Events

  • Sat, Jul 20, 2019 from 1pm – 4pm
    Using everyday materials such as plastic spoons, popsicle sticks, and coffee tins, create and decorate your own hand percussion instruments—drums, shakers, and more! Then, practice keeping the beat with your funky new creations.
  • Sat, Jul 20, 2019 from 1:30pm – 3pm
    Come join us as we make Cantonese fun and easy to learn with conversational Cantonese/Toisanese lessons by Kim Mui. Lessons will focus squarely on teaching real, applicable conversation skills that can help you actually communicate with others in Cantonese (and Toisan). Lessons are designed as drop-in classes for anyone to take part at any level at anytime.
  • Sat, Jul 20, 2019 from 4pm – 6pm
    MOCA presents a dynamic program series that engages curators, artists and cultural producers across generations and geographies in critical conversations to deeply investigate the aesthetic concerns, subject matter, and experiences within the Chinese and Asian American cultural community.
  • Thu, Jul 25, 2019 from 3:30pm – 4pm
    Join a MOCA Educator for stories, music, and more in English and Mandarin!   通过参与互动游戏,唱歌谣,及动手做工艺品,我们将在这30分钟内提升孩子的阅读能力并同他们一起发现学习中文的乐趣。
  • Thu, Jul 25, 2019 from 6pm – 8pm
    “Hidden Tracks” is a weekly series of listening sessions held within “The Moon Represents My Heart” that expand on the exhibition soundtrack through deeply personal playlists with guest DJs and selectors from MOCA’s creative community. Why do so many Asian Americans love New Wave? Who are the best Asian American MCs? What are the latest sounds coming from underground scenes in China? What’s the deal with K-pop? Come listen, share and explore the exhibition!
  • Thu, Jul 25, 2019 from 6:30pm – 7:30pm
    Author Anna Gass joins us and shares the stories and recipes of 45 strong, exceptional women who immigrated to the United States, and whose family recipes helped shaped the landscape of American food. Organized by region, readers will enjoy Magda's meltingly delicious Pork Adobo from the Philippines; soak in the warmth of Shari's Fesenjoon, an Iranian walnut and pomegranate stew; learn to deftly seal pleat-perfect Northern Chinese dumplings with Tina; and yes, sink their teeth into Anna's mother's perfectly seasoned Calabrian Meatballs from Southern Italy.
  • Fri, Jul 26, 2019 from 7:30pm – 9pm
    Join us for an evening of FREE music, songs, and stand-up comedy, as we transform our museum lobby into a stage for emerging talent from the community. Explore the museum and exhibitions for free. Advance registration is required.
  • Sat, Jul 27, 2019 from 1:30pm – 3pm
    Come join us as we make Cantonese fun and easy to learn with conversational Cantonese/Toisanese lessons by Kim Mui. Lessons will focus squarely on teaching real, applicable conversation skills that can help you actually communicate with others in Cantonese (and Toisan). Lessons are designed as drop-in classes for anyone to take part at any level at anytime.
  • Mon, Jul 29, 2019 from 6:30pm – 7:30pm
    Featuring filmmakers under the age of 21, we celebrate the next generation of Asian diaspora storytellers in this shorts block.
  • Mon, Jul 29, 2019 from 8:30pm – 9:30pm
    Since 2004, the Asian American / Asian Research Institute’s CUNY Asian American Film Festival (AAFF) has recognized and awarded student filmmakers enrolled at the City University of New York, including City College, Brooklyn College, Hunter College, Lehman College, College of Staten Island, and Queens College. The CUNY AAFF assists in promoting the artistic visual talents and communication among students spread across the five boroughs, and to serve as a central location to display their creative works.
  • Tue, Jul 30, 2019 from 6:15pm – 7:30pm
    Hollywood has a long tradition of cultural prejudice, particularly when it comes to depicting Asian peoples. For Asian actors, only limited roles are available, and they are often pigeonholed into depicting ethnic stereotypes. The struggle against these stereotypes, as well as the dilemmas facing actors forced to succumb to them, are explored through interviews with Asian actors and filmmakers and in a series of archival film clips covering a century of American film.
  • Tue, Jul 30, 2019 from 8pm – 9pm
    A deep-dive workshop for anyone interested in starting their own audio storytelling project. Facilitated by local producers from podcasting and public radio, this is a chance to get hands-on with your idea for a podcast, audio documentary, audio drama, oral history, or anything else in the wide field of audio storytelling.
  • Thu, Aug 1, 2019 from 6pm – 8pm
    “Hidden Tracks” is a weekly series of listening sessions held within “The Moon Represents My Heart” that expand on the exhibition soundtrack through deeply personal playlists with guest DJs and selectors from MOCA’s creative community. Why do so many Asian Americans love New Wave? Who are the best Asian American MCs? What are the latest sounds coming from underground scenes in China? What’s the deal with K-pop? Come listen, share and explore the exhibition!
  • Thu, Aug 1, 2019 from 6:30pm – 7:30pm
    Set in NYC, Cowboy Joe is a punchy story about a Chinese cowboy who grapples with his Asian American identity and stands up to his father for the first time.
  • Fri, Aug 2, 2019 from 6:30pm – 7:30pm
    MOCA hosts a mini-retrospective of Valerie Soe’s short films. Her work explores representations of Asians Americans in American pop culture, as well as anti-racism struggles, identity, and hidden histories of Asians in the U.S., from her perspective as a Chinese American woman.  
  • Sat, Aug 3, 2019 - Sat, Aug 17, 2019 @ 4:00pm
    What makes an album cover pop? Create your very own album art using collage techniques and colorful materials. Draw inspiration from the Xerox art of musicians from The Moon Represents My Heart to create an album cover that suits your unique style.  
  • Mon, Aug 12, 2019 from 10am – 6pm
    Keep your family and community memories for posterity! Sign up for a timeslot where the MOCA Collections team will scan and digitize your most beloved photos, paper documents, and/or 2-D mementos 11" x 17" or smaller.   为后代留下您对家庭和社区的记忆!注册一个时间段,美国华人博物馆馆藏部将数字化扫描您最喜爱的照片、文件、或者其它二维纪念品,尺寸限制在不超过11"x17"。分享您数字化物品背后的故事,并带走一份数字化的副本,发个朋友圈炫耀一下吧!
  • Thu, Aug 15, 2019 from 6pm – 8pm
    “Hidden Tracks” is a weekly series of listening sessions held within “The Moon Represents My Heart” that expand on the exhibition soundtrack through deeply personal playlists with guest DJs and selectors from MOCA’s creative community. Why do so many Asian Americans love New Wave? Who are the best Asian American MCs? What are the latest sounds coming from underground scenes in China? What’s the deal with K-pop? Come listen, share and explore the exhibition!
  • Sat, Aug 17, 2019 from 1pm – 4pm
    What makes an album cover pop? Create your very own album art using collage techniques and colorful materials. Draw inspiration from the Xerox art of musicians from The Moon Represents My Heart to create an album cover that suits your unique style.  
  • Tue, Aug 20, 2019 from 7pm – 8pm
    Join us for the The Moon Represents My Heart concert series, a reflection of the current exhibition which focuses on the transformative power of music and identity. Tonight, we present Stephanie Chou.
  • Thu, Aug 22, 2019 from 6pm – 8pm
    “Hidden Tracks” is a weekly series of listening sessions held within “The Moon Represents My Heart” that expand on the exhibition soundtrack through deeply personal playlists with guest DJs and selectors from MOCA’s creative community. Why do so many Asian Americans love New Wave? Who are the best Asian American MCs? What are the latest sounds coming from underground scenes in China? What’s the deal with K-pop? Come listen, share and explore the exhibition!
  • Thu, Aug 22, 2019 from 6:30pm – 7:30pm
    Join us to meet and talk with Anne Anlin Cheng about her new book Ornamentalism, a stunning critical-historical unpacking of the figure of the “Asiatic yellow woman” as object-person, she/it. Through the use of legal, cinematic, and art case studies, Anne argues that “ornamentality,” rather than Orientalism, provides a better explanation for the representation of Asian women in the West from the 19th through 21st centuries. By illustrating the link between Asiatic femininity and a history of synthetic personhood in America that is at once aesthetic, legal, and technological, Anne provides an entirely new approach to the problems of racial and sexual commodification and objectification. Anne then extends her study to its implications for other women of color.
  • Sat, Aug 24, 2019 from 7pm – 9pm
    Join us for the The Moon Represents My Heart concert series, a reflection of the current exhibition which focuses on the transformative power of music and identity. Tonight, we present the launch of local artist Frank Song, Jr.’s debut album, “My Home.”
  • Thu, Aug 29, 2019 from 6pm – 8pm
    “Hidden Tracks” is a weekly series of listening sessions held within “The Moon Represents My Heart” that expand on the exhibition soundtrack through deeply personal playlists with guest DJs and selectors from MOCA’s creative community. Why do so many Asian Americans love New Wave? Who are the best Asian American MCs? What are the latest sounds coming from underground scenes in China? What’s the deal with K-pop? Come listen, share and explore the exhibition!
