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Museum Of Chinese In America

Museum Of Chinese In America
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The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) is the leading museum dedicated to reclaiming, preserving and presenting the history and culture of Chinese people in the United States. Through its thought-provoking exhibits and programs, MOCA encourages dialogue among people of all cultural backgrounds.

After more than 20 years of collecting artifacts, archival and library materials, we are proud to be stewards of one of the most important national archives of materials about Chinese life in America. From rare papers to priceless artifacts, we hold many unusual and unique items indispensable for understanding this contemporary history.

MOCA began as a community-based organization founded in 1980 by Jack Tchen and Charlie Lai and Chinese American artists, historians and students who felt that the memories of first-generation "old-timers" would be lost without oral history, photo documentation, research, and collecting efforts. Now a focal point of the community's cultural life, the Museum has evolved into not only the keeper of the community's documented history, but the community's cultural history as well.

MOCA was located downtown in the heart of Manhattan's Chinatown on the second floor of the historic, century-old school building that was once Public School 23. Opened in November 1, 1893, and closing almost exactly 83 years later in October 1976, Public School 23 was built during the great tides of reform activity of the late 19th century, as New York struggled to educate the new waves of immigrants entering the city. As Chinatown continues to recover from the events of September 11th, MOCA envisions itself to be the cultural and historical cornerstone, curator, educator, exhibitor and research center of not only Manhattan's Chinatown, but for all Chinese of many nationalities located in America.


Upcoming Events at Museum Of Chinese In America

Exhibition - Responses: Asian American Voices Resisting the Tides of Racism

Friday, Jul 30, 2021 from 11:00am to 6:00pm
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New York, NY
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Dragon Boat Family Festival: Morning Session!

Saturday, Jul 31, 2021 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
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New York, NY
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Dragon Boat Family Festival: Morning Session!

Exhibition - Responses: Asian American Voices Resisting the Tides of Racism

Saturday, Jul 31, 2021 from 11:00am to 6:00pm
Museum Of Chinese In The Americas
New York, NY
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Dragon Boat Family Festival: Afternoon Session!

Saturday, Jul 31, 2021 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
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New York, NY
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Dragon Boat Family Festival: Afternoon Session!

Exhibition - Responses: Asian American Voices Resisting the Tides of Racism

Sunday, Aug 1, 2021 from 11:00am to 6:00pm
Museum Of Chinese In The Americas
New York, NY
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Exhibition - Responses: Asian American Voices Resisting the Tides of Racism

Tuesday, Aug 3, 2021 from 11:00am to 6:00pm
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New York, NY
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Exhibition - Responses: Asian American Voices Resisting the Tides of Racism

Wednesday, Aug 4, 2021 from 11:00am to 6:00pm
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New York, NY
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Exhibition - Responses: Asian American Voices Resisting the Tides of Racism

Friday, Aug 6, 2021 from 11:00am to 6:00pm
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New York, NY
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Exhibition - Responses: Asian American Voices Resisting the Tides of Racism

Saturday, Aug 7, 2021 from 11:00am to 6:00pm
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New York, NY
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Exhibition - Responses: Asian American Voices Resisting the Tides of Racism

Sunday, Aug 8, 2021 from 11:00am to 6:00pm
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Exhibition - Responses: Asian American Voices Resisting the Tides of Racism

Tuesday, Aug 10, 2021 from 11:00am to 6:00pm
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New York, NY
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Exhibition - Responses: Asian American Voices Resisting the Tides of Racism

Wednesday, Aug 11, 2021 from 11:00am to 6:00pm
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New York, NY
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Exhibition - Responses: Asian American Voices Resisting the Tides of Racism

Friday, Aug 13, 2021 from 11:00am to 6:00pm
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Exhibition - Responses: Asian American Voices Resisting the Tides of Racism

Saturday, Aug 14, 2021 from 11:00am to 6:00pm
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New York, NY
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Exhibition - Responses: Asian American Voices Resisting the Tides of Racism

Sunday, Aug 15, 2021 from 11:00am to 6:00pm
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New York, NY
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Exhibition - Responses: Asian American Voices Resisting the Tides of Racism

