Past Programs

Unsettling the American West: Rewriting Narratives of Westward Expansion

Chancellor's Day Professional Development Workshop

Thursday, June 7th, 2018 from 9:00am- 3:00pm

The American West conjures images of gold, grit, glory, and progress, but too often omits histories of native and immigrant populations. Join MOCA in contemplating the discriminatory impact of gold rush-era legislation and the legacy of the rallying cry “The Chinese Must Go!” on Chinese and Chinese American populations in the West and Pacific Northwest.


Spend the day touring MOCA’s exhibitions, With a Single Step: Stories in the Making of America and On the Shelves of Kam Wah Chung & Co: General Store and Apothecary in John Day, Oregon; exploring primary sources from our collections; and participating in hands-on activities that encourage you to consider (and reconsider) the moral implications of manifest destiny, heroic narratives of frontier life, and other romanticized notions of westward expansion. The day will culminate with an opportunity to collaborate with peers on joint lesson or unit plans.


The Chinese Exclusion Act & Immigration in America

NEH Summer Institute

July 10-July 22, 2016


The Chinese Exclusion Act and Immigration in America was a two week NEH Summer Institute at the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) in New York City. The Institute provided K-12 teachers with the opportunity to learn from leading scholars in the field and work with primary materials and artifacts. Participants will developed pedagogical approaches for integrating these unique objects and original documents into their local school curricula and explore new perspectives on the history of immigration, citizenship, and what it means to be American.


"Is Yellow Black or White?" - Asian Americans & Civil Rights

Chancellor's Day Teacher PD
Monday, Feb. 1, 2016 @8:30am - 12:30pm


Peter Yew police brutality protest, 1975 (c) Corky Lee, All Rights Reserved.


Following the Chinese Exclusion act of 1882, Congress passed the Geary Act, a law which required every Asian to carry a photo ID card – a practice with roots in slavery. In response, thousands of Chinese in the U.S. organized to protest this discriminatory law and many others that followed. Join us in unpacking the history of race and exclusion in America and discover how Asian Pacific Americans have confronted injustice and fought for equality, ultimately making major contributions to American Civil Rights.


Inside/Outside: Urban Spaces in Chinatown and the Lower East Side

Election Day Professional Development Workshop

November 3, 2015 @ 8:30am - 3:30pm

Join the Museum at Eldridge Street and the Museum of Chinese in America to uncover the stories of the people, communities, and structures that have shaped - and continue to shape our nation’s oldest neighborhoods!

Through building and walking tours, hands-on workshops and guided discussions, learn how neighborhood landmarks, archival resources, and storytelling bring history and social studies to life!


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"Asians Never Fail:" Connecting History, Identity, & the Model Minority Myth
Chancellor's Day Professional Development Workshop
Thu, Jun 4, 2015 @ 10:00am - 1:30pm

Stereotypes often mask the complexity and diversity that exist within each of us. Gain a deeper understanding of the Asian Pacific American (APA) student experience and multicultural education as you discover the origin and impact of the “model minority” myth through gallery activities, guest speakers and facilitated discussions.

Create and obtain classroom resources and teaching strategies as you collaborate with peers, APA advocates, and community leaders to deconstruct stereotypes rooted in history, legislation, and social structures.
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Dim Sum & History with MOCA and N-YHS
Saturday, January 31, 2015 @ 10am-2pm

Explore questions of identity, belonging and citizenship during this program co-presented by the New-York Historical Society and the Museum of Chinese in America. Consider how artifacts, documents, and oral histories embody and evoke the lives, complexities, and aspirations of Chinese American communities in New York's Chinatown through an interactive workshop and guided tour of MOCA’s newest exhibition, Waves of Identity: 35 Years of Archiving. Take home a copy of N-YHS's brand-new Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion curriculum and enjoy a delicious dim sum lunch from local Chinatown favorite Red Egg!

Participation in this program is applicable towards maintaining professional certification from the New York City Department of Education.
Teachers' Night @ MOCA!
Thursday, September 18 @ 4:30-7pm


Spend an evening at the Museum of Chinese in American for a behind-the-scenes preview of our newly revamped school tours. Through gallery experiments and conversations, discover and share innovative ways to teach immigration, citizenship, community, American history and identity through the captivating stories of New York City’s Chinatown! Connect with colleagues, enjoy refreshments, and win a free school group visit, classroom-ready resources, or multicultural children’s books for your classroom!