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!

Alive & Present is available in Chinese and English. $10 + $3 postage within the U.S.*

*For international orders and bulk orders (3 or 4 and up), email for postage estimates.

*Contributors receive a 50% discount on the comic books on my website and at the CCCSF Design Store—email for details.



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Venmo $13/copy at @Christine-Yap-3. Be sure to (1) send your mailing address and (2) specify English or Chinese!

*20% of sales of the comic book through my website or Venmo between October 19–November 15 will be donated to Black Futures Lab, which is fiscally sponsored by the Chinese Progressive Association as part of Art Off-Screen.

Chinese Culture Center Design Store

Visit 750 Kearny Street, 3rd Floor, San Francisco. Or order online to support a great, community-based, non-profit organization serving Chinatown.

Christine Wong Yap with contributors, Alive & Present: Cultural Belonging in S.F. Chinatown, 2020, community-engaged process, 56-page comic book available in English and Chinese, 8.5 x 7 inches. Developed in collaboration with Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco and the Chinatown Arts and Culture Coalition.

Contributors: Alina, Annie Panlibuton, Annie Yee 余麗娟, Bijun, Carlos Zialcita, Caroline Cabading, Cat*, Celia*, Ernesto, Hoi 梁凱瑤, Ket, Mei*, Mimi*, Natalie Shew 蕭婷婷, Pam*, Sheng, Sunflower, Sunmin, Xianzhi Fred Hua 华先之, Yulee*, YY.

Comics conceived and drawn by Christine Wong Yap 葉黄嘉雯. Translations by Zhu & Weiying Yu 于濰穎. Afterword by Hoi Leung 梁凱瑤.

Printed at Duxwell Printing, 37 Wentworth Place, SF Chinatown.