Alive & Present: Cultural Belonging in S.F. Chinatown & Manilatown / 生機與當下: 舊金山華埠和馬尼拉鎮的文化歸屬感 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.

Also available at the Chinese Culture Center Design Store. Visit 750 Kearny Street, 3rd Floor, San Francisco or order online.

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

Christine Wong Yap with contributors, Alive & Present: Cultural Belonging in S.F. Chinatown & Manilatown / 生機與當下: 舊金山華埠和馬尼拉鎮的文化歸屬感, 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.