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 Monday: Chinatown Film Project

The Museum of Chinese in America maintains an extensive archive and collection of Chinese American artifacts and oral histories. MOCA Mondays will briefly highlight one image or item from the collection and/or past exhibitions. For more information, visit our website.

A film still from Jem Cohen's New York Night Scene.

 

The Chinatown Film Project tackled the evocative neighborhood’s reputation–true and stereotyped–by creating unique stories for the audience to engage with. The project began by asking ten of New York’s most exciting filmmakers to present a new take on a global icon. Contributors included Miguel Arteta, Patty Chang, Jem Cohen, Cary Fukunaga, Bradley Rust Gray, So Yong Kim, Amir Naderi, Sam Pollard, Shelly Silver, Rose Troche, Wayne Wang and Richard Wong.

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MOCA Monday: Gotta Sing, Gotta Dance

The Museum of Chinese in America maintains an extensive archive and collection of Chinese American artifacts and oral histories. MOCA Mondays will briefly highlight one image or item from the collection and/or past exhibitions. For more information, visit our website.

Jadin Wong: singer, dancer, comedienne and agent.

 

“Gotta Sing, Gotta Dance! Chinese America in the Nightclub Era” was a multimedia exhibition on the entertainers who broke with tradition, defied stereotypes and expectations, and opened doors for the many generations of Asian American artists to come. In 2002, MOCA presented this spotlight on performers of the 1930s-50s including (among others) the performer Jadin Wong, pictured above. Jadin was a pioneering Chinese American actress, singer, dancer (and later in life, talent agent and manager) with a quick wit and an tireless passion for Asian Americans in the arts.

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Legacy Awards Dinner: December 12

The Museum staff has been hard at work for many months now preparing for this year’s Legacy Awards Dinner on Monday, December 12. We are thrilled to be presenting a Lifetime Achievement Award to Oscar L. Tang, as well as Legacy Awards to David Liu, Dominic Ng, and Pichet Ong. The evening honors these inspiring individuals for their outstanding achievements and contributions to the ongoing legacy of the Chinese in America. The video below highlights last year’s fantastic event–we can’t wait to share the 2011 video with you soon!

 

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MOCA Monday: Burr Puzzle

The Museum of Chinese in America maintains an extensive archive and collection of Chinese American artifacts and oral histories. MOCA Mondays will briefly highlight one image or item from the collection and/or past exhibitions. For more information, visit our website.

Antique Burr-Ball diagram. Yi Zhi Tang Collection.

 

This vintage diagram of a Burr puzzle was included in the exhibition “Chinese Puzzles: Games for the Hands and Mind”, curated by Wei Zhang and Peter Rasmussen from their Yi Zhi Tang collection. (Previously blogged about here by Ting-Chi Wang and here by Marissa Chen.) Do you have a favorite game or puzzle? It is more traditional, like Tangrams or Linked-Rings, or more modern, like Settlers of Catan or Uno? Share your favorite in our comments!

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