Events

  • Mon, Jun 17, 2019 from 6pm – 8pm
    Put on your party shoes because it’s time to celebrate Pride! Join us for the launch party of the latest collaboration between BUBBLE_T, a renowned Asian American LGBTQ collective, and Pearl River Mart, the iconic Asian emporium and curator of the MOCA Shop.
  • Tue, Jun 18, 2019 from 6:30pm – 7:30pm
    Join us as Randall Eng and composers, librettists, and performers of The Stonewall Operas discuss the process of creating and producing new operas about Stonewall. The event will include excerpts performed live by countertenor Jordan Rutter and music director Kelly Horsted, video excerpts from the performances at the Stonewall Inn, and a Q&A.
  • Thu, Jun 20, 2019 from 6pm – 8pm
    “Hidden Tracks” is a weekly series of listening sessions held within “The Moon Represents My Heart” that expand on the exhibition soundtrack through deeply personal playlists with guest DJs and selectors from MOCA’s creative community. Why do so many Asian Americans love New Wave? Who are the best Asian American MCs? What are the latest sounds coming from underground scenes in China? What’s the deal with K-pop? Come listen, share and explore the exhibition!
  • Fri, Jun 21, 2019 from 8pm – 10pm
    Join NYC Parks and the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) for four film screenings at Columbus Park in the month of June. Pack a picnic, grab a blanket, and come enjoy a movie. Movies begin at dusk.
  • Sat, Jun 22, 2019 from 8pm – 10pm
    The Moon Represents My Heart Concert Series and MOCA Pride present Mulan IV: The Live Action WorldPride Fantasy. QTAPI (Queer & Trans Asian Pacific Islander) artists give HOT TAKES on the heroic queer icon Hua Mulan at MOCA’s first official queer PRIDE celebration.  
  • Thu, Jun 27, 2019 from 3:30pm – 4pm
    Join a MOCA Educator for stories, music, and more in English and Mandarin!
  • Thu, Jun 27, 2019 from 6pm – 8pm
    “Hidden Tracks” is a weekly series of listening sessions held within “The Moon Represents My Heart” that expand on the exhibition soundtrack through deeply personal playlists with guest DJs and selectors from MOCA’s creative community. Why do so many Asian Americans love New Wave? Who are the best Asian American MCs? What are the latest sounds coming from underground scenes in China? What’s the deal with K-pop? Come listen, share and explore the exhibition!
  • Thu, Jun 27, 2019 from 6:30pm – 7:30pm
    Join us as we celebrate Pride Month with an intimate chat with Anita Lo about her incredible career as a proud gay Chinese-American chef. Anita, who has inspired a generation of young Asian chefs, will talk about her experience as a successful chef and restaurateur. She will also demo a delicious recipe, Cauliflower Chaat with Almonds, from her new book Solo: A Modern Cookbook for a Party of One.
  • Fri, Jun 28, 2019 from 7:30pm – 9pm
    Join us for an evening of FREE music, songs, and stand-up comedy, as we invite the public inside our temporary music exhibition “The Moon Represents My Heart” for a curated live performance featuring emerging talent from the community.
  • Fri, Jun 28, 2019 from 8pm – 10pm
    Join NYC Parks and the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) for four film screenings at Columbus Park in the month of June. Pack a picnic, grab a blanket, and come enjoy a movie. Movies begin at dusk.
  • Sat, Jul 6, 2019 from 1pm – 4pm
    Using everyday materials such as plastic spoons, popsicle sticks, and coffee tins, create and decorate your own hand percussion instruments—drums, shakers, and more! Then, practice keeping the beat with your funky new creations.
  • Thu, Jul 11, 2019 from 6:30pm – 7:30pm
    Gum Moon (Cantonese for “golden gate”) is the remarkable coming of age story of a Chinese American girl who loses everything—family, friends, and home, but through the gift of music, ends up singing at the White House in 1908 at the age of thirteen. She, along with a group of seven other Chinese American children from San Francisco, later sang in Brooklyn, making the front page of the New York Times. The novel is based on events in the life of the author’s wife’s grandmother.
