Friday, Aug. 4 to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the
Emil will moderate a panel and Curtis Choy will screen his film.
6pm - 9pm. PDT
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
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
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
Find out what he's up to at www.amok.com.