Many True Stories: Life in New York Chinatown On and After September 11th

Posted by Lia Chang on Thursday, 24 June 2004.

Many True Stories: Life in New York Chinatown, on and After September 11th , a new exhibit at the Museum of the Chinese in the Americas (MoCA).

An invaluable collection of first-hand accounts of life in New York Chinatown, on and after September 11th are part of a new exhibit, Many True Stories at the Museum of the Chinese in the Americas (MoCA) .

As residents of Chinatown, students from the Dr. Sun Yat Sen Middle School 131 Oral History Club experienced the devastating impact of September 11th on their lives. The students and their advisor, Stacey Fell-Eisenkraft, interviewed and documented their community during a period of one school semester. They utilized principles and techniques of oral history taught to them by MoCA's staff to capture the events and its aftermath without having to rely on second-hand sources.

These stories retracing the events from the perspectives of those who work and live in Chinatown are in the form of interview recordings, photographs and artifacts collected by the students. Additional interviews in memory books organized by the themes: Jobs, Emergency Money and Showing I.D.; Air Quality; My Family; Loss; and War, offer visitors to the exhibition a forum to share their own stories.

The MS 131 Oral History Club is a part of the Columbia University Oral History Research Office's Telling Lives Project , which uses oral history to help communities heal from the tragic events of 9/11 . This collection of narratives, videos, and photos are a permanent resource in the MoCA Archives.

Many True Stories: Life in Chinatown On and After September 11th is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts (Special Arts Services) , and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs .

Museum of Chinese in the Americas (MoCA)
70 Mulberry St., 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10013
P: 212.619.4785
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Hours:Tues-Thurs: 12pm-6pm
Fri.: 12pm-7pm (with free admission all day)
Sat.-Sun: 12pm - 6pm

Suggested Admission:
$3 Adults, $1 Seniors/Students with I.D., Free for members and children under 12