Our MOCA on the Road project kicks off once again in 2022 with Boston, and with great timing as well! It just so happened that our team visited Boston on the weekend of the 2nd Boston Lunar New Year Rolling Parade, hosted by the Chinese American Citizens Alliance Boston Lodge and Chinese American Heritage Foundation. As a result, the MOCA team was kindly invited to participate in the vehicle parade and join in on the festivities.
The parade took us around Boston and the surrounding neighborhoods where we had an opportunity to interact with the locals and participate in the festivities!
The parade began at the Chinatown Gate with a presentation from local leaders such as Wilson Lee and District Attorney Kevin R. Hayden among others. Following the presentation and a wonderful lion dance, we strapped some vehicle banners to our cars and went on our way! At each destination, there were local community members that awaited our arrival and we had an opportunity to interact with many community leaders and bystanders. Below are some highlights of our trip around the Greater Boston Area:
After all the excitement of the day, we were happy to finally settle in at Quincy’s China Pearl for a nice, evening meal where we shared our MOCA on the Road initiative with the community leadership and parade participants. We were happy to meet with Wilson and Esther of CACA and CAHF in addition to all the young Asian Americans from the Boston Asian Car Club. Many ideas were exchanged and we learned much about their stories!
After all the excitement from the day before, the MOCA team decided to take it easy on day two by making a few visits to local organizations and museums. The first stop of the day was the Peabody Essex Museum, where we were given a guided tour by Curators Karina Corrigan, Associate Director of Collections and the H.A. Crosby Forbes Curator of Asian Export Art and Stephanie H. Tung, Associate Curator. We looked at both the upstairs galleries and downstairs museum workspace, as well as the Yin Yu Tang House. The Yin Yu Tang House is a late 18th-century Chinese house from Anhui province that had been removed from its original village and re-erected in Salem, Massachusetts. In North America it is the only example of historic Chinese vernacular architecture.
Our last and final stop for the second day was at the Hei La Moon restaurant in Boston, where we had a meal with local community leaders and talked about the team’s new vision of MOCA and how we can better develop our future programming.
Special thanks to Wilson and Esther Lee for being such amazing hosts! That’s all for now, we hope to hop back on the road soon after MOCA’s Legacy Awards Gala!