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Guides Association of New York City (GANYC) To Celebrate International Tourist Guide Day With Special Event at the Museum of Chinese in America

NEW YORK, Wednesday February 19 —  The Guides Association of New York City (GANYC)  is proud to announce that we will be participating in International Tourist Guide Day with a full day of activities, starting at the Museum of Chinese of America. International Tourist Guide Day, an initiative of the WFTGA (World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations) is a global event, held every February 21, to spotlight the positive contributions our profession makes to the cultures and economies of our nations.

GANYC's full day of events will start at the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) with a curator-led tour of the Museum's current exhibit, Gathering: Collecting and Documenting Chinese American History. The tour is followed by a Dim Sum breakfast. Attendees will then have a meeting featuring several guest speakers, including Nancy Yao Maasbach, President of MOCA, and a keynote by Andrew J. Padilla, award-winning filmmaker and independent journalist. This event is open to the public, in addition to our membership of licensed guides.

After the program ends around 2pm, two members-only familiarization tours will be offered. One is of Chinatown, and will be led by GANYC Board member, Kevin Lawrence. This tour will explore how various cultures and communities have shaped one of the top tourist destinations in the Big Apple by discussing the physical geography of the neighborhood, urban planning, and U.S. immigration policies along the route. The other tour will head from Chinatown to Nolita for a tour of Old St. Patrick's Cathedral, led by Thomas Wilkinson.

The day will end with a networking happy hour at Onieals, on Grand Street.

This has been a rough month for both MOCA and the larger Chinatown community. Reports indicate that misplaced fears about the coronavirus are impacting Chinatown restaurants & businesses, right after coming off joyous Chinese New Year celebrations. GANYC, like many in city government, has continued to reassure visitors and encourage them to continue to dine and shop in these great establishments. And in late January, a five-alarm fire at 70 Mulberry Street (where MOCA stored their archives), destroyed tens of thousands of invaluable historical items and ephemera that collectively tell the story of more than a century of Chinese immigration in the US. MOCA was able to extract over 100 boxes from the building afterwards, but now faces a long road of restoration and recovery for these materials. MOCA has set up a GoFundMe page for those who wish to donate to these efforts. GANYC this week made a donation of $288 on behalf of our membership.

The Guides Association of NYC is proud to stand with the community in Chinatown during this time, and to honor this global day of celebration by bringing our members and the public to the neighborhood for this event. We look forward to seeing many new and old friends this Friday at the Museum of Chinese in America.

All members of the press may attend the event at no cost. Contact our PR Committee to reserve your pass.

ABOUT GANYC: The Guides Association of New York City (GANYC) is New York City’s professional tour guides association. Founded in 1974 by licensed guides for licensed guides, GANYC is one of the oldest and most active tour-guide associations in America. All GANYC members are licensed by the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs. For more information about GANYC, please visit
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