Events

  • 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.
  • Sat, Sep 21, 2019 from 1:30pm – 3pm
    Learn Cantonese in just four weeks! Join us as we make Cantonese fun and easy to learn with conversational Cantonese/Toisanese bootcamps by Kim Mui. The four-week course is designed to focus squarely on teaching real, applicable conversation skills that can help you actually communicate in Cantonese (and Toisan). Sign-up and start learning Cantonese today.
  • Tue, Sep 24, 2019 from 6:30pm – 7:30pm
    Join us for a panel discussion on Manhattan’s Chinatown compelling culinary past and continuing evolution with restaurateur and owner Wilson Tang of Nom Wah Tea Parlor, Sophia Ng Tsao, owner of Po Wing Hong Food Market and Paul Eng, owner of tofu shop, Fong On. Moderated by James Beard Award-nominated cookbook author Kian Lam Kho.  
  • Wed, Sep 25, 2019 from 6:30pm – 7:30pm
    There is an extraordinary story to be told of the thousands of Chinese workers who contributed to the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad 150 years ago. This fall, that story comes to life in an epic symphonic oratorio by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Zhou Long. Men of Iron and the Golden Spike 铁汉金钉 will receive its world premiere on October 1 at Carnegie Hall, performed by Bard College’s The Orchestra Now with Jindong Cai conducting. Join us for a lively discussion with Zhou Long, librettist Su Wei, and Jindong Cai to learn about the conception, creation, and performance of this large-scale symphonic work.  
  • Thu, Sep 26, 2019 from 4pm – 4:30pm
    Join us for stories and songs about learning, reading, and making friends. Take home a bookmark craft!
  • Thu, Sep 26, 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 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 temporary music exhibition "The Moon Represents My Heart" into a stage for emerging talent from the community. This is the LAST CHANCE to see live performances inside the music exhibit and say goodbye to our summer exhibit!
  • Fri, Sep 27, 2019 - Sat, Sep 28, 2019 @ 12:00am
    Kick off fall with a celebration of BUBBLE_T’s Joy Luck Clurb installation at MOCA! Enjoy drinks under the confetti ceiling and dance along to DJ sets by BUBBLE_T. Plus, it's your last chance to catch this summer’s acclaimed exhibition The Moon Represents My Heart: Music, Memory and Belonging before it closes on Sunday, September 29. Organizers Nicholas Andersen, Karlo Bueno Bello, Stevie Huynh, Paul Tran, and Pedro Vidallon are recent honorees of MOCA’s Eighth Annual Celebration of Community Heroes.
  • Sat, Sep 28, 2019 from 1:30pm – 3pm
    Learn Cantonese in just four weeks! Join us as we make Cantonese fun and easy to learn with conversational Cantonese/Toisanese bootcamps by Kim Mui. The four-week course is designed to focus squarely on teaching real, applicable conversation skills that can help you actually communicate in Cantonese (and Toisan). Sign-up and start learning Cantonese today.
  • Tue, Oct 1, 2019 from 6:30pm – 8pm
    The short film “Side by Side: Out of a South Korean Orphanage and Into the World” relates the first-person memories and experiences of nine adult inter-country adoptees born in South Korea as they recall their families of origin, their relinquishment to orphanages, and their adoptions and lives abroad. Filmed in New York City, Seattle, Chicago, Boston, Paris, Stockholm, Amsterdam, and Melbourne, this short documentary film is part of a large-scale, six year project encompassing 100 stories, seven countries, six languages, and 16 cities—available to view online here. Glenn Morey, producer and co-director, will introduce the film and take part in a Q&A afterward.
  • Sat, Oct 5, 2019 from 1:30pm – 3pm
    Learn Cantonese in just four weeks! Join us as we make Cantonese fun and easy to learn with conversational Cantonese/Toisanese bootcamps by Kim Mui. The four-week course is designed to focus squarely on teaching real, applicable conversation skills that can help you actually communicate in Cantonese (and Toisan). Sign-up and start learning Cantonese today.
  • Thu, Oct 10, 2019 from 4pm – 4:30pm
    Let's welcome the colors and sights of the Autumn season as we read and sing about squirrels and trees. Afterwards, we'll sponge-paint some colorful leaves of our own!
