor of Modern Jewish History, University of Hartford). The discussion will be moderated by Andrew Rebatta, curator of MOCA's 2017 special exhibition "FOLD: Golden Venture Paper Sculptures."
A highlight of the event will be discussion of reminiscences from a Jewish detainee onboard the SS St. Louis, the ship that carried more than 900 Jewish refugees from N**i Germany intending to escape anti-Semitic persecution, which was turned away by both the U.S. and Canada in 1939. Another highlight will be a child’s charm bracelet created in the Westerbork Concentration Camp in the Netherlands. MOCA will bring items from its Golden Venture Paper Sculptures collection to be viewed during a dessert reception to follow the discussion.
Register at https://programs.cjh.org/event/beyond-these-walls-2023-06-27. Kindly note this event will be held off-site at the Center for Jewish History at 15 West 16th St. in Manhattan's Union Square neighborhood.
Happy Dragon Boat Festival! 🐲 To kick off the celebrations, swipe to test your Dragon Boat knowledge: Who do we commemorate during the festival? 🤔 What’s a xiāng bāo and what do we put in it? 🧐 Then, click here to learn more about the festival: https://shorturl.at/kJMX1 Let us know in the comments how you did! 🏆
The celebration continues at our annual Dragon Boat Family Festival on Saturday, June 24th from 2:00-5:00pm with an afternoon full of arts & crafts 🎨, storytelling 📚, and scavenger hunts 🔍! Learn about dragon boat racing 🏁; design your own buoyant boat 🛶; learn to wrap zòngzi 🎋🍚; stuff a fragrant, lucky xiāng bāo 🌼; and much more family fun! 🎉 Click here to reserve your FREE ticket and see the full schedule of events: https://rb.gy/mbwdb *Advanced booking required! Festival capacity is limited.*
Make waves with MOCA! 🌊 Celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival (端午节) 🐉 🚣 on Saturday, June 24th from 2:00-5:00pm with an afternoon full of arts & crafts 🎨, storytelling 📚, and scavenger hunts 🔍! Learn about dragon boat racing 🏁; design your own buoyant boat 🛶; learn to wrap zòngzi 🎋🍚; stuff a fragrant, lucky xiāng bāo 🌼; and much more family fun! 🎉 Click here to reserve your FREE ticket and see the full schedule of events: https://rb.gy/mbwdb *Advanced booking required! Festival capacity is limited.*
Can you hear the cheering 📣, drums 🥁, and crashing of the waves 🌊? It’s almost time for the race! 🏁 Join the Museum of Chinese in America at the Brooklyn Public Library Dyker Library branch on Tuesday, June 20, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm to learn the significance of drumming in a dragon boat race 🐉 🚣 and then create and embellish a simple drum to practice your drumming skills.
你是否已经听到观众的欢呼声、击鼓声和浪花声？ 很快就到龙舟比赛的日子了！ 请来戴克图书馆参加美国华人博物馆活动，了解击鼓在龙舟比赛中的重要性，然后制作和装饰一个简单的鼓来练习击鼓技巧。
This program, in partnership with the Brooklyn Public Library, will take place at the Dyker Library located at 8202 13th Ave. (@ 82nd St.), Brooklyn, NY 11228. Click here for more information and directions: https://rb.gy/hr0em
The spirit and excitement of LGBTQIA+ Pride Month blooms in New York City. MOCA invites you to join us on Thursday, June 22, from 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM ET for a celebratory evening featuring a slaying drag performance by Felicia Oh, a boundary-breaking performance by Mx. Delight, a contemporary duet dance by Jiemin Yang and Jun Zhou, and music by DJ Artisong (Sean Li). Enjoy MOCA’s exhibitions as you catch up with friends, make new connections over drinks, and dance to an ecstatic dance set! The event will also feature a delicious tasting of Two Rabbits Ice Cream, high in beneficial Omega-3 fatty acids, created by chef Simpson Wong and his partner Dr. Henry Wu.
