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.
First, locals shared their stories of belonging.
Then I turned their words into a public artwork, Hopes for Chinatown.
I interpreted and drew the narratives in a comic book.
Now, the public can visit a storefront installation and take a self-guided walking tour.
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.
I’m incredibly proud of this project for many reasons. Here are a few:
Photo of comic books in alley by YY Zhu/CCCSF.