100 Stories of Belonging in the S.F. Bay Area cover
a map of the San Francisco Bay Area with places of belonging indicated in calligraphy
a photo of the Table of Contents
A spread with photos of the process (workshops, questionnaires, drawings in progress, certificates, bandanas
qualities of belonging arranged in a venn diagram and a color coded spectrum
a spread featuring Soccer Without Borders, with a photo of a soccer pitch, a drawing of a play, and a certificate of belonging
A story of belonging on The Stud, a bar.
Qualities of Belonging index, with definitions and examples of Accepted
Back cover of the book.
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100 Stories of Belonging in the S.F. Bay Area

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116-page book documenting a socially-engaged art project exploring belonging.

One hundred 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.
  • 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
    • nature
    • athletics and play
    • arts and culture
    • neighborhoods
    • 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.

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.