July 14, 2009
After more than six years as the Executive Director of this dynamic organization, I am moving on to become the Director of the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA). While I regret leaving the Committee of 100, this was not a hard decision to make as MOCA, like C-100, provides a vital voice and platform for Chinese Americans to tell our stories – our very American stories.
I am not going far – from midtown Manhattan to downtown – and will continue to pursue my passion for highlighting the journey of Americans of Chinese descent and, in doing so, promoting the creation of new opportunities for Chinese Americans in all aspects of American life.
One of the first programs I will be organizing at MOCA will be a presentation on August 12 by Frank H. Wu on the recent C-100 survey of public attitudes toward Chinese Americans and Asian Americans. A key finding of this important study was that more than a quarter of the general population of the U.S. say they rarely or never interact with Chinese or Asian Americans. To me, this is shocking. When there is no interaction, there is only misunderstanding. I hope that through the new MOCA we can shatter the stereotypes of who we are and put a bright spotlight on the very real contributions that Chinese Americans have made over the past 160 years.
We Americans, as citizens of this unique multicultural society, have a lot to celebrate. This week alone, as I write this, the NAACP is celebrating its 100th anniversary in New York City, Latina Judge Sonia Sotomayor is answering questions from U.S. Senators at the confirmation hearings on her nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court, and Cabinet Secretaries Steve Chu and Gary Locke (a former C-100 member), are in China to talk to Chinese leaders about crucial commercial and trade matters, including clean energy and global warming. Our cultural richness is what makes America a great and enduring nation.
I take my leave as Executive Director with this final thought: Let us always respect our differences but never cease from seeking common ground.
Thank you for all your support and friendship.