Irene Wu is a young woman of strong opinions and great ambition. Like the determined protagonist of her play, All’s Fair in Love and War, who’d rather live the life of a dashing knight than a cloistered princess, Irene will not be underestimated.
An eleventh-grader at Wilson High School, Irene lives with her family in the Shaw neighborhood of Washington, DC and aspires to be rich and powerful. She is caught between her desires for artistic self- expression and the drive to support her family. "I want to improve my art but I want to make money," she says, as she discusses possible futures at such diverse institutions as Cooper Union, USC and George Washington University.
Just as her ambitions sometimes seem contradictory, she often finds herself at odds with cultural expectations. "I am not a stereotypical Asian. When people see an Asian with glasses and stuff they think ‘she’s really smart. She has all A’s.’ I’m not that type. I get B’s and C’s. I hate math."
Irene is fascinated by cartoons and graphic art. "I like to draw people. New fashions. You know?" She speaks Cantonese and Taisanese (two variants of the Chinese Language) and is taking a three year course to learn Mandarin. This summer she is looking forward to a trip to Beijing.
UPDATE! March 2007 – Irene’s play All’s Fair in Love and War has been selected as part of YPT’s Express Tour and will be performed throughout the Washington DC Metro area. Congratulations Irene!