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Emil Amok's Takeout from Emil Guillermo Media

The podcast companion to Emil Guillermo's Amok commentary on race, politics, and society from an Asian American perspective. If it's in the news, Emil has a take. An award winning journalist, columnist, talk-host and humorist, Emil's compilation of essays and columns,"Amok" won an American Book Award. He is a former host of NPR's "All Things Considered," and has reported and commented for radio and TV and newspapers, in Honolulu, San Francisco, Sacramento, Boston, Dallas, St.Louis, and Washington, D.C. Read his takes on the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund website at http://www.aaldef.org/blog Emil also writes a column for the U.S. bureau of the Manila-based http://www.inquirer.net and on Diversity issues at http://www.diverseeducation.com
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Welcome to "Emil Amok's Takeout," a podcast featuring the takes of award-winning journalist and commentator Emil Guillermo on race, politics, and society from an Asian American perspective.

Beginning with Asian Week, Emil has written a weekly column on Asian America since 1991. It has since migrated to www.aaldef.org/blog and to his own www.amok.com.  His experience includes TV news reporting and anchoring in San Francisco, Dallas, and Washington, D.C.; Hosting "All Things Considered" on NPR; Nationwide newspaper op-eds and columns at SFGate and USA TODAY; Talk-show hosting in Washington,D.C. San Francisco, and Sacramento; And reporting for NBC News Asian America. A collection of his columns and essays won an American Book Award. 

Emil also worked on Capitol Hill as a speechwriter and press secretary for then-Congressman Norman Mineta.

Emil is also a voice-over artist, with videos for PETA registering more than 6 million views on youtube, with tens of millions more views on all platforms.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IBHWd_57u4o&t=5s

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xLIlituBCs&t=219s

 

Currently, Emil writes for the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund at http://www.aaldef.org/blog 

http://www.twitter.com/emilamok

 

 

Aug 8, 2020

Emil Amok's Takes on the latest Covid news, Dorothy Velasco's passing, Pete Hamill, Race, Environment, affirmative action, opening of schools, Harvard, Emil's speech and his friend Ted.
Read more at amok.com;  Or at https://www.aaldef.org/blog

Emil Amok is the moniker of Emil Guillermo, the Asian American journalist of Filipino descent, who is the writer of the longest running column on Asian America in the ethnic media. 

 

 

Jul 31, 2020

Trump wasn't yelling, "We're No. 1." when the country surpassed 150,000 Covid-19 deaths. He didn't even bother to show up at John Lewis' funeral. Emil talks about the news and more. Plus another experiment into Covid friendship as he has a reunion with a college classmate, now a philosophy professor, Ted Schatzki.

See Emil's columns at http://www.aaldef.org/blog.

Twitter @emilamok. Watch for his shows at ww.zoomcomedian.com
and at amok.com

Jul 17, 2020

Emil Guillermo talks to Simon Tam of the Slants about how his case to trademark what was thought to be a disparaging name didn't hurt but helped in the battle to change the name of the Washington NFL team. Emil also talks to author, journalist Jacqueline Keeler, who led activists through her group  EradicatingOfensiveNativeMascotry.

See his columns at http://www.aaldef.org/blog.

Twitter @emilamok. Watch for his shows at ww.zoomcomedian.com
and at amok.com

 

Jul 5, 2020

You are not alone.
Emil Amok Guillermo is a journalist, commentator, and humorist. Emil Amok's Takeout is where he works out his talk show days and gives you his take on everything.

See his columns at http://www.aaldef.org/blog.

Twitter @emilamok. Watch for his shows at ww.zoomcomedian.com
and at amok.com

 

Jun 20, 2020

Journalist/commentator/humorist Emil Amok Guillermo gives his take on everything from Trump's "Make America Sick Again" rally, Father's Day, White Privilege, and Juneteenth.  He talks to a friend he hasn't seen in more than 40 years named Ted, who is a philosopher. 

Listen to more shows on amok.com, and wherever you listen to podcasts.

