2016.033.002 Interview with Alice Mong August 4, 2016

Alice Mong is Executive Director of Asia Society Hong Kong Center (ASHK). Prior to joining the Asia Society HK, Ms Mong worked for almost a decade in New York, where as Director of the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) she was responsible for transforming MOCA from a New York Chinatown institution to a leading national museum. Prior to MOCA, Ms. Mong headed up “The Committee of 100”, a non-profit membership organization founded by world-class architect I.M Pei and renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Under Ms. Mong’s leadership at the Committee of 100, the organization increased its presence in Greater China and significantly expanded its influence on U.S.-China relations and advanced the full participation of Chinese Americans in all areas of life. As Executive Director of Asia Society in Hong Kong, Ms Mong has overseen Asia Society Hong Kong’s presentation of No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia, the inaugural exhibition in Asia of the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative.

0:11 - 来美经历,父亲1972年来,全家1973年来,家族历史,兄弟姊妹,最初在弗吉尼亚威廉斯堡安顿下来,后来住得最长的地方是俄亥俄州曼斯菲尓德 Journey to U.S., father came first in 1972, and the rest of the family came in 1973, family history, siblings, settling in U.S., first in Williamsburg Virginia, and then live the longest as a family in Mansfield, OH

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4:28 - 父母工作,学习英语,父亲的移民决策,教育目的,第一家餐馆在弗吉尼亚威廉斯堡,在俄亥俄曼斯菲尔德的一系列中餐馆,每人都有角色,北京饭店和最喜欢的菜 Parents’ occupations, learning English, father’s decision on immigration for kids' education, first restaurant in Williamsburg Virginia, and then series of Chinese restaurants in Mansfield Ohio, everyone in the family had a role, called Peking Restaurant and favorite dishes

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16:58 - 包办婚姻,父母关系,互相尊重,重视教育,没有刻板印象或种族歧视 Arranged marriage, parents relations, respect and love each other in their way, valuing education, no stereotyping or racism

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24:46 - 回报邻居的善意,感恩节,中国新年,兄弟姊妹的工作,父亲的军事背景 Returning neighbors' generosity, Thanksgiving, Chinese New Year, siblings’ occupation, father’s military background

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32:17 - 学习国际关系,成为中国和俄亥俄洲的贸易联络人员,父母与她的选择和解 Studying International Relations, as a Chinese-Ohio trade liaison, parents’ reconciliation with her choice on career path

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41:18 - 家庭聚会,参观中国,父母的“家”,父亲对于需要帮助的人的帮助 Family reunions, visiting China, the “home” for parents, father as a connector of people in need

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46:16 - 教育和父母对她珍惜中国文化的影响,来到纽约,自我身份的认证 Education and parents’ influence on appreciating the Chinese root, coming to New York, how shift identity coming to New York

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53:20 - 在亚洲协会,彼此尊重,亚洲协会的重要性,钱以佳、托德威廉姆斯和纽约华人博物馆 At Asia Society, mutual respect, the importance of Asia Society, Billie Tsien and Tod Williams and MOCA

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61:20 - 给下一代美籍华人的建议 Advice for younger generation of Chinese American

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