15 films, books and people that have changed my life



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


  1. I read The Book of Salt on your recent recommendation, and while I liked the unique perspective, I wasn’t very drawn into it. Part of it may have been that I read it during a very busy and stressful part of the quarter, so I’m not sure I ever became fully immersed in it, which is regrettable. But I was impressed to see it made this list of yours, so I wanted to let you know that I did read it!

  2. I think that the time/place we read a book can significantly affect the way we perceive it. Not at all to discredit my own opinion but I hadn’t initially placed The Book of Salt on this list and when I realized that there weren’t any women of color authors I thought back to the books I liked which were written by women of color and decided to put this one up. It was a special book for me because it reminded me of Wong Kar Wai (favorite film director!) films in its imagery and the way it talked about food and nostalgia. It also felt like a book that was at the intersection of so many of my identities, interests and experiences. I’ve always wondered about Gertrude Stein’s life and it tickled me to hear it through the fictional voice of a queer Vietnamese boy.

    Anyways, thanks for commenting 😉 It’s always interesting to read someone else’s favorites! By the way, is your novel going to be available as an ebook?

    • Ah, it’s interesting to hear about your thought process! I’ve been trying to be a bit more deliberate about reading more books by Asian American women, so I am glad I read The Book of Salt.

      And yes, my book will be available as an ebook, though I don’t know a ton about it, not being an ebook reader myself…

  3. Mary Jean

    A couple of my favorites on here too! (the Giver, the Little Prince, the Gift…;)

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