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MOCA Teahouse Reading Club: Asian American Allyship
WHEN: Tuesday, July 28, 2020, from 4:00 P.M. - 5:30 P.M. EST WHERE: Zoom ADMISSION: FREE, but advance registration is required on ZOOM here or via ZOOM Meeting ID: 856-2815-8702. The event will also be recorded for on-demand viewing on MOCA's Vimeo channel: vimeo.com/mocanyc by Friday, July 31.
The MOCA Teahouse Reading Club, a monthly program organized in response to surging anti-Asian xenophobia and violence during the COVID-19 pandemic, continues on Tuesday, July 28. This discussion series hosted by MOCA’s education and exhibition departments—Nora Chen, Education Associate; Lauren Nechamkin, Director of Education; Andrew Rebatta, Associate Curator; and 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 with us and join the discussion over your favorite cup of tea. Our next conversation will focus on texts selected for their connection to allyship and the role of Asian Americans in struggles for racial justice. Through this discussion, we hope to nurture a more nuanced dialogue around the issues we are facing right now and explore strategies to build a more equitable future.
The following readings will be accessible in a downloadable link in the registration email or directly here.
• Ta-Nehisi Coates, excerpt from Between the World and Me (Spiegel & Grau, 2015)
• Nikole Hannah-Jones, “Our democracy’s founding ideals were false when they were written. Black Americans have fought to make them true." (The New York Times, 2019)
• Frank Wu, excerpt from Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black and White (Basic Books, 2003)
• Audre Lorde, "The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action,” Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches (Ten Speed Press, 1984)
• Jason Wu, “Non-Black People of Color are Mobilizing to End Complicity in Black Death” (Truthout, 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.