Museum of Chinese in America’s President Nancy Yao Maasbach On Racism, Recovery, and Reopening
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Museum of Chinese in America’s President Nancy Yao Maasbach On Racism, Recovery, and Reopening

Among all of the arts and culture institutions that were hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic. the Museum of Chinese in America had a particularly devastating 2020. On January 23, shortly before the city grinded to a virtual halt in March, the Mulberry Street building that housed MOCA’s collections and archives caught fire. As the pandemic unfolded, anti-Asian sentiment also rose rapidly. Statistics gathered by advocacy groups show that across the country, over 2,000 Covid-related anti-Asian-American hate incidents were reported between March and June. 

Meanwhile, growing tension in US-China geopolitical relations has put Chinese-Americans at the center of policy debate. Most recently, the Trump administration’s threat to ban WeChat, a social media app owned by the Chinese…

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