Category Archives: Asian Americans

Emil Guillermo: It’s on! My Amok Monologues at the San Diego Fringe Festival 6-23-26, and 29th

San Diego for the weekend? Come on by Horton Plaza at the San Diego Art Institute space (to the left of Victoria’s Secret). Come for the panties, stay for the show! Amok is based on my columns and Filipino and Asian America history. Funny, tragic, and there’s a gong present.
Tickets $10! Click here!


Get Fringey. Go Amok!

Emil Guillermo: Full speed ahead #SDFRINGE; Going “Amok” at the San Diego International Fringe Festival June 23- June 29

Had a great prep at the SF Marsh on Monday, same night as the Warrior victory. If you were able to test your TIVO and come out to the show, thank you.
If you didn’t, you can take a road trip to San Diego and catch my one-man show at the San Diego International Fringe Festival, June 23-June 29th! I will be performing at Horton Plaza at the Art Institute Space,
141 Horton Plaza.

Tickets here: https://sdfringe.ticketleap.com/amok-monologues/

Make it a weekend, see me, and catch some great performances all over San Diego.

Emil Guillermo: Amok excerpt, SF Marsh on June 12; Full show San Diego Fringe 6-23-29.

I’m at the Marsh in SF for a 20-min excerpt of my Amok Monologues.
Check it out if you can. I may have a gong!

Yes it’s “all pucked up,” with stories from NPR, Harvard, and the murder of my cousin in SOMA.
And you’ll also see me call up the spirit of Jimmy Bob Amok!

But the big treat, the full show is in San Diego, at the San Diego International Fringe Festival, June 23-29. Come by if you can!

And if that’s not enough, listen to the latest “Emil Amok’s Takeout.”

Perfect if you’re feeling Comey-tose about now.
Hopefully, you will download a podcast, or see a show, and get energized!

Emil Guillermo: Trump praises Australia’s single-payer plan after taking victory lap for passing sub-standard Trump-No-Care.

“You have better health care than we do!”

So said Donald Trump to Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

One problem. Australia’s great system is essentially a universal care, national system that takes care of its people.

TrumpNoCare does the exact opposite. He lets healthy young people and rich people off the hook. No more mandatory insurance, but that’s precisely why premiums will go up. Insurance is based on large pools so that risks are spread. When you don’t require young healthy people or rich people to buy insurance and broaden the pool, then those who will suffer are the sick, the poor, the middle class and the elderly. That is to say, most of America.

Unless we get a system like Australia.

Listen to my podcast, Emil Amok’s Takeout:

Click the link, or go to the player below:

Emil Guillermo: Defending the Philly Take-outs! Chinese owners discriminated against, says Councilman David Oh

After home invasions robberies in their store/residences in Philadelphia, Chinese take-out owners are banding together and sometimes even arming themselves to fight discrimination.

David Oh said there is a real potential for violence between the Asian and African American communities, in my podcast interview with him.

But he’s hoping for a way to find a peaceful resolution by bringing the communities together.

Listen to the new Podcast.

Oh speaks around 30:00 in.

Also more on David Dao/United; Trump’s 100th day; and the 25th Anniversary of the LA Riots–from the Korean American perspective on “Emil Amok’s Takeout”

Emil Guillermo: More on the Dao Drag, and United’s Fail; Emil Amok’s Takeout Podcast with the news conference; and a contrary anti-Dao view

Hey, flagellants! Have a good Friday? Did you take your tetanus shot before you got your nails done? (Hey,WWJD?)

In the meantime, before we all resurrect shortly, more on that Dao drag.

People are beginning to take the contrary stand on the David Dao drag story.Essentially, it’s that the airlines have some right to subjugate you based on whether you wish to ride in a flying tube at 34,000 feet going at a faster rate than you could driving a Toyota Prius. You want to fly, you buy the communal agreement. Buckle up and fly. And obey the nice flight attendants. Or else.

The contract is the “great equalizer,” I’m told. We’re all up there whether in first class or coach. You give up rights to fly. That’s the not-so-nice “Mile High Club” where you get effed, but not in the nice way.

Sounds plausibly hardass, and it no doubt will be United’s position to point to the fine print of the “contract” attached to the ticket.

But even at 34,000 feet, you don’t throw common courtesy and respect and dignity out the window.

It’s rarified air up in the clouds. But you don’t lose your humanity. Not for the price of flight.

For more: Go to the blog at the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund.

And click on the link to get the podcast, Emil Amok’s Takeout.

Hear the attorney for Dr.Dao, Tom Demetrio speak at the news conference. Also hear Crystal Pepper, Dao’s daughter.

Or get it right here on the link below.

And if you doubt what you first saw, here’s a collection of the original videos from the Daily Mail:

Emil Guillermo: United CEO Munoz saw the light, but not soon enough. Apology comes too late.

After that shriek from an Asian American airline passenger heard round the world, methinks United needs to bleed a little more.

When it perpetrated a violent act that caused an innocent passenger to shed blood, United crossed a very serious line.

It declared war on the American consumer.

I was riled that it was an Asian American. But in this de-racinated corporate world, we’re divided into just two camps:
the business and the consumer. And the consumers have united against United. It’s behavior shows a callous disregard
for the people who have kept them in business.

If you didn’t see the apology, here is the statement of United CEO Oscar Munoz:

“The truly horrific event that occurred on this flight has elicited many responses from all of us: outrage, anger, disappointment. I share all of those sentiments, and one above all: my deepest apologies for what happened.Like you, I continue to be disturbed by what happened on this flight and I deeply apologize to the customer forcibly removed and to all the customers aboard. No one should ever be mistreated this way. I want you to know that we take full responsibility and we will work to make it right.”

Munoz plays the right notes. It just lacks a little soul.

Consider his memo prior to the apology when Munoz praised his employees and seemed to blame the victim, calling the passenger “disruptive and belligerent.”

If you see my post at http://www.amok.com, you know I thought that was a little odd.

In fact, when I heard it, in conjunction with news reports about the passenger, Dr.David Dao, I figured this was the set up for a lawsuit.

It may still be. But I think Dr. Dao can extract a little more for the pain and suffering he experienced at the hands of United, and witnessed by millions throughout the world.

Free advice to United: Keep the apologies coming. The shrieks of Dr. Dao have shattered public trust in your brand. It will take a lot more than a statement to restore.

Check back for new Emil Amok’s Takeout on this story here: