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Lia Chang: Oscar L. Tang, David Liu, Dominic Ng, Pichet Ong to Receive 2011 MOCA Legacy Awards at Cipriani Wall Street on 12/12; Performances by Chinglish’s Jennifer Lim and Gary Wilmes

Jennifer Lim and Gary Wilmes, currently starring in David Henry Hwang's Chinglish at the Longacre Theatre on Broadway, will perform a scene from the play. Photo by Lia Chang

Jennifer Lim and Gary Wilmes, currently starring in David Henry Hwang's Chinglish at the Longacre Theatre on Broadway, will perform a scene from the play. Photo by Lia Chang

The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA), a museum that celebrates the living history of the Chinese experience in America, is having its 32nd annual Legacy Awards Gala Benefit on December 12, 2011, at Cipriani Wall Street, 55 Wall St in New York. Hosted by CNBC Correspondent Melissa Lee, this year’s Gala highlights MOCA’s educational role in fostering understanding and bridging gaps between cultures and generations, while recognizing extraordinary individuals who have made substantial contributions to the legacy of Chinese Americans.

The festivities kick off with a cocktail party and reception at 6:30pm. MOCA will present a Lifetime Achievement Award to philanthropist Oscar L. Tang and Legacy Awards to David Liu, Co-founder and CEO of XO Group Inc.; Dominic Ng, Chairman, President & CEO of East West Bank; and Pichet Ong, celebrated pastry chef and author of The Sweet Spot, followed by dinner.

Highlights of the evening include a special presentation of Tony Award-winner David Henry Hwang’s new Broadway play Chinglish, featuring Jennifer Lim and Gary Wilmes, which is currently playing at the Longacre Theatre.

All proceeds go to advance MOCA’s vision and services, including the sponsorship of new exhibitions and the Trending Asian America Public Program series, the expansion of educational programs in partnership with local schools, and the preservation of Collection and Digital MOCA. “The move into our new home at 215 Centre Street just two years ago has inspired a burst of creative activity,” said Maya Lin, Co-Chair of the Board of Trustees. “And MOCA’s success relies on our growing circle of friends who contribute their time, money, and talent to strengthen our mission.”

This year’s Gala Co-Chairs include Anla Cheng, Partner of Sino-Century China Private Equity, LLC; Kevin D. Eng, Co-founder of Columbus Hill Capital Management LP; Lulu C. Wang, CEO of Tupelo Capital Management LLC; and Theodore T. Wang, Managing Director at Goldman, Sachs & Co.

Past honorees and presenters have included, among others: the Chao Family; Steven Chen, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Youtube; Tan Dun, Academy Award-winning composer; Ang Lee, Academy Award-winning director; Anita Lo, celebrity chef; T.C Hsu, Former President of The Starr Foundation; David Henry Hwang, Tony Award-winning playwright; I.M. Pei, world-renown architect; and Christine A. Poon, Vice Chairman, Board of Directors and Worldwide Chairman of Pharmaceuticals Group, Johnson & Johnson.

About Museum of Chinese in America
MOCA was founded in 1980 as the community-based New York Chinatown History Project, and has since grown to encompass the journeys of a wide range of Chinese American communities from around the corner and across the globe. Since late 2009, when MOCA moved into the newly designed space by Maya Lin, located at the crossroads of SoHo and Chinatown, their exhibitions, programs, and audiences have expanded considerably. This was made possible by a unique public-private partnership involving efforts to rebuild Lower Manhattan in the aftermath of 9/11 as well as MOCA’s growing community of donors led by its Board of Trustees.

Today, MOCA’s mission is to celebrate the living history of the Chinese experience in America, to inspire our diverse communities to contribute to America’s evolving cultural narrative and civil society, and to empower and bridge our communities across generations, ethnicities, and geography through our dynamic stories.

To reserve tickets or tables, call Terry Cooper at the 2011 MOCA Legacy Awards Gala Headquarters, (212) 997-0100 x238, or online at moca/legacy_dinner.

Museum of Chinese in America is located at 215 Centre Street. For further information about the Museum, please call (212) 619-4785 or online at

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Lia Chang is an actor, performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multimedia journalist.

As a photographer and videographer, Lia collaborates with artists, organizations and companies in establishing their documentary photo archive and social media presence. She has been documenting her colleagues and contemporaries in the arts, fashion and journalism since making her stage debut as Liat in the National Tour of South Pacific, with Robert Goulet and Barbara Eden. Lia currently plays Nurse Lia on “One Life to Live”. She has appeared in Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and “New York Undercover”.

Selections of Lia’s archive of Asian Pacific Americans in the arts, fashion, journalism, politics and space are now in the newly created LIA CHANG THEATER PHOTOGRAPHY PORTFOLIO in the ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN PERFORMING ARTS COLLECTION housed in the Library of Congress Asian Division’s Asian American Pacific Islander Collection.

Lia’s portraits and performance photos have appeared in Vanity Fair, Gourmet, German Elle, Women’s Wear Daily, The Paris Review, TV Guide, Daily Variety, Interior Design, American Theatre,, Life & Style, OUT, New York Magazine, InStyle,,,,,, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, USA Today, The Boston Globe, New York Times and Washington Post. A former syndicated arts and entertainment columnist for KYODO News, Lia is the New York Bureau Chief for She writes about culture, style and Asian American issues for a variety of publications and this Backstage Pass with Lia Chang blog.

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