MOCATalks: Pvt. Danny Chen's Legacy and Ongoing Challenges to Inclusion in the Military

Thu, Oct 3, 2019 @ 6:30pm - 7:30pm



Tickets are $15 and include wine and Museum admission. Members receive complimentary tickets. Not a Member? Join today!


Danny Chen, Manhattan's Chinatown son, enlisted in the Army to protect us. On October 3, 2011, Danny was found dead in Afghanistan after unrelenting hazing and racial maltreatment by his superiors. We must never forget what happened to Danny and the fight for justice. What can we do to keep his legacy alive? On the 8th Anniversary of Danny's death, come hear from his family, community activists, and David Henry Hwang on the continuing success of An American Soldier, an opera, based on Danny's story. This panel will also discuss how the Me Too Movement and transgender "ban" impact inclusion in the military.


Elizabeth R. OuYang is a civil rights activist, lawyer, and educator. She was President of OCA-NY in 2011, the lead advocacy organization seeking justice for Private Danny Chen. OuYang authored, "Millitary Courts and Private Danny Chen", Asian American Policy Review, Harvard Kennedy School, 2012-2013. She teaches at Columbia University and New York University. Her courses include "Managing Diversity in the Global Workforce," Post 9-11 Policies Impacting Immigrants", and "Comparative Constitutional Challenges Affecting Africans, Latinos, and Asian American Communities." In 2000, she was appointed by President Clinton to be a special assistant to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.


David Henry Hwang’s plays include M. Butterfly, Yellow Face, Chinglish, Golden Child, The Dance and the Railroad and FOB as well as the Broadway musicals Aida, Flower Drum Song (2002 revival), and Disney’s Tarzan. America’s most-produced living opera librettist (two Grammy Awards), Hwang has been a writer/producer for the Golden Globe-winning TV series, The Affair. He serves as Chair of the American Theatre Wing, and as Head of Playwriting at Columbia University. Hwang is a Tony Award winner and three-time nominee, a three-time Obie Award winner, and a two-time Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His newest work, Soft Power, written with composer Jeanine Tesori, is currently running at the Public Theater.


Carl Charles is staff attorney with Lambda Legal, the nation’s oldest and largest organization dedicated to advancing the civil rights of LGBTQ people and people living with HIV. Carl’s work focuses on protecting and expanding the rights of transgender and nonbinary people in various settings including employment, education, access to healthcare.


Ada Chen is one of Danny Chen’s immediate cousins. Ada graduated from NYU in 2017 and is currently a Staff Editor for the Brooklyn Poets Society and a Community and Partnerships Coordinator for Zooppa.

Natasha Remillard is a former U.S. Army combat veteran from 2007-2012. She served as a military logistics manager with two overseas tours to South Korea and Iraq. She is currently working as an import/export freight and cargo manager with a container line.