New contacts in Melbourne!


The internet fascinates me. It is definitely an addiction that I sometimes wish I could break free of, but on days like today, I am so grateful for the technology! I just had a skype conversation with Shinen Wong, a queer activist in Melbourne, who gave me a brief description of the queer scene in Australia.  I found out about him when my Swat alum friend, Calvin Ho sent me this video featuring Shinen.  I searched his name on facebook and lo and behold, he was the only search result!  He just gave me all of these wonderful links to projects in Australia that I’m going to record here so I don’t forget:

A magazine by and featuring gay Asian men in Sydney called A-Men

A facebook page to talk about sexual racism in the gay community

A trans male zine based in Melbourne called DUDE

Blog and tumblr by a queer API woman, Lia Incognita, who is based in Melbourne

Asian Australian Magazine, Peril

An article comparing Asian Australians with Asian Americans on Peril Magazine

Shinen’s personal blog that he writes with his brother

A contemporary Chinese gallery called White Rabbit that I’m told I must visit when I’m in Sydney

I’m really looking forward to meeting Shinen when I get to Melbourne and interview him for my site, hopefully around October when the people of color film festival that he’s involved in, Colourfest, is happening!

In the mean time, I’m getting ready for my senior art show and graduation! Yikes!


About Miyuki Baker

Miyuki is a resident of the place where circles overlap. As a queer, nomadic, multi-racial/lingual female mixed-media artist activist and healer, she uses common or discarded objects, personal anecdotes, public spaces and performance to make accessible art that brings non-mainstream identities and ideas into maximum visibility. After graduating from Swarthmore College in 2012, she traveled for 14 months as a Watson Fellow to fifteen countries documenting the intersections of art and activism in queer/trans communities in blog posts and self-published magazines while making performance art. The eight magazines Miyuki created on this trip ( and their strong media following exemplify her illustration/graphic design, storytelling and people skills. Her work has been featured in several magazines such as Hyphen, Broken Pencil and Knik, blogs and radio shows, well-known for their interactive and eye-catching mixed media approach to activism that utilizes both online media and on-site performance and workshops. This fall she will begin the PhD program at UC Berkeley in Performance Studies. You can follow her travels at and email her at

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