  • Sat, Jul 13, 2019 from 1:30pm – 3pm
    Come join us as we make Cantonese fun and easy to learn with conversational Cantonese/Toisanese lessons by Kim Mui. Lessons will focus squarely on teaching real, applicable conversation skills that can help you actually communicate with others in Cantonese (and Toisan). Lessons are designed as drop-in classes for anyone to take part at any level at anytime.
  • Thu, Jul 18, 2019 from 10am – 6pm
    Keep your family and community memories for posterity! Sign up for a timeslot where the MOCA Collections team will scan and digitize your most beloved photos, paper documents, and/or 2-D mementos 11" x 17" or smaller.   为后代留下您对家庭和社区的记忆!注册一个时间段,美国华人博物馆馆藏部将数字化扫描您最喜爱的照片、文件、或者其它二维纪念品,尺寸限制在不超过11"x17"。分享您数字化物品背后的故事,并带走一份数字化的副本,发个朋友圈炫耀一下吧!
  • Thu, Jul 18, 2019 from 12:30pm – 1:30pm
    Are your precious memories sitting boxed up in your apartment or storage unit? Join conservator Lauren P. Isaacs as she demonstrates how to pack, store, and display items safely and affordably so they endure the test of time.  
  • Thu, Jul 18, 2019 from 6pm – 8pm
    “Hidden Tracks” is a weekly series of listening sessions held within “The Moon Represents My Heart” that expand on the exhibition soundtrack through deeply personal playlists with guest DJs and selectors from MOCA’s creative community. Why do so many Asian Americans love New Wave? Who are the best Asian American MCs? What are the latest sounds coming from underground scenes in China? What’s the deal with K-pop? Come listen, share and explore the exhibition!
  • Thu, Jul 18, 2019 from 6pm – 8pm
    “Hidden Tracks” is a weekly series of listening sessions held within “The Moon Represents My Heart” that expand on the exhibition soundtrack through deeply personal playlists with guest DJs and selectors from MOCA’s creative community. Why do so many Asian Americans love New Wave? Who are the best Asian American MCs? What are the latest sounds coming from underground scenes in China? What’s the deal with K-pop? Come listen, share and explore the exhibition!
  • Sat, Jul 20, 2019 from 1pm – 4pm
    Using everyday materials such as plastic spoons, popsicle sticks, and coffee tins, create and decorate your own hand percussion instruments—drums, shakers, and more! Then, practice keeping the beat with your funky new creations.
  • Sat, Jul 20, 2019 from 1:30pm – 3pm
    Come join us as we make Cantonese fun and easy to learn with conversational Cantonese/Toisanese lessons by Kim Mui. Lessons will focus squarely on teaching real, applicable conversation skills that can help you actually communicate with others in Cantonese (and Toisan). Lessons are designed as drop-in classes for anyone to take part at any level at anytime.
  • Thu, Jul 25, 2019 from 6:30pm – 7:30pm
    Author Anna Gass joins us and shares the stories and recipes of 45 strong, exceptional women who immigrated to the United States, and whose family recipes helped shaped the landscape of American food. Organized by region, readers will enjoy Magda's meltingly delicious Pork Adobo from the Philippines; soak in the warmth of Shari's Fesenjoon, an Iranian walnut and pomegranate stew; learn to deftly seal pleat-perfect Northern Chinese dumplings with Tina; and yes, sink their teeth into Anna's mother's perfectly seasoned Calabrian Meatballs from Southern Italy.
  • Fri, Jul 26, 2019 from 7:30pm – 9pm
    Join us for an evening of FREE music, songs, and stand-up comedy, as we transform our museum lobby into a stage for emerging talent from the community. Explore the museum and exhibitions for free. Advance registration is required.
  • Sat, Jul 27, 2019 from 1:30pm – 3pm
    Come join us as we make Cantonese fun and easy to learn with conversational Cantonese/Toisanese lessons by Kim Mui. Lessons will focus squarely on teaching real, applicable conversation skills that can help you actually communicate with others in Cantonese (and Toisan). Lessons are designed as drop-in classes for anyone to take part at any level at anytime.
  • Thu, Aug 1, 2019 from 6pm – 8pm
    “Hidden Tracks” is a weekly series of listening sessions held within “The Moon Represents My Heart” that expand on the exhibition soundtrack through deeply personal playlists with guest DJs and selectors from MOCA’s creative community. Why do so many Asian Americans love New Wave? Who are the best Asian American MCs? What are the latest sounds coming from underground scenes in China? What’s the deal with K-pop? Come listen, share and explore the exhibition!
