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Read my latest columns at the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund blog!

Sorry to say, I’ve been pre-occupied watching sports as an antidote to our constitutional crisis.  (Go Warriors! Go Sharks! Wake up,Giants!)  That and teaching college kids.

Also working on a new iteration of my “Amok Monologues.” It’s coming to Washington, D.C. in late July!!! Ticket info coming.

Sounds like a good time to book me for an east coast swing.

Oh, and while Emil Amok’s Takeout is still available wherever you podcast (check it out on Spotify, iTunes, Castbox, etc.),  each week there’s a new The PETA PODCAST !

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Emil Guillermo: Majority of Asian Americans joined in the 2018 midterm rebuke of Trump, according to AALDEF Asian American Exit Poll findings (NEW)

The mainstream media never gets a big enough sample to say anything about Asian Americans.
Here are the results from the AALDEF exit poll of 7,600 Asian Americans in 50 cities in 14 states.
The findings are clear.
The majority of Asian Americans joined in the rebuke of Donald Trump in the 2018 midterm elections.

AALDEF’s Election Day exit poll of more than 7,600 Asian American voters, Democratic candidates were favored over Republicans by wide margins

New York City… AALDEF’s preliminary exit poll results of more than 7,600 Asian American voters in the 2018 midterm elections reveal that Asian Americans strongly favored Democratic Senate and Gubernatorial candidates in closely-contested races in Texas, Georgia, Nevada, and Florida.

Asian American voters polled also disapproved of Donald Trump’s performance as president, with 65% disapproving and 21% approving, a factor that likely affected their votes in key elections.

“The racist and anti-immigrant rhetoric from Donald Trump has been deeply disturbing to Asian American voters, who overwhelmingly supported candidates who share their values of a more inclusive and diverse America,” said Margaret Fung, AALDEF executive director.

AALDEF dispatched more than 600 attorneys, law students, and community volunteers to 50 cities in 14 states to document voter problems on Election Day and to conduct a nonpartisan Asian American exit poll in English and 11 Asian languages Asian Americans were polled in California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, and Washington, DC.

AALDEF Democracy Program Director Jerry Vattamala said: “The Asian American Exit Poll provides critical information about the Asian American electorate, including their party affiliations, issues influencing their votes in key races, and voting barriers at the polls, including improper requirements to show voter IDs or prove their citizenship and the denial of language assistance to limited English proficient voters.”

Democrats picked up 27 seats on Tuesday, winning majority control of the House of Representatives, and Republicans kept the Senate majority, picking up two seats. Democratic governors also won in 23 states, picking up seven new seats.

The following is a preliminary breakdown by state:

Vote for Senate:

Texas
64% for Beto O’Rourke, 33% for Ted Cruz, 2% other
(Cruz won 50.9% of total votes, O’Rourke 48.3%, other 0.8%)

Nevada
68% for Jackie Rosen, 28% for Dean Heller, 3% other
(Rosen won 50.4%, Heller 45.4%, other 4.2%)

Florida
71% for Bill Nelson, 21% for Rick Scott, 1% other
(Scott won 50.2%, Nelson 49.8%, other 0%, 99% reporting)

Vote for Governor:

Florida
71% for Andrew Gillum, 22% for Ron DeSantis, 1% other
(DeSantis won 49.7%, Gillum 49.1%, other 1.2%)

Georgia
82% for Stacey Abrams, 15% for Brian Kemp, 3% other
(Kemp won 50.3%, Abrams 48.7%, other 0.9%, potential runoff)

Michigan
91% for Gretchen Whitmer, 7% for Bill Schuette, 1% other
(Whitmer won 53.1%, Schuette 44.0%, other 2.8%)

Ballot Propositions
Asian Americans overwhelmingly supported two ballot propositions in Florida and Massachusetts.

In Florida, 68% of Asian Americans polled supported Amendment 4, which re-enfranchised 1.4 million ex-felons, compared to 26% who opposed this amendment. Amendment 4 passed 64.5% to 35.5%.

In Massachusetts, 74% of Asian Americans polled supported Question 3 and 13% opposed Question 3, which upheld a state law protecting transgender people in public accommodations. Question 3 passed 68% to 32%.

Asian American voters also faced many barriers on Election Day – including machine breakdowns, being directed to incorrect poll sites, denied provisional ballots and access to language assistance, and illegal demands for proof of identification and citizenship when it was not required.

