[New York, NY] February 10, 2016 — The Museum of Chinese in America is opening a call for new members to join the Museum’s Journey Wall community. By securing a tile on MOCA’s Journey Wall, members become a permanent part of the Museum’s greater narrative of the Chinese American Diaspora. The Journey Wall is a custom art installation created for MOCA’s main lobby by artist and designer, Maya Lin. Each tile links a family’s name and place of origin with their home in America, ensuring that their story, name, and family history be honored. The number of tiles are limited, and are available for reservation through April 30, 2016.


“The Journey Wall is emblematic of a self-renewing exchange that brings to life the multiple journeys, memories, and contributions of the past and present,” said MOCA President Nancy Yao Maasbach.

Individuals who make a pledge will have their oral history collected to document their personal memories and narratives related to the Chinese American experience. Maya Lin said, “Being a living history museum, we are so much about those stories, and it is through the stories that we can understand who we are, and other people can understand how similar our story is from other immigrants who have come, as well as what makes us distinct.” Journey Wall members are invited to special events to further explore heritage, identity, and reunion.


Those who are interested in naming a tile are invited to attend An Evening with Maya Lin—A Special Journey Wall Event,” on February 23, 2016. Individuals who make pledges by the end of April are honored at a private Journey Wall reception in October 2016. “We hope that the Museum can not only be a place where one’s family legacy is preserved, but a place where families will meet and come together—a place of reunion and celebration.” Opportunities for placement on the Journey Wall begin at $10,000.


For more information or to make a reservation for a tile, please contact the Development department at (855)955-MOCA or email All gifts are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.