Read Emil's columns 

Jun 6, 2020

Emil Guillermo has written his "Amok" column covering race, culture and ethnicity for the last 25 years in the Filipino and Asian American media. 

Professor Daniel Phil Gonzales of SF State's College of Ethnic Studies talks about George Floyd, the protests, #BLM, Trum['s future, gassing innocent people, and more...including the PBS "Asian American" documentary, and stories about growing up Filipino.

Listen to more at amok.com.

Read emil here.

Visit the Filipino American National Historical Society Museum in Stockton, California once the COVID quarantine is lifted.

Contact Twitter @emilamok

or at amok.com

May 30, 2020

Emil Amok Guillermo talks with his old friend, University of Kentucky Philosopher Ted Schatzki about life, Covid, and George Floyd.

They met at college and last saw each other when Emil gave a shocking speech. They reunited after 40 years when the pandemic began. This is their third conversation trying to make sense of life.

Twitter @emilamok

Contact: www.amok.com

May 23, 2020

A special Filipino American National Historical Society Museum program as Emil Guillermo, museum director, talks to author Peter Jamero, one of the first Filipinos born in America. Filipinos were first brought to America in large numbers in the 1920s and 1930s. But because of discrimination, few were able to either marry or intermarry in order to start families. Americans born here were treated no different than immigrants.

Visit the FANHS National Museum in Stockton, CA. Facebook @fanhsmuseum

This podcast is part of our FANHS National Museum virtual history program.

Contact: emil@amok.com

May 18, 2020

Is America too big to fail? Should the government do all it can to prop up the little guy as it has Big Business? Some of the questions in part 2 of "Emil Amok talks to a Philosopher About our Lousy Covid Life." Check out Emil's columns on at www.aaldef.org/blog , and at www.amok.com 

Also a speech for 2020 graduates, as Emil contemplates his alma mater's virtual graduation.

 

May 11, 2020

We're colonized by Covid but we're fighting back--by staying home!  Professor E.J.Ramos David, author of "Brown Skin, White Minds," talks to Emil about colonial mentality, Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and skin-whitening. David is also featured in promotional clips on the new PBS documentary on Asian Americans. Emil Amok begins with a rant on a variety of topics including, Stephen Miller, Mother's Day, and staying true to the quarantine ethic.

Read Emil at http://www.aaldef.org/blog

Twitter @emilamok

See more at http://www.amok.com

Listen to Emil on The PETA Podcast.

May 2, 2020

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in 2020 is like no other because of the Covid Crisis. We talk to Gem Scorp, an essential Asian American, and Filipino nurse, about fighting the virus as a nurse in NYC's Elmhurst Hospital. But then faces racism on the subway when someone calls him "Chinese." Also featured: Seattle's Monyee Chau; NYC photographer Corky Lee; Asian American Studies Professors Daniel Phil Gonzales, and Phil Tajitsu-Nash, and more.

See Monyee Chau's work.

See more at www.amok.com and at www.aaldef.org/blog

Originally released May 1, 2020

May 1, 2020

Prof. Ted Schatzki is in the Philosophy Department of the University of Kentucky. A former classmate of Emil's, the two talk about Covid and the future.

Shelter long enough and it becomes a philosophical question.

See Emil's writing at http://www.aaldef.org/blog

And at http://www.amok.com

 

Apr 19, 2020

This is a special Filipino American National History Museum editon of Emil Amok's Takeout. Host Emil Guillermo, museum director, talks with Mel LaGasca, a Filipino American Community leader whose life exemplifies how the Filipino middle class developed in America. LaGasca grew up working in the fields, followed the migrants to Alaskan canneries to work, then finished college and had a distinguished career at Sandia Labs that lasted 34 years. 

Emil interviews the community and conducts storytelling shows and workshops at the Stockton based museum. Since the pandemic, the museum has been forced to close since March 14, and has lost attendance and donations. With your help, we are developing more ways to keep the museum virtually connected to you. 

Click the link: Donations are fully tax-deductible. 

Thank you! 

See the video of the conversation here.

Visit the FANHS Museum website.