  • Thu, Aug 1, 2019 from 6:30pm – 7:30pm
    Set in NYC, Cowboy Joe is a punchy story about a Chinese cowboy who grapples with his Asian American identity and stands up to his father for the first time.
  • Sat, Aug 3, 2019 - Sat, Aug 17, 2019 @ 4:00pm
    What makes an album cover pop? Create your very own album art using collage techniques and colorful materials. Draw inspiration from the Xerox art of musicians from The Moon Represents My Heart to create an album cover that suits your unique style.  
  • Sat, Aug 3, 2019 from 1:30pm – 3pm
    Come join us as we make Cantonese fun and easy to learn with conversational Cantonese/Toisanese lessons by Kim Mui. Lessons will focus squarely on teaching real, applicable conversation skills that can help you actually communicate with others in Cantonese (and Toisan). Lessons are designed as drop-in classes for anyone to take part at any level at anytime.
  • Sat, Aug 10, 2019 from 1:30pm – 3pm
    Come join us as we make Cantonese fun and easy to learn with conversational Cantonese/Toisanese lessons by Kim Mui. Lessons will focus squarely on teaching real, applicable conversation skills that can help you actually communicate with others in Cantonese (and Toisan). Lessons are designed as drop-in classes for anyone to take part at any level at anytime.
  • Thu, Aug 15, 2019 from 6pm – 8pm
    “Hidden Tracks” is a weekly series of listening sessions held within “The Moon Represents My Heart” that expand on the exhibition soundtrack through deeply personal playlists with guest DJs and selectors from MOCA’s creative community. Why do so many Asian Americans love New Wave? Who are the best Asian American MCs? What are the latest sounds coming from underground scenes in China? What’s the deal with K-pop? Come listen, share and explore the exhibition!
  • Sat, Aug 17, 2019 from 1pm – 4pm
    What makes an album cover pop? Create your very own album art using collage techniques and colorful materials. Draw inspiration from the Xerox art of musicians from The Moon Represents My Heart to create an album cover that suits your unique style.  
  • Sat, Aug 17, 2019 from 1:30pm – 3pm
    Come join us as we make Cantonese fun and easy to learn with conversational Cantonese/Toisanese lessons by Kim Mui. Lessons will focus squarely on teaching real, applicable conversation skills that can help you actually communicate with others in Cantonese (and Toisan). Lessons are designed as drop-in classes for anyone to take part at any level at anytime.
  • Thu, Aug 22, 2019 from 6pm – 8pm
    “Hidden Tracks” is a weekly series of listening sessions held within “The Moon Represents My Heart” that expand on the exhibition soundtrack through deeply personal playlists with guest DJs and selectors from MOCA’s creative community. Why do so many Asian Americans love New Wave? Who are the best Asian American MCs? What are the latest sounds coming from underground scenes in China? What’s the deal with K-pop? Come listen, share and explore the exhibition!
  • Thu, Aug 22, 2019 from 6:30pm – 7:30pm
    Join us to meet and talk with Anne Anlin Cheng about her new book Ornamentalism, a stunning critical-historical unpacking of the figure of the “Asiatic yellow woman” as object-person, she/it. Through the use of legal, cinematic, and art case studies, Anne argues that “ornamentality,” rather than Orientalism, provides a better explanation for the representation of Asian women in the West from the 19th through 21st centuries. By illustrating the link between Asiatic femininity and a history of synthetic personhood in America that is at once aesthetic, legal, and technological, Anne provides an entirely new approach to the problems of racial and sexual commodification and objectification. Anne then extends her study to its implications for other women of color.
  • Sat, Aug 24, 2019 from 7pm – 9pm
    Join us for the The Moon Represents My Heart concert series, a reflection of the current exhibition which focuses on the transformative power of music and identity. Tonight, we present the launch of local artist Frank Song, Jr.’s debut album, “My Home.”
