The Museum of Chinese in America

Founded in 1980, the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) is dedicated to preserving and presenting the history, heritage, culture and diverse experiences of people of Chinese descent in the United States.

MOCA Author Talks

Tomorrow we’re hosting another free and fantastic Author Talk event with Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan, who will discuss her book, A Tiger in the Kitchen: A Memoir of Food and Family. A book-signing will follow.

An excerpt from the book:

My paternal grandmother, whom I called Tanglin Ah-Ma because she once lived in the Tanglin neighborhood of Singapore, was a true legend in the kitchen…While we didn’t have the words to communicate, Tanglin Ah-Ma spoke eloquently to me, to her family, by feeding us all…The crowning moment for my Tanglin Ah-Ma, however, was Chinese New Year, a time of great feasting in Singapore when people devote entire days to hopping from house to house, catching up with friends and relatives while stuffing themselves with platters of noodles, candy and above all, cookies.

About the Author:

Cheryl Tan is a New York-based writer who has covered fashion, retail, and home design (and written the occasional food story) for the Wall Street Journal. Before that she was the senior fashion writer for InStyle magazine and senior arts, entertainment, and fashion writer for the Baltimore Sun. Born and raised in Singapore, she crossed the ocean for college in the U.S. after realizing that a) she wanted to be a journalist and b) if she was going to be as mouthy in her work as she was in real life, she’d better not do it in Singapore.

We’ve hosted other successful author talks in the past. Last October, Henry Chang came to MOCA to talk about Red Jade, the third book of his Chinatown Trilogy.

Tomorrow’s event is free and open to the public, courtesy of Target. RSVP to education at mocanyc dot org.

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