MOCA Co-Founders, 1980

In 1976, Jack Tchen and Charlie Lai met at Basement Workshop, an Asian American political and arts organization located in Manhattan’s Chinatown. The organization was a space that allowed fellow artists and activists to meet and exchange ideas. Tchen and Lai noticed that Chinatown was going through a transformative period and wanted to preserve the history of the neighborhood before it disappeared. This prompted the two to establish the Center for Community Studies (colloquially known as the New York Chinatown History Project) in 1980. The center would grow and evolve into the MOCA you know today.

1976年,陈国维(Jack Tchen)及黎重旺(Charlie Lai)相逢于地下室工作坊(Basement Workshop)。该工作坊是位于曼哈顿唐人街的亚裔美国人政治艺术组织,是个欢迎艺术家同行与社会活动家相聚、交换理念的地方。陈先生与黎先生注意到唐人街正经历一个变革的时期,因此希望在它消失前保存这个街区的历史。这样的想法驱使他们在1980年成立了社区研究中心(Center of Community Studies,也就是我们常说的纽约华埠历史研究社(New York Chinatown History Project)。该中心于日后逐渐壮大发展成今日众所周知的美国华人博物馆(MOCA)。