• Tue, Jul 14, 2020 from 1pm – 2pm
    In observance of Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, on Friday, June 19th, MOCA cordially invites you to join us virtually in a two-part series to address Asian American allyship for Black Lives Matter. The first session is an inward examination of racism in Asian American communities with Gov. Gary Locke, Former Governor of Washington and Former Ambassador to China, and Prof. Frank H. Wu, President-Designate of Queens College, City University of New York (CUNY) and author of Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black & White. Moderated by Nancy Yao Maasbach, MOCA President, Gov. Locke and Prof. Wu will discuss issues around affirmative action, immigration, misperceptions, allyship, perpetual foreignness in light of the Black Lives Matter movement, current protests, and COVID-related racism. The second session will be held on Tuesday, July 14, which is an outward call to action with Precious Williams Owodunni, President of Mountaintop Consulting.
  • Fri, Jul 17, 2020 from 6pm – 7:30pm
    Join us virtually for a panel discussion to explore the new reality of Chinese restaurants in America and the survival of Chinatowns in the age of COVID-19 through the lens of restaurant owners and industry professionals, featuring Wilson Tang, owner of the famous Nom Wah Tea Parlor, Brandon Jew, executive chef and owner of Mister Jiu’s and Mamahuhu, San Francisco, and Soleil Ho, restaurant critic for the San Francisco Chronicle. The event is moderated by Kian Lam Kho, chef and author of Phoenix Claws and Jade Trees and Neil Wu-Gibbs, MOCA Chief of Staff.
  • Wed, Aug 12, 2020 from 6:30pm – 8pm
    The streets of Chinatown have historically been defined by an intensity of urban life whose vitality almost overwhelms the senses of visitors from less frenetic places. Commercial signs and outdoor advertising have long been a key feature of Chinatown's unique urban landscape. But with so much to look at in these streets, signs tend to get lost in the mix. Taking a moment to spotlight Chinatown's unique history of outdoor advertising, this virtual program by design historian Thomas Rinaldi will explore the ways in which graphic design, technology, and cultural undercurrents converged to produce one of New York's quintessential urban landscapes.
  • Wed, Sep 30, 2020 from 6:30pm – 8pm
    In partnership with Poster House, join design historian Thomas Rinaldi as he guides you on this 90-minute walking tour of Chinatown. Focusing on the history of signage in the area, we will make stops to admire Chinatown’s surviving historic signs and discuss how they fit into the evolutionary history of commercial signage more broadly, exploring threads of graphic design and technology that have collaborated to produce this quintessential urban commercial landscape.