Art, Culture, and Belonging in S.F. Chinatown is a community-engaged project exploring the impact of arts and culture on belonging in San Francisco Chinatown.

illustration of four figures sitting at a table, each with a handout they've filled in, with thought bubbles of a woman with steamed buns, a bald figure doing kung fu, two women holding a Chinese dress, and two people with drawings, one with a Pikachu, the other with the Chinese character for health

First, locals shared their stories of belonging.

photo of artwork with text in chinese and english in pink and red on a boarded up storefront in Chinatown with masked passersby

Then I turned their words into a public artwork, Hopes for Chinatown.

comic book pages in b/w about Annie Yee's family vacation

Now, I am creating a comic book.


By sharing what makes Chinatown special to each of us, we focus on the wonderful and diverse particulars that help us feel connected to a place and a community. We reveal what nourishes us, our neighborhood, and our sense of belonging.

Partners & Supporters

This is a project of the Chinatown Arts and Culture Coalition and the Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco. It is supported by the San Francisco Foundation.

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