Location: Rego Park branch of Queens Public Library | 91-41 63rd Drive, Rego Park, NY 11374
What was it like for the Chinese Americans throughout and after World War II? What happened across the Taiwan Strait? How does that part of history inform who we are as Chinese Americans nowadays? The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) brings the history alive through a series of letter reading and storytelling.
Inspired by the Marcella B. Chin Dear Collection, MOCA will host a performance evening of letters, stories, and narratives at the Rego Park branch of Queens Public Library. In this performance, the audience will have the opportunity to listen to the collection of letters from the Marcella B. Chin Dear family, who came to New York in the 1800s and established a series of successful business ventures in Chinatown. An ensemble of readers will guide the audience into the life of Chinese Americans between the 1940s and 1950s, their involvement in WWII, and reflect on how the political dynamics and the integration into American society have shaped their identity nowadays.
Nancy Ma, Louis So, Yanzi Ding
This program is made possible by Culture Pass. Culture Pass is a program for cardholding patrons of New York City’s public libraries. Support for Culture Pass is provided by the Charles H. Revson Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, and the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund.