self-portrait, waving

Hi! I’m Christine. I’m an artist. Will you collaborate with me?

group of people with no faces

I’m inviting anyone with a meaningful connection to the nine-county Bay Area...

person printing on a letterpress
hand doingn calligraphy on certificates
a framed certificate hanging on a wall abovea dish of muffins

Maybe there is a place in the Bay Area where you feel (or have felt) a sense of belonging. I’ll letterpress print*, hand letter, and frame certificates to commemorate selected places of belonging.

*Learn more about letterpress printmaking in a photo-illustrated step-by-step.

body with heart shining light
hand drawing a design
two hands screenprinting
a framed certificate hanging on a wall above a dish of muffins

Or, maybe you carry a sense of belonging with you. I’ll design and screenprint bandanas based on selected responses.

a book with 'belonging' on the cover
book with map of lake merritt
book with text and a photo of a certificate and muffin
booklet with bandana and text

I’m also going to publish a book, which will launch at the Othering and Belonging Conference in Oakland in April 2019. It will feature maps and your stories about the places and senses of belonging.

book with ribbon

If your story is included, you’ll receive a copy of the book!

bandana folded up

If your story inspires a design, you’ll receive one of the bandanas.

a book with 'belonging' on the cover

I’ll also create a limited edition set of maps to exhibit.

hand writing on a paper

It all begins when you share your story of belonging.

The goal of The Belonging Project is to share the pivotal places, activities, communities, and experiences that shape Bay Area residents’ connectedness to a neighborhood and region. It’s a project led by artist Christine Wong Yap, artist-in-residence at the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society.


  • November–January 2, 2019: Story Collection
    Workshops, interviews by volunteers, open call for submissions
  • January–February 2019: Commemoration
    Certificate creation and installation around the Bay Area at places of belonging
  • February–March 2019: Production
    Maps and book produced
  • April 8–10, 2019: Release
    Outcomes released at the Othering and Belonging Conference in Oakland

Want to Get Involved?

  1. If you are a teacher or work at a community-based organization in the Bay Area, email about writing workshops for your students or constituents this November and December.
  2. Submit your story of belonging in the Bay Area.
  3. We are currently seeking college students to volunteer.
  4. Come to one of our public events to hear about the project. Refreshments provided.
    • Monday, December 10, noon-1pm, Public Service Center Brown Bag Lunch, UC Berkeley, Eshleman Hall Rooom 212 A & B.
    • Sunday, December 16, 2–3:30pm @ Union City Library, Community Meeting Room, 34007 Alvarado-Niles Rd, Union City, CA. A Chinese interpreter will be available.

Who We Are

Christine Wong Yap is an artist in residence at the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society. She has explored belonging in smaller past projects. She creates projects that involve participation and research to better understand belonging, interdependence, connection, and optimism. She holds a BFA and MFA from the California College of Arts in Oakland and San Francisco. She has lived in the North Bay, Peninsula, and East Bay before relocating to Queens in 2010.

The Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at UC Berkeley is a hub of engaged scholars, researchers, strategic communicators, policymakers, and community partners working to advance belonging for all members of society.