New Public Program Series: MOCACITIZEN

Museum of Chinese in America through its public programs strives to serve as a hub for diverse narratives in the Asian American community. MOCACITIZEN is a new series that highlights community, social justice, and the people and organizations dedicated to amplifying the voices that often go unheard.


GATHERING THE GRASSROOTS: The Frontline of Asian American Mobilization
Saturday, September 15th 12-8PM


MOCA presents Gathering the Grassroots, a day-long public event celebrating the work of New York's foremost Asian American grassroots organizations. The event will attempt to capture a snapshot of the current issues and responses of Asian American working class communities. MOCA will provide the space for these key groups to assemble with the goal of fostering discussion between organizations and across respective missions.


Representation of participating organizations is broad, including East Asian, Middle-Eastern, South and Southeast Asian groups. MOCA will be transformed into a stage for these groups to present their work, with a focus on working class, immigrant and LGBT issues. Throughout the day, talks will be given by experienced Asian American organizers such as Dennis Chin and Helen Gym, in addition to panels meant to trigger dialogue between organizations and engagement with the public. There will also be performances by well-known Asian American artists.

This is a rare opportunity to witness the convergence of the city's diverse Asian American grassroots organizations, and to learn about and potentially participate in the various work that goes into the preservation of social justice for Asian Americans and immigrants in New York.

Asian American! What you should know…
Charlie + Jack

Thursday, September 13th 7PM

Co-sponsored by Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU
To kick off its new series Asian American! What you should know… MOCA will seek to uncover the back stories of the Asian American movement in New York City. The series launches with a conversation between MOCA founders Jack Tchen and Charlie Lai moderated by Helen Zia. The pair will share a unique look at history through personal stories from the pre-history of MOCA starting with their first meeting at Basement Workshop to MOCA’s founding moment to its recent expansion. All of this framed by their interactions with each other over the years and the many roles they played for the institution over the decades. Admission: This program is free and open to the public, courtesy of TARGET. RSVP required to