And the FANHS Museum Facebook page, @fanhsmuseum

 

Released originally 4/19/2020

Contact Emil on twitter@emilamok 

 

Apr 17, 2020

Emil Amok was a columnist for Asian Week, at one time the most read Asian American publication in the U.S. Phil Nash, a longtime civil rights attorney and activist, was a fellow columnist. Nash, now a professor in Asian American Studies at University of Maryland talks about life for Asian Americans under Covid-19.

See the show on video at http://www.aaldef/org/blog

Originally released 4/16/2020 Copyright @2020

Apr 11, 2020

Emil Amok's Takeout talks to Gem Scorp an RN at Elmhurst hospital in New York about what he's seen on the frontlines fighting the virus.

Scorp, an 18-year nursing vet, describes the virus' effects up close and how people can die suddenly from new symptoms, showing how  the virus mutates and attacks. He also talks about the shortage of PPEs, how he stays positive, and how he saved himself using a natural approach. 

He says at his hospital the nurses were at least 80 percent Filipino. In the news at least one Filipino nurse has died fighting the virus.

Come to the free virtual conference April 15, 2020 

Register: bit.ly/covidaffectsusfilipinos

Go to http://www.aaldef.org/blog

or to http://www.amok.com  for more.

Twitter @emilamok

 

Mar 27, 2020

After a long hiatus, Emil Amok's Takeout is back with a new show. And all because of the virus. The threat to Asian Americans isn't Covid-19. It's POTUS-45, Donald Trump. His insistence on calling the virus "The Chinese Virus," and now "The Wuhan Virus" is only causing a new wave of anti-Asian American violence from coast-to-coast. Nearly 700 cases have been reported to a website started by Asian American Studies Professor Russell Jeong of San Francisco State. At Stop-AAPI-Hate, individuals have come forward with almost 100 new reports daily; 61 percent of the victims non-Chinese Asians; Women three times more likely to report than men. Listen to Emil Guillermo's interview with Russell Jeong. And check out Emil's column on the website of the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (http://www.aaldef.org/blog).

 

See more at http://www.aaldef.org/blog

And at http://www.amok.com

 

Nov 30, 2018

Dr. Helen Hsu, the president of the Asian American Psychological Association talks to Emil about the status of mental health in the AAPI community.

We're not accessing services. We are trying to DIY mental health. And it's a big mistake.

Dr. Hsu talks about how things are changing to empower the community to seek services and not to be quiet and keep problems to themselves.

Topics discussed. Suicide. How low-income and well-to-to-families both underutilize services. How beating the stigma that keeps people quiet and away from mental health services, starts with talking openly to each other about dealing with the system and seeking care. When no one talks, no one seeks out mental health services.

See more at http://www.aaldef.org/blog

And at http://www.amok.com

 

Apr 3, 2018

Emil Guillermo: The striker who became the teacher—Podcast with Asian American Studies professor Daniel P. Gonzales on how ethnic studies was birthed at SF State University

 

Over the Easter weekend, Donald Trump was resurrecting his anti-immigrant rhetoric in tweets and off-handed comments. First, he blasted California for issuing pardons to a group that included three Asian Americans subject to deportation. Then he tweeted he’s changed his mind on DACA and that he would end NAFTA to force Mexico to pay for his fantasy wall. He topped it off with a comment how people were crossing the border to become eligible for DACA.

Mr. President, DACA is for young arrivals who came years ago. He’d know that if he didn’t revise history with every utterance or tweet.

Enter the scholars and historians of ethnic studies. They know all that what we’re seeing from Trump is nothing new. There’s a pattern in history from the way Chinese were excluded, to the rescission politics regarding Filipino colonization and military service. Trump’s DACA stance is fairly typical.

But Dan Gonzales, doesn’t think ethnic studies scholars are as tuned in politically as they should be.

Gonzales was one of the coalition of students that included Blacks, Latinos, and Asians in 1968 at San Francisco State. One of the demands of that strike—said to the longest student strike in the nation’s history—was the formation of a college of ethnic studies.

