Community Oral History: "From Street Fair to Medical Home: The Charles B. Wang Community Health Center"

Thu, Mar 1, 2012 @ 6:30pm - 4:00pm

“It’s a special place with a sense of community and sense of our mission.” Perry Pong, MD, chief medical officer

“This is a very community-oriented, grassroots organization. That kind of spirit gets passed from generation to generation.” Mouchuan Teddy Chen, LCSW, PhD, director of mental health Bridge Program

Join MOCA for a reflection on the forty-year history of the Charles B. Wang Community Health Center, from its beginnings as a volunteer-run street fair to the leading health care provider for the Asian American community in the New York area. Hear from board members, friends and volunteers who have worked together to collect oral histories and memorabilia to document the compelling story of this community institution.

Discussion with Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler, authors of From Street Fair to Medical Home; Dr. John Li, founding physician and Health Center historian; Jane Eng, Chief Executive Officer of the Health Center; Regina Lee, co-founder and Chief Development Officer of the Health Center; moderated by Sandra Lee Kawano, board member and Dr. Margaret M. Chin, Associate Professor of Sociology at Hunter College .


Followed by booksigning.

Admission: This program is free and open to the public, courtesy of TARGET. RSVP to


You may also be interested in our March 8 film screening, Crossing Canal, on the history of the Oversea Chinese Mission in Chinatown.



This program is supported in part, by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.