Founded in 1980, the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) is dedicated to preserving and presenting the history, culture and diverse experiences of people of Chinese descent in the United States. MOCA aims to engage audiences in an ongoing historical dialogue, in which people of all backgrounds are able to see American history through a critical perspective, to reflect on their own experiences, and to make meaningful connections between: the past and the present, the global and the local, themselves and others.
In 2018 MOCA became an official charity partner of the New York Road Runners for the TCS New York City Marathon; this year we will again be participating as an official charity partner. 2019 marks the 150th anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad. The “MOCA Spike 150 - Running Forward with Our Stories!” initiative will honor the thousands of Chinese workers responsible for this great milestone in American History as well as explore the Chinese diaspora throughout America.
“MOCA Spike 150 - Running Forward with Our Stories!” debuted during the Chinese New Year with a half marathon course in the shape of a pig and will culminate with the MOCA team crossing the finish line at the 2019 TCS NYC Marathon.
The funds raised through “MOCA Spike 150” will be used to support the museum’s mission to preserve the history of Chinese Americans and achieving our goal of becoming a nationally recognized institution. We hope that this initiative will also unite Chinese Americans from all across the country and shed light on our contributions throughout American history.