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.