Demian Yumei

I'm Demian Yumei, author, singer/songwriter and artist activist.

Keeping the Dream is a journey made up of three interconnecting paths: Finding Your Voice, which is the healing process and self-knowledge; Speaking Your Truth, which is telling your story instead of letting others tell it for you; and Speaking Out, which is taking a stand for what you believe in and rejecting the lies.

These three paths lead to empowerment and freedom, and they are a threat to abusers, despots and corrupt governments, alike.

My commitment is to continue on this journey for myself and for others until it everyone comes to know and honor their human dignity and the dignity of others. Through poetry, song and the written/spoken word, this is the Dream I’m keeping.

A Fluttering of Wings…

A Fluttering of Wings…

Written by on January 11, 2015 in Tea and Conversation with 0 Comments

I hear a fluttering of wings coming from the two pine trees next to the bird feeder. Several birds, sparrows, perhaps a mourning dove fly out. “Good morning!” I sing cheerfully stepping from the porch onto the snow. I have come to feed them. Just at that moment a red tailed hawk flies out of […]

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Was No One There?

Was No One There?

Written by on October 24, 2014 in Tea and Conversation with 0 Comments

This poem came from a day, October 18th to be exact, when sorting through some of my journals I had glanced through them and the naivete and vulnerability of who I had been just cut through me like a knife. The day triggered me horribly — waves of grief and then depression that threatened to […]

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You will not speak to our children in Japanese

Written by on September 6, 2014 in Tea and Conversation with 0 Comments

“We’re American,” he said to her. “We live in America and we will speak American.” So even though my older brother and I both spoke Japanese while growing up in Japan, my mother was forbidden to speak her cultural language to us when the Navy transferred my father back to the states. We had lived […]

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Each Decision We Make

Written by on August 18, 2014 in Tea and Conversation with 0 Comments

  When we make a decision we don’t make just one. Like ripples from a tossed stone, the impact spreads beyond the first one or two we anticipated and moves across the pond of our reality. Depending on the size of stone and force of throw, the consequences of our actions may spread beyond what […]

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How Do You Walk?

Written by on August 10, 2014 in Tea and Conversation with 0 Comments

Quiet morning, distant call of a lone bird, a pause…and then an answer. Low, almost imperceptible trill of insects hidden somewhere within the green, the staccato of a dog bark punctuating the silence. I sit in the breezeway soaking up solitude like the cats soak up the sun. It’s been a whirlwind. First dealing with […]

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25th Anniversary Tiananmen Square Memorial

Written by on June 1, 2014 in Tea and Conversation with 0 Comments

Today I leave for Washington, D.C. for the 25th Anniversary Tiananmen Square Memorial. I am still massively fatigued, as I have been for a number of weeks now. I hate it when I’m like this. Seems to happen in cycles, always tired, but certain triggers — either getting physically sick or psychologically triggered — will […]

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What if…?

Written by on April 29, 2014 in Tea and Conversation with 1 Comment

  What if being free to dance isn’t about dancing? What if it’s not just an invitation for legs and arms and body to move with the music, heard and unheard? What if it involves a larger dance floor and the partners that swirl around and leap across are my imagination and spirit…the creative inquiry […]

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Today I’m Free

Written by on April 20, 2014 in Tea and Conversation with 0 Comments

…well, at least from Facebook for a while. Yesterday morning, it hit me how much Facebook affects, not only my life, but the lives of those closest to me. I was filled with a sense of rage that the online world would take so much precedence that it would usurp the real world, real lives, […]

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