Gonzales never left and became a fully tenured  professor of Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University. He was a  speaker at the Association of Asian American Studies held in San Francisco this past weekend, and urged the scholars to be more connected to what’s happening in today’s politics.

“We need to have our faculty invested in the political nature of ethnic studies and they have to include it within their own teaching practice references to political process,” Gonzales told me on our podcast, Emil Amok’s Takeout. “They have to understand the politics of the campus and be able  to guard against well in advance issues that could be an existential threat to the cause of ethnic studies or any of its member departments.”

And how do professors do that today?

“Be skilled enough to be able to organize well and form alliances with other colleagues on campus,” Gonzales told me. “Because that’s the only way you get anything done. And that’s the best way to protect your own best interests is to form good strong alliances based on principal. That’s what we need.”

Spoken like a strike veteran who  helped lay the strong  foundation for a college of ethnic studies--not just a department, not just for a program, or  a few classes--but a whole school at SFSU,  50 years ago.

See more at AALDEF.org/blog

 

Mar 10, 2018

Emil Guillermo: California Legislator David Chiu on the most Asian American state being sued by the Feds; calls Trump “the most xenophobic and racist president in modern history.”

Stormy Daniels,  Kim Jong Un, and trade-war inducing  tariffs? The Trump administration is a never-ending three-ring circus, where chaos is Trump’s best friend. How can the American public get a grip on any of the really big issues like gun control after Parkland, or the on-going Russian investigations, when our heads keep spinning daily?

For Asian Americans, the lesson during this ADHD presidency is to stay focused on our key issues, which for the moment remain immigration and DACA.

This past week, Mr. Art of the Deal didn’t even bother to push Congress on DACA and the Dreamers,  letting his self-imposed March 5 drop-dead date pass. Without the votes in Congress, it was the only thing Trump could do. That and blame Democrats.

For now, the courts have also blocked the administration from ending DACA, and for the time being, the program lives on. Those who are eligible can still apply and even extend their protection.

But just so Trump isn’t seen as a total loser to his base, the lull in the immigration fight has given Trump’s  beleaguered Attorney General Jeff Sessions a chance to score some brownie points with his boss.

Sessions showed up in Sacramento this week to file a lawsuit against the state over its sanctuary policies. The feds are particularly targeting three state laws  that protect immigrant families and workers. California State Assemblyman David Chiu of San Francisco wrote one of the three laws, and told me the state is ready to defend them against the feds.

“Trump is engaged in an un-American war,” said Chiu in a phone interview Friday, indicating the state is prepared to battle in court.

Chiu said the laws were carefully crafted to honor federal law but also to protect the Fourth Amendment rights of immigrants in the state from ICE agents raiding workplaces without proper authority.

Chiu also clarified what “sanctuary” is a d isn’t.

He said that Trump wants to deputize local law enforcement to be ICE agents. On the surface it sounds like a good idea. But immigration isn’t the job of your local cop. Chiu said Trump’s plan would  only raise  distrust among immigrants, who consequently won’t report crimes for fear of deportation.

Chiu said that’s already happening in the Los Angeles area.

Chiu said that if the feds are able to get away with heavy-handed enforcement activities that trample on the rights of people in California, then ICE will make the tactics standard throughout the nation.

Chiu said in that sense, the fight in California is really a national one for the rights of immigrants.

As for his advice to those in the community who are in fear of more ICE raids like the recent ones that netted more than 245 people, Chiu was unwavering.

“We have your back,” he said. But he added that people need to know their rights if and when ICE shows up.

Listen to my phone call with David Chiu on this special edition of Emil Amok’s Takeout.

See more at http://www.aaldef.org/blog

 

Sep 15, 2017

A bipartisan effort in Congress may not work on DACA.

But it has worked on winning a Congressional Gold Medal for all Filipino Veterans of World War 2.

Emil Guillermo talks with Ben DeGuzman about how the resolution was passed and approved Oct. 25 as the day the first 1,000 vets get medals. As many as 250,000 medals may be given to military personnel, or their heirs.

