Belongingness is a common human emotion of being an essential or important part of something. As an individual who lived in two environments for long terms and have connections to both American and Chinese cultures, a feeling of “floating in the middle and unrooted” emerged as I sometimes wonder at the borderline of two places.
Inspired by my personal experience of moving from Shanghai, China to Virginia during my early high school years with the drastic changes of environments, I observed that the sense of belonging and unrootedness is intangible and hidden under conversations.
This project takes on a more intimate perspective through integrating interviews and articles of individual’s experiences into a bilingual publication. Through this process of unraveling the terms belongingness and unrootedness, the publication shows that while individuals with different demographics perceive belongingness differently, a bridged connection still exists.