“Institutions like MOCA are facilitating the destruction of our community under the cover of social justice,” said activist Yanin Peña.
While visitors watched performances in the museum’s lobby, protesters pressed placards against the windows, chanting slogans like “Boycott MOCA” and “Chinatown is not for sale.”
Artists Colin Chin and Nicholas Liem decried MOCA’s acceptance of $35 million in funding from NYC as part of a jail expansion plan.
Beneficiaries include El Museo del Barrio in Manhattan, Laundromat Project in Brooklyn, and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.
“This is a frightening escalation of the racial violence targeting Asian American Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) across the country since the pandemic began,” says a statement by the Museum of Chinese in America, one of many institutions to respond to the murders.
The letter, penned by Chinatown Art Brigade, condemns the “actions of MOCA leadership to sell out to mass incarceration in exchange for financial gain.”
The announcement quelled concerns by community members that the city had neglected its pledge to help recover the museum’s damaged archives.
Tens of thousands of unique cultural items were severely damaged. The museum launched a fundraising campaign, and Mayor Bill de Blasio promised to secure temporary locations for tenants displaced by the fire.
A fire that broke out last night injured eight people and destroyed the top floors of a building housing the museum’s archives. The museum is still assessing the damage to its vast collection of Chinese-American cultural items.
The Moon Represents My Heart looks at Chinese American musicians who picked up the culture they lost and re-shaped it into something new.
Danielle Seid discusses Forever Chinatown, a film produced and directed by her grandparents in 1960.
Tomorrow night at the Museum of Chinese in America, NüVoices members come together for an evening of storytelling, poetry, music, and more.