Guided School Programs

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Gallery Programs

MOCA’s gallery programs take place in our core exhibit, With a Single Step: Stories in the Making of America. Programs involve hands-on investigation, close looking at objects and images, and opportunities to ask questions and make connections to the present day. All gallery programs are 75 minutes.

Customs and Traditions

Recommended: Grades 2-4

What are the origins of some of the major Chinese holidays? What are the meanings behind popular Chinese symbols and designs? What role does language play in Chinese culture? Through a guided gallery hunt, students will explore Lunar New Year, Cantonese opera, popular folktales, and other customs and traditions that permeate Chinese American culture.

Family Journeys: The Chinese American Experience

Grades 4 and up

Through an examination of personal artifacts, photographs, and documents from the Museum’s collection, students will explore the Chinese American experience from past to present. Students will learn about successive waves of Chinese immigrants, their motivations for coming, where they settled, how they were treated, how they adapted to their new life, and how they shaped American society. Hands-on activities with primary sources will encourage students to delve deeper into pertinent themes and to make connections with their personal experience.

Core Exhibit Gallery Highlights Tour

Grades 5 and up

Learn about MOCA’s core exhibit, With a Single Step: Stories in the Making of America, in this educator-led gallery tour that provides an overview of the Chinese in America from the 19th century through the present day. Items in the Museum’s collection are used to highlight the major themes of the exhibit. (60 minute option available)

Core Exhibit Gallery Highlights Tour for English Language Learners

Grades 9 and up

 

Explore MOCA's galleries and learn what Chinese immigrants have experienced in the US. We’ll compare past and present, and learn the similarities between Chinese immigrants and other immigrant groups. You can also practice English listening, speaking, grammar, and vocabulary by talking with the educator and fellow students, and finding new information in our galleries and exhibitions. This tour is appropriate for high school, college, and adult groups.

 

This tour is available at two levels:

Level I is tailored to students who are familiar with using English in common daily situations but need support with more academic topics.

Level II is suitable for students who are comfortable reading and analyzing academic texts such as news articles but need support with topic-specific vocabulary.
 

Where Do Stereotypes Come From?

Grades 8 and up

 

Students examine and analyze representations of the Chinese in America in political cartoons, advertisements, and pop culture ranging from the 19th century through the present day. Through a series of document-based exercises that strengthen critical thinking and visual literacy and analysis, students learn the origins of stereotypes and social fears, such as xenophobia and racism, in US society. Students make connections between representations of race and labor relations, immigration and naturalization policies, and international affairs.

Allies and Enemies

Grades 9 and up

Who are America’s allies and enemies, and do these definitions ever change? Students will examine the importance of World War II for Chinese Americans and look at how the US's relationship with China affected the condition of Chinese Americans during the Cold War. The program will also ask students to think critically about constitutional rights and the changing notions of what it means to be American. Topics covered will include the Chinese Exclusion Act, McCarthy period, the Red Scare, and the House Un-American Activities Committee. This program is an excellent supplement to students who are studying World War II, the Cold War, US-China relations, and constitutional rights.

 

Fees Per Participant:
$3/NYC DOE Title 1 School
$6/NYC Public School/CUNY/SUNY
$10/Independent and Out of State Schools (K-12)
$12/College and University Students
$16+/Weekends, evenings, private tours & customized experiences
Note: For groups that wish to participate in both a Gallery Program and Walking Tour, discounted fees are available.

Walking Tours

MOCA’s Chinatown walking tours take students through one of New York City’s oldest neighborhoods, introducing them to its long history as an ethnically diverse community. Educators will stop at 8 to 10 different sites, landmarks, and historic streets, and will use photographs and illustrations to show the ways the neighborhood has evolved--as well as remained unchanged--over the years. All walking tours are 75 minutes.

Exploring Chinatown’s Community

Grades K through 2

Offered April through December


Bring students to the Museum of Chinese in America for an in-person exploration of New York City’s vibrant Chinatown. Students will learn about the landmarks, businesses, and people that make up the Chinatown community, and connect them to places and people in their own home neighborhoods. This program includes a 30-minute walking tour, 30 minutes of guided activities in the museum, and 15 minutes of exploration and storytime in the museum’s hands-on learning center.

Mapping Chinatown

Grades 2 through 3

Offered April through December


Bring students to New York City’s historic Chinatown for a fun and interactive map-themed trip! Students will explore the landmarks and businesses of Chinatown in person, then create their own maps to record their visits and what they’ve learned about this community. This program includes a 40-minute walking tour, a mapping activity, and time for stories and exploration in MOCA’s hands-on learning center.

Chinatown: A Walk Through History

Grades 6 and up

Offered April through December

 

Uncover the history of one of New York City’s oldest neighborhoods! This walking tour focuses on how everyday buildings and places of historical significance reflect and shape a community--from its origins as the Native American village of Werpoes Hill in 1600 to its present status as one of the fastest-growing immigrant communities in New York City. Highlighted sites include the oldest streets in Chinatown, a Catholic church, Chinatown's oldest general store, and a Chinese eatery that catered to the needs of Chinatown’s turn-of-the-century “bachelor society.”

 

From Coffeehouses to Banquet Halls

Grades 6 and up

Offered April through December

 

Restaurants have always played an essential role in NYC’s Chinatown. Trace the evolution of eateries in Chinatown, highlighting stories of diversity—the flavors of China’s regional cuisines converging in New York City; stories of legacy—Chinatown’s sons and daughters who grow up to be entrepreneurs and restauranteurs; and stories of evolution—a constant weaving between the classic and modern, the old and the new.

 

 

Fees Per Participant:
$3/NYC DOE Title 1 School
$6/NYC Public School/CUNY/SUNY
$10/Independent and Out of State Schools (K-12)
$12/College and University Students
$16+/Weekends, evenings, private tours & customized experiences

Note: For groups that wish to participate in both a Gallery Program and Walking Tour, discounted fees are available.