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  • MOCA's Fall Exhibition, Radical Machines: Chinese in the Information Age, examines the seemingly impossible Chinese typewriter – a machine that inputs a language with no alphabet, yet has more than 70,000 characters. The exhibition explores the historical significance and technological innovation behind the Chinese typewriter, and the role it played in the survival of the Chinese language into the information age.

  • Interior Lives: Photographs of Chinese Americans in the 1980s by Bud Glick presents the largest exhibition of acclaimed photographer Bud Glick's work documenting life in New York Chinatown during the 1980's. The exhibition invites reflection on how Manhattan's Chinatown has changed and evolved since MOCA's founding in 1980 when the Museum, then known as the New York Chinatown History Project, began documenting the experiences of Chinatown residents. The exhibition is organized in conjunction with the Museum of the City of New York (MCNY)'s exhibition Interior Lives: Contemporary Photographs of Chinese New Yorkers.

  • The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) has launched a Chinese-language audio guide available on mobile phones to complement its critically acclaimed exhibitions Chinese Medicine in America: Converging Ideas, People and Practices and On the Shelves of Kam Wah Chung & Co. and that both exhibitions have been extended through September 16, 2018 due to popular demand.

  • The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) is excited to welcome Hong Yao, renowned Chinese abstract ink artist, as its Summer 2018 Artist in Residence as he demonstrates and teaches his signature Snapline technique for the first time in the United States.

  • The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) is excited to announce a five-year summer internship program named with the support of and in memory of Calvin and Helen Lang.


    The Calvin and Helen Lang Summer Internship Program, with an inaugural cohort of 11 students from high schools and universities across the U.S. representing the arts, American studies, social sciences, multimedia and graphic design disciplines, aims to encourage young people to broaden their understanding of heritage and identity through an active and dynamic summer experience at MOCA. Calvin and Helen Lang Summer Interns also will develop leadership skills and non-profit management experience.

  • The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) tells the rich story of Chinese medicine and practices in America through two exhibitions that, for the first time ever, combine the use of historical artifacts and contemporary art to demystify and deepen understanding of this discipline. Chinese Medicine in America: Converging Ideas, People and Practices and On the Shelves of Kam Wah Chung & Co. will both be on view from April 26 through September 9, 2018.


    The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) announces the launch of MOCA FEST 2018 to welcome the Year of the Dog. From now until March 3, MOCA will feature special Lunar New Year programs, speakers, exhibits, children’s activities, a Family Festival, walking tours, exclusive access to MOCA’s Collections, and the return of MOCA’s popular Night Market showcasing cuisine from famed Chinese American chefs.

  • The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) is pleased to announce its program for the 2017 MOCA Legacy Awards Gala. This year’s benefit honorees are The Eugene C. and Gail V. Sit Family, recipient of the Generational Legacy Award; Chieh Huang, technology entrepreneur, philanthropic innovator, and founder of Boxed, Inc.; Gish Jen, nominee of the National Book Critics Circle Award and acclaimed author of six books; and Phillipa Soo, recipient of the Performer of the Year Award, renowned actor who originated the Broadway role of Eliza in Hamilton and the title role of Amélie.

  • Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) announces the opening of a new education center, Our Chinatown Learning Center and Collections Access Hub (“Our Chinatown LC”), located on the lower level of the Museum’s main building at 215 Centre Street. The launch of Our Chinatown LC coincides with the date of MOCA’s Mid-Autumn Moon Family Festival, also on September 23, 2017. Our Chinatown LC is comprised of Learning Stations, a Collections Access Hub, a Reading Corner, and a Rest & Play area.

  • FOLD: Golden Venture Paper Sculptures presents a conversation about immigration issues by telling the story of passengers aboard the Golden Venture cargo ship in 1993: undocumented Chinese immigrants and asylum seekers who were taken into custody and detained at York County Prison after their ship ran aground off Rockaway Beach, New York. While waiting for uncertain legal outcomes, they practiced the traditional Chinese folk art of paper folding and made more than 10,000 meticulously folded paper sculptures, including caged birds, American eagles, and the Statue of Liberty.