Press Release (05/13/11): Commerce Secretary Gary Locke visited the Museum of Chinese in America

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[New York, NY] – On May 12th, Commerce Secretary Gary Locke visited the Museum of Chinese in America. Maya Lin, designer of the Museum and Co-Chair of the Board, along with Director S. Alice Mong, gave Secretary Locke a tour of the Museum, congratulating him on his nomination as the new U.S. Ambassador to China. "We are truly honored to have Secretary Locke, MOCA's 2005 honoree, and show him our new home as a national cultural anchor chronicling the history of Chinese in America," said Director Mong. Secretary Locke had an opportunity to view the tile profiling him on the Luminary Wall, which is part of the Museum's Core Exhibit, With a Single Step: Stories in the Making of America. The Luminary Wall honors Chinese descendants who have made major contributions to American history, chronologically documenting their stories from all walks of life. Secretary Locke's tile appears in Section 8: Towards a More Perfect Union, along those of Maya Lin, Ang Lee, David Ho and Elaine Chao.

After Secretary Gary Locke’s visit, he reflected upon his experience growing up as a Chinese American in his blog post here.


Photo Caption: (Front Row Left to right) Jenny Low (Chinese-American Planning Council President), Virginia Kee (CPC Founder), NYC Comptroller John Liu, Secretary Locke, NYS Assemblywoman Grace Meng, S. Alice Mong (MOCA Director), Maya Lin (Artist & Designer of MOCA, Co-Chair of MOCA’s Board); (Back Row Left to Right) Herbert Kee (CPC Founder), Chung C. Seto (ChungSeto Group), Wellington Chen( Executive Director of Chinatown Partnership LDC), Linda Sun ( District Office Manager of Assemblywoman Meng’s office)


Photo Caption: Secretary Locke with S. Alice Mong ( MOCA Director) and MOCA staff


About Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA)

The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) is the leading national museum dedicated to preserving and presenting the history and culture of people of Chinese descent in the United States. From its Maya Lin-designed home on the border of Chinatown and SoHo in New York City at 215 Centre Street, MOCA collects and displays historical and cultural artifacts, and organizes traveling exhibitions, classes, discussions, and events that explore all aspects of the Chinese American experience in the United States. MOCA began as a community-based organization founded in 1980 by Chinese American artists, historians and students who felt that the memories of first-generation “old-timers” in Chinatown would be lost without oral history, photo documentation, research, and collecting efforts. Now a resource for historians and community members alike, the Museum has evolved into a national keeper of cultural information and an influential voice in the ongoing history of Chinese and Chinese American culture across the country. The Museum’s original location at 70 Mulberry Street, currently the Collections and Research Center, is in the heart of Chinatown on the second floor of the historic, century-old school building that was once Public School 23. For more information, visit

Monday: 11am-5pm
Thursday: 11am-9pm
Friday: 11am-5pm
Saturday and Sunday: 10am-5pm
The Museum is closed to the public on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, except for prescheduled group tours and special programs.


General Admission: $7
Seniors (65+ with ID) and
Students (w/school ID): $4
Children under 12 in groups less than 8: Free
MOCA Members: Free

Target Free Thursdays: Free gallery admission every Thursday through the generosity of Target.

MOCA is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational organization supported by its members, individual donors, and by public and private funds.