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In celebration of VIRTUAL MOCA FEST 2022, the Museum proudly presents its next featured MOCA TALKS speaker, John Wang, founder of the Queens Night Market and co-author of The World Eats Here: Amazing Food and the Inspiring People Who Make It at New York’s Queens Night Market.

Night Markets have long been popular in Asia, and happily, they’re now making the transition to the US, though with a main difference—instead of featuring one cuisine, they incorporate foods from all over the world. One of the first night markets to debut in the US is infamous for its culinary variety since it’s based in the most diverse urban area on Earth—Queens, NYC.

The Queens Night Market runs every Saturday night in the summer, attracting nearly 2 million visitors and bringing amazing vendor-chefs together from over 90 countries for the community to gather and celebrate with great food. And now it even has its own award-winning cookbook! Featuring cuisines from over 40 countries, The World Eats Here showcases 88 vibrant and diverse recipes directly from Queens Night Market’s vendor-chefs, many of whom are first- and second-generation immigrants. Each recipe is paired with the personal history of its chef, and the stories are at once poignant, funny, frustrating, heartwarming, and as unforgettable as the recipes themselves. With its range of cuisine and rich personal histories, this cookbook proves that food (and the stories it tells) has the power to bridge cultural barriers, share traditions and memories, and bring us all closer together.

John 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.

About the Authors

John Wang’s love affair with night markets started during the childhood summers he spent visiting relatives in Taiwan. With degrees from Yale’s law and business schools, he quit his high-paying attorney job to create the Queens Night Market, which has welcomed over a million visitors since 2015.

Storm Garner is an artist—writer, filmmaker, designer, actor, musician—currently pursuing her master’s in oral history at Columbia. The stories in the book are drawn from her Queens Night Market Vendor Stories Oral History Project. They married in 2019.

MOCA has not skipped a beat since its temporary closure in March 2020. We’ve been 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.


February 22, 2022
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

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.