On Wednesday, November 10, 2010, we celebrated Asian-American heritage at YPX 2010 hosted by the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA). The night brought together the Young Professionals eXpo, celebrating with music, food, and fashion.  Ingredients for a fantastic gala!

“YPX is the embodiment of our Young Professionals’ (YPs) dynamic energy – an exciting signature event that celebrates the cutting edge of Asian American culture,” said S. Alice Mong, MOCA Director. “It contextualizes this rich culture within the proud 160-year history of the Chinese in America, and highlights the growing impact of Chinese and Asian Americans in the creative arena. It has been MOCA’s pleasure to provide a space for YPs to come together, flex their imaginations and express their perspectives, while informing us of the pulse of this generation.”

And come together, we did!  Alongside the likes of a few notables available here in NYC.  Chef Chris Cheung, of famed Nobu, Monkey Bar, and Lair, was overseeing the food from his vantage point nearby the serving station.  Overseas actress Michelle Krusiec of Saving Face and Made In Taiwan, actor Archie Kao of CSI, and playwright David Henry Hwang showed some Asian-American pride.  Lucy Liu was originally scheduled to make an appearance, but unfortunately was caught up in a project in LA and instead sent in a personalized video.  (Does this mean we should be expecting something from her out on the big screens soon?!)

Held at Arena in Midtown West, a stage overtook what is typically the dance floor, and influential, innovative artists showcased their talents.  Each year, MOCA YPs will select emerging talents who embrace both cultural heritage and personal vision dubbed as the M88.  Jazz musician Fred Ho gave an intro speech that was – to put it gently – very abrasive.  And yes, the word “abrasive” is the gentle way of putting how his speech went.

This year, the M88 honors went to Dave Liang of The Shanghai Restoration Project, who combined his awesome piano playing improve style with DJ beats and lyrics, and Dana Leong, aka the“hi-def Yo-Yo Ma” with his crazy-looking electric cello.  How does that thing even work?!  Only the pros know.

There were tables set up with merchandise from emerging designers, from warm winter accessories, mens ties, to jewelry and a  “bedazzle your phone cover” station.  The gala gave a great opportunity for all of these young entrepreneurs to showcase their talents and creativity.

It was a fun, energetic celebration of culture, fusing a taste from our old heritage with modernity and creative innovation.  Check out below for more info on MOCA and for photos in our gallery.

If you’ve made it to the end of this review – congratulations, you’d made it this far!  So to reward you, we are giving one lucky reader an Individual Level Membership to MOCA, valued at $60!  Must redeem by February 28th, 2011.  Email to enter to win.

Gan bei!

Yours,
Von

About MOCA

The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) is the leading national museum dedicated to preserving and presenting the history and culture of people of Chinese descent in the United
States. From its Maya Lin-designed home on the border of Chinatown and SoHo in New York City, MOCA collects and displays historical and cultural artifacts, and organizes traveling exhibitions, classes, discussions, and events that explore all aspects of the Chinese American experience in the United States. MOCA began as a community-based organization founded in 1980 by Chinese  American artists, historians and students who felt that the memories of first-generation “old-timers” in Chinatown would be lost without oral history, photo documentation, research, and collecting efforts.

Now a resource for historians and community members alike, the Museum has evolved into a national keeper of cultural information and an influential voice in the ongoing history of Chinese and Chinese American culture across our country. The Museum’s original location (which will continue to be used for archives and collections) is in the heart of Chinatown on the second floor of the historic, centuryold  school building that was once Public School 23.

The MOCA Young Professionals (“YPs”) represent the next generation of Asian American trendsetters and professional leaders. The MOCA YP Program provides an exciting forum for cultural, social and education programs for members, while celebrating the contributions of past generations of Chinese in America. The Young Professionals are an integral part of MOCA, as our generation will lead, inform, shape and inspire the future of this museum.

MOCA is our place to share our personal stories, our family’s stories that make up who we are and who  we hope to be.

Who are these young professionals?

They are typically urbane Asian Americans – of cosmopolitan roots but call New York City their home, range in age from twenty-five to forty, and are scaling some of the city’s most dynamic industries, including design, media, and finance. MOCA YPs are more than aspiring professionals, they’re:

  • savvy spenders who are ready to become bloggers and ambassadors for treasured brands
  • values-driven consumers who thirst for the experience behind the product
  • culture connoisseurs—respectful of heritage but hungry for what’s next

Artists, Designers and Eateries

Gift Bag Sponsors:

  • Lee Kum Kee
  • Dave Liang / Shanghai Restoration Project
  • MOCA Young Professionals
  • Meli + Angi Cookies
  • Audrey Magazine
  • Alice Andrea
  • Kyoto Restaurant
  • Lam Group Hotel
  • Onassis Clothing
  • Ito-En Tea
  • People’s Lounge
  • RAFFLE
  • NBA
  • Morgans Hotel Group
  • The Lam Group
  • HouSing Designs
  • Purlisse Beauty
  • Sweet1985
  • AliceAndrea
  • Seasons Spa
  • Xiao Ye Restaurant
  • Korbin Kameron
  • Vale
  • Onassis Clothing