To see if you  or your loved one who served qualifies for a medal, go to http://www.filvetrep.org

Read Amok at http://www.aaldef.org/blog

 

TRT: 55:33

 

 

 

Sep 9, 2017

 

See Emil's latest at http://www.aaldef.org/blog

This podcast on Emil's DACA take, plus clips from the news call of UC President Janet Napolitano on the lawsuit seeking to protect DACA recipients. 

Also Tom Wong of UCSD talks about his survey of DACA recipients

And Luis Quiroz, one DACA recipient hints at how Trump's action has bred a new distrust.

A betrayal of Trump? 

Emil thinks it may be Trump's ruse to slap down another Obama legacy an rebrand DACA as the Trump Action for Childhood Arrivals. 

From DACA to TACA?

A prediction.

Listen to the podcast for what you need to know about DACA and the upcoming Oct. 5 deadline for eligible renewals.

Even with the UC lawsuit, the deadlines aren't apt to change for now. 

For DACA help go to http://www.aaldef.org for information

Read Emil's latest at http://www.aaldef.org/blog

 

Emil Guillermo wrote for almost 15 years his "Amok" column for AsianWeek, which was the largest English language Asian American newsweekly in the nation. "Amok" was considered the most widely-read column on Asian American issues in the U.S.

His thoughtful and provocative social commentaries have appeared in print in the San Francisco Chronicle, SFGate.com, San Francisco Examiner, USA Today, Honolulu Star Bulletin, Honolulu Advertiser, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, and in syndication throughout the country. 

His early columns are compiled in a book "Amok: Essays from an Asian American Perspective," which won an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation in 2000.

Guillermo's journalistic career began in television and radio broadcasting. At National Public Radio, he was the first Asian American male to anchor a regularly scheduled national news broadcast when he hosted "All Things Considered" from 1989-1991. During his watch, major news broke, including the violence in Tiananmen Square, the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the end of dictatorships in Romania and Panama. From Washington, Guillermo hosted the shows that broke the news. 

As a television journalist, his award-winning reports and commentaries have appeared on NBC, CNN, and PBS. He was a reporter in San Francisco, Dallas, and Washington, D.C.

After NPR, Guillermo became a press secretary and speechwriter for then Congressman Norman Mineta, the former cabinet member in the Bush and Clinton Administrations. 

After his Hill experience, Guillermo returned to the media, hosting his own talk show in Washington, D.C. on WRC Radio. He returned to California where he hosted talk shows in San Francisco at KSFO/KGO, and in Sacramento at KSTE/KFBK.

Guillermo's columns in the ethnic press inspired a roundtable discussion program that he created, hosted, executive produced, resulting in more than 100 original half-hour programs. "NCM-TV: New California Media" was seen on PBS stations in San Francisco, Sacramento and Los Angeles, and throughout the state on cable.

Guillermo also spent time as a newspaper reporter covering the poor and the minority communities of California's Central Valley. His writing and reporting on California's sterilization program on the poor and minorities won him statewide and national journalism awards.

In 2015, Guillermo received the prestigious Dr. Suzanne Ahn Award for Civil Rights and Social Justice from the Asian American Journalists Association. The award, named after the late Korean American physician from Texas, recognizes excellence in the coverage of civil rights and social justice issues in the Asian American and Pacific Islander community.

Guillermo, a native San Franciscan, went to Lowell High School, and graduated from Harvard College, where he was an Ivy Orator and class humorist.

Sep 3, 2017

Check out the blog at http:/www.aaldef.org/blog

You can donate to help Asian American Harvey victims here:

http://www.ocahouston.org/harveyrelief

Emil Guillermo interviews:

Jessica Kong, who evacuated from her home with her brother and mother the first Monday after the storm hit. 

Steven Wu, a Katrina survivor who now lives in Houston.

Martha Wong, the first Asian American city council person in Houston's history. She talks about the post-Harvey politics.

 Emil Guillermo: Three Asian Americans on Harvey: A stranded evacuee, a Katrina survivor, and a Trump booster 
September 2, 2017 8:53 PM

If you're a president known for tweeting, of course, there's only one way to show any empathy.

You do selfies.

