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.

Commerce Secretary Gary Locke Reflects upon his Heritage

(Front Row Left to right) Jenny Low (Chinese-American Planning Council President), Virginia Kee (CPC Founder), NYC Comptroller John Liu, Secretary Locke, NYS Assemblywoman Grace Meng, S. Alice Mong (MOCA Director), Maya Lin (Artist & Designer of MOCA, Co-Chair of MOCA’s Board); (Back Row Left to Right) Herbert Kee (CPC Founder), Chung C. Seto (ChungSeto Group), Wellington Chen( Executive Director of Chinatown Partnership LDC), Linda Sun ( District Office Manager of Assemblywoman Meng’s office)

On May 12th, Commerce Secretary Gary Locke visited the Museum of Chinese in America. Maya Lin, designer of the Museum and Co-Chair of the Board, along with Director S. Alice Mong, gave Secretary Locke a tour of the Museum, congratulating him on his nomination as the new U.S. Ambassador to China. “We are truly honored to have Secretary Locke, MOCA’s 2005 honoree, and show him our new home as a national cultural anchor chronicling the history of Chinese in America,” said Director Mong. Secretary Locke had an opportunity to view the tile profiling him on the Luminary Wall, which is part of the Museum’s Core Exhibit, With a Single Step: Stories in the Making of America. The Luminary Wall honors Chinese descendants who have made major contributions to American history, chronologically documenting their stories from all walks of life. Secretary Locke’s tile appears in Section 8: Towards a More Perfect Union, along those of Maya Lin, Ang Lee, David Ho and Elaine Chao.

After his visit, Secretary Locke reflected upon his experience growing up as a Chinese American in his blog post here.

Photo Caption: Secretary Locke with S. Alice Mong ( MOCA Director) and MOCA staff

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