Free Admission | Open to General Public | Each ticket includes one complimentary drink. | If you can, bring cash to tip our performers! Register at: https://www.mocanyc.org/event/pridemixer/
Wednesday, June 14 at 6:30pm
Artistic Director of the Taipei-based Riverbed Theatre Craig Quintero join us in conversation about his artistry in storytelling and theatre. Quintero’s most recent Virtual Reality film Over the Rainbow was selected and presented by the Tribeca Film Festival this year. Through this opportunity, we will dive into how America’s experimental theatre aesthetics influences Quintero’s artistry, and how it evolves with the development of new technology.
Audience will have a chance to win free tickets to the screening of Over the Rainbow on June 17.
Check MOCA’s website for RSVP!
It’s May ☀️, and we’re celebrating AANHPI Heritage Month at MOCA by learning about Chinese American luminaries who’ve shaped history! ✨ Join teaching artist Yu Rong in creating mixed-media mosaic portraits of Asian Americans who inspire you — from those on the walls of the museum to those in your everyday life. 💪 Arrange beads, gemstones, beans, and more on clay to design your very own luminous portrait. Who will you choose to commemorate? 💝
Join us Saturday, May 20th, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM. FREE — no RSVP required, simply show up! MOCACREATE workshops are designed with families in mind, but all are welcome! Learn more here: https://bit.ly/44TpTqN
In partnership with , get down to the sounds with Vinyl Listening Session as plays a curated selection of AAPI records from MOCA’s collections. Experience what it was like to party in NYC’s Chinatown in the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s when DJs played strictly vinyl. Mandopop, Cantopop, Hokkien pop, Chinese folk – it’s a vibrant, joyful, inclusive listening party and true representation of NYC.
Circle through the park and try your hand at different workshops and classes all afternoon and be sure to stick around for the evening showcase featuring New York Chinese Cultural Center. All activities are open to all ages and are first-come, first-served.
Writing on Q***r Experiences with Kevin Chen and His Novel Ghost Town
Friday, May 12 at 6pm
Germany-based Taiwanese novelist Kevin Chen (陳思宏) will share his journey of writing on q***r identity and on Ghost Town, a critically acclaimed novel recommended by the New York Times, Booklist and Library Journey, among others. Ghost Town is set in a small town in the Taiwan countryside. It follows the story of a family haunted by their own ghosts. Keith Chen, the second son of this traditional Taiwanese family of seven, runs away from the oppressive environment of his village to Berlin in the hope of finding acceptance as a young gay man.
Traditionally celebrated as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, May is also Mental Health Awareness Month. To continue the conversation on mental health, the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) is proud to partner with Gracie Square Hospital Asian Psychiatry Program to present a virtual panel discussion on the generational differences in view of mental health. This panel discussion will be conducted in Mandarin Chinese, and will be followed by a Q&A session. Questions in both Mandarin Chinese and English are welcomed.
There are many misconceptions, stigmas, and stereotypes regarding mental health among Asian American/Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities, and many of these beliefs are culturally based. Generational differences in view of mental health, particularly the stigma of mental illness, also impact knowledge and utilization of effective treatments. In our discussion of mental health across generations, we aim to describe differences amongst age groups and generational status, provide resources for support and treatment, and share strategies for discussing this often-difficult topic with family and friends.
This program is brought to you by MOCA friends and partners, including Bloomberg Philanthropies.
This evening, 6:30pm to 8pm online - MOCA TALKS: Generational Differences on Mental Health
Traditionally celebrated as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, May is also Month.
To continue the conversation on mental health, the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) is proud to partner with Gracie Square Hospital Asian Psychiatry Program to present a virtual panel discussion on the generational differences on mental health.
This panel discussion will be conducted in Mandarin Chinese, and will be followed by a Q&A session. Questions in both Mandarin Chinese and English are welcomed.
In celebration of , join MOCA at the Homecrest branch of the Brooklyn Public Library today 4/18 from 4-5 PM to explore how garment workers have long been woven into the Chinatown community. 🪡🧵 Inspired by their lives and work, create 👗👕 miniature garments infused with your own personality! FREE! Details here: https://bit.ly/3mKE946.
Works and activity inspired by MOCA teaching artist Yu Rong!
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