Tuesday, May 17, 2022

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.

Tickets: FREE. Advanced booking recommended!



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.

Staff Picks & Book Recommendations

  • We Were Dreamers: An Immigrant Superhero Origin Story (2022) by Simu Liu
  • Kingdom of Characters: The Language Revolution That Made China Modern (2022) by Jing Tsu
  • Thank You, Mr. Nixon (2022) by Gish Jen
  • What My Bones Know (2022) by Stephanie Foo
  • From a Whisper to a Rallying Cry: The Killing of Vincent Chin and the Trial that Galvanized the Asian American Movement by Paula Yoo
  • Beautiful Country: A Memoir by Qian Julie Wang
  • Chinatown Heroes (2021) by Wai Wah Chen
  • I am Golden (2022) by Eva Chen, illustrated by Sophie Diao
  • Amah Faraway (2022) by Margaret Chiu Greanias, illustrated by Tracy Subisak
  • I Am an American: The Wong Kim Ark Story (2021) by Martha Brockenbrough and Grace Lin, illustrated by Julia Kuo
  • Messy Roots: A Graphic Memoir of a Wuhanese American (2022) by Laura Gao
  • Rise: A Pop History of Asian America from the Nineties to Now (2022) by Jeff Yang, Phil Yu, and Philip Wang
  • New from Here (2022) by Kelly Yang

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MOCA Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Programming


Check MOCA's calendar for new programs throughout this month and June!



You Are Not Alone–Creating Space for Mental Health

with Linh An, Regina Lee and Annie Li



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.





Mae Ngai in conversation with Beth Lew-Williams



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.


Double Happiness

An Original MOCA Production

Playwright: Emily Locke

Director: Dennis Yueh-Yeh Li



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 NYCelebrating Our Immigrant Heritage and Communities.




MOCAKIDS: Drag Story Hour with Yuhua Hamasaki in Cantonese & English



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.





MOCAKIDS Meet & Greet with Margaret Chiu Greanias & Tracy Subisak



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.




MOCAKIDS Storytime at Home: Love Yourself!




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.




MOCA 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!




MOCAKIDS 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.


Book a 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 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.





MOCA's public 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.


From Our Partner


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 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!










Golden Shield at The Manhattan Theatre Club

April 26 – June 12, 2022

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).





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