Tuesday, Aug 17, 2021 from 11:00am to 6:00pm
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Exhibition - Responses: Asian American Voices Resisting the Tides of Racism

Wednesday, Aug 18, 2021 from 11:00am to 6:00pm
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Exhibition - Responses: Asian American Voices Resisting the Tides of Racism

Friday, Aug 20, 2021 from 11:00am to 6:00pm
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New York, NY
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Exhibition - Responses: Asian American Voices Resisting the Tides of Racism

Saturday, Aug 21, 2021 from 11:00am to 6:00pm
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Exhibition - Responses: Asian American Voices Resisting the Tides of Racism

Sunday, Aug 22, 2021 from 11:00am to 6:00pm
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New York, NY
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Exhibition - Responses: Asian American Voices Resisting the Tides of Racism

Tuesday, Aug 24, 2021 from 11:00am to 6:00pm
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Exhibition - Responses: Asian American Voices Resisting the Tides of Racism

Wednesday, Aug 25, 2021 from 11:00am to 6:00pm
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Exhibition - Responses: Asian American Voices Resisting the Tides of Racism

Friday, Aug 27, 2021 from 11:00am to 6:00pm
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New York, NY
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Exhibition - Responses: Asian American Voices Resisting the Tides of Racism

Saturday, Aug 28, 2021 from 11:00am to 6:00pm
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Exhibition - Responses: Asian American Voices Resisting the Tides of Racism

Sunday, Aug 29, 2021 from 11:00am to 6:00pm
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New York, NY
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Exhibition - Responses: Asian American Voices Resisting the Tides of Racism

Tuesday, Aug 31, 2021 from 11:00am to 6:00pm
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New York, NY
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Exhibition - Responses: Asian American Voices Resisting the Tides of Racism

Wednesday, Sep 1, 2021 from 11:00am to 6:00pm
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New York, NY
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Exhibition - Responses: Asian American Voices Resisting the Tides of Racism

Friday, Sep 3, 2021 from 11:00am to 6:00pm
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New York, NY
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Exhibition - Responses: Asian American Voices Resisting the Tides of Racism

Saturday, Sep 4, 2021 from 11:00am to 6:00pm
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New York, NY
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Exhibition - Responses: Asian American Voices Resisting the Tides of Racism

Sunday, Sep 5, 2021 from 11:00am to 6:00pm
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New York, NY
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Exhibition - Responses: Asian American Voices Resisting the Tides of Racism

Tuesday, Sep 7, 2021 from 11:00am to 6:00pm
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New York, NY
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Exhibition - Responses: Asian American Voices Resisting the Tides of Racism

Wednesday, Sep 8, 2021 from 11:00am to 6:00pm
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New York, NY
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Exhibition - Responses: Asian American Voices Resisting the Tides of Racism

Friday, Sep 10, 2021 from 11:00am to 6:00pm
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New York, NY
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Exhibition - Responses: Asian American Voices Resisting the Tides of Racism

Saturday, Sep 11, 2021 from 11:00am to 6:00pm
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New York, NY
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Exhibition - Responses: Asian American Voices Resisting the Tides of Racism

Sunday, Sep 12, 2021 from 11:00am to 6:00pm
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New York, NY
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Exhibition - Responses: Asian American Voices Resisting the Tides of Racism

Tuesday, Sep 14, 2021 from 11:00am to 6:00pm
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New York, NY
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Exhibition - Responses: Asian American Voices Resisting the Tides of Racism

Wednesday, Sep 15, 2021 from 11:00am to 6:00pm
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New York, NY
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Exhibition - Responses: Asian American Voices Resisting the Tides of Racism

Friday, Sep 17, 2021 from 11:00am to 6:00pm
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New York, NY
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Exhibition - Responses: Asian American Voices Resisting the Tides of Racism

Saturday, Sep 18, 2021 from 11:00am to 6:00pm
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New York, NY
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Exhibition - Responses: Asian American Voices Resisting the Tides of Racism

