Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Celebrate Lunar New Year at Virtual MOCA FEST, February 2021

The Gathering Virtual Tray of Togetherness







MOCA proudly introduces "The Gathering Virtual Tray of Togetherness"

Inspired by MOCA's exhibition "Gathering: Collecting and Documenting Chinese American History" featuring iconic artifacts from 28 Chinese American museums, historical societies and groups, The Gathering Virtual Tray of Togetherness is a social media campaign that will highlight Lunar New Year photos from each institution during February. Trays of Togetherness, which are usually filled with symbolic candies, fruits and nuts, have been a part of LNY traditions for centuries. Our virtual tray has photos, each of which has been specially chosen for what it means to the spirit of Lunar New Year.

Although we can't gather in-person, we invite you to #GatherRoundtheTray. Follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter @mocanyc as we post new Lunar New Year photos from Chinese American museums all across North America and keep the spirit of "Gathering" and Lunar New Year alive during these virtual times. 

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












Tune into MOCA’s Year of the Ox Virtual Lunar New Year Family Festival!


Enjoy zodiac arts & crafts, pre-recorded lion dance, and timeless tales inspired by Chinese and Chinese American New Year’s traditions.






Photo by Lia Chang



MOCA TALKS: Chinese Almanac - Year of the Ox with Joanna C. Lee and Ken Smith

Wednesday, February 3, 2021 from 4:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M. EST




The event is FREE but advance registration is required on ZOOM here or via ZOOM ID: 892 4337 9468.




In their talk at MOCA in January 2020, Pocket Chinese Almanac authors Joanna C. Lee and Ken Smith relayed advice from their geomancer in Hong Kong for the Year of the Rat: (1) Do not try to convince others to change their minds, and (2) find a safe place and hide. That should have told us all something! As we all look forward to a smoother, healthier, more harmonious Year of the Ox, join us for a glimpse of what the Chinese almanac has to say about 2021 and the preparations and protections we may need.


The traditional Chinese almanac, known as the Tong Sing in Cantonese or Huang Li in Mandarin, is a centuries-old repository of cultural information from household tips to general medical remedies. But it’s the almanac’s predictions of which days are auspicious or ominous for a wide range of activities that has made the annual publication a mainstay in Chinese homes.









Phoenix Rising: A Conversation w/ Nancy Yao Maasbach, President, MOCA

Hosted by Asia Society Hong Kong

Thursday, February 4, 2021 from 6:00 A.M. - 7:00 A.M. EST / 7:00 P.M. HKT - 8:00 P.M. HKT



The event is FREE but advance registration is required on Asia Society Hong Kong's website here.




A fire a year ago engulfed 70 Mulberry Street, a 129-year-old building located in the heart of Manhattan’s Chinatown. It was the home of several non-profits and the Museum of Chinese in America’s nationally treasured archive of 85,000+ artefacts, the largest collection of Chinese-American history in the world. Immediately after the fire, COVID-19 struck. How have the fire and pandemic impacted the museum and its collection? What does the future hold for the museum? Nancy Yao Maasbach, President of the Museum of Chinese in America, will engage in conversation with S. Alice Mong, Executive Director of Asia Society Hong Kong Center, to put it all in context, looking back at Chinese-American history to move forward as a community.






Photo by Natalie Chitwood



Photo by Alex Lau



MOCA COOKS: Pan-Fried Noodles with Wilson Tang and Chef Julie Cole of Nom Wah Tea Parlor

Wednesday, February 10, 2021, from 5:30 P.M. - 7:00 P.M. EST




The event is FREE but advance registration is required on ZOOM here or via ZOOM ID: 894 1357 8772.




Join MOCA virtually and learn how to prepare your own delicious Pan-Fried Noodles in Superior Soy Sauce. Pulled from the new Nom Wah Cookbook: Recipes and Stories from 100 Years at New York City's Iconic Dim Sum Restaurant, this recipe for four was crafted by Julie Cole, the Operations Manager and Chef at Nom Wah Tea parlor, and Wilson Tang, owner and operator of the Nom Wah restaurant group. Chef Julie will walk the audience through the process of making these fragrant, satisfying noodles which embody Cantonese cooking’s high-wire act during the first portion of the event.


Once the dish has been fully prepared and everyone is ready to dig in, Wilson Tang will begin the discussion segment with Nancy Yao Maasbach, MOCA President, and talk about the experience of writing their new cookbook. There will also be an opportunity at the end of this segment for questions from the audience.


Please note that you will need to have a pot and wok on hand, and your ingredients should be pre-measured before the beginning of the session. The ingredient list and detailed preparation steps will be accessible in a downloadable link in the registration email. If you would like to purchase an autographed copy of the cookbook, please visit and use promo code MOCA10 to receive 10% off (expires 2/28/2021).






MOCA has not skipped a beat since its temporary closure in March 2020. 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 are facing tremendous financial losses 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 contribution helps sustain our beloved institution and supports the creation of new, online programming that will bring comfort and inspiration to more communities.





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