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MOCA and New York Chinese Cultural Center Celebrate AAPI Heritage Month through Dance and Music
The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) is thrilled to present a curated performance in partnership with the New York Chinese Cultural Center (NYCCC) showcasing emerging Asian choreographers and dancers.
We cordially invite you to visit MOCA on Sunday, May 22 at 4:00 PM EDT for a 45-minute live performance celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month through dance and music. We will feature Chinese traditional and contemporary dances as well as Erhu (二胡) and Guzheng (古筝) musical performances.
MOCA hopes that the stories told through its programming for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month will inspire people to awaken the storyteller in all of us so that we can tear down hate by lifting up others through our stories of remembrance and resilience.
We also invite you to visit MOCA's special exhibition Responses: Asian American Voices Resisting the Tides of Racism through September 18, 2022. Launched in July 2021, the exhibition details the historical roots of anti-Asian racism from the early days of American history until the rise of anti-AAPI racism and violence today.
& Book Recommendations
Were Dreamers: An Immigrant Superhero Origin Story (2022) by Simu Liu
of Characters: The Language Revolution That Made China Modern (2022) by Jing Tsu
You, Mr. Nixon
(2022) by Gish Jen
My Bones Know (2022)
by Stephanie Foo
a Whisper to a Rallying Cry: The Killing of Vincent Chin and
the Trial that Galvanized the Asian American Movement by Paula Yoo
Country: A Memoir by
Qian Julie Wang
by Wai Wah Chen
Golden (2022) by
Eva Chen, illustrated by Sophie Diao
by Margaret Chiu Greanias, illustrated by Tracy Subisak
Am an American: The Wong Kim Ark Story (2021) by
Martha Brockenbrough and Grace Lin, illustrated by Julia Kuo
Roots: A Graphic Memoir of a Wuhanese American (2022) by Laura
A Pop History of Asian America from the Nineties to Now (2022) by Jeff
Yang, Phil Yu, and Philip Wang
You Are Not Alone was a recent panel discussion about mental health. Since the pandemic, Asian Americans have become hypervisible targets for racist rhetoric too often replayed in mainstream media, directly contributing to a spike in hate crimes and verbal attacks that have disproportionately affected women and elders. Please watch this program to hear from an intergenerational group of healthcare professionals who reflected on the recent waves of violence and what the current landscape of mental health and access to care is for Asian American families.
Historian Mae Ngai discussed her latest book The Chinese Question: The Gold Rushes and Global Politics with Beth Lew-Williams, Associate Professor of History at Princeton University. The Chinese Question narrates a complex history of the economic, social, and cultural circumstances around the mid-19th century gold rushes in America, South Africa, and Australia, and their impact on the Chinese diaspora. Professor Ngai and Lew-Williams discussed this history and its relevance to current times.
Written by Emily Locke, directed by Dennis Yueh-Yeh Li, and produced by MOCA, this original MOCA production Double Happiness will be an immersive theatre experience. It will premiere as part of the Festival of New York's This is NY: Celebrating Our Immigrant Heritage and Communities.
Drag Story Hourwith Yuhua Hamasaki in Cantonese &
Join MOCA and Yuhua
Hamasaki for a VIRTUAL Drag Story Hour for kids ages 3-8. Stories,
songs, and crafts!
Drag Story Hour (DSH) is
just what it sounds like—drag queens reading stories to children.
DSH captures the imagination and play of the gender fluidity of
childhood and gives kids glamorous, positive, and unabashedly queer
role models. In these spaces, kids are able to see people who defy
rigid gender restrictions and imagine a world where people can
present as they wish, where dress up is real.
Meet & Greet with Margaret Chiu Greanias & Tracy
Join us for a MOCAKIDS Meet & Greet with author/illustrator duo Margaret Chiu Greanias and Tracy Subisak! Margaret read her new picture book, Amah Faraway, a delightful story of a child's visit to a grandmother and home far away, and of how families connect and love across distance, language, and cultures.
When you look in the mirror, what do you see? Beautiful eyes that shine like a million stars? A smile so bright it fills the hearts of those around? Hair so exquisite that it frames the perfection that is your face? This MOCAKIDS Storytime is about self love, loving who you are. So join us, as our characters from I Am Golden by Eva Chen and Giraffe Problems by Jory John discover the beauty inside themselves.
at Kids ROAR!
Saturday, May 21, 2022 from 2:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M. EDT
Location: Houston Street Playground at Sara D. Roosevelt Park
Kids of all ages will love this Kids ROAR event taking place in the Houston Street Playground area in SDR park. From 12 – 5 PM on Saturday, May 21st, drop by for family art activities with FABnyc (12 – 2 PM), activities from the Museum of Chinese in America (2 – 5 PM), performers throughout the day, a trilingual story hour, an Encanto sing a long so much more!
