Photo Flash: Tzi Ma Receives 2019 MOCA Legacy Award

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The Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) celebrated its 39th anniversary with more than 480 members of the community at the 2019 Legacy Awards Gala at the Mandarin Oriental in New York City on November 13.

The 2019 Generational Legacy Award was presented to the Tsai Family from Long Island, New York, whose family members Erh-Ping Tsai, Cynthia Chuang, and Sue Tsai are acclaimed for their excellence in the arts. 2019 Legacy Awards were presented to The Honorable Mae Yih, Oregon State Senator, pioneering public servant and the first Chinese American to ever be elected to a U.S. state legislature; and Michelle Koo Hayashi and Jess Ting, M.D. for championing the transgender community through their documentary film Born to Be, which tells the story of Dr. Ting's pioneering gender confirmation surgical practice and the courageous transition of his patients; and to Tzi Ma, pioneering actor whose stage / TV / film performances have delighted audiences worldwide, challenged Hollywood stereotypes and broken down barriers for Asian American/Pacific Islanders. Ma can currently be seen in Netflix's "Wu Assassins," The Farewell and the upcoming Mulan.

Cindy Cheung, stage / TV / film actress and her award-winning novelist husband, Ed Lin co-emceed the evening. Highlights included performances by The P.S. 124 Yung Wing School Theatre Club of 4th and 5th grade students and excerpts from Jason Ma's Gold Mountain: The Musical, sung by Ali Ewoldt and Jonny Lee, Jr., accompanied by Kristen Lee Rosenfeld on the keys.

Jason Ma's Gold Mountain, a new original musical, is a love story set against the backdrop of a pivotal event in America's history: the construction of the first transcontinental railroad. It is a heartfelt, universal tale that celebrates the striving immigrant spirit, the redemptive power of love, and the ultimate nobility of self-sacrifice among a team of Chinese railroad workers. www.goldmountainthemusical.com.

The benefit gala raised over $1.1 million in gifts and pledges.

MOCA tells the untold stories of a dynamic community whose members are now at the fore-front of all sectors of America's economic and cultural life. The Gala recognizes the outstanding contributions and accomplishments of individuals and families whose unconditional service as pioneers, role models, and leaders have paved the way for generations.www.mocanyc.org

Photo Credit: Lia Chang

Photo Flash: Tzi Ma Receives 2019 MOCA Legacy Award
Tzi Ma

Photo Flash: Tzi Ma Receives 2019 MOCA Legacy Award
Jonathan Chu, Cynthia Chuang, Sue Tsai, Erh-Ping Tsai, The Honorable Mae Yih, Tzi Ma, Jess Ting, M.D., MOCA President Nancy Yao Maasbach

Photo Flash: Tzi Ma Receives 2019 MOCA Legacy Award
Ed Lin and Cindy Cheung

Photo Flash: Tzi Ma Receives 2019 MOCA Legacy Award
MOCA President Nancy Yao Maasbach, Ed Lin, Cindy Cheung, Lia Chang, Jason Ma, Ali Ewoldt, Jonny Lee, Jr., Kristen Lee Rosenfeld. Photo by Garth Kravits

Photo Flash: Tzi Ma Receives 2019 MOCA Legacy Award
P.S. 124 Yung Wing School Theatre Club of 4th and 5th grade students

Photo Flash: Tzi Ma Receives 2019 MOCA Legacy Award
Tzi Ma

Photo Flash: Tzi Ma Receives 2019 MOCA Legacy Award
Sue Tsai, Erh-Ping Tsai, Cynthia Chuang, Ronhan Tsai

Photo Flash: Tzi Ma Receives 2019 MOCA Legacy Award
The Honorable Mae Yih, Oregon State Senator

Photo Flash: Tzi Ma Receives 2019 MOCA Legacy Award
Michelle Koo Hayashi and Jess Ting, M.D.

Photo Flash: Tzi Ma Receives 2019 MOCA Legacy Award
Jonny Lee, Jr., Jason Ma and Ali Ewoldt

Photo Flash: Tzi Ma Receives 2019 MOCA Legacy Award
Kristen Lee Rosenfeld and Jonny Lee, Jr.

