new moca location opens its doors

Here's a New York Times article on the newly expanded, newly relocated Museum of Chinese in America, which has chosen to open the doors of its new home on the edge of Chinatown quietly and gradually as it settles in over the summer. But don't worry -- a big opening is coming: New Home for Chinese Experience in America.

That building, a converted industrial machine repair shop at 211-215 Centre Street, was designed by Maya Lin, who also designed the Vietnam Memorial in Washington. With about 12,000 square feet spread over two floors, the Centre Street building is nearly six times larger than the museum's current home, and cost $8.1 million to revamp.

In the lobby Ms. Lin has created an art installation called "The Journey Wall," which consists of bronze tiles that link Chinese-American families' names and places of origin in China with the towns or cities where they settled in America. I can't wait to take a look at this.

While the Centre Street location opened without fanfare late last month, though this weekend, the Museum hosts the very Asian American Comicon, a gathering of Asian American comic book artists, editors, writers and fans. To learn more about the Museum of Chinese in America and the new location, visit the MoCA website here.

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