Sunday, Sep 19, 2021 from 11:00am to 6:00pm
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Exhibition - Responses: Asian American Voices Resisting the Tides of Racism at Museum Of Chinese In America

Responses is an offering to our country in a moment of crisis. Chinese and Asian Americans are being blamed as the genesis of the coronavirus and targeted in assaults across the country, harming their bodies as well as their sense of belonging. To…

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Virtual Exhibition - An Unlikely Photojournalist: Emile Bocian in Chinatown

An unlikely photojournalist: Emile Bocian in Chinatown is a virtual exhibition, co-curated by MOCA and the Center for Jewish History (CJH). The show explores the life and photographs of European Jewish photographer Emile Bocian during his time…

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Exhibition - The Chinese Helped Build The Railroad: The Railroad Helped Build America at Museum Of Chinese In America

The Chinese Helped Build the Railroad – The Railroad Helped Build America is an historical exhibition that traces the Chinese contribution to the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad. Starting in 2012, photographer Li Ju visited sites…

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Exhibition - Gathering: Collecting and Documenting Chinese American History at Museum Of Chinese In America

Gathering: Collecting and Documenting Chinese American History is MOCA's Fall 2019 exhibition that tells the origin story of historical societies, museums, and organized projects that document and make public the history of Chinese throughout…

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Exhibition - Interior Lives: Photographs of Chinese Americans in the 1980s By Bud Glick

Interior Lives: Photographs of Chinese Americans in the 1980s By Bud Glick In 1981, the New York Chinatown History Project (now the Museum of Chinese in America) commissioned photographer Bud Glick to document the street life, people, and domestic…

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Exhibition - Fold: Golden Venture Paper Sculptures at Museum of Chinese in America

Fold: Golden Venture Paper Sculptures As a way to actively engage visitors in a conversation about immigration issues, FOLD: Golden Venture Paper Sculptures will present the story of the passengers of the Golden Venture, a ship carrying 286…

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Exhibition - Sour, Sweet, Bitter, Spicy At MOCA

Sour, Sweet, Bitter, Spicy: Stories of Chinese Food and Identity in America Join us for conversations around a dinner table with 33 Chinese and Asian American chefs. Sour, Sweet, Bitter, Spicy weaves together complex stories through a dynamic video…

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Exhibition - Chinese Style: Rediscovering the Architecture of Poy Gum Lee, 1923-1968

In this survey exhibition, architectural historian Kerri Culhane documents and explores Poy Gum Lee’s (1900-1968) nearly 50-year long career in both China and New York and examines Lee’s modernist influence in New York Chinatown. This project…

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Exhibition - Sub Urbanisms: Casino Urbanization, Chinatowns, and the Contested American Landscape

An award-winning anthropological case study by designer Stephen Fan, SUB URBANISMS explores the controversial conversion of suburban single-family homes into multi-family communities by immigrant Chinese casino workers in Connecticut. Addressing the…

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Exhibition - Yu Lik Wai: It's a Bright Guilty World

Yu Lik Wai: It’s A Bright Guilty World, co-presented by WhiteBox, will feature a recent series of photographic prints, and a 3-channel video holographic installation titled Flux (2008) by the Hong Kong-born, Beijing-based artist, who has…

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Exhibition - Waves of Identity: 35 Years of Archiving

Waves of Identity transforms the Bloomberg Special Exhibitions gallery into an archive environment encouraging open exploration of MOCA’s rich collection of Chinese American history. This exhibition will present over 200 objects and stories,…

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Exhibition - Memory Prints: The Story World of Phillip Chen

Memory Prints is a solo exhibition by Phillip Chen, a visual artist from the Midwest. In fifteen relief etchings centering around his family, Chen reckons with significant moments in Chinese American history. These prints unearth the emotional…

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Lunar New Year Family Festival

Blaaast into the New Year with MOCA! Visitors of all ages are invited to celebrate Chinese and Chinese American traditions and folk arts! Enjoy an awe-inspiring lion dance, create zodiac themed crafts, embark on storytelling journeys, and sway along…

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