  • Thu, Oct 10, 2019 from 6:30pm – 7:30pm
    If the "Oriental" detective Charlie Chan seen in Twentieth-Century Fox films of the 1930s and 1940s was such a cliched stereotype, why did so many Asian Americans seem to enjoy the films? Why was Werner Oland, the swedish actor who is best known for playing the character, celebrated as a "native son" when he visited China in the 1930s? The public reception and understanding of these films has often been as complicated as the murder mysteries they portray. This presentation offers an explanation for the films' reception, as well as an attempt to explain why the genre itself seemed to need a character like Charlie Chan. What emerges is a vision of the films in which race and ethnicity themselves become things to be strategically "parroted" rather than inhabited as essential categories.  
  • Sat, Oct 12, 2019 from 1:30pm – 3pm
    Learn Cantonese in just four weeks! Join us as we make Cantonese fun and easy to learn with conversational Cantonese/Toisanese bootcamps by Kim Mui. The four-week course is designed to focus squarely on teaching real, applicable conversation skills that can help you actually communicate in Cantonese (and Toisan). Sign-up and start learning Cantonese today.
  • Sat, Oct 19, 2019 from 1:30pm – 3pm
    Learn Cantonese in just four weeks! Join us as we make Cantonese fun and easy to learn with conversational Cantonese/Toisanese bootcamps by Kim Mui. The four-week course is designed to focus squarely on teaching real, applicable conversation skills that can help you actually communicate in Cantonese (and Toisan). Sign-up and start learning Cantonese today.
  • Mon, Oct 21, 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!
  • Tue, Oct 22, 2019 from 6:30pm – 7:30pm
    Author Fuchsia Dunlop joins us to talk about her fully revised and updated edition of her classic cookbook Land of Plenty. When Fuchsia Dunlop’s Land of Plenty was first published in 2001, few people outside China had experienced the lip-tingling sensation of real Sichuan pepper. Nearly twenty years later, Sichuanese cuisine has become popular all over the world, but Dunlop’s pioneering work remains the key text for English speakers eager to understand its myriad flavors and sophisticated culinary techniques. As the New York Times has said, Dunlop has “done more to explain real Chinese cooking to non-Chinese cooks than anyone.”
  • Thu, Oct 24, 2019 from 4pm – 4:30pm
    Happy Halloween! Join us for some not-too-scary monster stories, then dress up your own paper jack-o-lantern with a scowl or a smile.
  • 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.
  • Thu, Oct 24, 2019 from 6:30pm – 8pm
    Learn Mandarin in just four weeks! Join us as we make Mandarin fun and easy to learn with conversational Mandarin bootcamps taught by Ying Pan. The four-week course is designed to make learning a language fun and exciting while exploring new cultural experiences by learning the language, history and customs. Sign-up and start learning Mandarin today.
  • 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.
  • Sat, Oct 26, 2019 from 1:30pm – 3pm
    Learn Cantonese in just four weeks! Join us as we make Cantonese fun and easy to learn with conversational Cantonese/Toisanese bootcamps by Kim Mui. The four-week course is designed to focus squarely on teaching real, applicable conversation skills that can help you actually communicate in Cantonese (and Toisan). Sign-up and start learning Cantonese today.
  • Sat, Nov 2, 2019 from 11am – 2pm
    A JOURNEY OF 26.2 MILES STARTS WITH JIAN BING 煎饼! MOCA SPIKE 150 team and ambassadors invite you to join us for a pre-race lunch on Saturday, November 2. Tickets are at $45, including Bings & Baos, Beverages, Museum Admission and Educator-led Gallery Tour (每张入场卷包含煎饼和刈包, 饮料, 博物馆门票以及专业讲解员导览).
  • Sat, Nov 2, 2019 from 1:30pm – 3pm
    Learn Cantonese in just four weeks! Join us as we make Cantonese fun and easy to learn with conversational Cantonese/Toisanese bootcamps by Kim Mui. The four-week course is designed to focus squarely on teaching real, applicable conversation skills that can help you actually communicate in Cantonese (and Toisan). Sign-up and start learning Cantonese today.
