Food politics, food + culinary justice: reflecting on the work of Michael W. Twitty and Tina Johnson

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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 ( 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


  1. Reblogged this on Afroculinaria and commented:
    I could not ask for a better summation from my Swarthmore experience than this gem from my new friend Miyuki. Isn’t it creative and gorgeous? Love this!@!!!!!

  2. Fascinating and thought provoking.

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  4. Lynn Peniston

    Fantastic! I loved reading this! Afroculinaria is always interesting and thought provoking. Unfortunately in Urban American neighborhoods, it’s far easier to find liquor stores, chicken wings and “mumbo sauce” then it is to find nourishing foods to feed families.

  5. Thank you to Michael, dswidow, The Plaid Bag and Lynn for commenting and/or reblogging! Lynn: yeah and the thing is, the “cheap” and “fast” food isn’t cheap at all, right? Not just in all the hidden costs but even the main monetary prices! Out where my parents live in rural Pennsylvania too, all I see are unhealthy options 😦

  6. firemommy

    Reblogged this on MomOnFire.

  7. I was so excited to read this when I first saw it months ago. I’m back on this page again because I’m adding it to the syllabus for my food and society class in the spring. Thanks for such a clear, fun, and easy to read take on your thoughts!

    • Hi Alison! How exciting that your food and society class will get to read my blog post in the spring. I hope they like it too 🙂 Hoping to get more articles on food up. Thanks so much for letting me know 🙂 Happy new years!

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