Press Release (08/02/10): Museum of Chinese in America Explores Cross-Cultural Exchange Between the U.S. and China

Museum of Chinese in America Explores Cross-Cultural Exchange Between the U.S. and China

Both Here and There: Yale-China and a Century of Transformative Encounters Premieres in September


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July 22, 2010, New York, NY – This fall, the Museum of Chinese in America explores the hundred-year history of the Yale-China Association and the personal narratives behind its long history of cross-cultural exchange. Both Here and There: Yale-China and a Century of Transformative Encounters includes personal accounts, images, and artifacts that together explore the profound power of grassroots exchange on communities, cultures, and individuals an ocean apart. Since 1901, the Yale-China Association has built U.S.-China relations through programs in education, health, public service, and the arts. Both Here and There, organized by Yale-China, will be on view at MOCA from September 2 through October 11, 2010.


“Yale-China’s exchange programs have played an essential part in Chinese American history—for people of Chinese descent who have come to the United States, and for Americans who have worked and learned abroad,” said S. Alice Mong, director of the Museum of Chinese in America.

“Exchange programs are becoming more common now, but Yale-China has a remarkably long history. I think our visitors will enjoy learning about the shared experiences of these early pioneers.”


Regardless of the shore to which they traveled, those who took the journey between the United States and China found their lives forever altered by their experiences. For many, Yale-China programs deeply shaped their sense of identity and produced a lasting empathy for their adopted culture. Whether they returned home or remained, the experience influenced their personal and professional lives, and collectively, new levels of understanding guided the direction of Chinese-American relations in the 20th century. Their stories will be told through photography, oral history, and film, including rare footage from early twentieth century China.


“The lives chronicled in this exhibit tell a greater story—one that explores the fundamental desire to be understood,” says Yale-China Executive Director Nancy Yao Maasbach. “The sentiment of Both Here and There reminds us that we do not have to choose a singular identity.”


About the Yale-China Association
For more than a century, the Yale-China Association has promoted understanding between Chinese and American people through programs in the arts, education, health, and public service. Our work in the classroom, the hospital, and the community bring life-changing experiences to thousands of people each year. Teaching and learning are the heart of our work.


At Yale-China we believe that individuals—and individual organizations—can be a force for making the world more peaceful and humane. Our work is based on the conviction that sustained, one-on-one contacts between Chinese and American people not only enrich the lives of the individuals involved but contribute, ultimately, to improved relations between our two nations.


Founded in 1901, the Yale-China Association is a private, non-profit organization based on the campus of Yale University.


MOCA’s Core Exhibition: With a Single Step
Also on view, With a Single Step: Stories in the Making of America presents the diverse layers of the Chinese American experience while examining America’s journey as a nation of immigrants—an overview of Chinese in the United States from the 19th century to the present, individual stories that reveal what it has meant to be Chinese in America over time, and the physical traces and images of past generations left for us to consider, reflect on, and reclaim.


The exhibition is tied together by three main threads: the relationship between China and the United States and its impact on Chinese Americans; how Chinese Americans have perceived themselves in American society (and have been perceived) over time; and, the impact of Chinese Americans on politics, culture, and life in the United States.


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


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
Cynthia Lee, 212-619-4785 x4145 (English-language media)


Ting-Chi Wang, 212-619-4785 x4148 (Chinese-language media)