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Responses Exhibit Opening Reception

Live Event
March 8: 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join Vermont Humanities and the Manchester Community Library for a special gallery opening with the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) exhibit Responses

Responses originated at the MOCA in New York in 2021 and was conceived of as an offering to our communities in a moment of crisis. Chinese and Asian Americans were being blamed as the genesis of the coronavirus and targeted in assaults across the country, harming their bodies as well as their sense of belonging. To help us navigate what was happening, this exhibition explored the lessons of history and raised a collective voice against the rising tide of anti-Asian hate and violence. The exhibition features a monumental Timeline of Anti-Asian Racism in America along with selections from MOCA’s OneWorld COVID-19 Special Collection, an initiative to document and preserve stories of collective Asian American resilience, generosity, creativity and agency during the pandemic.

This special reception will feature a conversation with MOCA curator and director of exhibitions Herb Tam and Vermont Humanities Program Director Ryan Newswanger as they discuss the exhibit, its creation and connection to VT Reads Last Night at the Telegraph Club. The exhibit will be displayed at the library from March 8th until April 19th.

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About the Presenters

Herb Tam has been the Curator and Director of Exhibitions at the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) since 2011. He recently co-curated Responses: Asian American Voices Resisting the Tides of Racism (2021) and The Moon Represents My Heart: Music, Memory and Belonging (2019).



Painting credits for above image:
Michael Sheng
Faces of Asian American, 2021
Mixed media on canvas
30 x 40 inches
Courtesy of the artist


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March 8
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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