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The MOCA Teahouse Reading Club, established to address the surge in anti-Asian xenophobia and violence during the COVID-19 pandemic, will meet virtually on Tuesday, October 26, 2021.⁣ This thematic discussion series on Zoom is focused on selected key readings and is moderated by the Museum’s education and exhibition departments.

Teahouses are centers of community life, places to chat and share ideas. Our next reading club discussion will focus on the issues around mental health in the Asian American community—a group that accesses support and treatment far less than other ethnic groups despite increasing external stressors and pressures throughout the pandemic. The reading club will be an opportunity to talk about why the discussion of mental health is stigmatized, what struggles are distinct to being Asian in America, and what resources are available to help those trying to address it for themselves or those they know. Using the readings as starting points, we hope to nurture a more nuanced dialogue around the issues we are facing right now and explore ways in which we can further support each other.


Trigger Warning: Several of the readings include personal accounts of suicide attempts.

The following readings will be accessible in a downloadable link in the registration email or directly here.


• After Atlanta-area attacks, Asian communities reckon with mental health crises, Marissa Evans (Los Angeles Times, March 31, 2021)

• Depression is why I’m writing this. Shame is why I’m writing it under a pseudonym, Shin Yh (The Guardian, August 23, 2021)

Stop white-washing neurodivergency., Renea Baek Goddard (Medium.com, July 21, 2017)


Active participation is not required to join the Teahouse Reading Club program. You will not be forced to talk if you don’t want to!

Discussion Questions:

How comfortable are you with talking about your own mental health? Has that changed over time?

How do our parents and grandparents pass on the struggles they rarely talk about? How do we inherit that trauma?

What have been some of the main stress points in your life in the past year and a half? How have you addressed it, if at all?

October 26, 2021
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

MOCA has not skipped a beat since its temporary closure in March 2020. We’ve been creating new digital content through multiple platforms, always free of charge—because history matters. We are facing tremendous financial losses due to COVID-19. We hope you’ll consider making a gift to become part of a continuing lifeline for MOCA. No amount is too little and we greatly appreciate your generosity. Your contribution helps sustain our beloved institution and supports the creation of new, online programming that will bring comfort and inspiration to more communities.


This program is brought to you by MOCA friends and partners, including Bloomberg Philanthropies.

This program is also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.