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It was Trump in what would be known as a "mulligan" in golf--his second visit to Houston since Hurricane Harvey demolished Texas. Trump arrived on Saturday at the NRG shelter in Houston and on the make-good finally seemed to understand his role as comforter-in-chief.

When he spoke to reporters, he seemed impressed by what he saw.

"Very happy with the way everything's been done, a lot of love," said the president about the aid effort.

Trump likes to throw that word "love" around these days. Let's see if he finds any for DACA recipients on Tuesday. 

But on this day, Trump said people he talked with at the shelter were happy. 

"It's been a wonderful thing," he told reporters. "As tough as this was, it's been a wonderful thing. Even for the country to watch and the world to watch."

Of course, the whole world saw the state of American infrastructure under Trump. People in high water trudging along as if the U.S. were a developing country in denial of climate change.

Will this Trump show of empathy reverse first impressions? 

Sure, he's promised a personal donation of a million dollars to help. And he's asking Congress for $79 billion for Houston's recovery. So he's done what's expected.

Will it be enough to undo what could be the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history?

EVACUEES STILL WAIT FOR WATER TO RECEDE
While some residents were able to pick through the debris of their material lives on Saturday, that didn't include Jessica Kong and her mother and brother. 

The home where they live to the west of Houston in Katy--where the reservoir releases made Harvey's impact even more formidable--was still underwater.

The Kongs lived in one of the estimated 200,000 homes in Houston damaged by Harvey.

Since Monday, August 28, the family voluntarily evacuated, when the water was just thigh high. 

"I really don't know when we'll be back," Jessica told me by phone on Friday. She shared a picture of her home that a neighbor took on Thursday. 

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"The water is still high," she said. "We have no flood insurance."

Her family has already applied for FEMA relief online. Reports say more than 450,000 have already registered. The Kongs have also contacted their homeowner's insurance company. After staying in a shelter in the local middle school, they've since relocated to Jessica's older sister's suburban home, which did not suffer from Harvey's rains. And even now, as she contemplates the laborious task of rebuilding after Harvey, she marvels at how strong her core family has been throughout the whole ordeal, relying on each other, friends, neighbors, and extended family.

She feels that the storm has prioritized the importance of things in her life.

She paused as she thought of a friend who lived in Dickinson, a more heavily hit area toward the coast.

That friend, a young woman, had been diagnosed with cancer this year. And she lost everything in the storm.

It's a reminder to Kong of her relative good fortune.

As she and her family rushed out of the house, they took only what was necessary. But one item she had to leave behind was a special portrait of her mom that her late father, who died of cancer in 2005, commissioned for her 50th birthday.

"It was too big," Kong said. They placed it on the second floor of the home and hoped for the best when they return.

Whenever that might be.

On the podcast Emil Amok's Takeout, she talked about how the family left her home when the water was still about thigh high and shared what she thinks her lasting memories of Harvey will be. And she contemplated the actions of Donald Trump, and if a show of compassion to Harvey victims could force his hand on DACA or expose him as a hypocrite. Kong said she's been disappointed by Trump's performance to date and doesn't expect much. 

Listen to what she said on the podcast, Emil Amok's Takeout
 
KATRINA SURVIVOR DOESN'T WANT TO SEE SAME MISTAKES IN HOUSTON
Also on the podcast is Katrina survivor Steven Wu, 25, who talks about how the experience helped him to both cope and assist his neighbors in his new hometown, Houston. 

"I have an idea how to help, " he said on an interview conducted Aug. 31 for the podcast, Emil Amok's Takeout. 
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He talked about the power of the group hug, as he witnessed the love shared by volunteers who comforted Harvey victims in the shelters. 
 
Wu, working as a volunteer for the Organization of Chinese Americans, said there were 17 shelters set up in churches and community centers in the west part of the county specifically to help out Asian Americans who needed language assistance. Some even offered the comfort of Asian food. 

Such a detail can be important in limiting the trauma that comes with mass evacuations during natural disasters. 
 
Wu said that his Katrina experience as a 13-year-old made him "grow up quickly." He worries about the kids who will have to deal with the trauma of Harvey, because he knows how Katrina impacted him.