Photo Flash: Tzi Ma Receives 2019 MOCA Legacy Award
Jonny Lee, Jr. and Ali Ewoldt

Photo Flash: Tzi Ma Receives 2019 MOCA Legacy Award
Jonny Lee, Jr. and Ali Ewoldt

Photo Flash: Tzi Ma Receives 2019 MOCA Legacy Award
Kristen Lee Rosenfeld, Jonny Lee, Jr., Ali Ewoldt and Jason Ma

Photo Flash: Tzi Ma Receives 2019 MOCA Legacy Award
Olivia Chan

Photo Flash: Tzi Ma Receives 2019 MOCA Legacy Award
Jonathan Chu, Tzi Ma, Olivia Chan and Corky Lee

Photo Flash: Tzi Ma Receives 2019 MOCA Legacy Award

Photo Flash: Tzi Ma Receives 2019 MOCA Legacy Award
Tzi Ma

Photo Flash: Tzi Ma Receives 2019 MOCA Legacy Award
Tzi Ma

Photo Flash: Tzi Ma Receives 2019 MOCA Legacy Award
Tzi Ma and Lia Chang

Photo Flash: Tzi Ma Receives 2019 MOCA Legacy Award
"Wu Assassins" stars Celia Au and Tzi Ma

Photo Flash: Tzi Ma Receives 2019 MOCA Legacy Award
The Honorable Mae Yih, Oregon State Senator

Photo Flash: Tzi Ma Receives 2019 MOCA Legacy Award
Seated: Kristen Lee Rosenfeld, Jason Ma, Jacinta Ma, Laura Brandel. Standing: Ali Ewoldt, Garth Kravits, Alan Muraoka, Jonny Lee, Jr. and Timothy Huang

Photo Flash: Tzi Ma Receives 2019 MOCA Legacy Award
Seated: Kristen Lee Rosenfeld, Jason Ma, Jacinta Ma, Laura Brandel. Standing: Lia Chang, Ali Ewoldt, Alan Muraoka, Jonny Lee, Jr. and Timothy Huang. Photo by Garth Kravits

Photo Flash: Tzi Ma Receives 2019 MOCA Legacy Award
Jason Ma

Photo Flash: Tzi Ma Receives 2019 MOCA Legacy Award

Photo Flash: Tzi Ma Receives 2019 MOCA Legacy Award
Alan Muraoka, Cindy Cheung and Ed Lin

Photo Flash: Tzi Ma Receives 2019 MOCA Legacy Award
Geoff Lee and Tzi Ma

Photo Flash: Tzi Ma Receives 2019 MOCA Legacy Award
June Jee, Geoff Lee, May Mui, Rozina Leong, Tzi Ma, Chung Seto and Nancy Chu

Photo Flash: Tzi Ma Receives 2019 MOCA Legacy Award
Jason Ma, Yao King and Timothy Huang

Photo Flash: Tzi Ma Receives 2019 MOCA Legacy Award
Lia Chang, Alan Muraoka, Kristen Lee Rosenfeld, Timothy Huang, Laura Brandel, Jason Ma

Photo Flash: Tzi Ma Receives 2019 MOCA Legacy Award
Tzi Ma and Alan Muraoka

Photo Flash: Tzi Ma Receives 2019 MOCA Legacy Award
Jess Ting, M.D., Tony Jee, Michelle Koo Hayashi, June Jee, Victoria Hsu, a guest, Lia Chang, Yao King

Photo Flash: Tzi Ma Receives 2019 MOCA Legacy Award
Lia Chang and Garth Kravits

Photo Flash: Tzi Ma Receives 2019 MOCA Legacy Award
A guest, Jonathan Chu, Tony Jee, June Jee, Michelle Koo Hayashi, Jess Ting, M.D., Lucy Kan, Victor Kan, Linda Sanchez, MOCA President Nancy Yao Maasbach, Greg P. Ho

Photo Flash: Tzi Ma Receives 2019 MOCA Legacy Award
Tzi Ma and Yao King

Photo Flash: Tzi Ma Receives 2019 MOCA Legacy Award
Tony Jee, Lia Chang, May Mui, Lillian Bit, Tzi Ma, Nancy Chu, Rozina Leong, Chung Seto, June Jee, Geoff Lee.



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