Alive & Present: Cultural Belonging in S.F. Chinatown and Manilatown / 生機與當下
Alive & Present: Cultural Belonging in S.F. Chinatown & Manilatown (cover of English comic book)
Alive & Present: Cultural Belonging in S.F. Chinatown & Manilatown (cover of Chinese comic book)
an illustrated map of places of belonging, along grant ave
illustrated scene in a Chinatown alleyway about a favorite activity, listening to the sounds of the neighborhood.
A one-panel comic on a place of belonging: Youth for S.R.O.
a two-panel spread on the I-Hotel
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  • Load image into Gallery viewer, Alive & Present: Cultural Belonging in S.F. Chinatown & Manilatown (cover of Chinese comic book)
  • Load image into Gallery viewer, an illustrated map of places of belonging, along grant ave
  • Load image into Gallery viewer, illustrated scene in a Chinatown alleyway about a favorite activity, listening to the sounds of the neighborhood.
  • Load image into Gallery viewer, A one-panel comic on a place of belonging: Youth for S.R.O.
  • Load image into Gallery viewer, a two-panel spread on the I-Hotel

Alive & Present: Cultural Belonging in S.F. Chinatown and Manilatown / 生機與當下

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Alive & Present: Cultural Belonging in S.F. Chinatown & Manilatown is a 56-page comic featuring real contributors’ perspectives on belonging, as told through...

  • 3 illustrated maps of 26 places of belonging.
  • 5 personal histories: remembrances of special bonds with grandparents, family vacations, and memories of Manilatown and the I-Hotel.
  • 4 spotlights on places of belonging: Portsmouth Square, Stockton Street, a boba café, and a youth empowerment program.
  • 6 popular art and culture activities such as Lunar New Year, walking, listening, and—of course—eating!

Comics conceived and drawn by Christine Wong Yap. Translations by YY Zhu & Weiying Yu. Developed in collaboration with the Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco and the Chinatown Arts & Culture Coalition.

Available in English and Chinese.