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  • The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) announces two comprehensive exhibitions for Fall 2019 that highlight the critical pillars of research and work conducted across the U.S. to preserve Chinese immigrant contributions and communities to the American narrative - Gathering: Collecting and Documenting Chinese American History and The Chinese Helped Build The Railroad - The Railroad Helped Build America.

  • MOCA’s new initiatives are: 1) a new “Pay What You Wish” admissions policy for residents of Manhattan’s Chinatown and Two Bridges neighborhoods; 2) a new Space Grant program in which meeting space in MOCA will be provided complimentary for eligible community non-profit groups based in or serving Manhattan’s Chinatown and Two Bridges neighborhoods; and 3) the introduction of Free First Sundays in which museum admission will be free the first Sunday of every month to family association members of the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association of New York (CCBA-NY).

  • The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA), New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, New York City Council Member Margaret S. Chin, and Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer have announced that MOCA has been allocated $2.3 million in capital funding in the city’s fiscal year 2019 budget to help the Museum acquire its current premises at 215 Centre Street. MOCA is seeking to secure a permanent home to cement its position as a national cultural institution headquartered in New York City. MOCA is dedicated to telling the untold stories in the making of America through the lens of the Chinese immigrant experience. The capital funding in fiscal year 2019 comprises $2.25 million allocated from the New York City Council and $50,000.00 from the office of the Manhattan Borough President.

  • The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) announces that it has launched MOCA Spike 150: Running Forward With Our Stories, an historic initiative to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the completion of the first Transcontinental Railroad in the U.S. To honor the contributions, resilience, and grit of the Chinese and Irish laborers who helped build America exhibiting the courageous spirit of all immigrants in America, the MOCA Spike 150 initiative will rally 1,500 runners to collectively run 15,000 miles in a symbolic cross-country relay starting on May 10, 2019 at Promontory Summit in Utah—150 years to the day that a golden spike was driven to complete the last link in the Transcontinental Railroad—and ending on November 3, 2019 with the TCS New York City Marathon.

  • The Moon Represents My Heart: Music, Memory and Belonging, a groundbreaking exhibition opening May 2, 2019 at the Museum of Chinese in America, will focus on the transformative power of music identity in immigrant Chinese communities from the 1850s to the present. During this period, disparate music genres converged with historic milestones, including changes in U.S. immigration legislation and China’s soft power emergence. The exhibition will delve into how Chinese immigrant communities have yearned for the ‘old country’, fashioned new American identities, or challenged stereotypes through their embrace of music forms as far-reaching as Cantonese opera, hip hop, Asian American Movement music, Taiwan love ballads, Canto-pop, western classical, karaoke, Beijing underground rock, and many other genres.

  • The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) is hosting its annual Lunar New Year Family Festival on February 16, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Visitors of all ages are invited to celebrate the Year of the Pig with a fun-filled day of activities including zodiac-themed arts and crafts, lively music and dance performances, festive snacks, and storytelling, all inspired by Chinese and Chinese American New Year’s traditions!

  • 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 announce the Grand Opening of MOCA Shop by Pearl River.

  • 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.

  • The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) is excited to announce MOCA FEST 2019, an 8-week Lunar New Year celebration at MOCA to welcome the Year of the Pig and the start of year 4717 on the Chinese calendar. Festivities will include the launch of MOCA’s new shop in partnership with Pearl River Mart; Lunar New Year-themed programs, speakers, and children’s activities; MOCA’s popular Night Market showcasing cuisine from famed Asian American chefs; a Family Festival; and a glamorous Lunar Soiree. The Museum invites people of all ages to take part in its uniquely designed celebration aimed at providing a genuine and deep understanding of this famed holiday and what it means in American society.

  • The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) is pleased to announce its program for the 2018 Legacy Awards Gala. This year’s benefit honorees are the Legacy of General Wen Ying Hsing, recipient of the Generational Legacy Award; Thomas C. Ahn, civil engineer and vice president with The Mount Sinai Health System; Maxine Hong Kingston, celebrated poet, author, educator, activist, and recipient of the National Medal of Arts; and Nancy C. Lee, JP, distinguished arts and education philanthropist. The 2018 Legacy Awards Gala will also inaugurate MOCA's Breakout Artist of the Year award, which will be presented to Katherine Ho, internationally renowned singer-songwriter featured on the Crazy Rich Asians Soundtrack.