Angry Reader of the Week: Atsuko Okatsuka

"I make films, do stand up comedy, performance art and tutor rich White kids."

What's up, folks? Please open your hearts and gather 'round to meet the latest Angry Reader of the Week, spotlighting you, the very special readers of this website. Over the years, I've been able to connect with a lot of cool folks, and this is a way of showing some appreciation and attention to the people who help make this blog what it is. This week's Angry Reader is Atsuko Okatsuka.

Who are you?

Atsuko Okatsuka!

What are you?

I'm a stand up comedian, performer, and filmmaker. Co-founder of Dis/orient/ed Comedy. I like to make people laugh in different mediums. And, I'm half Japanese and half Taiwanese.

Where are you from?

Chiba, Japan where Tokyo Disneyland is.

What do you do?

I make films, do stand up comedy, performance art and tutor rich White kids. I like to fuse the practices together.

What are you all about?

Fusing worlds together - creating space for empathy, love, and laughter in places that usually aren't thought to be the appropriate place to feel or emote (i.e. Family gatherings, art galleries, classrooms, etc.).

What makes you angry?

Recently, I'd been on a kick about trying to find a happy medium between the art world (which I've recently delved into) and the rest of the world. I'd been frustrated about the divides between worlds like this -- why certain types of art are only seen by a certain type of people, and been playing with ways in my practice on how to make my message accessible to everybody -- to mold things so that it speaks to a larger group of people without having to 'dumb things down' or obscure emotions for 'high art' heads.

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