Press Release (4/18/12): MOCA Announces New Executive Director

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[New York, NY] April 18, 2012-The Board of Trustees of the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) is pleased to announce the appointment of the accomplished program expert and East Asian scholar Helen Koh as MOCA’s new Executive Director. She begins her new role April 18th.

“We are looking forward to having Helen Koh lead our museum,” said Maya Lin, co-chair of MOCA’s Board and designer of the museum. “After an extensive national search, it was very clear that her expertise and passion for Asian studies and her vision for inventive programs and creative audience-building strategies would inspire the Board and staff as we enter the next phase of MOCA’s growth.”


The public is invited to meet Ms. Koh on April 25th, 6:00pm to 8:00pm, at the opening of MOCA’s exhibition America through a Chinese Lens, where she will share her vision on MOCA’s future. The exhibition of more than 60 photographs by Chinese artists, documentary photographers, and non-professional enthusiasts depicts American life in all of its beauty and contradictions with images of urban, suburban and tourist sites across the U.S.

“With extensive experience in public programming, business development, fundraising, and higher education, Ms. Koh comes to MOCA with a strong executive presence, an impressive knowledge of Chinese and Asian-American history, and a sincere passion for our mission,” said Mei-Mei Tuan, chair of the Search Committee and co-chair of MOCA.

The selection of Ms. Koh to head the museum is the culmination of a national search involving the review of hundreds of candidates, and it reflects MOCA's desire to instill a dynamic and fresh approach in its continued efforts to preserve the history, heritage, and culture of people of Chinese descent in the United States.


Helen Koh has a doctorate in East Asian Languages & Civilizations from the University of Chicago and is the recipient of Fulbright and Japanese Ministry of Education fellowships. Dr. Koh is a former professor at Columbia University, where she taught interdisciplinary courses in East Asian history, literature, and film. While at Deloitte, Helen Koh developed over $96 million in new business, and during her tenure at the Asia Society she curated author and film events and co-managed the Asian American International Film Festival. More recently, Helen Koh led corporate relations at the Rhode Island School of Design. “I am honored and thrilled to be entrusted with the leadership of this dynamic museum,” Ms. Koh said. “MOCA’s mission, talented staff, dedicated board, and growing community provide rich material for innovative programs that will reach beyond Chinese Americans and contribute to the evolving cultural narrative of the U.S.”


“I look forward to working with the trustees, staff, and founders to create an exciting new chapter in MOCA's development.” said Ms. Koh.


About Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA)
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. MOCA is a nonprofit educational and cultural center that presents the history, culture, and diverse experiences of Chinese Americans through exhibitions, educational services, and public programs.

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

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