Storytime at Home: What's in a Name?
Thursday, May 26, 2022, from 4:00 P.M. - 4:45 P.M. EDT
What’s in a name? A special meaning, a powerful history, and a beautiful story. All names are unique, and your name was chosen J-U-S-T F-O-R Y-O-U. In Thao by Thao Lam and Alma and How She Got Her Name by Juana Martinez-Neal, we will follow characters in their journey to discover the importance of their names and the stories that their names tell. For this MOCAKIDS Storytime, please bring an item that shows off your name!
MOCAKIDS Storytime is free to the public. To join, simply register here! Please note that this workshop will be recorded via Zoom and available on Facebook Live for one week.
MOCA Masterclass Virtual Tour
Understanding the Complex History of Exclusion to Break Stereotypes and Stop Hate
This May (or any month), if your organization or employee resource group is interested in debunking stereotypes and breaking down unconscious bias to enable individuals and institutions to create more opportunities for development and growth, we would love to work with you to bring a MOCA Masterclass Museum Virtual Tour to your workplace.
Nancy Yao, MOCA President and/or Herb Tam, MOCA Curator and Director of Exhibitions, can take audience members on a journey through 200 years of Chinese American history through a personally guided tour of MOCA’s permanent exhibition With a Single Step: Stories in the Making of America and/or MOCA's special exhibition Responses: Asian American Voices Resisting the Tides of Racism. We can discuss Chinese American and Asian American Pacific Islander history and break/challenge stereotypes and terms such as “yellow peril”, “perpetual foreigner” and “model minority”. By unpacking the history of anti-Asian racism in America and how these stereotypes originate and lead to unconscious bias, this masterclass tour enables every audience member to emerge with more awareness of one’s own assumptions, and constructively challenge and overcome these barriers to create more opportunities for personal development and institutional growth. Email us at email@example.com to inquire and book a museum virtual tour today!
Tours can be live streamed from the Museum premises directly to standard streaming platforms such as Zoom, Google Meets, Microsoft Teams, and Cisco Webex.
MOCA has been creating new content through multiple platforms, always free of charge—because history matters. 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 programming that will bring comfort and inspiration to more communities.
programs for adult audiences are brought to you by MOCA friends and
partners, including Bloomberg Philanthropies.
These programs are
also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City
Department of Cultural Affairs , in partnership with the City Council.
Community Service Society public health nurse Mrs.
Mooie Eng demonstrates the proper ways of bathing a baby. 1954;
Courtesy of Mooie Eng, MOCA Collection.
Chinese Lunar Celebration at 45 Mott Street;
Courtesy of Eric Y. Ng, MOCA Collection.
May is Lower East Side History Month! It was launched nine years ago in the hope that a collective celebration of our neighborhood would strengthen our connection to each other and strengthen our sense of community.
Finding ways to come together to share stories, honor neighbors, and respect histories—to remember our roots, past struggles, and past joys—feels profoundly important. Our history sheds light on our present and can motivate us to continue building a future of mutual support, respect, and inclusion.
We invite you to celebrate the LES with us! Over 75 Lower East Side cultural and community groups, small businesses, and residents will host a variety of public events, exhibits, tours, and learning opportunities. Celebrations proudly feature Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian American, Pacific Islander, and other community histories of the LES defined by its historical boundaries, including the East Village, Chinatown, Two Bridges, and Loisaida.
Check out the full calendar of events at peoplesles.org to find more ways to celebrate and honor the Lower East Side!
Preserve Your Family Legacy: Documenting your Family Stories
Monday, May 23, 2022, from 12:00 P.M. - 1:00 P.M. EDT
Join us as we celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we invite you to join AARP NY and Executive Council member Analiza Quiroz Wolf in a three-part webinar series—Preserving Legacy and Discovering Your Roots.
How do you ensure that the stories of your family are remembered? Do you have a plan to capture these stories? Get inspired to memorialize your family stories!
From international playwright Anchuli Felicia King comes a riveting new play about loyalties, intrigue, and the delicate art of translation. When enterprising American lawyer Julie Chen files a class-action lawsuit involving a multinational technology corporation and the Chinese government, she hires her strong-minded sister Eva as her translator. But what compromises will they make in order to win? And can they put aside their past differences to speak the same language? Directing this fast-paced production is May Adrales (Vietgone).
Use Promo Code SHIELD to access discount tickets at $35 (previews) and $40 (May 18-June 12).