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Free Admission | Open to General Public | Advance registration is not required but recommended.

Museum of Chinese in America, 215 Centre Street, New York, NY 10013

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Submerse yourself in Chinese American life in the late 1800s. Inspired by Mark T. Johnson’s book The Middle Kingdom under the Big Sky: A History of the Chinese Experience in Montana, MOCA will host a performance evening of letters, stories, and narratives.

In this performance, audience will have the opportunity to listen to the collection of letters from the family of a Chinese American laundry runner, De Quan, in the late 1800s in Butte, Montana. A group of performers will guide the audience to envision De Quan’s life and share their perspectives on how the Chinese tradition has shaped the way of living for Chinese immigrants back to the 19th century and to the present day. The performance will be followed by an open discussion led by Professor Mark Johnson.

Performance is conceived & directed by Dennis Yueh-Yeh Li, featuring Szuzska Beswick, Joanna Hu, and Charles Pang.

Purchase The Middle Kingdom under the Big Sky

Autographed copies will be available for in-person pick-up at the event.

November 7, 2022
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

About the Artists


Zsuzska Beswick is a Chinese, Jamaican, German, Hungarian and first generation American actress based in Brooklyn, New York. She has appeared in several short films, commercials and also teaches acting at The Barrow Group. Recent credit includes Law & Order: SVU.


Joanna Hu is an NYC-based music teacher, singer/actor, and speech-language pathology graduate clinician, originally from Taiwan. Combining expertise in education, performance, and the medical field, she feels blessed to be a multi-talented professional in New York City. To know more about Joanna, please find her at joannahusings.com


Charles Pang was born and raised in Hong Kong. Maggie Flanigan Studio & AMDA Alum. Selected theatre credits: Tiananmen Requiem (The Players Theater), A Christmas Story: The Musical (National Tour), Made in China (Wakka Wakka Productions/59E59), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (The Vainglory Theatre Team), The Monkey King: A Modern Musical (NAAP/Actors Temple Theater), Romance of the Western Chamber (TADA! Theater), The Story of Yu-Huan (Yangtze Rep/Theater for the New City). Film: The 25th Filial Exemplar, Wronged, June Mama. Many thanks to Dennis for this opportunity! Website: www.charlespang.com

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.