Past Exhibitions

  • Thu, May 2, 2019 - Sun, Sep 29, 2019

    MOCA's Spring/Summer 2019 exhibit The Moon Represents My Heart: Music, Memory and Belonging focuses on the transformative power of music identity in immigrant Chinese communities from the 1850s to the present. During this period, disparate music genres converged with historic milestones, including changes in U.S. immigration legislation and China’s soft power emergence.


    The exhibition is co-curated by Hua Hsu, staff writer at The New Yorker, and MOCA’s curatorial team: Herb Tam, Curator and Director of Exhibitions, and Andrew Rebatta, Associate Curator.



  • Thu, Oct 18, 2018 - Sun, Mar 24, 2019

    Interior Lives: Photographs of Chinese Americans in the 1980s by Bud Glick explores photographer Bud Glick's work in documenting the street life, people, and domestic scenes of Chinatown during a time of major changes in New York City Chinatown.

  • Thu, Oct 18, 2018 - Sun, Mar 24, 2019

    Radical Machines: Chinese in the Information Age explores the seemingly impossible, yet technologically crucial Chinese typewriter.

  • Thu, Apr 26, 2018 - Sun, Sep 16, 2018

    On the Shelves of Kam Wah Chung is an immersive exhibition that celebrates the medical practice of Ing “Doc” Hay who became a prominent figure in eastern Oregon after the California Gold Rush.

  • Thu, Apr 26, 2018 - Sun, Sep 16, 2018

    Chinese medical practices and medicines are all around us. In the mid-19th century, these “mysterious and magical” practices and concoctions arrived alongside the earliest Chinese immigrants who built the railroads and searched for gold. In the 1970s, this “alternative” medicine was best known as acupuncture. Today, aspects of Chinese medicine are becoming more integrated into healthcare practices in America. With its perceived evolution, is Chinese medicine now better understood? What underlies its mechanisms and how best are these investigated? How can it continue to benefit healthcare in America? What is its history in America?


  • Thu, Oct 5, 2017 - Sun, Mar 25, 2018

    As a way to actively engage visitors in a conversation about immigration issues, FOLD: Golden Venture Paper Sculptures will present the story of the passengers of the Golden Venture, a ship carrying 286 undocumented Chinese immigrants that ran aground in New York City in 1993.