Museum of Chinese in America

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Museum of Chinese in America
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The museum
Established 1980
Location 215 Centre Street
New York, NY 10013
Type History museum
Curator Herb Tam
Public transit access Subway: Canal Street, 2 blocks away (NYCS 4 NYCS 6 NYCS 6d NYCS J NYCS N NYCS Q NYCS R NYCS Z trains)
Website Official website

The Museum of Chinese in America (traditional Chinese: 美國華人博物館; simplified Chinese: 美国华人博物馆; pinyin: Měiguó Huárén Bówùguǎn; Jyutping: Mei5gwok3 Waa4jan4 Bok3mat6gun2; abbreviated MOCA) is a museum in New York City which exhibits Chinese American history. Founded in 1980 in Manhattan's Chinatown (紐約華埠), the museum began as the New York Chinatown History Project by historian John Kuo Wei Tchen and community resident and activist Charles Laiand to promote a better understanding of the Chinese American experience and to address the concern that "the memories and experiences of aging older generations would perish without oral history, photo documentation, research and collecting efforts."[1]

In 2005, the museum was among 406 New York City arts and social service institutions to receive part of a $20 million grant from the Carnegie Corporation, which was made possible through a donation by New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg.[2][3]

The museum moved to a new site at 215 Centre Street in 2009.[4] It increased in size by sixfold, in a space that was designed by architect Maya Lin.[5][6] The curator and director of exhibitions as of May 31, 2011 is Herb Tam.[7] The permanent exhibition was designed by Matter Practice.[8]

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  1. ^ "About Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA)". Museum of Chinese in America. Retrieved 2009-10-27. 
  2. ^ Roberts, Sam (2005-07-06). "City Groups Get Bloomberg Gift of $20 Million". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-09-05. 
  3. ^ Carnegie Corporation of New York Gift
  4. ^ Rothstein, Edward (September 21, 2009). "Reopened Museum Tells Chinese-American Stories". The New York Times. 
  5. ^ Justin Davidson (2009-08-23). "Maya Lin’s Big Dig". New York. Retrieved 2010-07-15. 
  6. ^ MOCA On The Move: Creating A National Museum
  7. ^ "Press release: MOCA Announces Appointment of New Curator & Director of Exhibitions". Museum of Chinese in America. 2011-05-10. Retrieved 2012-06-12. 
  8. ^ "Reopened Museum Tells Chinese-American Stories". 

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Coordinates: 40°42′58″N 73°59′58″W / 40.71611°N 73.99944°W / 40.71611; -73.99944