Hi! I’m Christine. I’m an artist and I created the Belonging Project.
Through workshops and open calls, I invited anyone with a meaningful connection to the S.F. Bay Area...
...to share their story of belonging.
Maybe there is a place in the Bay Area where they feel (or have felt) a sense of belonging. I letterpress-printed*, hand lettered, and framed certificates to commemorate 25 places of belonging.
Or, maybe they carry a sense of belonging with them. I designed and screenprint six bandanas inspired by select responses.
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.
Christine Wong Yap is the inaugural 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.
To learn more about the project, my background, my motivations, and what I learned in partnering with the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, see “In Discussion with Christine Wong Yap” in the Haas Institute’s News Magazine (Spring 2019, page 26) (PDF, 10.2 MB).
Sarah Hotchkiss summed up the project-in-progress with “Christine Wong Yap Asks: Where Do You Feel a Sense of Belonging?” on KQED Arts (February 24, 2019).
Maya Mirsky shared an interfaith story in “It’s official: This Berkeley rabbi’s home is a ‘place of belonging’” on J. Weekly (March 14, 2019).
The Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at UC Berkeley, Evan Bissell, Chinese Culture Center, NIAD, Kala Art Institute, The Beat Within, UC Berkeley Public Service Center, Soccer Without Borders, St. Mary’s Center, Eric Cheng, Lee Oscar Gomez, Felicia Kuan, Derrick Lee, Kathy Aoki, Kevin B. Chen, Alicia Caballero-Christenson, Binh Danh, Mel Day, Dana Hemenway, Elizabeth Travelslight, CCA Exhibitions, Live Oak School, Sanitary Tortilla Factory, Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce, contributors, and hosts at places of belonging.