Yumi Hara's Diary:
I live in a country where I wasn’t born. I perform in countries where I am not living. I operate art music practice in a rock context. I bring improvisation into composition. I am a commuter and an outsider. I am a medium of sound. As I travel, sound travels.
Performers who have commissioned me were either women or gay men. Straight men have never directly commissioned me. I think this is why female composers have fewer opportunities.
The flower and the moon
Is it going to be necessary to sell our ‘-ness’ forever? Will ‘deeply rooted’ to your ‘culture’ and ‘DNA’ always be requirements to ‘exotic’ looking people?
Diversity should mean that you could look any ethnicity and have an unmatched cultural background to what your name sounds like.
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