MUSEUM of CHINESE in AMERICA (MOCA) WINS SIGNIFICANT GRANT to DIGITALLY PRESERVE SHARED JEWISH and CHINESE IMMIGRANT EXPERIENCES

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[New York, NY] January 15, 2019 - The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) proudly announces that it has received, in partnership with the Center for Jewish History (CJH) and its in-house partner the American Jewish Historical Society (AJHS), a prestigious grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) to fund a three-year collaborative research project on the shared history of Chinese and Jewish immigrant communities in New York City.

 

The project, titled New York Neighbors: The Shared Jewish and Chinese Immigrant and Refugee Experience, is jointly overseen and directed by MOCA and the Center for Jewish History and is one of only 17 projects out of the total 101 eligible applications that was awarded funding from CLIR.

 

The project will be funded by a $364,824.00 grant from CLIR’s Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives awards program, which is generously supported by funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

 

This is the first time that MOCA has been awarded funding from CLIR’s Digitizing Hidden Collections program, which supports the creation of digital representations of unique content of high scholarly significance that will be discoverable and usable as elements of a coherent national collection.

 

“Collaboration with the Center for Jewish History, an organization whose values align closely with MOCA’s, is a natural fit and exciting step forward in the Museum’s work to build bridges between communities,” said Nancy Yao Maasbach, President of the Museum of Chinese in America. “There are deep connections between the living history of the Chinese and Jewish experiences in America. We are deeply grateful to the Council on Library and Information Resources for enabling us to digitally preserve this knowledge, and in turn enable others to explore and increase their understanding of the impact that exclusionary U.S. legislation has on American society.”

 

“The Center for Jewish History is excited to collaborate with the Museum of Chinese in America, a fellow cultural heritage organization, so that together we can bring our unique perspectives to these important collections that document the New York immigrant experience,” said Bernard Michael, CEO and president at CJH.


MOCA’s portion of the grant will enable it to digitize three collections crucial to the study of Chinese American contributions to American history: the Fly to Freedom Collection of paper sculptures created by refugees of the Golden Venture, and two newspaper runs from China Daily News and Chinese American Times. These collections, in high demand, are only accessible through MOCA’s Collections and Research Center.

 

The project is a cross-disciplinary engagement with intermingling experiences of Jewish and Chinese immigrants, who share common histories with immigration restriction and perception as model minorities in the United States. As a result, the previously overlooked histories of these communities will become widely available for further inquiry and knowledge creation.

 

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About the Council on Library and Information Resources
The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) is an independent, nonprofit organization that forges strategies to enhance research, teaching, and learning environments in collaboration with libraries, cultural institutions, and communities of higher learning. To learn more, visit www.clir.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


About the Center for Jewish History (CJH)
The Center for Jewish History in New York City illuminates history, culture and heritage. The Center provides a collaborative home for five partner organizations: American Jewish Historical Society, American Sephardi Federation, Leo Baeck Institute, Yeshiva University Museum, and YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.


About the American Jewish Historical Society (AJHS)
Established in 1892, the mission of the American Jewish Historical Society is to foster awareness and appreciation of American Jewish heritage and to serve as a national scholarly resource for research through the collection, preservation and dissemination of materials relating to American Jewish history.


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.

 

Hours:
Monday: Closed
Tuesday to Sunday: 11am-6pm
Thursday: 11am-9pm

 

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.


Admission:
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