Friday, June 26, 2020

MOCA Teahouse Hosts Reading Club: Exploring the Model Minority Myth during Coronavirus

MOCA Teahouse Reading Club: Exploring the Model Minority Myth during Coronavirus

MOCA Teahouse Reading Club
Exploring the Model Minority Myth during Coronavirus

WHEN: Tuesday, June 30, 2020, from 4:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M. EDT
ADMISSION: The event is FREE, but advance registration is required on ZOOM here or via ZOOM Meeting ID: 840 9121 2605.
The event will also be recorded for on-demand viewing on MOCA's Vimeo channel: by Friday, July 3.

The MOCA Teahouse Reading Club, a monthly program organized in response to surging anti-Asian xenophobia and violence during the COVID-19 pandemic, launches on Tuesday, June 30. This discussion series hosted by MOCA’s education and exhibition departments—Nora Chen, Education Associate; Lauren Nechamkin, Director of Education; Andrew Rebatta, Associate Curator; Herb Tam, Curator and Director of Exhibitions, will help participants explore and understand Chinese and Asian American identity and history through discussions focused on selected key readings.

Teahouses are centers of community life, places to chat and share ideas. While we’re physically apart, we invite you to dialogue with us at our virtual teahouse. Read along and join the discussion over your favorite cup of tea. The first Reading Club gathering will be focused on exploring the model minority myth during the COVID-19 pandemic. Through these discussions, we hope to nurture a more nuanced dialogue around the issues and experiences we are facing in our current times and continue to build support and allyship across our communities.


  • Kat Chow, "Model Minority Myth Again Used as a Racial Wedge..." (NPR Code Switch, 2017)
  • Cathy Hong Park, excerpt from "Minor Feelings" (Random House, 2020)
  • Robert G. Lee, "excerpt from "Cold War Origins of the Model Minority Myth" (Temple University Press, 2000)
  • Andrew Yang, "We Asian Americans are Not the Virus...(Washington Post, 2020)

MOCA has not skipped a beat since its temporary closure in March. We've been converting our programs to online offerings and creating new digital content through multiple platforms, always free of charge—because history matters. We've been hit hard by the dramatic loss of income due to COVID-19. We hope you'll consider making a gift to become part of a continuing lifeline for MOCA. No amount is too little and we greatly appreciate your generosity. Your support will ensure the survival of MOCA which has been dealt many blows over the past months.

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