The historical photographs featured above and below, dating from 1942 to 1986, capture moments of celebration and are but a small representation of family and community history that you’ve documented and shared with us. To all who have donated and entrusted us with your stories and photos, thank you so much for helping us build this vast and beautiful archive of Chinese American history. It has been the distinct honor of our small but mighty staff to care for and preserve this 85,000+ and growing archive for generations to come.

Happy holidays from our staff family to yours!

2013.004.076 In this holiday photo, Lee Bik-Ching and a relative are dressed up in qipao for a special gathering in their family’s living room in January 1960. Lee had met and married her husband Lung Chin, a WWII U.S. army veteran, in Hong Kong and immigrated to the U.S. in 1950. In 1951, Lung applied for an NYC laundry license, and along with Bik-Ching, opened a hand laundry at 384 Keap Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Courtesy of Samantha Chin-Wolner, Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) Collection.
2009.023.003 This photograph, donated by Marilyn Chou, dates from her childhood during wartime ca. 1942. It shows Marilyn (first from right) with a group of other children around a Christmas tree watching a performance by two girls in traditional Chinese attire. As a child, Marilyn was active in fundraising efforts for China war relief with her mom. Her donation of historical photos to MOCA document this important work and history. Courtesy of Marilyn Chou, Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) Collection.
2004.080.008 In this 1946 photograph, Fannie Lui, dressed as Mary, performs in a nativity scene for Christmas along with three other children. Fanny grew up in a big family as one of eight kids during the Depression era and wartime in New York Chinatown. As founding members of Grace Faith Mission, one of Chinatown’s three churches, performing in these Christmas pageants was a significant memory and part of childhood for Fanny and her siblings. Courtesy of Fannie Lui, Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) Collection.