Tuesday, May 11, 2021

MOCA Teahouse Reading Club: Hearing Our Asian American Sisters 

Hearing Our Asian American Sisters

Tuesday, May 18, 2021, from 5:00 P.M. - 6:30 P.M. EDT





To address the recent surge in anti-Asian xenophobia and violence during the COVID-19 pandemic, the MOCA Teahouse Reading Club will meet virtually on Tuesday, May 18, 2021. MOCA's monthly discussion series on Zoom is focused on selected key readings and is moderated by the Museum's education and exhibition departments.

Teahouses are centers of community life, places to chat and share ideas. We invite you to our virtual teahouse for a discussion that will reflect on the March 16 shootings at three massage parlors in Atlanta that killed six women of Asian descent. A shocking incident that laid bare the violent potential of seeing all Asian women as hyper-sexualized, it has forced national conversation on the specific hardships of Asian American women.

Through this discussion, which will consider the intersection of gender dynamics, racism, class, immigration, and work opportunities on the lives of Asian American women, 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 together.

The following readings will be accessible in a downloadable link in the registration email or directly here.


• Durba Mitra, It’s Time to Reckon With the History of Asian Women in America (Harper’s Bazaar, March 23, 2021)

• Merle Woo, Letter to Ma from This Bridge Called My Back (Persephone Press, 1980)

• Interview with Rosemarie Ho with Wu of Red Canary Song, Migrant Massage Workers Don’t Need to be Rescued  (The Nation, April 2, 2021)

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During Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, the Museum welcomes people to submit their stories, artwork, photos, videos, raw footage, recordings of audio or natural sound, ephemera, rally posters, handmade signs, social media images, bystander intervention materials, or merchandise used in fundraising campaigns for AAPI causes to our OneWorld COVID-19 special collection. These submissions will be considered for inclusion in an upcoming MOCA exhibition.

For more information or to submit your story, email MOCA at or visit Submissions will be accepted until May 21, 2021.