Press Release (09/11/10): Chinatown POV: Reflections on September 11th

Museum of Chinese in America
Chinatown POV: Reflections on September 11th

September 11, 2010-November 29, 2010


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This fall, the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) presents Chinatown POV: Reflections on September 11th in the Jundy and Tin An Cheng Salon from September 11, 2010 through November 29, 2010. This presentation of first-person accounts, photographs, and mixed-media represents voices from a neighborhood just ten blocks away from Ground Zero. Included in the exhibition is installation art by Chee Wang Ng.


Shortly after the tragic events of September 11th, MOCA began collecting community photo-documentation, studies, reports, artwork, and ephemera related to Chinatown and its recovery. Over the course of one year, the museum conducted oral histories with people who lived and worked in the largest residential area impacted by 9/11 at the time of the attacks. Garment and restaurant workers, community activists, non-profit administrators, union organizers, healthcare and law professionals, senior citizens, and youth shared their thoughts on life in the “frozen zone.” For eight days following the attack, all vehicular and non-residential pedestrian traffic was prohibited south of Canal Street; and for nearly two months, Chinatown residents and businesses were effectively isolated and hampered by the loss of telephone service.


Although the economic impact of 9/11 on Chinatown’s largest industries – garment, restaurant, retail jewelry, and tourism – was immediately evident, the lack of baseline socio-economic documentation made advocating for Chinatown’s long-range development a challenge. Nine years later, we ask the questions: Where are we now? How have we been impacted as individuals, and as a community? Have we recovered? And where do we go from here? Visitors to the Museum will be invited to submit their own memories and reflections.


This exhibition is co-sponsored by the Chinatown Partnership Local Development Corporation (CPLDC).



About 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, 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 our country. The Museum’s original location (which will continue to be used for archives and collections) 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


The Chinatown Partnership was formed to bring residents, business owners and community groups together to rebuild Chinatown following 9/11, and to preserve the neighborhood's unique culture while ensuring its vitality in the future.

Through a broad range of programs, the Chinatown Partnership engages the community and leads efforts to improve the neighborhood’s physical environment, provide opportunities and services for local businesses and entrepreneurs, showcase Asian arts and culture, attract public and private investment, advocate for a fair share of government services and create a dynamic and diverse 24/7 neighborhood for living, working and playing.


Museum hours:
Monday: 11am-5pm
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: 11am-9pm
Friday: 11am-5pm
Saturday: 10am-5pm
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 (w/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.


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Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA)

Cynthia Lee, 212.619.4785 x4145 (English)
Ting-Chi Wang, 212.619.4785 x4148 (Chinese)