MOCA to Inaugurate Spring Celebration of Community Heroes

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[New York, NY] May 11th, 2012 – Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) is pleased to announce its inaugural Celebration of Community Heroes, honoring the outstanding contributions and achievements of local individuals and organizations that have inspired hope and helped advance the Chinese community in New York. This celebratory evening will be held on May16, 2012 at the Golden Unicorn Restaurant in Chinatown.

 

Founded in 1980 as the New York Chinatown History Project by historian John Kuo Wei Tchen and community activist Charles Lai, the Museum of Chinese in America seeks to celebrate the living history of Chinese Americans, to inspire our continuing contributions to society and its evolving cultural narrative, and to empower and bridge our diverse communities across generation, ethnicity, and geography.

 

Over the past 30+ years, MOCA has built a recognized collection of artifacts and personal histories, and has implemented over 90 exhibitions and countless public programs highlighting Chinese American history and culture. Since late 2009, when MOCA moved into its new space, designed by Maya Lin and located at the crossroads of SoHo and Chinatown, its exhibitions, programs and audiences have grown in size and scope. Today, as it continues to expand, MOCA remains deeply rooted in the history of Manhattan’s Chinatown and committed to supporting its dynamic present-day community as a cultural anchor.

 

"Many local individuals and institutions have made enormous contributions to the social and economic development of Chinatown," said Helen Koh, MOCA’s newly appointed Executive Director. “As an institution born and fostered by this community, we salute and support such efforts. We remain proud to be a part of Chinatown and are committed to deepening our ties with local community leaders, peer organizations, artists, and businesses to heighten the community’s vitality and visibility.”

 

On May 16, MOCA is proud to honor the Chinese American Medical Society, the New York Chapter of OCA, as well as Sandra K. Lee, CEO of Harold L. Lee & Sons Insurance Services, for their commitment to healing, helping, and inspiring hope in our community. MOCA expects 250 guests to join the event which is co-chaired by MOCA Board of Trustees members June Jee and Dr. Jonathan Ligh, with Helen Ng of Amazing 66 restaurant. The evening will be hosted by playwright David Henry Hwang and will feature the talents of jazz artists Christopher Yahng and Le Zhang. All proceeds from the event will help support MOCA’s exhibitions as well as its ongoing educational and research initiatives, which serve to enhance the historical awareness and cultural pride of the community.

 

About Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA)

MOCA’s mission is to celebrate the living history of the Chinese experience in America, to inspire our diverse communities to contribute to America’s evolving cultural narrative and civil society, and to empower and bridge our communities across generations, ethnicities and geography through our dynamic stories.

 

MOCA is a nonprofit educational and cultural institution that presents the living history, heritage, culture and diverse experiences of Chinese Americans through exhibitions, educational services and public programs. It began in 1980 as the community based New York Chinatown History Project founded by community and student activists led by historian John Kuo Wei Tchen and Charles Lai. It has since grown to encompass the stories and journeys of the many communities of Chinese America, both in the New York Metro area and across the U.S., including new immigrants and established multigeneration families.

 

Since late 2009, when MOCA moved into its new space, designed by Maya Lin and located at the crossroads of Soho and Chinatown, its exhibitions, programs and audiences have grown in size and scope. This was made possible by a unique public/private partnership between collaborative government efforts to rebuild Lower Manhattan in the aftermath of 9/11 and MOCA’s growing community of donors led by its Board of Trustees. Currently, MOCA’s family consists of its many visitors, members, scholars, artists, activists, and families with young children as well as a growing base of young professionals, business leaders and entrepreneurs.

 

For more info and upcoming events, please visit www.mocanyc.org.

Hours:
Monday: 11am-5pm
Thursday: 11am-9pm
Friday: 11am-5pm
Saturday and Sunday: 10am-5pm
The Museum is closed to the public on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, except for prescheduled group tours and special programs.

Target Free Thursdays: Free gallery admission is through the generosity of Target.

Admission:
General Admission: $7
Seniors (65+ with ID) and Students (w/school ID): $4
Children under 12 in groups less than 8: Free
MOCA Members: Free
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