Press Release (12/06/11): MOCA to hold 32nd Annual Legacy Awards Gala on December 12th

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Oscar T. Tang


David Liu

Co-founder and CEO of XO Group Inc.

Dominic Ng

Chairman and CEO of East West Bank

Pichet Ong

Internationally celebrated and award-winning chef

Welcome reception/cocktail party, honoree recognition ceremony and dinner to be followed by special performances by PS 124 and the Broadway cast of David Henry Hwang’s Chinglish.

[New York, NY] December 1, 2011-On Monday, December 12th at 6:30pm, the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) will hold its 32nd annual Legacy Awards Gala, hosted by CNBC Correspondent Melissa Lee, at Cipriani Wall Street. As old and new friends gather to celebrate the organization’s achievements in preserving the living history of the Chinese experience in America, this year’s Gala will highlight MOCA’s educational role in fostering understanding and bridging gaps between cultures and generations, while recognizing extraordinary individuals who have made substantial contributions to the legacy of Chinese Americans.

This year, MOCA will present a Lifetime Achievement Award to philanthropist Oscar T. Tang and Legacy Awards to David Liu, Co-founder and CEO of XO Group Inc.; Dominic Ng, Chairman and CEO of East West Bank; and Pichet Ong, celebrated pastry chef and author of The Sweet Spot. Highlights of the evening include the children of PS 124 performing holidays songs and a special presentation of Tony Award-winner David Henry Hwang's Chinglish, featuring Jennifer Lim and Gary Wilmes and now playing at the Longacre Theatre on Broadway.

Over 400 celebrated philanthropists, leaders, elected officials, and supporters are expected to attend this highly anticipated annual event, which has succeeded in raising $1 million for each of the past three years. All proceeds go to advance MOCA’s vision and services, including the sponsorship of new exhibitions and the Trending Asian America Public Program series, the expansion of educational programs in partnership with local schools, and the preservation of Collection and Digital MOCA. “The move into our new home at 215 Centre Street just two years ago has inspired a burst of creative activity,” said Maya Lin, Co-Chair of the Board of
Trustees. “And MOCA’s success relies on our growing circle of friends who contribute their time, money, and talent to strengthen our mission.”

This year’s Gala Co-Chairs include Anla Cheng, Partner of Sino-Century China Private Equity, LLC; Kevin D. Eng, Co-founder of Columbus Hill Capital Management LP; Lulu C. Wang, CEO of Tupelo Capital Management LLC; and Theodore T. Wang, Managing Director at Goldman, Sachs & Co.

Past honorees and presenters have included, among others: the Chao Family; Steven Chen, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Youtube; Tan Dun, Academy Award-winning composer; Ang Lee, Academy Award-winning director; Anita Lo, celebrity chef; T.C Hsu, Former President of The Starr Foundation; David Henry Hwang, Tony Award-winning playwright; I.M. Pei, world-renown architect; and Christine A. Poon, Vice Chairman, Board of Directors and Worldwide Chairman of Pharmaceuticals Group, Johnson & Johnson.


About Museum of Chinese in America

MOCA was founded in 1980 as the community-based New York Chinatown History Project, and has since grown to encompass the journeys of a wide range of Chinese American communities from around the corner and across the globe. Since late 2009, when we moved into our beautiful new home designed by Maya Lin and located at the crossroads of SoHo and Chinatown, our exhibitions, programs, and audiences have expanded considerably. This was made possible by a unique public-private partnership involving efforts to rebuild Lower Manhattan in the aftermath of 9/11 as well as MOCA’s growing community of donors led by its Board of Trustees.

Today, MOCA’s mission is to celebrate the living history of the Chinese experience in America, to inspire our diverse communities to contribute to America’s evolving cultural narrative and civil society, and to empower and bridge our communities across generations, ethnicities, and geography through our dynamic stories.

To reserve your tickets or tables, please call Terry Cooper at the 2011 MOCA Legacy Awards Gala Headquarters, (212) 997-0100 x238, or visit us online at moca/legacy_dinner.

Museum of Chinese in America is located at 215 Centre Street. For further information about the Museum, please call (212) 619-4785 or visit us online at