Events

  • Fri, Oct 18, 2019 from 10am – 5:30pm
    The opening week of Gathering: Collecting and Documenting Chinese American History culminates with a day-long symposium featuring presentations and discussions with the leading organizations dedicated to the history of Chinese in America. The program will emphasize dialogue among the gathered organizations about the challenges, importance, and potential of public history in our communities.
  • Sat, Oct 19, 2019 from 1:30pm – 3pm
    Learn Cantonese in just four weeks! Join us as we make Cantonese fun and easy to learn with conversational Cantonese/Toisanese bootcamps by Kim Mui. The four-week course is designed to focus squarely on teaching real, applicable conversation skills that can help you actually communicate in Cantonese (and Toisan). Sign-up and start learning Cantonese today.
  • Sat, Oct 19, 2019 from 2pm – 5pm
    MOCA’s newest exhibition, Gathering, shows how different organizations collect and share Chinese American history. Create a mixed-media collage that tells your life story!
  • Sat, Oct 19, 2019 from 3pm – 4:30pm
    Chinatown, Manhattan is its own destination! Uncover the history of one of New York City’s oldest neighborhoods through this 90 minute walking tour, which focuses on how everyday buildings and places of historical significance reflect and shape a community. The tour will take you through time from the neighborhood’s origins as a Native American village, to the Irish Five Points, the Italian immigrants of Little Italy, to present day as one of the fastest growing immigrant communities of New York City. Some highlighted sites include Collect Pond, Five Points, Columbus Park, Funeral Parlor Row, the Church of the Transfiguration, and the oldest street in Chinatown.  
  • Mon, Oct 21, 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!
  • Tue, Oct 22, 2019 from 6:30pm – 7:30pm
    Author Fuchsia Dunlop joins us to talk about her fully revised and updated edition of her classic cookbook Land of Plenty. When Fuchsia Dunlop’s Land of Plenty was first published in 2001, few people outside China had experienced the lip-tingling sensation of real Sichuan pepper. Nearly twenty years later, Sichuanese cuisine has become popular all over the world, but Dunlop’s pioneering work remains the key text for English speakers eager to understand its myriad flavors and sophisticated culinary techniques. As the New York Times has said, Dunlop has “done more to explain real Chinese cooking to non-Chinese cooks than anyone.”
  • Thu, Oct 24, 2019 from 4pm – 4:30pm
    Happy Halloween! Join us for some not-too-scary monster stories, then dress up your own paper jack-o-lantern with a scowl or a smile.
  • 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.
  • Thu, Oct 24, 2019 from 7pm – 8:30pm
    Learn Mandarin in just four weeks! Join us as we make Mandarin fun and easy to learn with conversational Mandarin bootcamps taught by Ying Pan. The four-week course is designed to make learning a language fun and exciting while exploring new cultural experiences by learning the language, history and customs. Sign-up and start learning Mandarin today.
  • 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.
  • Sat, Oct 26, 2019 from 1:30pm – 3pm
    Learn Cantonese in just four weeks! Join us as we make Cantonese fun and easy to learn with conversational Cantonese/Toisanese bootcamps by Kim Mui. The four-week course is designed to focus squarely on teaching real, applicable conversation skills that can help you actually communicate in Cantonese (and Toisan). Sign-up and start learning Cantonese today.
  • Tue, Oct 29, 2019 from 6:30pm – 7:30pm
    In collaboration with Pearl River Mart: Korean Canadian music business matriarchitect Sophia Chang speaks to Kimmy Yam of NBC News, formerly of HuffPost Asian Voices, about her new memoir from Audible Original x Hello Sunshine, The Baddest Bitch in the Room. The audiobook chronicles Sophia's unique journey as the first Asian woman in hip-hop. She entered the music industry in the late 1980s, landing gigs at record companies like Jive and Atlantic, and managing artists like Wu-Tang clan members Ol’ Dirty Bastard, RZA, and GZA, as well as Q-Tip, A Tribe Called Quest, Raphael Saadiq, and D’Angelo. “Hip-hop embraced me, but Wu-Tang claimed me,” she says. “You know Wu Tang took this little Korean Canadian woman and they went: She’s ours.”
