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.

Day 1

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:

Day 1

The Boston Asian Car Club joined in the Lunar New Year Festivities and convoyed with us!
More parade cars.
Chinese American Heritage Foundation Banner.
Museum of Chinese in America Banner.
Chinese American Citizens Alliance Banner.
Photo in front of Boston's Chinatown Gate.
Our Lexington photo with Chinese Americans of Lexington by the Eastern Bank.
Our parade took us through Belmont, where Nancy had an opportunity to talk with the locals.
Our fourth stop, the Cambridge City Hall.
Our meeting with the Cambridge Mayor, Sumbul Siddiqui.
Many cabbages were thrown as well.
Lion dance celebration in front of the Newtown City Hall (Edmund Town Hall). Many cabbages were fed.

 

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!

 

Day 2

 

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.

MOCA team photo with Curators Karina and Stephanie.
Moon-gate bed, about 1876.
From PEM's Asian Export Art exhibit, the Strathallan Castle wallpaper.
The MOCA team joined Karina and Stephanie in looking at old photographs they are preparing for an upcoming exhibit.
We were given a peek downstairs into the curator's workspace.
Watercolor art from the book 50 Chinese Boats of Various Kinds.
Tea Packer and Tea Porter figures, we were told the heads can be moved similar to bobbleheads!
Hawaiian deity Kū. This statue is believed to be one of only three known to have survived from the 1800s.
Yu Ying Tang house at the PEM.
Inner courtyard of Yu Ying Tang.
Bedroom within Yu Ying Tang.
Various enamelware, very nostalgic for the MOCA team!

Following our day trip to Salem, we returned to Boston for a guided tour of Boston’s Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association in addition to the Pao Arts Center.  

 

Organizations within the CCBA Building include the New England Lee Federal Credit Union and the Chinese Women's Association of New England.
The Kwong Dung Musical Club is located downstairs in the CCBA Building.
The library space of the CCBA with many Chinese volumes and newspapers.
Interior space of the Pao Arts Center.

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!

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