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To address the recent surge in anti-Asian xenophobia and violence during the COVID-19 pandemic, the MOCA Teahouse Reading Club will meet virtually on Tuesday, June 22, 2021. MOCA’s monthly discussion series on Zoom is focused on selected key readings and is moderated by the Museum’s education and exhibition departments.

Teahouses are centers of community life, places to chat and share ideas. To commemorate Pride Month, we invite you to our virtual teahouse to join a discussion about queer identity in Asian America. Using the readings as starting points, we will consider the intersections of Asian American identity, queer history, and transphobia. Through Teahouse Reading Club discussions, we hope to nurture a more nuanced dialogue around the issues we are facing right now and explore strategies to build a more equitable future together.

The following readings will be accessible in a downloadable link in the registration email or directly here.


Breathing Fire: Remembering Asian Pacific American Activism in Queer History, Amy Sueyoshi (National Park Foundation, 2016)

How Uniting Queer Asians Through Nightlife Became a Global Movement, Arthur Tam (AnOther Mag, February 24, 2021)

In Search of Queer Ancestors, Sarah Ngu (The Margins, Asian American Writers Workshop, December 4, 2019)

June 22, 2021
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

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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. 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.