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— by Daniel Maurer: The Hong Took Tong Chinese Dramatic Company debuted on October 18, 1852 with a 42-person operatic performance. With that show, Hong Took Tong became the United States’ first Asian American theatrical company, but it would be far from the last group to make waves in the Chinese American music scene.

“The Moon Represents My Heart: Music, Memory and Belonging,” which opened Thursday at the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA), explores the role of music in immigrant Chinese communities from the 1850s to the present. The exhibit promises to celebrate the Cantonese opera of the Hong Took Tong company, alongside Taiwanese love ballads, Beijing underground rock, Asian American movement music, and Canto-pop…

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May 1, 2019