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Emil Guillermo: Mourning historian and scholar Dawn Mabalon, Filipino American activist and friend; My Manilatown show on Aug. 17th dedicated to her memory.

I’m crestfallen, recovering from the news that my friend Dawn Mabalon, a tenured professor and scholar in U.S. History at San Francisco State University, specializing in Filipinos in the American Labor movement, has died.

Dawn was a bright, energetic ball of fire who took American Filipinos and U.S. history and fused it with an activist’s passion that empowered the ignored and enlightened the ignorant.

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If you didn’t know the story, you finally got it.
If you were heretofore invisible, you were finally seen.

She didn’t bother with the veritable first draft of history, a/k/a “the news.” Dawn, who originally set out to be a journalist, looked to make a lasting impact.  She got her Ph.D at Stanford and scaled the high bar of the academy. She produced legit scholarship about us in the United States, as if we really mattered.

Dawn Mabalon’s 2013 book, “Little Manila is in the Heart: The Making of the Filipino/a American Community in Stockton, California,” presented the forgotten Filipinos of America in an historical context that could not be shoved under any old rock.

It was there for all to see: A brilliant, personal, yet accessible scholarly work.

As I pondered what Dawn meant to Filipino Americans and the telling of the broader Asian American story, someone found a Facebook post of me and Dawn from her 2013 book launch. It was ten years after I first met her when I worked the diversity beat in Stockton. Along with Dillon Delvo, her Little Manila Foundation co-founder, Dawn was a key source as I wrote stories about their successful effort to preserve the blighted blocks of Stockton’s “Little Manila” into an historical district.

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Reading it now five years later just made me cry.

If all the dogeared pages of my copy are any proof, I’ve used that book she handed me like a bible. I compared my father’s story of coming to the U.S.  as a colonized American Filipino with the facts from Dawn’s scholarly work. While writing my one man show, “The Amok Monologues,” I often consulted Dawn’s book to make sure I wasn’t just true to heart, but true to history as well.

It’s the reason my Friday performance at San Francisco’s Manilatown  on Aug. 17th at 7:30 pm will be dedicated to her memory.
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Don’t Miss Emil… “Amok Monologues: All Pucked Up” 3.0 coming to the Orlando Fringe Festival, May 16-25. 2018– Get your tickets now! And if you can’t make it to Florida, bring the show to your town! SEE A CLIP HERE!

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A new version of the full hour show! Coming to  Orlando May 16-25!

See a clip of the Orlando show here!

It’s an Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Treat.

This is the 90th year of my father’s arrival to America!

And they said:

“The Filipinos are coming! The Filipinos are coming!”

And they were.  And they did.  Now you come.

And if not, bring me to your town, school, barrio, point-point joint!

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The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund website   Emil’s news and comments on the issues of the day from an Asian American perspective. He goes “Amok”!

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Emil Guillermo: See me perform my “Amok Monologues.” Coming to Baltimore, MD, Nov. 4,5,11,12. Read what a critic (white, unrelated, awake for the whole thing) wrote.

Here’s where you can see me go amok .

 

For East Coast folks, I’m bringing “Amok” to Baltimore’s Charm City Fringe Festival, Nov. 4, 5, 11, 12.

Lots to do in Baltimore. Go to Little Italy.  Then head to the Bromo Arts district and see a Little Filipino show.

Get your Charm City Fringe tickets here.

The Amok Monologues are my stories told live taken from the columns I’ve written and my experiences as a an American Filipino growing up in the U.S., and working in the media.

It’s funny, tragic, provocative personal history.

An American Filipino story.

But here’s what critic Bill Eadie of San Diego Story, the area’s premiere arts journal, had to say:

Come and by and go “Amok.” And if you can’t make it, contact me and I’ll bring it to your city!

 

Emil Guillermo: Giving a workshop and performance at the Filipino American National Historical Society Conference in NYC, June 24.

I’m giving a storytelling  workshop and performing an excerpt of my “Amok” monologue, “All Pucked Up: A short history of the American Filipino,” at the Filipino American National Historical Society conference  in New York City on June 24.

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Read about it here, on my blog post on the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund site.

 

Also, I reflect on  Vincent Chin, 34  years later.

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 Read the column on Remembering Vincent Chin.