[New York, NY – December 7, 2015] – The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) has been awarded a grant by The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for a two-week summer institute for school teachers entitled, The Chinese Exclusion Act and Immigration in America (NEH Summer Institute at MOCA). The project will be under the direction of Dr. Jack Tchen, Founding Director of A/P/A Institute, and Joy Liu, Director of Education at MOCA.


The NEH Summer Institute at MOCA provides K-12 teachers with the opportunity to learn from leading scholars in the field and work with primary source materials and artifacts. Participants will develop pedagogical approaches for integrating these unique objects and original documents into their local school curricula and explore new perspectives on the history of immigration, citizenship, and what it means to be American.


Visiting faculty for the NEH Summer Institute at MOCA includes nationally recognized scholars such as Julia Schiavone Camacho, Henry Yu, Craig S. Wilder, Beth Lew-Williams, Mae M. Ngai, Renqiu Hu, Heather Lee, Judy W. Yu, and Thomas Bender.


“The grant projects announced today represent the very best of humanities scholarship and programming,” said NEH Chairman William Adams. “NEH is proud to support programs that illuminate the great ideas and events of our past, broaden access to our nation’s many cultural resources and open up for us new ways of understanding the world in which we live.”


Summer Seminars and Institutes for School Teachers are offered by NEH to provide teachers an opportunity for substantive study of significant humanities ideas and texts. These study opportunities are especially designed for this program and not intended to duplicate courses normally offered by graduate programs. On completion of an NEH Summer Seminar or Institute, NEH Summer Scholars will receive a certificate indicating their participation.


NEH Summer Institute at MOCA will take place from July 10 to July 22, 2016. The application deadline is on March 1, 2016. For more information about the NEH Summer Institute at MOCA, or to apply, please visit For questions, please email Joy Liu at, or call 917.484.4147. For more information about MOCA, visit