Marvels and Monsters-Unmasking Asian Images in U.S. Comics, 1942-1986 and Alt. Comics-Asian American Artists Reinvent the Comic, 2012
In 2012, MOCA presented two exhibitions that trace the depictions of Asian Americans in comics; Marvels and Monsters: Unmasking Asian Images in U.S. Comics, 1942-1986 and Alt. Comics: Asian American Artists Reinvent the Comic. They were shown simultaneously to compare and contrast the way Asian Americans have been perceived and represented in comics. Marvels and Monsters showcased and discussed the various character archetypes of Asian characters in comics such as the depiction of Fu Manchu as a manifestation of Yellow Peril. The show Alt. Comics, in contrast, featured the works of 10 Asian American comic artists that offered a critique of the older representations and reiterated the way they view their changing identities in America.