  • Fri, Aug 30, 2019 from 7:30pm – 9pm
    Join us for an evening of FREE music, songs, and stand-up comedy, as we transform our museum lobby into a stage for emerging talent from the community. Explore the museum and exhibitions for free. Advance registration is required.
  • Thu, Sep 5, 2019 from 6pm – 8pm
    “Hidden Tracks” is a weekly series of listening sessions held within “The Moon Represents My Heart” that expand on the exhibition soundtrack through deeply personal playlists with guest DJs and selectors from MOCA’s creative community. Why do so many Asian Americans love New Wave? Who are the best Asian American MCs? What are the latest sounds coming from underground scenes in China? What’s the deal with K-pop? Come listen, share and explore the exhibition!
  • Thu, Sep 5, 2019 from 6:30pm – 7:30pm
    Nancy Davis joins us to meet and talk about the enthralling story of Afong Moy, possibly the first Chinese woman to encounter America. Nancy’s recently published book on Moy offers readers the first comprehensive account of her life, including new insights on Moy’s life, her coerced journey from Guangzhou to New York in 1834, the mixed reception she received as she traveled the country publicizing everyday Chinese objects for an American mercantile firm, the devastating years in poor houses, and her life as P.T. Barnum’s oriental “ornament.” Nancy shares with us the experiences of her research in China, and in U.S. museums, libraries, and archives as well as images of the everyday Chinese objects Moy presented to early nineteenth-century Americans; followed by Q&A.  
  • Sat, Sep 7, 2019 from 12 noon – 4pm
    Mooncakes, lanterns, and the Jade Rabbit on the moon! Explore the customs and traditions behind this harvest festival with a mooncake tasting, arts and crafts, story time, and more family fun!
  • Fri, Sep 13, 2019 from 10am – 6pm
    Keep your family and community memories for posterity! Sign up for a timeslot where the MOCA Collections team will scan and digitize your most beloved photos, paper documents, and/or 2-D mementos 11" x 17" or smaller.   为后代留下您对家庭和社区的记忆!注册一个时间段,美国华人博物馆馆藏部将数字化扫描您最喜爱的照片、文件、或者其它二维纪念品,尺寸限制在不超过11"x17"。分享您数字化物品背后的故事,并带走一份数字化的副本,发个朋友圈炫耀一下吧!
  • Thu, Sep 19, 2019 from 7pm – 8pm
    Join us for a conversation with three leading Asian American comic book innovators, Larry Hama, Jerry Ma, and David Chun as they discuss challenges as well as influences in their careers.
  • Sat, Sep 21, 2019 from 1pm – 4pm
    Did you hear that? That’s the sound of a broom sweeping, a dog barking, and a basketball bouncing, all mixed together. What are the sounds of your neighborhood? Join us for a sound walk and art making inspired by the soundscapes of our streets.
  • Thu, Sep 26, 2019 from 6:30pm – 7:30pm
    Xu Xi’s new book This Fish is Fowl is subtitled "Essays of Being.” Her questioning of identity is underpinned by the myriad ways of “being” in this globally transnational existence that has become her life. These quirky, darkly comic and obsessively personal essays emerge from her diverse professional career as a writer, business executive, and educator. But is it fair or foul to seemingly belong everywhere and nowhere? Xu will talk about her life and writing that led to this book and discuss the way this collection came together, followed by a Q&A.
  • Fri, Sep 27, 2019 from 7:30pm – 9pm
    Join us for an evening of FREE music, songs, and stand-up comedy, as we transform our museum lobby into a stage for emerging talent from the community. Explore the museum and exhibitions for free. Advance registration is required.
  • Thu, Oct 24, 2019 from 6:30pm – 7:30pm
    Join us to meet and talk with Sean Fraga about the forgotten reason for the construction of America’s numerous transcontinental railroads: trade with Asia. Sean uses maps, postcards, government records, magazine articles, and corporate files to reveal this overlooked history. He argues that nineteenth-century Americans believed the transcontinental railroads’ great potential lay in opening the United States to the Pacific World.
  • Fri, Oct 25, 2019 from 7:30pm – 9pm
    Join us for an evening of FREE music, songs, and stand-up comedy, as we transform our museum lobby into a stage for emerging talent from the community. Explore the museum and exhibitions for free. Advance registration is required.
  • Tue, Nov 12, 2019 from 6:30pm – 8pm
    Simon Tam joins us to talk about his new memoir, “Slanted: How an Asian American Troublemaker Took On The Supreme Court.” Simon will also be bringing some special guests to perform with him.