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Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA)

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Entrance to MOCA's exhibition "With a Single Step: Stories in the Making of America"
Courtesy of Maya Lin Studio/MOCA

Time Out says

MOCA occupies an airy former machine shop designed by prominent Chinese-American architect Maya Lin. In an interior loosely inspired by a traditional Chinese house, with rooms radiating off a central courtyard and areas defined by screens, MOCA’s core exhibit traces the development of Chinese communities on these shores from the 1850s to the present through objects, images and video. Mixed-media displays cover the development of industries such as laundries and restaurants in New York, Chinese stereotypes in pop culture, and the suspicion and humiliation Chinese-Americans endured during World War II and the McCarthy era. A mocked-up Chinese general store evokes the multipurpose spaces that served as vital community lifelines for men severed from their families under the 1882 Exclusion Act, which restricted immigration. A gallery is devoted to temporary exhibitions, such as the work of contemporary Chinese-American artists.


215 Centre Street
New York
Cross street:
between Grand and Howard Sts
Subway: J, Z, N, Q, R, 6 to Canal St
$10, seniors and students $5, children under 12 free. Thu free
Opening hours:
Tue, Wed, Fri–Sun 11am–6pm; Thu 11am–9pm
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