My secrets to living a meaningful life

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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. Mary Jean

    love this – so poetically put as well 🙂

  2. The truth of these secrets rings like little bells in late December. I especially liked the laptop one.

  3. Sandra

    Silent walks in the forest
    Anticipating the day you’ll reunite with your lover

  4. Thanks MJ and Marcus! Marcus, I think that little bells ringing in late December is another one 😉 Sandra, those are amazing ‘secrets’… I had to look up what petrichor was. For the reference of others who don’t know the word either:

    a pleasant smell that frequently accompanies the first rain after a long period of warm, dry weather.
    “other than the petrichor emanating from the rapidly drying grass, there was not a trace of evidence that it had rained at all”


  5. Love it! I also enjoy listening to people make music sans the overproduction that you find so pervasive in the music industry today, i.e. a guitar and two people in harmony, nothing else, shot and thrown onto YouTube.

    And baked goods. Got any good vegan recipes for me to try? 🙂

    • MMmmmhh! Yes! A capella too is so underrated (well, except for at Swat) but yeah guitar + two people in harmony is great huh? Remember that night we spent in Seoul at Acousticholic? Such a fun night. I loved how we just started dancing swing!

      Hmm I’ll think of some recipes! Despite my last name, I’m quite a horrible baker! lol

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