Category Archives: Filipino

Emil Amok is Emil Guillermo: Here’s more on the U.S. soldier David Fagen, the African American who became a Filipino Freedom Fighter. A true “Insurrecto,” Fagen knew what it meant when his U.S. commanders called Filipinos the “N-word.” They were fighting words. So, of course, he switched sides.

My Emil Amok’s Takeout talks to Professor Daniel Phil Gonzales about David Fagen, the African American Buffalo Solider who deserted during the U.S.-Philippine War to become a Filipino “insurrecto.”

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Emil Amok: There’s still time to go Vegan to start 2021. Here’s the way, with Jackie Day.

I am proud to say I am certified in plant-based nutrition! Certified, I tell you!
It just means I’m a legit vegan who can preach and do the sign of the carrot.
I also host “The PETA Podcast.”
Here’s my interview with author Jackie Day. Her book, “The Vegan Way,” is a good guide to help
you get to your vegan goal. Listen here:

Want a vegan coach? Email me and I will help you!

Big on Animal rights. But big on human rights too. See my column on the AALDEF site.

Emil Amok: Remember Jan.22, 1930. Do you know Fermin Tobera? Remember his name. It’s the prime example of historical Filipinophobia in America.

Tobera was an American National from the Philippines who worked as an ag worker in 1930 in Watsonville, California.
His death is a symbol in an era of anti-Filipino riots across the nation, most notably the five-day riots that took place in the central California coast town of Watsonville.
Tobera was in his bunkhouse when a group of white men shot up the living quarters. Tobera was shot in the heart. The mob of white men tracked down the Filipinos who they knew
had been dancing with white women in a Watsonville dance hall. They took out their revenge on Tobera.

It remains the single most famous example of what I call “Filipinophobia” in America.

On the video go to 15 minutes in to hear a discussion of Tobera.

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Emil Amok: Inaugural Light and Magic? Thoughts on the day, Harris, Biden, Amanda Gorman, and Diversity.

I talk with Prof. Dan Gonzales of San Francisco State University’s College of Ethnic Studies about the Inaugural and the historic nature of VP Kamala Harris.

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