  • Thu, Nov 7, 2019 from 6:30pm – 8pm
    Learn Mandarin in just four weeks! Join us as we make Mandarin fun and easy to learn with conversational Mandarin bootcamps taught by Ying Pan. The four-week course is designed to make learning a language fun and exciting while exploring new cultural experiences by learning the language, history and customs. Sign-up and start learning Mandarin today.
  • Sat, Nov 9, 2019 from 1:30pm – 3pm
    Learn Cantonese in just four weeks! Join us as we make Cantonese fun and easy to learn with conversational Cantonese/Toisanese bootcamps by Kim Mui. The four-week course is designed to focus squarely on teaching real, applicable conversation skills that can help you actually communicate in Cantonese (and Toisan). Sign-up and start learning Cantonese today.
  • 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.
  • Thu, Nov 14, 2019 from 6:30pm – 8pm
    Learn Mandarin in just four weeks! Join us as we make Mandarin fun and easy to learn with conversational Mandarin bootcamps taught by Ying Pan. The four-week course is designed to make learning a language fun and exciting while exploring new cultural experiences by learning the language, history and customs. Sign-up and start learning Mandarin today.
  • Wed, Nov 20, 2019 from 6:30pm – 7:30pm
    Danielle Seid joins us to talk about the iconic Asian American film star Anna May Wong, who, in the 1950s, appeared on numerous television programs such as Adventures in Paradise, The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, and Mike Hammer. A pioneer in early American television, in 1951, Wong also starred in a series for the Dumont Network called The Gallery of Madame Liu-Tsong, a show sadly missing from TV archives. Danielle will situate Wong’s television stardom within recent studies of and popular interest in Wong’s life and film career. In particular, Danielle will ask what Wong’s late career performances, which were primarily on TV but also included a few minor roles in film, suggest about aging Asian American stardom and Wong’s symbolic importance to the transition from the Chinese exclusion era to 1950s Cold War multiculturalism.  
  • Thu, Nov 21, 2019 from 6:30pm – 8pm
    Learn Mandarin in just four weeks! Join us as we make Mandarin fun and easy to learn with conversational Mandarin bootcamps taught by Ying Pan. The four-week course is designed to make learning a language fun and exciting while exploring new cultural experiences by learning the language, history and customs. Sign-up and start learning Mandarin today.
  • Fri, Nov 22, 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!
  • Sat, Dec 7, 2019 from 1:30pm – 3pm
    Learn Cantonese in just four weeks! Join us as we make Cantonese fun and easy to learn with conversational Cantonese/Toisanese bootcamps by Kim Mui. The four-week course is designed to focus squarely on teaching real, applicable conversation skills that can help you actually communicate in Cantonese (and Toisan). Sign-up and start learning Cantonese today.
  • Tue, Dec 10, 2019 from 6:30pm – 7:30pm
    Mind the Gap is a current exhibition at The Delaware Contemporary that aims to explore the gaps in life we all face. The work on display investigates various perspectives that will inspire viewers to reflect on their own gaps in life. This panel discussion intends to explore the concept of “gaps” through the critical lens of women’s roles and their identities in the context of Chinese contemporary art. Moderated by the curator of Mind the Gap, Wenlu Bao, the discussion invites female art professionals from different roles and jobs to share their ideas, experiences, and stories. Panelists will include the New York based artist Emily Cheng, curator Kathrine Page, and gallerist Echo He. Questions will center on issues such as gender gaps, how New York City reacts to Chinese female artists, how visual art benefits Asian communities, and what kind of art education practices attract Asian artists that help to close or minimize the gaps.
  • Sat, Dec 14, 2019 from 1:30pm – 3pm
    Learn Cantonese in just four weeks! Join us as we make Cantonese fun and easy to learn with conversational Cantonese/Toisanese bootcamps by Kim Mui. The four-week course is designed to focus squarely on teaching real, applicable conversation skills that can help you actually communicate in Cantonese (and Toisan). Sign-up and start learning Cantonese today.
  • Mon, Dec 16, 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!