Poll sites in AALDEF’s exit poll were selected based on voter registration files, census data, interviews with local election officials and community leaders, and a history of voting problems. Approximately 600 attorneys, law students, and community volunteers were stationed at poll sites throughout the day, generally between 7:00 am to 8:00 pm. Surveys were written in English and 11 Asian languages, and volunteers were conversant in Asian languages and dialects. Additional exit poll results regarding Asian ethnic groups, most important issues influencing their votes, and preferences for House candidates will be released soon.

See my column on the TRUMP PRESS CONFERENCE and the FIRING OF JEFF SESSIONS.

Emil Guillermo’s Amok Monologues? Get your tickets for the Aug. 17th San Francisco show. One night only. Plus I’ll share some of my Dawn Mabalon memories.

Some proceeds will benefit Manilatown Heritage Foundation, and Dawn Mabalon’s Memorial fund.

For you last minute types… tickets will be at the door at Manilatown 868 Kearny at Jackson St. in San Francisco.

Or you can ….

Get your tickets here.

Here’s what critics say about Emil Guillermo’s  “Amok Monologues: All Pucked UP”:

“Stand-up, monologue, rant?….Enjoy trying to keep pace with Guillermo’s brilliant mind… Funny, poignant.”— Orlando Weekly.
“Keeps audience engaged.” — Orlando Sentinel
“Charismatic…Guillermo’s life is one worth exploring.” — DC Metro Theater Arts
“Excellent…Emil Guillermo knows how to tell a story and that ability sets “Amok Monologues above other solo shows.”  — San Diego Story

Aug. 17,  7:30pm,  Manilatown/I-Hotel,  868 Kearny St. in San Francisco.

Tickets $10, with part of the proceeds to benefit the Manilatown Heritage Foundation.

Click to get your tickets.

DAWN MABALON MEMORIES

I’ve spent most of this week writing about the late Dr. Dawn Mabalon.

If you’ve seen my stories on http:/www.aaldef.org/blog

or on Inquirer.net, you know I had great love and admiration for Dawn and her work.

Aug. 17, Friday would have been her birthday.   So I will share some memories after the “Amok” show when we do a talkback. It’s a little something extra.

This show is a benefit for Manilatown.  But I will make sure some proceeds from the show are given to Dawn’s fund.

 

 

 

See Emil Guillermo’s “Amok Monologues: All Pucked UP” next show up! Aug. 17th ONE NIGHT ONLY. SF’s I-HOTEL/Manilatown. Get Tickets now

On the 90th year after his father arrived from the Philippines to San Francisco, Emil Guillermo goes back to Manilatown to perform his “Amok Monologues” about growing up American Filipino in San Francisco.

Here’s what the critics are saying about Emil Guillermo’s “Amok Monologues: All Pucked Up”

“Stand-up, monologue, rant?….Enjoy trying to keep pace with Guillermo’s brilliant mind… Funny, poignant.”— Orlando Weekly.
 
“Keeps audience engaged.” — Orlando Sentinel
 
“Charismatic…Guillermo’s life is one worth exploring.” — DC Metro Theater Arts
 
“Excellent…Emil Guillermo knows how to tell a story and that ability sets “Amok Monologues above other solo shows.”  — San Diego Story
 

See it one-night only in a special benefit for the Manilatown Center/I-Hotel, Aug.17, 7:30p

For tickets click!

Or cut and paste in browser:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/emil-guillermos-amok-monologues-tickets-48584183601

Get your tickets, clicking here

See the latest review from the Orlando Fringe Festival here.

Can’t make it Aug. 17th? Invite me to your town, barrio, neighborhood, living room!

Emil Guillermo: Amok Monologues at FANHS National Museum in Stockton…Every First Sunday! Plus TICKET INFO on Aug.17 San Francisco show.

Emil does “Amok Monologues” in SF at the I-Hotel Manilatown site on the 90th Anniversary of his father’s arrival…. Aug. 17 in SF…. Donation:  $10.

CLICK FOR TICKETS!

See a review of the show at the Orlando Fringe Festival 2018:

Here’s what critics have said during my “Bang a gong, get it on”  World Tour:

“Stand-up, monologue, rant?….Enjoy trying to keep pace with Guillermo’s brilliant mind… Funny, poignant.”— Orlando Weekly.

 “Keeps audience engaged.” — Orlando Sentinel

“Charismatic…Guillermo’s life is one worth exploring.” — DC Metro Theater Arts

 “Excellent…Emil Guillermo knows how to tell a story and that ability sets “Amok Monologues above other solo shows.”  — San Diego Story

 Get tickets for Aug. 17.

