The Museum of Chinese in America: Virtual Educational Events

Illustration of Young Girl with tea and a rabbit - Flyer for MOCA's Mid-Autumn Moon Family Festival

The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) is an over 40-year-old institution.

It’s dedicated to preserving and presenting the history, heritage, culture and diverse experiences of people of Chinese descent in the US, and promoting dialogue and understanding among people of all cultural backgrounds.

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Online events over the next few days:

Today’s “MOCA Teahouse Reading Club: Who is Asian American?

“Our next conversation will address the following questions: Who is Asian American? How did the formation of the term “Asian American” come about? How does this term bring about contradictions of Asian American identity and ethnic differences, including Southeast and South Asian invisibility?

Through this discussion, we hope to nurture a more nuanced dialogue around the issues we are facing in our current times and explore strategies to build a more equitable future.”

You can find more information, and register for the event, here

Tomorrow, they present “MOCA Treasures on the Road: Unveiling the Untold Stories in the Chinese American Journey

“This new program series hosted by MOCA will feature distinct artifacts, antiques, and collectibles held by members of the MOCA community from around the world. Guests share their special items and the stories behind those items while engaged in conversation with an expert scholar or professional. The goal of the program series is to bring out the depth and vastness of the Chinese American narrative to the MOCA community. MOCA Treasures on the Road captures stories of celebration, hardship, family travels, immigration, discrimination, diaspora, survival, success, and so much more.”

Chinese American Painting, Vases and Lantern
MOCA TREASURES ON THE ROAD: Unveiling the Untold Stories in the Chinese American Journey

Beginning Friday, you and your family can experience the “Mid-Autumn Moon Family Festival”

“Mooncakes, lanterns, and the Jade Rabbit on the moon! Explore the customs and traditions behind this harvest festival with arts & crafts, story time, and more family fun!”

Illustration of Young Girl with tea and a rabbit - Flyer for MOCA's Mid-Autumn Moon Family Festival

Children’s Activities

MOCA offers a storytime series aimed at children 3-6 years of age. “MOCAKIDS Storytime @ Home!“, which takes place every 2nd & 4th Thursday from 4:00 – 4:30pm, is “a lively, bilingual 30-minute combination of fun activities and language exploration designed to enhance your young child’s word skills and vocabulary”. The next one is October 8th.

A stuffed monkey and a bright yellow children's book

And, if you’re looking for creative art projects for kids, MOCA’s MOCACREATE at Home also educates about Chinese American History!

In this one, make paper airplanes and learn about Hazel Ying Lee, the first Chinese American woman to fly for the U.S. military:

MOCACREATE at Home: Soar with Hazel! from Museum of Chinese in America on Vimeo.