It’s the only museum of its kind on the east coast, and it’s currently crammed into four converted classrooms in the old P.S 23 building in Chinatown. It’s so small that when students come in to view the exhibits, they have to sit on the floor.
“We often times have to warn the visitors, and more particularly the students, that they would have to make sure they don’t get stepped on,” says Charles Lai, the founder of the Museum of Chinese in the Americas, or MOCA.
But that will soon change. Come 2006, MOCA is slated to move to a space five times its size in a new building on Lafayette Street. The world-renowned architect Maya Lin will design the 12,500 square foot space. (more…)