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[NEW YORK, NY] January 24 2019 - The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA), a celebrated national cultural institution based in New York City and Pearl River Mart, the beloved family-owned Asian emporium, proudly annouce the Grand Opening of MOCA Shop by Pear River


With the shared mission of making meaningful connections between the past and the present, the global and the local, MOCA and Pearl River Mart have created a unique retail experience that blends education and commerce while celebrating the intersection of art, history, identity, and community. An exclusive PRESS PREVIEW of the new MOCA Shop by Pearl River -Pearl River Mart's third location in three years- will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, January 30, in the Museum's lobby at 215 Centre Street. A curated collection of objects for young and old will fancy the museum shop visitor and the retail scavenger seeker. Select merchandise from up-and­ coming Asian American designers and artists as well as limited edition memorabilia highlighting MOCA exhibitions will be available regularly.


A GRAND OPENING CEREMONY at 7 p.m. will be held where Nancy Yao Maasbach, President of the Museum of Chinese in America, and Joanne Kwong, President of Pearl River Mart, will officially open the shop in a ribbon-cutting ceremony and deliver congratulatory remarks. Media should RSVP to to attend the Press Preview and cover the speeches at the Grand Opening Ceremony.

"Pearl River Mart is embedded in the New York City vernacular and identity. The Museum of Chinese in America is delighted and honored to partner with Pearl River Mart as we present the continuing narrative of our beloved city and country through the MOCA Shop by Pearl River," said Ms. Maasbach. "By coming together in this creative and dynamic way, MOCA and Pearl River further cement our place in the make-up of the greatest city in the world. "


"We are honored to literally become a part of MOCA, an institution whose work in preserving and giving voice to the many Chinese American stories in this country - including our own - shows how these stories enable people of all generations to have a greater understanding of history and identity in America. The Museum's growth and continued success is vital and we are overjoyed to be a part of it," said Ms. Kwong.

To interview Nancy Yao Maasbach or Joanne Kwong, or to RSVP for the Press Preview of the MOCA Shop by Pearl River, email


MOCA Shop by Pearl River will be open during MOCA's hours of operation:
Monday: Closed
Tuesday to Sunday: 11am-6pm
Thursday: 11am-9pm


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About Pearl River Mart
Founded as a "friendship store" in 1971, Pearl River Mart is an iconic New York City Asian emporium with three retail locations: 395 Broadway in TriBeCa, Chelsea Market in the Meatpacking District, and within the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) at the crossroads of Chinatown, Little Italy and SoHo. From home furnishings to fashion and everything in between, the store features one-of-a-kind items imported from Asia, as well as innovative merchandise designed and created by Asian Americans. A beloved destination for people from all over the globe, Pearl River has become symbolic of the uniqueness, authenticity and multiculturalism of New York City. Visit Pearl River at or Facebook, lnstagram, or Twitter.


About the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA)
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.


MOCA is a proud partner of the New York City IDNYC card benefit program and Culture Pass, a program for cardholders of Brooklyn Public Library, New York Public Library, and Queens Library in which New Yorkers 13 and older can reserve passes and get free admission to dozens of NYC cultural institutions.


General Admission: $12
Seniors (65 and older with ID), Students (with school ID): $8
Children under 2 in groups less than 10: Free
Cool Culture families: Free
MOCA Members: Free
MOCA Free First Thursdays: Free gallery admission on the first Thursday of each month, made possible through the generosity of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and J.T. Tai & Co. Foundation.