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  • The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) is pleased to announce its program for the 2017 MOCA Legacy Awards Gala. This year’s benefit honorees are The Eugene C. and Gail V. Sit Family, recipient of the Generational Legacy Award; Chieh Huang, technology entrepreneur, philanthropic innovator, and founder of Boxed, Inc.; Gish Jen, nominee of the National Book Critics Circle Award and acclaimed author of six books; and Phillipa Soo, recipient of the Performer of the Year Award, renowned actor who originated the Broadway role of Eliza in Hamilton and the title role of Amélie.

  • Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) announces the opening of a new education center, Our Chinatown Learning Center and Collections Access Hub (“Our Chinatown LC”), located on the lower level of the Museum’s main building at 215 Centre Street. The launch of Our Chinatown LC coincides with the date of MOCA’s Mid-Autumn Moon Family Festival, also on September 23, 2017. Our Chinatown LC is comprised of Learning Stations, a Collections Access Hub, a Reading Corner, and a Rest & Play area.

  • FOLD: Golden Venture Paper Sculptures presents a conversation about immigration issues by telling the story of passengers aboard the Golden Venture cargo ship in 1993: undocumented Chinese immigrants and asylum seekers who were taken into custody and detained at York County Prison after their ship ran aground off Rockaway Beach, New York. While waiting for uncertain legal outcomes, they practiced the traditional Chinese folk art of paper folding and made more than 10,000 meticulously folded paper sculptures, including caged birds, American eagles, and the Statue of Liberty.

  • Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) will open its doors free of charge on Saturday, September 23, 2017, as part of Smithsonian magazine’s thirteenth annual Museum Day Live!, an initiative in which participating museums across the United States emulate the spirit of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington DC-based facilities, which offer free admission every day, and open their doors for free to those who download a Museum Day Live! ticket.

  • The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA)’s Fall 2017 exhibition, FOLD: Golden Venture Paper Sculptures, features unique folk art created by Chinese immigrants detained between 1993 and 1997 at York County Prison, Pennsylvania, after the ship they were on, the Golden Venture, carrying 286 passengers ran aground off the coast of Rockaway Beach, Queens on June 6, 1993. It will be on view from October 5, 2017 through March 25, 2018.

  • The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) is hosting its third annual Family Treasures Day on April 8, 2017 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Visitors of all ages are invited to learn about saving, storing, and sharing their family heirlooms, photographs, and digital memories. 

  • This year’s honorees are Glenn Lau-Kee, Partner, Kee & Lau-Kee, PLCC; Chinatown Ice Cream Factory; Wing on Wo & Co.; and First American International Bank (FAIB).

  • The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) is hosting its annual Lunar New Year Family Festival on February 11, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Visitors of all ages are invited to participate in celebrating the Year of the Rooster with a fun-filled day of activities including folk arts with zodiac-themed arts and crafts, festive music and dance performances, teaching artist demonstrations, storytelling, and more!

  • The Museum of Chinese in America will curate a “night market” evening featuring famed Chinese American chefs to support MOCA’s education programs on the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882. 

  • The Museum of Chinese in America is pleased to announce that due to popular demand, Sour, Sweet, Bitter, Spicy: Stories of Chinese Food and Identity in America which was previously scheduled to close on March 26, 2017 has been extended through September 10, 2017.