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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, May 18, 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. We invite you to our virtual teahouse for a discussion that will reflect on the March 16 shootings at three massage parlors in Atlanta that killed six women of Asian descent. A shocking incident that laid bare the violent potential of seeing all Asian women as hyper-sexualized, it has forced national conversation on the specific hardships of Asian American women.

Through this discussion, which will consider the intersection of gender dynamics, racism, class, immigration, and work opportunities on the lives of Asian American women, 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.


• Durba Mitra, It’s Time to Reckon With the History of Asian Women in America (Harper’s Bazaar, March 23, 2021)

• Merle Woo, Letter to Ma from This Bridge Called My Back (Persephone Press, 1980)

• Interview with Rosemarie Ho with Wu of Red Canary Song, Migrant Massage Workers Don’t Need to be Rescued (The Nation, April 2, 2021)

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May 18, 2021
5:00 pm – 6:30 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. 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.