As many of you may have already found out, our friends at the Museum of Chinese in America in New York City were tragically impacted by a fire at their archives last Thursday.
Up to 85,000 artifacts that provided insight on Chinese life in America were destroyed or are in jeopardy, including menus from the earliest Chinese restaurants in New York City, historic family photographs, tickets for boat passages, and letters from immigrants to their families in China.
This is an irreparable loss for the Chinese and Chinese American community, as well as those invested in the history of the Chinese American experience. We cannot imagine experiencing the same tragedy here at the SDCHM, and as friends of the MOCA, we are here to support and help their institution in any way we can.
Currently, MOCA is raising funds through a GoFundMe campaign to rebuild their archives, as well as restore and conserve artifacts. Please consider donating to the campaign- any amount makes a difference. Other cultural organizations in the same building on 70 Mulberry Street were also impacted by the fire, including the Chen Dance Center, the Chinatown Manpower Project, Chinatown Senior Center, and United East Athletics Association- their websites are linked in the GoFundMe below and readily welcome your support.