WNET Up Next: The Story of China – A Personal Take with MOCA’s Yue Ma

July 11, 2017

In conjunction with the PBS presentation of Michael Wood’s six hour documentary, The Story of China, WNET Up Next looks at China and Chinese-Americans through the personal lens of Yue Ma, a native Chinese and currently the  Director for Collections and Researach at New York City’s Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA).   MOCA, which began  37 years ago by studying the history of New York’s Chinatown,  has evolved into a major museum of the Chinese-American experience including large collections, exhibtions,  a researach center,  and  a significant online digital presence.

Raised and educated in China where she earned  multiple degrees,  Ms. Ma relates her  personal journey from China to North America, first to Canada where she was involved in a program about digital imaging and collecting sponsored by Toronto’s Ryerson University and Rochester, New York’s George Eastman House.  This training led to her current position at MOCA, which she has now held for ten years. At MOCA, she has been involved in many projects including The Chinese Life in America and Waves of Identity: 35 Years of Archiving.  The museum is currently preparing Fold, an exhibition of paper folding sculpture which will open in September.

Ms. Ma offers a positive endorsement  of  Wood’s The Story of China and is particularly pleased that the film emphasizes the importance of family to the culture and that it includes material relating to  China’s more recent history.   More information can by found about MOCA at www.mocanyc.org.  For more on The Story of China, go the www.pbs.org, where there is a wealth of ancillary material about the series and the ability to stream individual episodes.

WNET Up Next is a presentation of the Design and On Air Promotion Department of WNET New York

Interview recorded June 15th, 2017 at WNET – Audio C.

WNET – New York Public Media