Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA)

01 May 2019
Left:MOCA@70 Mulberry St. Right:MOCA@215 Centre St., photograph taken by Maya Lin Studio
Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) Collection
左图:MOCA位于茂比利街70号馆址 右图:MOCA位于中央街215号馆址 林璎工作室拍摄

The Museum of Chinese in America was founded in 1980 by John Kuo Wei Tchen and Charlie Lai (both formerly of Basement Workshop). The organization was originally called the New York Chinatown History Project but has seen several name changes through the years before settling on its current name in 2007.

In the late 1970s Manhattan’s Chinatown was undergoing a radical change as long term leases expired and Chinese laundries shuttered their doors. As residents left and stores closed all of their materials ended up in the garbage; valuable stories lost to time. Tchen and Lai saw the need to collect and preserve these stories, which is what led to the creation of the History Project. The History project was located on East Broadway before moving to 70 Mulberry Street in 1984.

That same year we moved into our home at 70 Mulberry Street we put together our first exhibition Eight Pound Livelihood. The exhibition documented the lives of Chinese laundrymen in New York and was displayed at the New York Public Library on 42nd street. Ever since then MOCA has continued to put out shows that illuminate the Chinese American experience. In 2009 having outgrown the space at 70 Mulberry Street, we moved to 215 Centre Street, which was completely redesigned for us by renowned architect and artist Maya Lin.

美国华人博物馆成立于1980年,由陈国维(John Kuo Wei Tchen)和黎重旺(Charlie Lai)创办(这两位均是前地下室工作坊的成员)。机构最初叫作“纽约唐人街历史项目”,在经过数次更名后,于2007年确定了现在的名字。



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