Contributors shared their places where the feel or have felt belonging. Twenty-five of the places were commemorated with certificates installed in situ.

Some of these commemorated places are open to the public, and I encourage you to visit them.

3.9 Art Collective

Noe Valley, San Francisco. 3.9 is a collective of Black artists in San Francisco. Nominated by Rodney Ewing.

Aquatic Park Cove

Jefferson Street (near Fisherman’s Wharf), San Francisco. Nominated by Sidonie Roddam.

Women of the Resistance Mural Unveiling in Balmy Alley

Balmy Alley, Mission District, San Francisco. Nominated by Elizabeth Travelslight.

The Bay Area

415/510. Nominated by Steven Barich.

Home of Zheng Fang / 方政夫生的家

Fremont. Zheng Fang is the chairman of the China Democracy Party in the Bay Area. Nominated by Aiyu Xing.

Joe Henderson Elementary

650 Hastings Drive, Benicia. Nominated by Lordy Rodriguez.

Kala Art Institute

1060 Heinz Street, Berkeley. Nominated by Mary V. Marsh.

La Cheim Behavioral Health Services

3031 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland. Nominated by Basil.


2937 Alvarado Street, San Leandro. MedShare is a humanitarian aid organization that sources and delivers surplus medical supplies and equipment to communities in need around the world. Nominated by Eric Talbert.

Mission Branch Library

300 Bartlett Street, San Francisco. Nominated by an anonymous contributor.


551 23rd Street, Richmond. Nominated by Angela, Christian, Matthew, Becca, Ann.

North Beach

San Francisco. Nominated by Termeh Yeghiazarian.

Oakland Chinatown

Nominated by Tracy Lam-Hine.

Planet Granite

100 El Camino Real, Belmont. Nominated by Ashley Kwan.

ProArts Gallery

150 Frank Ogawa Plaza, Oakland. Nominated by Lordy Rodriguez.

Public Service Center

UC Berkeley, 218 Eshleman Hall, Berkeley. Nominated by Alex Mabanta.

The home of Rabbi Yonatan and Dr. Frayda Gonshor Cohen

Berkeley. Nominated by Angela Jernigan.

February 21, 2017 San Leandro City Council Meeting.

City Hall, 835 East Fourteenth Street, San Leandro. Nominated by a San Leandro resident.

Soccer Without Borders

Castlemont High School, 8601 MacArthur Boulevard, Oakland. Nominated by Edgar, Saúl, Felipe, Jeison, Aureliano.

South First Fridays

South First Street, San José. Nominated by Lee Oscar Gomez.

St. Agnes Church

1025 Masonic Avenue, San Francisco. Nominated by Andrea Wise.

St. Mary’s Center

925 Brockhurst Street, Oakland. Nominated by Jerome.

The Stud

399 Ninth Street, San Francisco. Nominated by Torreya Cummings and John Cartwright

TP Tea

10787 South Blaney Avenue, Cupertino. Nominated by Felicia Kuan.

Unity Queer Skate Day

Alameda/Oakland. Nominated by Alex Rodriguez.

To read contributors’ stories about their places of belonging, see 100 Stories of Belonging in the S.F. Bay Area.

spread of book pages 14-15, of two stories of places of belonging: aquatic park cove and unity queer skate day. both are accompanied by photos of handlettered certificates in their respective locations, such as next to a boat that says rowing club, or in unity press which is a studio with the walls papered with prints and artworks

Credit: Christine Wong Yap, Belonging Certificates #1–25, 2019, letterpress prints with calligraphy, 11 x 8.5 inches unframed, installed on location wherever possible. Photos by Christine Wong Yap unless otherwise noted. Developed as inaugural artist in residence at the Othering and Belonging Institute (formerly the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society) at UC Berkeley.