New Acquisitions

Each year MOCA continues to receive new artifact donations from our generous supporters. This section will allow us to show off some of these recent acquisitions that we have yet to display in the museum.


On April 24, 2020, MOCA announces its effort to establish the MOCA OneWorld COVID-19 Special Collection (“OneWorld Collection”). The OneWorld Collection will feature acquisitions of a wide range of artifacts, including but not limited to photographs, letters, articles, journals, messages, notes, certificates, medical records, videos, and oral histories of Chinese Americans during this time. This collection will not only feature stories of community efforts but also highlight experiences of individuals and families during these unprecedented times. We invite you to send a write up and photos to, with the subject line Submission for MOCA OneWorld COVID-19 Special Collection. Tell us how you, your association, or your community group organized to help the current crisis.



On March 27th the Chinatown staple 69 Bayard Restaurant shut down. The next day MOCA staff was allowed by the owner, Zhi Cheng Zhang, to collect some items from the restaurant including dollar bills, menus, and the iconic neon sign.



CCBA President, Eric Y. Ng, added to his collection at MOCA with a donation of over 300 photographs, postcards, and documents. One of the many highlights of his collection is a handwritten letter from Journalist Wong Chin Foo, who some credit with coining the term Chinese American.




A collection of over 600 photographs, documents, and correspondence of the family of Chinatown businessman, James Yip Typond, donated to us by Douglas Chu.



Long time museum supporter, collector, and blogger, Alex Jay, donated over 350 books, comic books, magazines, musical scores, etc. relating to Chinese American artists. His blog about Chinese American visual artists can be found here:



A collection of publications about Chinese American social issues in the 1940s was donated to the museum by Chinese memorabilia collector, Roy Delbyck.



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