  • Thu, Aug 29, 2019 from 6pm – 8pm
    “Hidden Tracks” is a weekly series of listening sessions held within “The Moon Represents My Heart” that expand on the exhibition soundtrack through deeply personal playlists with guest DJs and selectors from MOCA’s creative community. Why do so many Asian Americans love New Wave? Who are the best Asian American MCs? What are the latest sounds coming from underground scenes in China? What’s the deal with K-pop? Come listen, share and explore the exhibition!
  • Fri, Aug 30, 2019 from 7:30pm – 9pm
    Join us for an evening of FREE music, songs, and stand-up comedy, as we transform our museum lobby into a stage for emerging talent from the community. Explore the museum and exhibitions for free. Advance registration is required.
  • Thu, Sep 5, 2019 from 6pm – 8pm
    “Hidden Tracks” is a weekly series of listening sessions held within “The Moon Represents My Heart” that expand on the exhibition soundtrack through deeply personal playlists with guest DJs and selectors from MOCA’s creative community. Why do so many Asian Americans love New Wave? Who are the best Asian American MCs? What are the latest sounds coming from underground scenes in China? What’s the deal with K-pop? Come listen, share and explore the exhibition!
  • Sat, Sep 7, 2019 from 12 noon – 4pm
    Mooncakes, lanterns, and the Jade Rabbit on the moon! Explore the customs and traditions behind this harvest festival with a mooncake tasting, arts and crafts, story time, and more family fun!
  • Sat, Sep 7, 2019 from 1:30pm – 3pm
    Come join us as we make Cantonese fun and easy to learn with conversational Cantonese/Toisanese lessons by Kim Mui. Lessons will focus squarely on teaching real, applicable conversation skills that can help you actually communicate with others in Cantonese (and Toisan). Lessons are designed as drop-in classes for anyone to take part at any level at anytime.
  • Sat, Sep 14, 2019 from 1:30pm – 3pm
    Come join us as we make Cantonese fun and easy to learn with conversational Cantonese/Toisanese lessons by Kim Mui. Lessons will focus squarely on teaching real, applicable conversation skills that can help you actually communicate with others in Cantonese (and Toisan). Lessons are designed as drop-in classes for anyone to take part at any level at anytime.
  • Sat, Sep 21, 2019 from 1pm – 4pm
    Did you hear that? That’s the sound of a broom sweeping, a dog barking, and a basketball bouncing, all mixed together. What are the sounds of your neighborhood? Join us for a sound walk and art making inspired by the soundscapes of our streets.
  • Sat, Sep 21, 2019 from 1:30pm – 3pm
    Come join us as we make Cantonese fun and easy to learn with conversational Cantonese/Toisanese lessons by Kim Mui. Lessons will focus squarely on teaching real, applicable conversation skills that can help you actually communicate with others in Cantonese (and Toisan). Lessons are designed as drop-in classes for anyone to take part at any level at anytime.
  • Thu, Sep 26, 2019 from 6:30pm – 7:30pm
    Xu Xi’s new book This Fish is Fowl is subtitled "Essays of Being.” Her questioning of identity is underpinned by the myriad ways of “being” in this globally transnational existence that has become her life. These quirky, darkly comic and obsessively personal essays emerge from her diverse professional career as a writer, business executive, and educator. But is it fair or foul to seemingly belong everywhere and nowhere? Xu will talk about her life and writing that led to this book and discuss the way this collection came together, followed by a Q&A.
  • Fri, Sep 27, 2019 from 7:30pm – 9pm
    Join us for an evening of FREE music, songs, and stand-up comedy, as we transform our museum lobby into a stage for emerging talent from the community. Explore the museum and exhibitions for free. Advance registration is required.
  • Thu, Oct 24, 2019 from 6:30pm – 7:30pm
    Join us to meet and talk with Sean Fraga about the forgotten reason for the construction of America’s numerous transcontinental railroads: trade with Asia. Sean uses maps, postcards, government records, magazine articles, and corporate files to reveal this overlooked history. He argues that nineteenth-century Americans believed the transcontinental railroads’ great potential lay in opening the United States to the Pacific World.
  • Fri, Oct 25, 2019 from 7:30pm – 9pm
    Join us for an evening of FREE music, songs, and stand-up comedy, as we transform our museum lobby into a stage for emerging talent from the community. Explore the museum and exhibitions for free. Advance registration is required.