MOCA Forum: Asian American Allyship for Black Lives Matter—Part 1 Awareness and Part 2 Allyship

Fri, Jun 19, 2020 @ 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Tue, Jul 14, 2020 @ 1:00pm - 2:00pm

MOCA FORUM: A Series in Recognition of Freedom Day, Juneteenth

Asian American Allyship for Black Lives Matter


Friday, June 19th, 2020 from 2:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M. EST

Freedom Day, Juneteenth


FREE LIVE STREAM PUBLIC PROGRAM! Advance registration is required on ZOOM here or via ZOOM Webinar ID: 826-9866-4166.


Gov. Gary Locke, President of Bellevue College, Former Governor of Washington and Former Ambassador to China


Prof. Frank H. Wu, President-Designate of Queens College and Author of Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black & White


Gary Locke


Frank H. Wu


Tuesday, July 14, 2020 from 1:00 P.M. - 2:00 P.M. EST


The event is FREE, but advance registration is required on ZOOM here or via ZOOM Webinar ID: 882 5411 5412.


Precious Williams Owodunni, President of Mountaintop Consulting


Nancy Yao Maasbach, MOCA President


Precious Williams Owodunni


Nancy Yao Maasbach


Following our recent message standing against anti-Black violence and the institutional racism that supports it, MOCA states again that BLACK LIVES MATTER: they must matter in perpetuity for this country to have any hope of a just future for all.


The killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, and Breonna Taylor, among too many other African Americans remind us that systemic change is necessary. At MOCA, we ask ourselves what we can do to advance the march towards true racial justice. We have been taking a hard, painful look at what we do, holding honest and frank conversations internally and with our community, and re-evaluating our programming to ensure it is not only inclusive but anti-racist.


We know the time for words has passed. Words must be coupled with action. In observance of Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, on Friday, June 19th, MOCA cordially invites you to join us virtually in a two-part series to address Asian American allyship for Black Lives Matter. The first session is an inward examination of racism in Asian American communities with Gov. Gary Locke, Former Governor of Washington and Former Ambassador to China, and Prof. Frank H. Wu, President-Designate of Queens College, City University of New York (CUNY) and author of Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black & White. Moderated by Nancy Yao Maasbach, MOCA President, Gov. Locke and Prof. Wu will discuss issues around affirmative action, immigration, misperceptions, allyship, perpetual foreignness in light of the Black Lives Matter movement, current protests, and COVID-related racism. The second session will be held on Tuesday, July 14, which is an outward call to action with Precious Williams Owodunni, President of Mountaintop Consulting.


Our mandate is clear. MOCA recognizes that as a culturally-specific institution, it is not our place to posture and speak on behalf of the Black community. We hope that MOCA’s continuing mission to seek justice and equity through the telling of historical Chinese American exclusion, discrimination, and struggle will help visitors unpack America’s history of racial injustice and oppression. MOCA also acknowledges that it is vital to address how our own history is both affected by and contributes to the marginalization of others, specifically the Black community.


As “A Museum for All, Anywhere,” MOCA’s work will hold space for the marginalized to be heard, while celebrating and connecting the dots to the diversity, and richness of the American narrative. There is still much work to be done. We hope you will stand by us and join us for these important conversations.




About Gov. Gary Locke
As Governor of Washington State (the first Chinese American to be elected governor in United States history and the first Asian American governor on the mainland), U.S. Secretary of Commerce, and most recently as America's envoy to China, Gov. Gary Locke has been a leader in the areas of education, employment, trade, health care, human rights, immigration reform, privacy, and the environment. Gov. Locke currently serves as the President of Bellevue College in Bellevue, Washington.


As Washington’s 21st Governor from 1997-2005, the nation’s most trade dependent state, Gov. Locke increased exports of Washington State products and services by leading trade missions to Mexico, Europe, and Asia, more than doubling the state’s exports to China. As U.S. Secretary of Commerce from 2009-2011, he led President Obama's National Export Initiative to double American exports in five years; assumed a troubled 2010 Census process but which under his active supervision ended on time and substantially under budget, saving taxpayers $2 billion; and achieved the most significant reduction in patent application processing in the agency's history: from 40 months down to one year. As U.S. Ambassador to China from 2011-2014, he opened markets for made-in-USA goods and services; reduced wait times for visa interviews of Chinese applicants from 100 days to 3 days; and through the Embassy's air quality monitoring program, exposed the severity of the air pollution in China, causing the Chinese people to demand action by the government and the government in turn beginning to address the issue.



About Prof. Frank H. Wu
Prof. Frank H. Wu was named President of Queens College, City University of New York (CUNY), in 2020. Prior to then, he served as Chancellor & Dean, and then William L. Prosser Distinguished Professor at University of California Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco. Before joining UC Hastings, he was a member of the faculty at Howard University, the nation’s leading historically black college/university (HBCU), for a decade.


He is dedicated to civic engagement and volunteer service. He was appointed by the federal Department of Education to its National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI), which advises the administration on higher education accreditation, serving for nine years, including as Vice-Chair; and by the Defense Department to the Military Leadership Diversity Commission, which submitted to Congress the report From Representation to Inclusion.



About Precious Williams Owodunni
A trusted strategist for business and law firm leaders, Precious Williams Owodunni advises, coaches, and trains emerging and senior leaders, because she believes everyone in a business can contribute to profitable growth. Her client roster includes Boston Consulting Group, Shell Oil Company, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Lionstone Investments, Halliburton, Lime Rock Resources, Johnson & Johnson, King & Spalding LLP, and other leading financial services, law, and private equity firms. Before establishing Mountaintop Consulting, Precious was a Vice President at Goldman, Sachs & Co., where she made private equity investments in high growth companies.


Precious graduated with honors from Yale University and received her J.D. from Yale Law School. She currently serves as a board member of Cadence Bancorporation (NYSE: CADE), the Houston Parks Board, and the Episcopal Health Foundation and as an Advisory Board member of Amazing Place. A Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach, she is a member of the exclusive Forbes Coaches Council and speaks frequently on business development, personal branding, entrepreneurship, strategic career management, and leadership. Precious has received a Houston Business Journal Women Who Mean Business Award for Professional Services, in recognition of her career achievements, community involvement, and leadership.


MOCA has not skipped a beat since its temporary closure in March. 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've been hit hard by the dramatic loss of income 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 support will ensure the survival of MOCA which has been dealt many blows over the past months.


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