My Running Story (see photo 1):
During my last marathon, my left knee started to give out just around the half way mark. The thought crossed my mind that I might not finish. Along with my parents, my youngest daughter Scarlett was a spectator around mile 14. After picking her up and taking some family photos I resumed running but I was now pain free. I always tell her that she saved me that day. I thought I was done with racing, but now I am proud to be part of the anchor leg of this epic MOCA Spike 150 run!
My MOCA Story (see photo 2):
MOCA's Water to Paper, Paint to Sky: The Art of Tyrus Wong exhibit in 2015 changed the way I collected art. The story of Tyrus and his father immigrating to the United States resonated with me since my own father came here around the same age, and like many immigrants, faced uncertain prospects. I was equally impressed by Tyrus' art. I was inspired to acquire one of his works and I found a gem. Since then, I've been lucky enough to be able to share this painting with the community by loaning it to MOCA. It now lives in their core exhibit. I also got to meet Tyrus' grandson, which was pretty cool. The favorite from my small collection now gets 50,000 viewers a year instead of a handful.
MOCA Spike 150 (see photo 3):
This story is still unfolding. When I was a kid, I read a book about Chinese laborers building the Transcontinental Railroad called The Iron Moonhunter. I recall an illustration of the main characters (the Kwan cousins) dangling in baskets, risking their lives planting explosives on the mountainside. One of the cousins fell to his death in an accident. This was pretty poignant for a childen's book, and the images have stayed with me since. But this book was just a myth - the true stories of these proud immigrants are not widely published and grossly incomplete. By helping MOCA raise funds, we will have the opportunity to uncover 150 of these stories and also help the museum fulfill its long term mission. Scarlett helped me with my knee, now let's all chip in and help MOCA!
Please donate what you can. Any amount will be appreciated and is tax deductible!
At the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA), a national cultural institution that tells the untold stories in the making of America through the lens of the Chinese immigrant experience, visitors are greeted with the Chinese proverb: “*A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.*” It is our way of honoring the pioneering spirit of not only Chinese immigrants but all immigrants who sacrificed and dared to take the first step that blazed a path for future generations in America.
In 2019, MOCA celebrates the 150th anniversary of the historic moment when a golden spike was driven into the ground at Promontory Summit in Utah to mark the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad. To commemorate this milestone, MOCA has launched the MOCA Spike 150 initiative to honor the resilience, grit, and ingenuity symbolized by the thousands of laborers — many of whom were of Chinese ancestry — who toiled and gave their lives to build America into the country it is today. This nine-month journey will allow MOCA to tell 150 untold stories in the making of America as participants of MOCA Spike 150 run across the country culminating in the TCS NYC Marathon on November 3, 2019. MOCA welcomes you to join us in this unprecedented initiative, and welcomes runners to follow in the footsteps of this country’s first pioneers and make history.