MOCAREADS The Forbidden Temptation of Baseball

Sat, Oct 28, 2017 @ 2:30pm - 4:30pm

Tickets (includes museum admission): $12/adult; $10/student and senior; Free for MOCA members


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Woo ‘Leon’ Ka-leong is nearly 12 years old when he leaves China with his brother for small-town Connecticut. While he initially struggles to overcome homesickness and the strangeness of a new country, Leon soon discovers something about America that he loves—baseball.


Join Dori Jones Yang as she discusses her new young adult novel, The Forbidden Temptation of Baseball, a story inspired by the Chinese Educational Mission of 1872, which sent 120 boys to study in New England at a time when the Qing Empire was struggling to ‘modernize’ and adapt Western standards. Pioneered by the first Chinese graduate of Yale University, Yung Wing, the young members of the Chinese Educational Mission were expected to live with American host families, study hard, learn Western customs, and return to China years later equipped with the knowledge to mend a flailing state.


Dori will also share her research on the Chinese Educational Mission, Yung Wing (also featured in MOCA’s core exhibition), and how their histories remain relevant to American society today.


Followed by booksigning.


Dori Jones Yang has written, co-authored, compiled, and translated a wide variety of books, including historical fiction, inspiration, biographies, oral histories, and children’s books. A former foreign correspondent in Asia, she aims to build bridges between cultures and generations.