My name is Luann Algoso and I am the Communications and Projects Coordinator at APANO. I’m the staff member that sends you emails every week and posts on social media to keep you updated on APANO’s work and upcoming events. Hi, it’s nice to meet you!
I started off at APANO last summer as an intern with my project being the co-production of the Portland show of the Dis/orient/ed Comedy tour, the nation’s first all Asian American (mostly) female standup comedy tour. Even though I had very little knowledge on how to produce a show, market it, and coordinate a fundraiser, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to work with such an amazing founder and co-producer, Jenny Yang. She taught me everything from learning how to utilize social media for outreach, working with sponsors, and ultimately, how to face my fears of taking on such a big project in unfamiliar territory.
This year marks the second year that Dis/orient/ed Comedy takes on Portland and I am again, taking the lead on organizing the event! I’m ecstatic that APANO is hosting the Dis/orient/ed Comedy crew once again not only because it’s an event that means so much to me, but also because of what the event stands for.
The mission of Dis/orient/ed Comedy is to showcase female Asian American comics ranging from Sri Lankan boi D’Lo to Egyptian American Maria Shehata – they loosely define “Asian” and “Female” with a focus on sharing talent of those who aren’t typically featured to mainstream comedy audiences. By organizing the Dis/orient/ed Standup Tour, APANO is promoting the work of Asian Pacific American females and supporting a space for them to share their comedy with the Portland community.
Sponsorship and funds raised will go to supporting APANO’s Strong Families working group. Just as Asian and Pacific Islander women comedians are faced with challenges in mainstream media, our families are challenged with policies and stagnant images that do not reflect our diverse familial structures and cultures. Funds raised from this event will support the ongoing efforts that our Strong Families working group is currently doing for the reproductive justice movement.