The MOCA Teahouse Reading Club, a monthly program organized in response to surging anti-Asian xenophobia and violence during the COVID-19 pandemic, continues on Tuesday, July 28. This discussion series hosted by MOCA’s education and exhibition departments—Nora Chen, Education Associate; Lauren Nechamkin, Director of Education; Andrew Rebatta, Associate Curator; and Herb Tam, Curator and Director of Exhibitions—will help participants explore and understand Chinese and Asian American identity and history through discussions focused on selected key readings.
Teahouses are centers of community life, places to chat and share ideas. While we’re physically apart, we invite you to dialogue with us at our virtual teahouse. Read along with us and join the discussion over your favorite cup of tea. Our next conversation will focus on readings selected for their connection to allyship and the role of Asian Americans in struggles for racial justice. Through this discussion, we hope to nurture a more nuanced dialogue around the issues we are facing right now and explore strategies to build a more equitable future.
The following readings will be accessible in a downloadable link in the registration email or directly here: http://mocanyc.org/files/MOCA_%20Teahouse_%20Reading_%20Club_Asian_%20American_%20Allyship_07_28_2020.pdf
• Ta-Nehisi Coates, excerpt from Between the World and Me (Spiegel & Grau, 2015)
• Nikole Hannah-Jones, “Our democracy’s founding ideals were false when they were written. Black Americans have fought to make them true.” (The New York Times, 2019)
• Frank Wu, excerpt from Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black and White (Basic Books, 2003)
• Audre Lorde, “The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action,” Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches (Ten Speed Press, 1984)
• Jason Wu, “Non-Black People of Color are Mobilizing to End Complicity in Black Death” (Truthout, 2020)