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



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.

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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.

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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."

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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.


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Corky's inclusive pictures of the Transcontinental railroad.


my piece on Corky's death.

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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.
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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.

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Twitter @emilamok. Watch for his shows at
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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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


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 , and at 

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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And the FANHS Museum Facebook page, @fanhsmuseum


Released originally 4/19/2020

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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.

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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 (


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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.

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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.

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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.

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