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Dear MOCA Friends,

Xin Nian Kuai Le! Can you feel it? It’s Lunar New Year’s Eve (well, in North America anyway. In Asia, Lunar New Year’s Eve parties are already continuing into the next day!). But it’s never too early to start celebrating with VIRTUAL MOCA FEST 2021!

As part of the Museum’s monthlong celebration of Lunar New Year, we are thrilled to invite you to our upcoming Spotlight Series on Friday, February 19 at 4:00 EST. Each month, this intimate virtual conversation will highlight the timely and distinctive narrative of a Chinese American icon and friend of MOCA. Through this conversation, MOCA hopes to shed light on the distinctive yet universal American journeys of these luminaries, touching upon key moments of personal trial and stratospheric success, all within a casual, inviting, and inspiring format.

We are honored to present our next speaker as The Honorable State Senator Mae Yih. As MOCA’s 2019 Legacy Awards Honoree, Ms. Yih is an internationally esteemed and admired legislator who made history 45 years ago when she won a seat in the Oregon House of Representatives as the first Chinese American elected to a state legislature anywhere in the United States.  As a revered public official, Ms. Yih served 26 years in the legislature, six years in the House and twenty years in the Senate after she had served on the board of two local elementary and high schools for 13 years–a total of 39 years of outstanding elected public services. Mae was born in Shanghai, China and came to the US when she was 19 years old to visit her two brothers in the U.S. at Princeton University and then attended college and graduate school in New York.

Ms. Yih’s many accomplishments in the State of Oregon include introducing and helping to pass legislation that created a sister-state relationship between Oregon and Fujian province in China, organizing four legislative leadership friendship and trade delegation visits to China, and establishing a trade office between Oregon and China in Shanghai in 1999. She has made a significant impact in the development of U.S.-China relations for more than three decades. Her book, titled East Meets West: A Bridge to Understanding, Friendship, Trust, Peace, and Prosperity Between My Mother and Adopted Countries, shares her experiences and powerful lessons that she learned from life in China, America, and in public services. Mae has a remarkable story to tell and we cannot wait to share it with you.

We look forward to your participation, and to sharing this and many more exemplary stories of the Chinese in America. We wish you and your loved ones a happy Year of the Gold Ox and hope the days ahead are filled with immense joy and prosperity.

With sincere gratitude,

Nancy Yao Maasbach, President, and the MOCA Team


February 19, 2021
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

MOCA has not skipped a beat since its temporary closure in March 2020. We’ve been converting our programs to online offerings and 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.