Guest Blogging for WE ARE THE YOUTH

Woohoo! I’ll be guest blogging for WE ARE THE YOUTH PROJECT about my queer art travels! For those of you who haven’t heard of WE ARE THE YOUTH, it’s an awesome project in the US that profiles lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer young people throughout the United States.

Check out my first post at the following link:  http://wearetheyouth.org/blog/miyuki-reports-from-around-the-world/#.UFywrrJy7cw

or below:

Miyuki Reports From Around the World.

September 21, 2012

We Are the Youth has an exciting new addition to the blog! Miyuki Baker, the founder of Asian, Gay and Proud is trekking around the world on The Watson Fellowship to join the movement in creating aworldwide network of queer artists. She’ll be posting updates on We Are the Youth over the next few months. You can check out her blog, heymiyuki.wordpress.com, email her at heymiyuki@gmail.com or follow her on Twitter at @MiyukiBaker. Here’s Miyuki’s first post!

Hey folks of We Are the Youth,

I´m writing to you from Lima, Peru, the third city so far on my trip around the world looking for queer artist activists.  My name is Miyuki Baker and I just graduated from Swarthmore College (liberal arts queer haven 30 minutes outside of Philly) with a BA in studio arts, Asian studies and Chinese. I´m planning to go to a dozen more countries around the world (see the full list here) but first let me tell you a bit about the project.  It´s called ¨Visibly Queer: Exploring the Intersections of Art and Activism¨ and to put it simply, I want to see what makes a queer artist choose a certain medium (or media) to do activist work or to express their identities.  In addition, I´m making zines in each place I visit. Below is the first edition, from Ecuador. Hope you enjoy it!

(see the zine here: http://issuu.com/miyukibaker/docs/ecuador_queer_zine)

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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 (queerscribe.com) 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 heymiyuki.wordpress.com and email her at heymiyuki@gmail.com

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