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



Mar 14, 2022

Dillon Delvo, executive director of Little Manila Rising, talks to Emil Guillermo about how the Stockton non-profit has expanded its mission to do more and to help more people in South Stockton. From preserving Filipino American history and historic buildings, the LMR's mission now includes public health initiatives and environmental efforts in community air monitoring. Beyond that, the non-profit has its eyes on owning and developing land and projects to benefit the broader South Stockton community. Delvo said Little Manila Rising just wants to do what other groups are doing around the state, go beyond marginalization to have a say in the future development of their community by accessing power and funds previously denied them.

Listen to the Emil Amok's Takeout Live, M-F 2pm Pacific live, on Facebook/; Emil Guillermo YouTube channel; Twitter@emilamok; Recordings on



Jan 3, 2022

In California, 2022 brings new requirements for ethnic studies at the community college and high school levels. It could become a model for schools around the country. It's too late for one Oakland student who has since graduated and gone to Harvard. But even there, Eleanor V.Wikstrom has found learning about her Filipino history has not been easy. There are no Tagalog or Pilipino language classes taught there. And Filipino American history is an afterthought, despite the role the U.S. played in the colonization of the country. In her recent essay in the Harvard Crimson, Wikstrom wrote about the part Harvard played in the Philippines. She went deep into the stacks at the Pusey Library and uncovered some of the open secrets about how Harvard and American higher ed elites played a role in giving Filipinos not only English, but their own history in a textbook written from a white academic perspective.  Wikstrom's journey of discovery reminded me of my own experience 40 years ago as a young Filipino American at Harvard, trying to put together the history we were never meant to see.

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See/hear Emil Amok's Takeout--The Livestream, M-F, 2p Pacfic on Facebook; YouTube; Twitter @emilamok; and recorded on

See Eleanor Wikstrom's article in the Harvard Crimson.

Dec 15, 2021

Note: See Index below for quick access

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.

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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.

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


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;  Or at

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

Twitter @emilamok. Watch for his shows at
and at

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

Twitter @emilamok. Watch for his shows at
and at


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

Twitter @emilamok. Watch for his shows at
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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. 

Listen to more shows on, 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

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

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


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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Twitter @emilamok

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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.

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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.

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 


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