The Museum of Chinese in the Americas (MoCA) wants your family business

Posted by Lia Chang

The Museum of Chinese in the Americas (MoCA) wants your family business. If you or someone you know works in a Chinese restaurant, become a part of Chinese American history.

If you or someone you know works in a Chinese restaurant, become a part of Chinese American history.

Until May 8, the Museum of the Chinese in the Americas (MoCA) in New York, is collecting photo and story submissions for its CHINESE RESTAURANTS: A FAMILY BUSINESS documentation project and would love your contributions. Interested in everything from candid Polaroids to professional portraits, MoCA will consider anything that captures the stories behind the scenes of Chinese restaurants around the world.

MoCA's CHINESE RESTAURANTS: A FAMILY BUSINESS documentation project will highlight and bring to the forefront those who work behind the scenes, capturing the families for which a restaurant is an extension of the home, a testimony to their entrepreneurship and a legacy passed from generation to generation. If you or people you know are connected to a restaurant, MoCA would love to see your photos and hear your stories. All snapshots, whether amateur or professional ones, are accepted.

Photos:

Maximum number of submissions:
3 photographs per person, no larger than 8" x 10".

Each photo must include:
- title/description
- place
- date
- photographer's name
- photographer's relationship to the restaurant (eg. Owner, employee, weekend visitor, etc.)

Stories can include:

- How the restaurant was first started
- A favorite funny memory or story
- Family members who work(ed) at the restaurant and at what jobs
- Why your family chose to enter the restaurant business
- What a typical workday is like at the restaurant
- Family recipes that are special to the menu, or items added because of local clientele tastes
- How location factors into your experience working at the restaurant

No submissions accepted after May 8, 2004. Please send to:

Museum of Chinese in the Americas (MoCA)
Attn: Chinese Restaurants: A Family Business
70 Mulberry Street, 2nd Floor NY, NY 10013

Submissions will not be returned. Photos will be accessioned into the MoCA archives with photographer credit.

MoCA Website: http://www.moca-nyc.org
MoCA Community Board: http://www.moca-nyc.org/MoCA/content.asp?cid=25