What is a mooncake?

A mooncake (月饼 yuè bǐng) is a Chinese baked good traditionally eaten during the Mid-Autumn Festival (中秋節), a festival is for moon watching. Mooncakes were used by the Ming revolutionaries in their effort to overthrow the Mongolian rulers of China at the end of the Yuan dynasty. The mooncakes hid secret messages coordinating the Han Chinese revolt on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month.

Who are we?

Mooncake Collective is a new experimental art collaboration between queer Chinese artists, cultural workers, organizers, and educators. Bringing our experiences from divergent disciplines and media, we seek to create innovative work that breaks conventions of form in order to crack open untold stories from our community. Our performances are sites of tender resistance and rebellion which unearth secret histories of foreignness, family mythologies, and kinship in East Asian communities in the United States.