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Museum of Chinese in America launched its inaugural Performing-Artist-In-Residence program in summer 2023, and welcomed a cohort of 4 performing artists to generate a theme-based project. This year’s theme, The Past in the Present, encourages the resident artists to explore the legacies and traditions they’ve carried on and to create a project that reflects their identity, creativity, and inspirations.

MOCA Performs – Emergence Pt. 2 is the second and last presentation of resident artists’ works-in-progress throughout their residency. In this presentation, resident artists will present the current version of their projects and share their next steps for the projects. Audience will have the opportunity to have an in-depth conversation with the resident artists on the projects, and learn about the cultural significance behind each of resident artists’ works.



6:15 P.M. – 6:45 P.M.

Viewing of 2020 Run Amok (video installation; approx. 18 mins)

6:45 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.

Artist Talk with Shu-Ying Chung

7:05 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.

Presentation of Aricama Liberation and Artist Talk with Maria Camia

8:05 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.

Presentation of Long Lost Cousins and Artist Talk with Ben Chin

February 22, 2024
6:15 pm – 9:00 pm

Presenting Resident Artists

SHU-YING CHUNG, filmmaker

Project: 2020 Run Amok, a video installation

2020 Run Amok welcomes spectators into a mind fried by the tropes and trends of social media, as these tangled synapses try to process the mayhem of 2020 and touchy topics from across the Chinese-speaking world.



MARIA CAMIA, visual theater artist/director

Project: Aricama Liberation, a puppet piece with piano and Toy Theater sets

Ari and Cama strategize to take back their homeland from the bees in a body ceremony before returning to the surface of their home planet. Join this puppet ritual story with music exploring manifestation, mission, and compassion.



BEN CHIN aka saxofshaolin, saxophonist/composer/bandleader

Project: Long Lost Cousins, a fusion music project

Long Lost Cousins is an imagination and exploration of the shared history of Hakka Chinese and Jamaican music.