He's also worried about FEMA and the insurance process.

"FEMA was a trainwreck," Wu said about his Katrina experience. which included life in a FEMA trailer outside his damaged home, eating MREs and living with an inconsistent water supply. The memory of that motivates him to help out for as long as necessary in the place he's called home the last three years.  

"I want to make sure it's as easy a process as it should be," Wu told me. "We went through this before as a region and a country. We shouldn't make the same mistakes in Houston."

The biggest lesson Wu learned from Katrina is that a community can rebuild, although it will take many years. Because he's seen it before, he offered some tips. "Conserve your energy," Wu said. "This is a marathon."

He also added this for those who may feel personally overwhelmed by the losses from Harvey. 

"We need you to be positive and to tell yourself not to give up," Wu said. " Please don't give up hope now."

Listen to Wu on our podcast, Emil Amok's Takeout.

HOUSTON'S FIRST ASIAN AMERICAN COUNCILMEMBER EVER--MARTHA WONG 
Martha Wong, 78, is an Asian American political legend. The first Asian American woman elected to the Texas state house, she was also the first Asian American member of the Houston City Council.

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She's also a Republican. Wong wasn't a Trump supporter at first, but became one by the election. She said Trump may not be great as far as empathy goes, but she was still satisfied by his first visit. 

And she has no doubt Houston will be back on its feet.

She was untouched by Harvey, living in a high-rise next to Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church. We talked about that and other things, including Houston politics and how small government conservatives might sing a different tune in post-Harvey politics. And we talk about why Houston floods so much.

Listen to my conversation with Wong on the podcast here.


NOTE: OCA of Greater Houston, which AALDEF represented in a voting rights case in Texas, has helped to establish the Harvey AAPI Community Relief Fund. Help the Asian American community in the Houston area by making a donation: http://www.ocahouston.org/harveyrelief.
 
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Emil Guillermo is an independent journalist/commentator.
Updates at www.amok.com. Follow Emil on Twitter, and like his Facebook page.
The views expressed in his blog do not necessarily represent AALDEF's views or policies
Aug 28, 2017

Ed Gor is a Houston resident and the president of the nation's oldest Asian American civil rights organization.

Gor talks with Emil Guillermo about Harvey and how Asian Americans are impacted. 

Emil also discusses how President Trump was slow to show any real compassion or empathy for those victimized by Harvey.

See more at http://www.aaldef.org/blog

 

Aug 3, 2017

Come by  the I-Hotel/Manilatown Center, 868 Kearney St. SF,CA

Friday, Aug. 4 to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the eviction.

Emil will moderate a panel and Curtis Choy will screen his film. 6pm - 9pm. PDT

 

See more at

http://www.aaldef.org/blog


See more about Curtis Choy, director of "The Fall of the I-Hotel."

http://www.chonkmoonhunter.com/Asian-American-History.html

 

Emil Bio:

 
Emil Guillermo wrote for almost 15 years his "Amok" column for AsianWeek, which was the largest English language Asian American newsweekly in the nation. "Amok" was considered the most widely-read column on Asian American issues in the U.S.

His thoughtful and provocative social commentaries have appeared in print in the San Francisco Chronicle, SFGate.com, San Francisco Examiner, USA Today, Honolulu Star Bulletin, Honolulu Advertiser, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, and in syndication throughout the country. 

His early columns are compiled in a book "Amok: Essays from an Asian American Perspective," which won an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation in 2000.

Guillermo's journalistic career began in television and radio broadcasting. At National Public Radio, he was the first Asian American male to anchor a regularly scheduled national news broadcast when he hosted "All Things Considered" from 1989-1991. During his watch, major news broke, including the violence in Tiananmen Square, the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the end of dictatorships in Romania and Panama. From Washington, Guillermo hosted the shows that broke the news. 

As a television journalist, his award-winning reports and commentaries have appeared on NBC, CNN, and PBS. He was a reporter in San Francisco, Dallas, and Washington, D.C.

