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 Emil also writes a column for the U.S. bureau of the Manila-based and on Diversity issues at
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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 and to his own  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.


Currently, Emil writes for the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund at



Dec 15, 2021

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Little Manila Rising, a community non-profit in Stockton, Calif., is taking an aggressive stand to protect its Filipino American community from environmental racism. Matt Holmes heads up the environmental effort and talks about a new project with UC Merced to make sure the air in Stockton and the valley is monitored. He also talks about the ways the pollution from the freeways and port is being mitigated. The situation is dire, Stockton has one of the worst air pollution profiles in the state, and not coincidentally, the worst asthma rates in California, as well. This is Part 4 of an ongoing look at how Little Manila Rising is evolving to serve its community and to not give up on Stockton.

This is the podcast of Emil Amok's Takeout. See the Daily Livestream at 2p Pacific on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter@emilamok. See replays at


0.58: Little Manila Rising intro

3:30: Crosstown Freeway/Pollution

4:23: Matt Holmes intro

5:20: Interview begins (Starts with Dawn)

6:38: First project NPS

7:56: Launching historical park/Richmond

9:12: Air quality work

12:36: Hired by Little Manila Rising

14:43: Environmental racism

15:29: Environmental violence (Transportation planning)

17:17: Public health outcomes

18:00: Warehouse for the Bay Area/impact of trucks

21:30: Racism and advocacy

22:22: Projects

24:32: Who is responsible?

27:30: Bureaucratic Hurdles 

29:00: Funding  from AG’s office to monitor air pollution

29:32: Seachange in technology

30:09: Regulatory Framework only  intervenes on permitting, not community harm.

31:02: Update on community air monitors

32:14: Pollution causes genetic damage

32:43: Volkswagen Settlement

34:25: Bringing science and medicine to the people with the people

37:00: The tradition of air monitoring (50 km grids, historical data)

37:44: The promise of community monitoring, granular actionable information

39:00: Inland port burns the dirtiest fuel

39:55: We know a lot when it benefits powerful people

41:10: The Port is the most amenable actor to partnering to solve the problem

42:13: CARB - California Air Resources Board

43:18: Healthy communities are designed

44:14: 85% of biomass being burned comes from Vineyards

44:41: Drive for short term profits has led to global climate instability and hyper local public health outcomes

45:27: Global climate instability is especially threatening to low income communities of color

45:44: White environmentalist movement

46:50: The importance of Dawn

49:14: Architects of CA freeways(Environmental Racism)

50:09: Problems of wealth and power

51:49: Dawn program

52:55: Sky Watch

53:25: Transformative climate communities work, Urban greening

56:18: The power of trees and nature based solutions


Dec 7, 2021

"Try Harder" director Debbie Lum talks to Emil Guillermo about Lowell High School and the college admissions process captured in the film's profile of five students of diverse backgrounds.

What are AAPI going through to get to the elite colleges of their choice? And how are their parents dealing with it?

Is it possible that the African American parent wins the "Tiger Mom" competition? 

And what of the white student who knows he has no chance to compete?

Everyone wants to go to an elite college but no one ever asks if it's a right fit. The kids grow up as the film progresses. When it's over, you'll want to know why some got in, and others didn't. 

Emil, a Lowell alum, also compares his experiences with those of the students in the film.

Find out where the film is showing at

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Sep 9, 2021

Amy Portello Nelson talks with Emil Guillermo about Little Manila Rising's "Get Out the Vaccine" drive. Modeled after the "Get Out the Vote" idea, the program goes door to door to give people good information about the virus and vaccines. And it's working, vaccine rates went from the low 30 percent range to more than 50 percent in the zipcodes canvassed. Now the plan is to keep going through the end of November. But it's not easy. Some are hesitant, and one resident even pulled a gun. But it's important work that Little Manila Rising is committed to doing. It's part of the evolution of Little Manila Rising, going from an educational and cultural focus to environmental and social justice issues to public health. And sometimes being all of those things as the community's needs change.

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Jul 16, 2021

Little Manila Rising is an non-profit organization in Stockton, Calif. servicing primarily the South Stockton community. After a recent youth conference produced by Little Manila youth,  Emil Guillermo talked with Celine Lopez, a newly-minted Stanford graduate, who hopes to use her senior thesis in Urban Studies as a foundation for policy-making in her hometown. Celine talks about how she rediscovered her pride and self-worth as a Stocktonian at Stanford and how that fueled her desire to return to the Central Valley.

She talks about how she wants to reverse the brain drain, and help restore the day when Stockton seemed to be the hub of life.

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Apr 22, 2021

An Earth Day/Earth Month Special!

A Filipino American group called Little Manila Rising is part of a "people-powered" Green Revolution that's changing how the community in Stockton, Calif. gets involved in environmental justice.

Recently, community members, empowered by state money through AB617, rejected a $5 million proposal from the Port of Stockton. The community stood up to the polluters. They were all tired of being dumped on. 

LMR's Dillon Delvo tells Emil Guillermo how and why it happened, and how LMR transformed its mission to fight for environmental justice.

See more of my work at 


Feb 27, 2021

Angelo Quinto died after a policeman had a knee to the back of his neck for 5 minutes. Emil Amok is Emil Guillermo, journalist, commentary, performing artist reads from the column he wrote on about Quinto, the need for re-thinking policing, and what this means for Asian Americans.

Prof. Dan Gonzales of SF State Univ joins in to comment on this, the recent rash of anti-Asian hate incidents in the U.S., and other news.

For more go to #angeloquinto



Feb 21, 2021

Why were Japanese Americans incarcerated during World War II? President Franklin Roosevelt's signing of Executive Order 9066 on Feb. 19, 1942 paved the way. And while some where given redress payments in 1988, the battle continues for a few hundred Japanese Latin Americans who were also incarcerated at the same time but left out of the settlement. Phil Tajitsu Nash, U.Maryland Asian American Studies professor, lawyer, and activist talks to Emil Guillermo about the ongoing fight for justice. Nash talks about the circumstances around E.O.9066 and how more than 100,000 Japanese Americans were rounded up in the first place. Also, why  Asian Americans were actually split about the incarceration with many Filipinos and Chinese in America were eager to disassociate themselves from the Japanese Americans. Nash talks about the need for solidarity among Asian Americans today and all people of color. Nash says many of those rounded up were American citizens, and none were ever convicted of espionage against the U.S. For more listen to episode one of "Emil Amok's Takeout."

For more on the Japanese Latin Americans:

For more information:

See column on the AALDEF blog.



Jan 30, 2021

Corky Lee died on Jan. 27 of Covid. He is now the undisputed Asian American photographer laureate. There was no sense of a modern Asian American civil rights movement before Vincent Chin inspired a generation to stand up and be seen. Corky Lee documented it all. I talk of my friendship with Corky as I read my post from the AALDEF blog. Then, I reprise my 2017 interview with Corky where he talks about the photograph he saw as a young boy of the Transcontinental Railroad. The Golden Spike united America but the photograph didn't show the people who built it all--Chinese Americans. That slight birthed the photographic justice that inspired Corky's life's work.

See more on my amok website.


More on Corky at


Corky's inclusive pictures of the Transcontinental railroad.


my piece on Corky's death.

--Emil Guillermo