The Yin and Yang of Contemporary Asian American Culture

Thu, Oct 6, 2011 @ 6:30pm - 4:00pm



This fall, MOCA brings together three provocative voices in contemporary Asian American culture. Please join acclaimed graphic novelist Gene Yang (Level Up; The Eternal Smile; American Born Chinese), New York Magazine contributing editor Wesley Yang ("Paper Tigers") and author and columnist Jeff Yang (The San Francisco Chronicle's "Asian Pop") - all of whom happen to share the same last name – for a candid, no-holds-

barred discussion on current trending topics including the evolving nature of Asian American identity, the challenges of Asian masculinity and the perils (and promise) of "tiger" parenting.


Gene Yang's first book, American Born Chinese was the first graphic novel ever to be nominated for a National Book Award. His most recent graphic novel, Level Up looks at the struggle of a young boy to live up to the expectations of his late father, with the help of a quartet of guardian angels.

Wesley Yang's New York Magazine feature "Paper Tigers" — exploring the traumatic effects of traditional Asian parenting on second-generation offspring — became one of the year's most talked about articles; he's currently working on a book on the topic for Harper Collins.

Jeff Yang, veteran culture critic and columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle, has been at the center of covering the sometimes-controversial issues that both Gene and Wesley have raised in their work.


Admission: Free and open to the public, courtesy of TARGET. RSVP required to

Please note: This program is FULL. We will place you on the waiting list and notify you by noon on Thursday, October 6 in the event of a cancellation.


Join MOCA's Young Professionals and Yang x3 in an informal post-talk gathering at Red Egg! Meet the speakers, continue the conversation, and network with other YP's! 15% off your total bill at Red Egg from 8-9:30pm if you say "MOCA YP."


Program Partners: Association of Asian American Yale Alumni and Harvard Asian American Alumni Alliance.


This program is made possible in part by The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust and the Harry K. Ligh Fund.




This program is part of MOCA’s Trending Asian America series, an ongoing series that brings together leading voices in contemporary Asian American culture to explore topics that impact Americans today and tomorrow.

Next up: The Hapa Project with Kip Fulbeck, co-presented by the Brooklyn Historical Society, on Thursday, December 8, 2011, 6:30pm at MOCA.




Enjoy free museum admission every Thursday, 11am - 9pm, courtesy of Target.






Images: Cover of American Born Chinese; Cover of New York Magazine, May 16, 2011.