For the Museum of Chinese in America, this year has been one disaster after another.
In January, a fire ripped through the upper floors of the Chinatown building that held the museum’s archives, endangering roughly 85,000 artifacts.
Then the coronavirus pandemic, which had prompted a surge in anti-Asian harassment, also shut the museum down for months.
But in late September, Nancy Yao Maasbach, the museum’s president, got a call with some good news.
The amount, the museum learned this week, is $3 million, which represents more than an entire year’s budget for the small institution.