After NPR, Guillermo became a press secretary and speechwriter for then Congressman Norman Mineta, the former cabinet member in the Bush and Clinton Administrations. 

After his Hill experience, Guillermo returned to the media, hosting his own talk show in Washington, D.C. on WRC Radio. He returned to California where he hosted talk shows in San Francisco at KSFO/KGO, and in Sacramento at KSTE/KFBK.

Guillermo's columns in the ethnic press inspired a roundtable discussion program that he created, hosted, executive produced, resulting in more than 100 original half-hour programs. "NCM-TV: New California Media" was seen on PBS stations in San Francisco, Sacramento and Los Angeles, and throughout the state on cable.

Guillermo also spent time as a newspaper reporter covering the poor and the minority communities of California's Central Valley. His writing and reporting on California's sterilization program on the poor and minorities won him statewide and national journalism awards.

In 2015, Guillermo received the prestigious Dr. Suzanne Ahn Award for Civil Rights and Social Justice from the Asian American Journalists Association. The award, named after the late Korean American physician from Texas, recognizes excellence in the coverage of civil rights and social justice issues in the Asian American and Pacific Islander community.

Guillermo, a native San Franciscan, went to Lowell High School, and graduated from Harvard College, where he was an Ivy Orator and class humorist.
Find out what he's up to at www.amok.com.

 

Jul 30, 2017

See more info at http://www.aaldef.org/blog

Eddie Huang at the Asian American Journalists Association convention. 

Speaks candidly on race and identity.

See previous story on Huang:

http://aaldef.org/blog/emil-guillermo-is-fresh-off-the-boat-historical-or-the-taming-of-eddie-huang.html

Emil bio:

Emil Guillermo wrote for almost 15 years his "Amok" column for AsianWeek, which was the largest English language Asian American newsweekly in the nation. "Amok" was considered the most widely-read column on Asian American issues in the U.S.

His thoughtful and provocative social commentaries have appeared in print in the San Francisco Chronicle, SFGate.com, San Francisco Examiner, USA Today, Honolulu Star Bulletin, Honolulu Advertiser, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, and in syndication throughout the country. 

His early columns are compiled in a book "Amok: Essays from an Asian American Perspective," which won an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation in 2000.

Guillermo's journalistic career began in television and radio broadcasting. At National Public Radio, he was the first Asian American male to anchor a regularly scheduled national news broadcast when he hosted "All Things Considered" from 1989-1991. During his watch, major news broke, including the violence in Tiananmen Square, the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the end of dictatorships in Romania and Panama. From Washington, Guillermo hosted the shows that broke the news. 

As a television journalist, his award-winning reports and commentaries have appeared on NBC, CNN, and PBS. He was a reporter in San Francisco, Dallas, and Washington, D.C.

After NPR, Guillermo became a press secretary and speechwriter for then Congressman Norman Mineta, the former cabinet member in the Bush and Clinton Administrations. 

After his Hill experience, Guillermo returned to the media, hosting his own talk show in Washington, D.C. on WRC Radio. He returned to California where he hosted talk shows in San Francisco at KSFO/KGO, and in Sacramento at KSTE/KFBK.

Guillermo's columns in the ethnic press inspired a roundtable discussion program that he created, hosted, executive produced, resulting in more than 100 original half-hour programs. "NCM-TV: New California Media" was seen on PBS stations in San Francisco, Sacramento and Los Angeles, and throughout the state on cable.

Guillermo also spent time as a newspaper reporter covering the poor and the minority communities of California's Central Valley. His writing and reporting on California's sterilization program on the poor and minorities won him statewide and national journalism awards.

In 2015, Guillermo received the prestigious Dr. Suzanne Ahn Award for Civil Rights and Social Justice from the Asian American Journalists Association. The award, named after the late Korean American physician from Texas, recognizes excellence in the coverage of civil rights and social justice issues in the Asian American and Pacific Islander community.

Guillermo, a native San Franciscan, went to Lowell High School, and graduated from Harvard College, where he was an Ivy Orator and class humorist.


Find out what he's up to at www.amok.com.

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