Chan, Amy Tan and Publisher William Yukon Chang
at New York's MoCA Celebration
The Museum of Chinese in the Americas's (MoCA) celebrates
its 20th Anniversary June 23rd with its "20th in 2000"
Legacy Dinner at Windows on the World, at One World Trade Center.
The evening commemorates 20 years of historical preservation, provocative
exhibition-making and public programming about the Chinese American
experience and community.
A Silent Auction and Raffle will take place during the event.
A pair of roundtrip tickets to Tokyo will be a highlight of the
The dinner-dance celebrates the influential work of three
distinguished Legacy Honorees selected for their contributions to
the larger Chinese American community: William
Yukon Chang (journalist and founder/publisher of the first English-language
NYC Chinatown newspaper, Chinese American Times), Amy Tan (author,
The Joy Luck Club), and international film star Jackie Chan (accepting
the award via video presentation).
call (212) 619-4785
or visit www.moca-nyc.org
began his career when he was apprenticed to a Beijing opera troupe
at the age of six. He has trained in all aspects of traditional
operatic performance including acting, singing and the martial arts.
Mr. Chan started his film career as a stuntman and his talent and
enthusiasm for film-making enabled him to advance from stunt coordinator
to movie star, director, and producer.
Mr. Chan has
received numerous awards: Best Actor by Japan's Road Show Magazine
for seven consecutive years; the award of the Insignes de Chevalier
des Arts et des Lettres from the Cinematheque Francaise; honoured
as one of the Five Most Outstanding Young Chinese of the World by
the Taiwan Government in 1992; and conferred the Honorary Doctorate
of Social Science by the Hong Kong Baptist University in 1996.
Mr. Chan is
actively involved in charities, public service, and education. In
1988 he founded the Jackie Chan Charitable Foundation providing
annual scholarships to sponsor students of the performing and technical
arts, to support youth projects, and to assist performing artists
who have suffered hardship and injury.
was born and raised in Honolulu,Hawai'i. His family was one of the
many Hakka migrants from China to settle in Hawai'i and the Asia
Rim. He lived in China for a period, working as an editor/reporter
for the The China Press, and English instructor at Shanghai
College. In 1948, Mr. Chang left China on a trans-Pacific
exploratory survey flight to the United States and remained due
to the takeover of China by the Communists.
Mr. Chang received
his B.A. in Journalism from St. John's University and his MA in
Education from New York University. An active member of the New
York Chinatown community, Mr. Chang was a journalist for The China
Press and the founder/publisher of the first English-language NYC
Chinatown newspaper, Chinese American Times. Mr. Chang has also
been a member of the Manhattan Borough President's Community Planning
Board #1, Parent Development Program. He is a charter member of
the Chinatown Lions Club, and a co-founder of the Chinatown Planning
was born in Oakland, California in 1952, several years after her
mother and father emigrated from China. At the age of eight, Ms.
Tan received her first prized accomplishment in writing with her
essay, "What the Library Means to Me." Later in her life,
while attending five universities over a period of seven years,
Ms. Tan received degrees and awarded honors in English and Linguistics.
In 1989, The
Joy Luck Club was published, and through word-of-mouth endorsements
by independent booksellers, became a surprise bestseller, logging
over 40 weeks on The New York Times list. The book was nominated
for the National Book Award, received the Commonwealth Gold Award,
and was adapted into a feature film in 1994. Ms. Tan's second book,
The Kitchen God's Wife, was published in 1991, followed by The Hundred
Secret Senses in 1995. Both books appeared on The New York Times
bestseller list. Her books are often included as part of the
multicultural curriculum of high schools and colleges and her work
has been translated into over 20 languages.
Chinese in the Americas (MoCA) is the first full-time, professionally-staffed
museum dedicated to reclaiming, preserving, and interpreting the
history and culture of Chinese and their descendants in the Western
Hemisphere. Through an ongoing and historical dialogue that
shapes MoCA's collections, programs and exhibitions, people of all
backgrounds are able to explore the diversity and complexity of
our history and culture, while gaining unique access to the images,
papers, oral histories and artifacts which document the story.
REGULAR ADMISSION: $3 adults, 1 seniors/students, free for children
under 12 and MoCA members.
information, please call the Museum at (212) 619-4785 or visit www.moca-nyc.org.