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Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA)

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  1. Photograph: Courtesy Maya Lin Studio/Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA)
    Photograph: Courtesy Maya Lin Studio/Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA)
  2. Photograph: Courtesy Maya Lin Studio/Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA)
    Photograph: Courtesy Maya Lin Studio/Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA)
  3. Photograph: courtesy Maya Lin Studio/Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA)
    Photograph: courtesy Maya Lin Studio/Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA)
  4. Photograph: Courtesy Maya Lin Studio/Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA)
    Photograph: Courtesy Maya Lin Studio/Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA)
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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 17th century 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.

Details

Address:
215 Centre Street
New York
10013
Cross street:
between Grand and Howard Sts
Transport:
Subway: J, Z, N, Q, R, 6 to Canal St
Price:
$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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