In this full-color, 116-page book, 100 contributors share their stories of belonging in the San Francisco Bay Area, such as:
- An Iranian American who felt at home in the bohemian spirit of North Beach.
- Chinese dissidents grateful for the rule of law and clean air in Fremont.
- A Santa Rosa resident who volunteered during wildfires.
- Contributors who carry their sense of belonging with them, by knowing who they are, or finding a deep sense of awe or interconnectedness.
Keywords in each story are color-coded to correspond to 15 qualities of belonging, such as autonomy, safety, meaning, self-worth, and well-being. The qualities, and their relationship to belonging, are defined in an index.
The stories are complemented with images of artworks by Christine Wong Yap:
- 9 maps of places of belonging
- athletics and play
- arts and culture
- learning and working
- faith and healing
- homes and housing
- 25 hand-lettered certificates
- 6 hand-printed bandannas
The book is edited and designed by Christine Wong Yap, with a forward by Evan Bissell. It is now in its third printing.
100 Stories of Belonging in the S.F. Bay Area was developed as an inaugural artist in residence at the Othering and Belonging Institute (formerly the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society) at UC Berkeley.