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  • Dates: Thursday, Friday & Saturday, May 2 – 18
  • Admission: $28 (service fee and processing fee may apply)
  • Meet-up is at 6:50 P.M. at Confucius Plaza by the Statue of Confucius
  • Show begins at 7:00 P.M.


In celebration of AAPI Heritage Month, Museum of Chinese in America is proud to present a new iteration of the oral history street performance project, after last year’s well-received Passage: A Walk of Chinatown Stories. This project invites audience members to have a walk through Chinatown and experience stories that have helped shape Chinatown’s landscape and identity.

Join us for a captivating stroll through Chinatown with Catching Silhouettes where you’ll be transported through time and space by the tales of immigrants who have shaped this vibrant neighborhood. As we wander, we’ll unearth hidden narratives from MOCA’s archives, shedding light on how waves of newcomers have left their indelible mark on Chinatown’s ever-evolving landscape, especially during the dynamic decades of the 1980s and 1990s.

Prepare to be immersed in an unforgettable journey, where performances bring to life the bustling movie theaters that once served as cultural epicenters, drawing in communities seeking connection and belonging. We’ll then follow the footsteps of the Fujianese community, tracing their journey of migration and the expansion of Chinatown, while discovering the vital role played by religious centers as anchors of support and solidarity.

As we walk, we’ll feel the pulse of Chinatown’s heartbeat, intricately woven with the stories of immigrants, community hubs, and the spirit of resilience that defines this neighborhood. Together, we’ll reflect on the past and ponder the future, imagining how Chinatown will continue to evolve within the ever-changing tapestry of New York City.

Important Notes

  • The performance runs about 90 minutes. 
  • The whole performance will begin at the Confucius Plaza (1-9 Bowery, New York, NY 10002) in front of the Statue of Confucius (please see the image in the bottom). The performance will end at the Seward Park (Canal St and, Essex St, New York, NY 10002). The whole trip is approximately 0.5 miles.
  • There will be no seating. Audiences are expected to stand and move with the performance. Please make sure to wear something comfortable and bring water to stay hydrated.
  • Temperatures are expected to drop in the evening. Please make sure to bring a light jacket.
  • There will be no coat check. Please pack lightly when you plan on attending.
  • Please arrive ten minutes early for the 7:00 PM start time.
  • What do we do if it rains on the day of the performance?
    We will confirm at noon on the day of the performance whether the event is canceled due to weather. While MOCA is dedicated to accommodating every ticket holder to other performances, please note that accommodation to alternative performances is NOT guaranteed.
    *Please note that if any performance is canceled due to weather, MOCA will not refund tickets.

Creative Team

Original Concept by Al Límite Collective
Devised by Shan Y. Chuang, Nina Zoie Lam, Dennis Yueh-Yeh Li, Timmy Ong, Jeremy Rafal & Jiemin Yang
Directed by Dennis Yueh-Yeh Li (MOCA’s Director of Performance, Storytelling & Community)
Co-Directed by Nina Zoie Lam
Performed by Shan Y. Chuang, Timmy Ong, Jeremy Rafal, Mandarin Wu & Jiemin Yang
Stage Management by Stephanie Gong
Assistant Stage Management by Alyssa Bernstein
Prop Master Maria Camia
Graphic Design by Ashley Wang 


Statue of Confucius

May 2, 2024, 7:00 pm
May 18, 2024, 8:30 pm