Now for this week, and  for every month ongoing, come to Stockton to the FANHS Museum for First Sundays with Emil Amok  starting  Aug. 5,  2pm.

It’s a presentation/workshop of my Amok Monologues, and a workshop with audience members on how to find, write, and tell their stories.  Donation: $10

Aug. 5 in Stockton  First Sundays with Emil Amok at the FANHS Museum in Stockton to benefit the museum.

Aug. 17 in San Francisco “Amok Monologues: All Pucked Up” 

to  benefit  Manilatown Heritage Foundation.

 

First Sundays with Emil Amok…..Starting this Sunday, Aug. 5th!  2pm….  in Stockton.

After a successful soft launch last week, we’re all set to do a workshop of my  solo show, “Amok Monologues: All Pucked Up,” at the Filipino American National Historical Society Museum in Stockton, CA   EVERY FIRST SUNDAY….

STARTING AUGUST. 5 at 2pm, 337 E. Weber in Stockton

Suggested donation: $10

And as a BONUS: There’s a storytelling workshop where we develop your stories!

 

Help the FANHS National Museum and come see me grow my show every month. PLUS: Bonus workshop on how to tell your stories.

Come back each month and be part of the telling and learning!

First Sundays at the FANHS National Museum in Stockton at 2pm….

Starting August 5.  See the museum, then see the show!

Suggested donation: $10.

This is the evolution of my show that I started  touring last year in San Diego and Baltimore, and then this year in Orlando.
See what one unrelated, non-Filipino critic said, here.

Emil Guillermo: Rejecting a Trumpulent America

I wrote this post for the AALDEF blog on Monday as I waited for Trump to reverse his Saturday comments that failed to denounce sternly the KKK, neo-Nazis and white supremacists in Charlottesville.

Since then, he got a mulligan on Monday by reading straight from the prompter.

But by Tuesday, he couldn’t help himself.

Trump ad-libbed before reporters at Trump Tower and undid Monday, and reverted to his Saturday sentiments. Good people on all sides? Many fine people among the alt-right? He was legitimizing the KKK, neo-Nazis and the white supremacists. Trump can defend their right to free speech. That’s the First Amendment. But as president, he cannot defend the immoral philosophy of hate and bigotry those groups espouse.

Trump has shown he just doesn’t get it.

But he’s proving that “Make America Great Again,” really does mean “Make America White Again.”

It’s a sad day in this country when the president, to whom we look to for moral leadership, is a victim of his own poisoned rhetoric.

It’s crippling his ability to govern. And it’s showing Americans and the world an ugligness that forever tarnishes the presidency.

WWLD? What Would Lincoln do? Probably pull down the brim of his stovepipe hat and shake his head, if not weep.

Trump represents the de-evolution of the presidency.

Here’s the column I wrote over the weekend:

The Trump hotel brand oozes opulent luxuriousness. But now that Trump is in public office for the first time (and right at the top), I’ve coined a word to capture the new Trump style of government and political rhetoric.

Take one part truculent (“the quality of being disposed or eager to fight or engage in hostile opposition”); Add a dash of petulance (“insolent and rude behavior”); Insert one Donald (orange hair special); Mix with reckless abandon, et voila!

The president’s signature style? Forget opulence. We’ve got Trumpulence.

And, of course, it’s the likes of which we’ve never seen before.

Unless you see it in your neighbor, or in Charlottesville, Virginia.

A president is capable of setting the moral tone of the country. And so far, this one’s setting a bad example.

After last Friday, we worried about the tweeting, adlibbing Trump, sabre rattling and goading a madman in North Korea to commit a suicidal act.

Such an aggressive stance didn’t make sense after new U.N. sanctions were passed against North Korea. But international bluster is often a good cover after a domestic embarrassment, like the failed repeal of Obamacare.

To Trump’s credit, all the nuke talk made people more aware of the PIs among the AAPIs, particularly those in Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands. In the crosshairs as just specks on the map, residents there are even considered American citizens to the amazement of most Americans.

And wasn’t it eerie to see news reports in Guam warning residents to avoid staring into the bright flash of a detonating bomb?

But now we know: Trump’s taunt of “mutually assured destruction” is not our number one problem after all.

After the violence and casualties of the Charlottesville weekend, in what’s being called the largest gathering of white supremacists in more than a decade, we find ourselves asking more fundamental questions.

Does Trump really care about equal rights for all as a cornerstone of our American democracy?

And if he does, why wasn’t a passionate Trump, who had no problem going off script and talking “fire and fury” about Kim Jong-un, going after those white supremacists in Charlottesville with the same “in-your-face” zeal?

This was Trump’s chance to let all Americans know how he really felt about the violent American Nazis in Virginia.

Among them was the ex-Klansman David Duke, who didn’t hesitate to fully embrace Trump and the symbolic importance of the rally.

“This represents the turning point for the people of this country,” Duke said to the media. “We are going to fulfill the promises of Donald Trump. That’s what we believed in. That’s why we voted for Donald Trump, because he said he was going to take our country back and that’s what we’re going to do.”

Others at the rally were no different from Duke. They were empowered by Trump.

It all required a strong rebuke from Trump in full throated trumpulence.

Shouldn’t be too hard. Trump has disavowed Duke in the past.

Instead, Trump held back. Pulled punch? He went through the motions.

On Saturday, Trump uncharacteristically read from his script, not bothering to stray, except when he repeated a phrase at the end for emphasis. But it wasn’t the tough talk we’ve been used to.

It was almost subdued and passionless, the opposite of his words.

“We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides ― on many sides,” Trump said Saturday.

See the whole statement here.

More troubling was his use of the phrase “many sides.”

Why was Trump so careful not to single out the real culprits? How could he imply the extreme violence came from extreme right-wing nationalists AND counter-protestors? The suspect who drove a car into the crowd, killing one woman and injuring multiple people, was a 20-year-old white supremacist.

This is where Trump could have unleashed the Kim treatment.

But he didn’t.

At times like these, we count on a president to use his position to show moral leadership. To stand tall and lead us together.

After Charlottesville, Trump had his chance.

And he failed.

Civil rights leaders convened on Sunday to call on Trump to unequivocally and directly disavow white supremacists and the violence in Charlottesville, as well as fire key White House Chief Strategist Stephen Bannon, White House Deputy Assistant Sebastian Gorka, and White House Senior Advisor Stephen Miller for stoking hate and division.

Leaders representing The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the Anti-Defamation League, the Human Rights Campaign, Muslim Advocates, National Council of Churches, and the Southern Poverty Law Center, called Trump’s response to date “weak, insufficient, and unacceptable.”

They’re not looking for mere lip service from Trump. They want to see real action and a recognition of how we have fallen off track.

“The opportunity that we have at this moment is for this terrible tragic event to show us all how far we’ve gone in just a very few months we’ve allowed ourselves to go,” said Sherrilyn Ifill, president of the NAACP-LDF. “We’re asking that we really confront what the threat is to the integrity of this country. And to confront that requires not just that the president take action, but that we really have a reckoning, and that means Congress also must recognize ways that they have been complicit in allowing this environment to proliferate that resulted in [Charlottesville]. They have to be prepared to use their platform to stand against this and stand against this unequivocally. They have to show the nation that being against white supremacy and being against white nationalism, and being against racism and homophobia, should not be the province of a political party. It is supposed to be part of what it means to be an American and what it means to believe in democracy.”

Yes, this was not the way things were. But funny how things change when the style and decorum are set by the current occupant of the White House.

Keep in mind, Trump waited days before commenting on the hate crime shooting death of Indian American Srinivas Kuchibhotla in Kansas City. More recently, we still await a comment from Trump on the act of terrorism against Muslims at a mosque in Minnesota. A more specific and direct comment from Trump on the white supremacists in Charlottesville? Don’t hold your breath.

Imagine his narcissistic agony. How do you criticize those who are responsible for keeping you from sinking below 30 percent approval in the polls? They act in your name and are so inspired by your tell-it-like-it-is attitude that they are moved toward violent bigotry and racism.

Such is life in the era of American Trumpulence.

The likes of which we’ve never seen before? No, we have.

From the Chinese exclusion to the Filipinos in California in te 1930s, Asian Americans have faced the ire of white nationalists. When the first big wave of Filipinos arrived in the U.S., they were hounded by angry whites, who claimed Filipinos stole their jobs and their women. It often led to violence by whites against Filipinos that included lynchings in the Central Valley. It was fanned by a hateful political rhetoric that resulted in significant anti-Filipino legislation in Congress.

Trumpulence is just a revival of all that.

We must stand together, not merely to resist, but to reject it.

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