The MOCA Teahouse Reading Club, a monthly program organized in response to surging anti-Asian xenophobia and violence during the COVID-19 pandemic, launches in June. This discussion series hosted by MOCA’s education and exhibition departments—Nora Chen, Education Associate; Lauren Nechamkin, Director of Education; Andrew Rebatta, Associate Curator; 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 and join the discussion over your favorite cup of tea. The first Reading Club gathering will be focused on exploring the model minority myth during the COVID-19 pandemic. Through these discussions, we hope to nurture a more nuanced dialogue around the issues and experiences we are facing in our current times and continue to build support and allyship across our communities.
The following readings will be accessible in a downloadable link in the registration email or directly here: www.mocanyc.org/files/Readings_for_MOCA_Teahouse_Reading_Club_Exploring_the_Model_Minority_Myth_06.30.2020.pdf
• Kat Chow, "Model Minority Myth Again Used as a Racial Wedge..." (NPR Code Switch, 2017)
• Cathy Hong Park, excerpt from "Minor Feelings" (Random House, 2020)
• Robert G. Lee, "excerpt from "Cold War Origins of the Model Minority Myth" (Temple University Press, 2000)
• Andrew Yang, "We Asian Americans are Not the Virus...(Washington Post, 2020)