  • Thu, Oct 31, 2019 from 7pm – 8:30pm
    Learn Mandarin in just four weeks! Join us as we make Mandarin fun and easy to learn with conversational Mandarin bootcamps taught by Ying Pan. The four-week course is designed to make learning a language fun and exciting while exploring new cultural experiences by learning the language, history and customs. Sign-up and start learning Mandarin today.
  • Sat, Nov 2, 2019 from 11:30am – 2pm
    A JOURNEY OF 26.2 MILES STARTS WITH A FESTIVAL! MOCA SPIKE 150 team and ambassadors invite you to join us for a pre-race festival on Saturday, November 2. Tickets are at $40, including Buffet Lunch, Mr. Bing Cart, Entertainment, Museum Admission and Gallery Tour as well as 10% off at MOCA Shop by Pearl River!
  • Sat, Nov 2, 2019 from 1:30pm – 3pm
    Learn Cantonese in just four weeks! Join us as we make Cantonese fun and easy to learn with conversational Cantonese/Toisanese bootcamps by Kim Mui. The four-week course is designed to focus squarely on teaching real, applicable conversation skills that can help you actually communicate in Cantonese (and Toisan). Sign-up and start learning Cantonese today.
  • Sat, Nov 2, 2019 from 2pm – 5pm
    Transform every day and found objects into unique sculptures that share the stories of what they were and what they’ve become!
  • Tue, Nov 5, 2019 from 9am – 2:30pm
    The Transcontinental Railroad dramatically shaped the landscape of the American West and the nation… yet its story too often omits histories of the native and immigrant populations who built it. Reconsider the impact of Chinese immigrants on nation building by touring MOCA exhibitions and exploring primary sources that trace Chinese contributions to the railroad.
  • Thu, Nov 7, 2019 from 7pm – 8:30pm
    Learn Mandarin in just four weeks! Join us as we make Mandarin fun and easy to learn with conversational Mandarin bootcamps taught by Ying Pan. The four-week course is designed to make learning a language fun and exciting while exploring new cultural experiences by learning the language, history and customs. Sign-up and start learning Mandarin today.
  • Sat, Nov 9, 2019 from 1:30pm – 3pm
    Learn Cantonese in just four weeks! Join us as we make Cantonese fun and easy to learn with conversational Cantonese/Toisanese bootcamps by Kim Mui. The four-week course is designed to focus squarely on teaching real, applicable conversation skills that can help you actually communicate in Cantonese (and Toisan). Sign-up and start learning Cantonese today.
  • Tue, Nov 12, 2019 from 6:30pm – 8pm
    Simon Tam joins us to talk about his new memoir, “Slanted: How an Asian American Troublemaker Took On The Supreme Court.” Simon will also be bringing some special guests to perform with him.
  • Thu, Nov 14, 2019 from 7pm – 8:30pm
    Learn Mandarin in just four weeks! Join us as we make Mandarin fun and easy to learn with conversational Mandarin bootcamps taught by Ying Pan. The four-week course is designed to make learning a language fun and exciting while exploring new cultural experiences by learning the language, history and customs. Sign-up and start learning Mandarin today.
  • Fri, Nov 15, 2019 from 6:30pm – 8pm
    Voices of the One Child Era: Adoption, Awareness & Identity is a series of programming devoted to telling a diverse range of stories of American adoptees from China. In this installment of the series, watch two documentary short films on birth parent searching, Ricki’s Promise (View Higher Films, 2014) and Meet Me on the Bridge: Discovering the Truth About my Parents After 20 Years (BBC, 2017). After, join director Changfu Chang and adoptee stars of the respective films, Ricki Mudd and Kati Pohler, for a Q&A on the making of the films and updates on their stories since the films were made.
