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  • The Moon Represents My Heart: Music, Memory and Belonging, a groundbreaking exhibition opening May 2, 2019 at the Museum of Chinese in America, will focus on the transformative power of music identity in immigrant Chinese communities from the 1850s to the present. During this period, disparate music genres converged with historic milestones, including changes in U.S. immigration legislation and China’s soft power emergence. The exhibition will delve into how Chinese immigrant communities have yearned for the ‘old country’, fashioned new American identities, or challenged stereotypes through their embrace of music forms as far-reaching as Cantonese opera, hip hop, Asian American Movement music, Taiwan love ballads, Canto-pop, western classical, karaoke, Beijing underground rock, and many other genres.

  • The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) is hosting its annual Lunar New Year Family Festival on February 16, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Visitors of all ages are invited to celebrate the Year of the Pig with a fun-filled day of activities including zodiac-themed arts and crafts, lively music and dance performances, festive snacks, and storytelling, all inspired by Chinese and Chinese American New Year’s traditions!

  • The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA), a celebrated national cultural institution based in New York City and Pearl River Mart, the beloved family-owned Asian emporium, proudly announce the Grand Opening of MOCA Shop by Pearl River.

  • The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) proudly announces that it has received, in partnership with the Center for Jewish History (CJH) and its in-house partner the American Jewish Historical Society (AJHS), a prestigious grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) to fund a three-year collaborative research project on the shared history of Chinese and Jewish immigrant communities in New York City. The project, titled New York Neighbors: The Shared Jewish and Chinese Immigrant and Refugee Experience, is jointly overseen and directed by MOCA and the Center for Jewish History and is one of only 17 projects out of the total 101 eligible applications that was awarded funding from CLIR. The project will be funded by a $364,824.00 grant from CLIR’s Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives awards program, which is generously supported by funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

  • The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) is excited to announce MOCA FEST 2019, an 8-week Lunar New Year celebration at MOCA to welcome the Year of the Pig and the start of year 4717 on the Chinese calendar. Festivities will include the launch of MOCA’s new shop in partnership with Pearl River Mart; Lunar New Year-themed programs, speakers, and children’s activities; MOCA’s popular Night Market showcasing cuisine from famed Asian American chefs; a Family Festival; and a glamorous Lunar Soiree. The Museum invites people of all ages to take part in its uniquely designed celebration aimed at providing a genuine and deep understanding of this famed holiday and what it means in American society.

  • The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) is pleased to announce its program for the 2018 Legacy Awards Gala. This year’s benefit honorees are the Legacy of General Wen Ying Hsing, recipient of the Generational Legacy Award; Thomas C. Ahn, civil engineer and vice president with The Mount Sinai Health System; Maxine Hong Kingston, celebrated poet, author, educator, activist, and recipient of the National Medal of Arts; and Nancy C. Lee, JP, distinguished arts and education philanthropist. The 2018 Legacy Awards Gala will also inaugurate MOCA's Breakout Artist of the Year award, which will be presented to Katherine Ho, internationally renowned singer-songwriter featured on the Crazy Rich Asians Soundtrack.

  • MOCA's Fall Exhibition, Radical Machines: Chinese in the Information Age, examines the seemingly impossible Chinese typewriter – a machine that inputs a language with no alphabet, yet has more than 70,000 characters. The exhibition explores the historical significance and technological innovation behind the Chinese typewriter, and the role it played in the survival of the Chinese language into the information age.

  • Interior Lives: Photographs of Chinese Americans in the 1980s by Bud Glick presents the largest exhibition of acclaimed photographer Bud Glick's work documenting life in New York Chinatown during the 1980's. The exhibition invites reflection on how Manhattan's Chinatown has changed and evolved since MOCA's founding in 1980 when the Museum, then known as the New York Chinatown History Project, began documenting the experiences of Chinatown residents. The exhibition is organized in conjunction with the Museum of the City of New York (MCNY)'s exhibition Interior Lives: Contemporary Photographs of Chinese New Yorkers.

  • The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) has launched a Chinese-language audio guide available on mobile phones to complement its critically acclaimed exhibitions Chinese Medicine in America: Converging Ideas, People and Practices and On the Shelves of Kam Wah Chung & Co. and that both exhibitions have been extended through September 16, 2018 due to popular demand.

  • The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) is excited to welcome Hong Yao, renowned Chinese abstract ink artist, as its Summer 2018 Artist in Residence as he demonstrates and teaches his signature Snapline technique for the first time in the United States.