Events

  • Sat, Jan 19, 2019 from 1pm – 4pm
    Before the printing press, books were made using block printing, a technique invented during the Tang Dynasty. Experiment with block printing, stamping, and other printing methods to create your own personalized stamp. Use this stamp to sign your future works of art!
  • Wed, Jan 23, 2019 from 6:30pm – 8pm
    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, Jan 24, 2019 from 3:30pm – 4pm
    Come to the Museum of Chinese America for stories, songs, crafts, and more!
  • Mon, Jan 28, 2019 from 9am – 1:30pm
    Imagining Chinatown—in books, on stage, and through the camera’s lens—is an industry with complex history. In this workshop, we will examine photographs and aesthetic memories of Chinatowns across the US, with a critical eye on the relationship between the neighborhoods and the people who documented them.  
  • Thu, Jan 31, 2019 from 6:30pm – 7:30pm
    Join us for a night of food, mysteries and intrigue as the authors and editor of Hong Kong Noir will take us through these unforgettable stories of what will Hong Kong look like in five years, ten years, or thirty years when the “one country, two systems” promise expires? These are some of the questions some of Hong Kong’s finest authors explore in Hong Kong Noir.
  • Fri, Feb 1, 2019 from 6pm – 10pm
    Celebrate the Lunar New Year with MOCA at its annual Night Market! Join us for a night of food, drinks, and performances, mixed with arts and culture at the museum. Ring in the Year of the Pig as you sample drinks or food from our vendors and a special season three premiere screening of Lucky Chow followed by Q&A and book signing by Danielle Chang.
  • Sat, Feb 2, 2019 from 1pm – 4pm
    Put a spin on a MOCA tradition-- help welcome the New Year by making handmade decorations to liven up the Museum. Transform our space with colorful creations, which will be on display through our annual Lunar New Year Family Festival!
  • Tue, Feb 5, 2019 from 1pm – 3pm
    Put a spin on a MOCA tradition-- help welcome the New Year by making handmade decorations to liven up the Museum. Transform our space with colorful creations, which will be on display through our annual Lunar New Year Family Festival!
  • Thu, Feb 7, 2019 from 6:30pm – 7:30pm
    The lion dance originated in China sometime before the Tang Dynasty (618-907). The Chinese have several stories explaining the prominence of the lion dance. Stephen Gong joins us to discuss these stories and more.
  • Fri, Feb 8, 2019 from 6:30pm – 7:30pm
    Last Boat out of Shanghai is based on the dramatic, real-life stories of a generation caught up in the mass rush out of Shanghai in the wake of China’s 1949 Communist Revolution, with startling parallels to the struggles faced by immigrants today.
  • Thu, Feb 14, 2019 from 3:30pm – 4pm
    Join a MOCA educator for a festive New Year’s storytime!
  • Sat, Feb 16, 2019 from 10am – 1pm
    Celebrate Chinese and Chinese American traditions and folk arts with zodiac themed arts & crafts, festive music and dance performances, teaching artist demonstrations, storytelling, and much more family fun!
  • Sat, Feb 16, 2019 from 2pm – 5pm
    Celebrate Chinese and Chinese American traditions and folk arts with zodiac themed arts & crafts, festive music and dance performances, teaching artist demonstrations, storytelling, and much more family fun!
  • Tue, Feb 19, 2019 from 1:30pm – 2:30pm
    Join author Jerry Zhang and illustrator Trisha Hautéa for a meet & greet at MOCA!
  • Tue, Feb 19, 2019 from 2pm – 4pm
    The Lantern Festival marks the official end of Lunar New Year festivities. To celebrate this special day, create your own colorful paper lantern to light up the night sky. Attach a clever riddle to your lantern—or write your own!
  • Wed, Feb 20, 2019 from 1pm – 3pm
    Go hog wild with a Year of the Pig craft! Create your own wearable pig ears and snout using simple materials. Dress up in your oink-tacular accessories to meet the NY Teacup Piggies!
  • Wed, Feb 20, 2019 from 2pm – 3pm
    Usher in the Year of the Pig with a piggy party! Join NY Teacup Piggies for a unique opportunity. Safely pet and hold a real piglet (or three), and ask a friendly handler any questions you have about these tiny pen pals.
  • Thu, Feb 21, 2019 from 2:30pm – 3:30pm
    Do you have what it takes to be a lion dancer? Lion dance is a mix of martial arts, dance, and creativity. It requires coordination and LOTS of energy! Join a MOCA educator to learn just a few of the many moves that make up a Southern lion dance. Then shoo away bad luck by creating your very own lion mask from cardstock, metallic foil paper, pom poms, and more. Move its eyes and mouth just like a lion dancer!  
  • Thu, Feb 21, 2019 from 6:30pm – 7:30pm
    Authors Joanna C. Lee and Ken Smith joins us to translate and decode the almanacs predictions with daily listings for 2019, the Year of the Pig.  
  • Fri, Feb 22, 2019 from 1pm – 3pm
    Dumplings bring good fortune all year long! Eating them is a traditional way to celebrate the New Year! Fill your own lucky dumplings with shredded veggies and practice several ways of folding them. Will your dumplings impress? At home, use what you’ve learned to make dumplings for the whole family.
  • Thu, Feb 28, 2019 from 3:30pm – 4pm
    Join a MOCA educator for a festive New Year’s storytime!
  • Sat, Mar 2, 2019 from 1pm – 4pm
    How do you create a typewriter for a language with no alphabet? Look to Radical Machines for inspiring answers to this question. As you learn about the product design process, come up with your own linguistic invention made of cardboard, duct tape, popsicle sticks, rubber bands, and more. Display your one-of-a-kind invention side by side with others!
  • Sat, Mar 16, 2019 from 1pm – 4pm
    How do you create a typewriter for a language with no alphabet? Look to Radical Machines for inspiring answers to this question. As you learn about the product design process, come up with your own linguistic invention made of cardboard, duct tape, popsicle sticks, rubber bands, and more. Display your one-of-a-kind invention side by side with others!
  • Thu, Mar 21, 2019 from 6:30pm – 7:30pm
    Painter Si Yan Wong joins us to talk about her paintings of the canners (people who pick up cans and bottles to live) in our communities. She came to notice the canners when she started jogging in her neighborhood in 2015. From her observations, these canners are generally seniors, the indigents and the working poor. They weather extreme conditions by working in the sweltering heat in the summers and braving bone-chilling winds during the winters. Who are they? Where do they come from? What does it say about this affluent city when more and more people are rummaging through rat-infested garbage to locate cans and bottles to survive?
  • Thu, Mar 28, 2019 from 6pm – 7pm
    The American West erupted in anti-Chinese violence in 1885. Following the massacre of Chinese miners in Wyoming Territory, communities throughout California and the Pacific Northwest harassed, assaulted, and expelled thousands of Chinese immigrants. Beth Lew-Williams shows how American immigration policies incited this violence and how the violence, in turn, provoked new exclusionary policies. Ultimately, Lew-Williams argues, Chinese expulsion and exclusion produced the concept of the “alien” in modern America.