  • Sat, Nov 16, 2019 from 2pm – 5pm
    Transform every day and found objects into unique sculptures that share the stories of what they were and what they’ve become!
  • Wed, Nov 20, 2019 from 6:30pm – 7:30pm
    Danielle Seid joins us to talk about the iconic Asian American film star Anna May Wong, who, in the 1950s, appeared on numerous television programs such as Adventures in Paradise, The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, and Mike Hammer. A pioneer in early American television, in 1951, Wong also starred in a series for the Dumont Network called The Gallery of Madame Liu-Tsong, a show sadly missing from TV archives. Danielle will situate Wong’s television stardom within recent studies of and popular interest in Wong’s life and film career. In particular, Danielle will ask what Wong’s late career performances, which were primarily on TV but also included a few minor roles in film, suggest about aging Asian American stardom and Wong’s symbolic importance to the transition from the Chinese exclusion era to 1950s Cold War multiculturalism.  
  • Fri, Nov 22, 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, Dec 5, 2019 from 7pm – 8pm
    Come experience the world premiere screening of the visual album PASIÓN together with a live musical performance. Starring cellist Wendy Law in collaboration with filmmaker Dilonna Rutherford, PASIÓN features the music of tango, bossa nova and Spanish classical music. Filmed across Greece, Spain, Italy, and New York City, it tells a semi-autobiographical story of love, betrayal, and redemption.
  • Sat, Dec 7, 2019 from 1:30pm – 3pm
    Learn Cantonese in just four weeks! Join us as we make Cantonese fun and easy to learn with conversational Cantonese/Toisanese bootcamps by Kim Mui. The four-week course is designed to focus squarely on teaching real, applicable conversation skills that can help you actually communicate in Cantonese (and Toisan). Sign-up and start learning Cantonese today.
  • Sat, Dec 7, 2019 from 2pm – 5pm
    Why do we collect and save objects? Consider this as you look at objects from our Gathering exhibit that are up to 125 years old!
  • Tue, Dec 10, 2019 from 6:30pm – 7:30pm
    Mind the Gap is an upcoming exhibition at The Delaware Contemporary that aims to explore the gaps in life we all face. The work on display investigates various perspectives that will inspire viewers to reflect on their own gaps in life. This panel discussion intends to explore the concept of “gaps” through the critical lens of women’s roles and their identities in the context of Chinese contemporary art. Moderated by the curator of Mind the Gap, Wenlu Bao, the discussion invites female art professionals from different roles and jobs to share their ideas, experiences, and stories. Panelists will include the New York based artist Emily Cheng, curator Kathrine Page, and gallerist Echo He. Questions will center on issues such as gender gaps, how New York City reacts to Chinese female artists, how visual art benefits Asian communities, and what kind of art education practices attract Asian artists that help to close or minimize the gaps.
  • Sat, Dec 14, 2019 from 1:30pm – 3pm
    Learn Cantonese in just four weeks! Join us as we make Cantonese fun and easy to learn with conversational Cantonese/Toisanese bootcamps by Kim Mui. The four-week course is designed to focus squarely on teaching real, applicable conversation skills that can help you actually communicate in Cantonese (and Toisan). Sign-up and start learning Cantonese today.
  • Mon, Dec 16, 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!
  • Sat, Dec 21, 2019 from 2pm – 5pm
    Why do we collect and save objects? Consider this as you look at objects from our Gathering exhibit that are up to 125 years old!
  • Sat, Jan 4, 2020 from 2pm – 5pm
    Imagine yourself a year later at the end of 2020. Make a 2-D or 3-D self-portrait that represents the “new you”!
  • Sat, Jan 18, 2020 from 2pm – 5pm
    Put a spin on a MOCA tradition! Help welcome the New Year by making handmade decorations to liven up the Museum. Transform our space with colorful creations, which will be on display through our annual Lunar New Year Family Festival!