[New York, NY] June 7, 2018 — The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) is excited to announce a five-year summer internship program named with the support of and in memory of Calvin and Helen Lang.


The Calvin and Helen Lang Summer Internship Program, with an inaugural cohort of 11 students from high schools and universities across the U.S. representing the arts, American studies, social sciences, multimedia and graphic design disciplines, aims to encourage young people to broaden their understanding of heritage and identity through an active and dynamic summer experience at MOCA. Calvin and Helen Lang Summer Interns also will develop leadership skills and non-profit management experience.


From 2018 to 2022, MOCA’s summer intern cohort will be supported by a bequest from the estate of Helen Lew Lang. This year’s inaugural Calvin and Helen Lang Summer Interns are: Lydia Barnes of Bennington College; Cecilia Fu of Skidmore College; Allison Lee of Harvard University; Emily Locke of Yale University; Karintha Lowe of Harvard University; Amy Lu of Hunter College High School; Linh Nguyen of Princeton University; Deanna Reyes-Guerra of George Washington University; Alice Vo of University of Richmond; Andie Wei of Columbia University; and Aileen Zhang of University of Virginia.


The Calvin and Helen Lang Summer Intern Program is a dynamic and exciting 10-week learning experience at MOCA focused on the examination of dimensions within American studies, history, culture, the arts and non-profit management. During the program, students participate in a weekly professional development seminar series, conduct exhibition/program related research and outreach, and receive program-specific training designed by their departmental supervisor.


“We are extremely grateful to the late Calvin and Helen Lang who gave generously, tirelessly and joyfully to supporting the next generation. Their support will provide more students with the opportunity to gain invaluable experience working at a non-profit cultural institution,” said Nancy Yao Maasbach, President of the Museum of Chinese in America. “Our summer interns always bring creativity and passion to our work and truly become part of our close-knit MOCA team.”


“Our parents, Calvin and Helen Lang, believed in philanthropy, scholarship and the need for cross-cultural understanding. My parents’ identity in America centered on building relations and sharing cultures,” shared Beverly Lang Pierce. “We are delighted to support the Museum of Chinese in America as they continue to tell the untold stories in the making of America through dynamic programs like the MOCA summer internship program. We are encouraged that MOCA is broadening the professional experiences for young people who might not have the opportunity to work in arts and culture.”


Calvin and Helen Lang were passionate about sharing their Chinese heritage and worked to expand opportunities for cultural education of Asia for over 30 years. Helen Lang founded Asia Institute-Crane House (AICH) in 1987, which has become a hub for community residents, schoolchildren and visitors in Kentucky and southern Indiana to celebrate and learn about the cultural diversity of Asia.


The couple maintained close ties to the University of Louisville School of Medicine where Calvin was Professor of Biochemistry and funded his research there until his retirement as Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry. The couple also supported the University of Louisville School of Music.


In addition, Helen Lang founded the Asian Studies Program at the University of Louisville, which welcomed its first students in 2013, and today offers a graduate certificate, an annual symposium that attracts scholars worldwide and a robust student-exchange program with universities in China, India and Japan.


Additional funds in support of MOCA’s internship program have been provided by the Association of Asian American Yale Alumni (AAAYA) and Princeton University.


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The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) aims to engage audiences in an ongoing and historical dialogue, in which people of all backgrounds are able to see American history through a critical perspective, to reflect on their own experiences, and to make meaningful connections between: the past and the present, the global and the local, themselves and others.

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