Name Julia Izumi
Location Brooklyn, NY, USA
What do you do? I’m a writer and performer, about to start grad school for playwriting this fall at Brown. I’m currently working on the first ever play that I have both written and starred in, called “Meet Murasaki Shikibu Followed by Book-Signing and Other Things,” about the world’s first novelist–a badass Ancient Japanese woman. The show was at the New York International Fringe Festival this year. I don’t think I’ve been more nervous in my life! But I have an incredible team of people supporting the work who make me feel as calm as I can be and I am so grateful to them every day. It is very humbling to see all the hard work everyone is putting in around me for a show that feels heavily me-centric. I hope I am paying them back properly by creating a piece that is not self-indulgent or self-serving, but that gives voice to the unheard.
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Whenever I see these instances of White males berating Muslims, they ALWAYS target women. Always. Just a couple days ago in the US a white male was hurling slurs at two women who were sitting down, minding their own business eating ice cream. As soon as another man confronted him, he fled. How about showing some real courage if you feel the need to express such terrible outrage, and say it to a Muslim man of similar stature. These “tough” guys are a bunch of wimps. Nothing but women beaters. #Hate it!