Category Archives: Asian Americans

Emil Guillermo: New Amok podcast, “Emil Amok’s Takeout,” on the kidnapping claims of the forgotten people of the Japanese Internment during WWII, Japanese from Latin America

You can call it “The Other Roundup.”
Art Shibayama will tell you exactly what it meant to him and why all Americans need to be ashamed.

Shibayama was just a 12-year-old boy in Lima,Peru. A Peruvian citizen.
His whole family was taken by the U.S. government and incarcerated in America.

If you don’t know about the Japanese Latin American part of the World War II internment story, you’re not alone.

When Executive Order 9066 cleared the way for the round-up of Japanese and Japanese Americans in the U.S. at the start of World War II, a different kind  of roundup was taking place in Latin America, especially Peru.

The U.S. government was taking Latin American citizens of Japanese descent, what the victims call kidnappings. Those taken were of all ages, and often, whole families were rounded-up. They were placed on U.S. ships and took a long boat ride to America.  They lived in camps like one set up in Crystal City, Texas.

Art Shibayama says they were kidnapped to provide the U.S. a supply of pawns to trade for U.S. GIs held by the Japanese.

His story on my podcast, “Emil Amok’s Takeout.”

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Emil Guillermo: Trump Failure on Obamacare a Victory for the People

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Repeal and Replace?

Not the Donald, though maybe that will come in time, sooner than we think.

But today’s failure is epic.

Turns out you can say no to the Donald.

The president who was seeking to take away health care from 24 million people just couldn’t get the deal done.

The man who prides himself in being the master negotiator couldn’t  get the majority of Congress to commit what I call “medically-assisted political suicide.”

And in the end, even the president had to realize it was better to cut his losses and pull the bill before a vote.

Immediately, he started to blame the Democrats. But for what?

For making sure that millions stay insured with essential health care they need?

“Let Obamacare explode,” Trump said from the White House after the aborted vote.

Fact is, Obamacare is not exploding. No doubt there  are problems with ACA, but mostly it’s due to the insurance and drug companies that want to assure profitability rather than people’s health. That’s one area that needs fixing. Under a more universal broad pool, with the largest possible number of insureds who can spread the risks of health care, Obamacare would work better.  That would be an emulation of Medicare, a single-payer plan. That’s the answer to many of the problems with ACA.

Republicans don’t like to admit that Obamacare was a compromise to begin with. And now it’s working like a compromise, with some people upset, and many happy they finally have some coverage.

But how do you control costs? Or streamline it?

The replacement, Trumpcare, wouldn’t have done any of that.

It would have cut off care and insureds and  decimated everything, It would have left the country in a bigger health care mess than you can imagine.

It’s a costly lesson for Trump who is learning that you can’t run the country like a business.

Profit and dollars aren’t  everything.

You have to care about the people.

In the end, it was their voices as happy Obamacare consumers that mattered the most.

 

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As Donald Trump likes to point out, Emil Amok’s Takeout is up to Episode 5!

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Emil Guillermo: See Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) opening statement at the first day of the Gorsuch hearings.

 

If you missed it, Asian Americans have Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) to stand up to Judge Neil Gorsuch.

Gorsuch seemed to dwell on a metaphor that Sen. Ben Sasse   first alluded to in his own opening remarks, quoting Gorsuch talking about the importance of a judge’s robe that cloaks a sense of the real person under the robe, supposedly to assure independence and allegiance only to the facts.

But the robe analogy is limited. And the hearings are to make sure we know the man hiding in the robe. We know that Scalia didn’t hide much. Gorsuch deserves no pass because he says he’d be independent.

Gorsuch  sure tried to make it sound like he was some man of the people when he referred to his robe as “honest, black, and polyester.”

Well, polyester is unnatural, non-breathable,and totally fabricated.

In other words, fake.  Intractable.  Polyester is what it is. A chemical truth.

All things, we don’t want in a judge.

And judging from the news about  his decisions past, we’ve seen that Gorsuch has used the robe to turn a blind eye to compassionate, human and caring decisions.

Asian Americans will have Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) holding Gorsuch’s polyester robe to the fire.

If she does, note that polyester is flammable.

Let’s hope we see some flames.

If not, well, the Dems don’t seem to have a lot of fight in them to contest Gorsuch.

There was a real mix group of moderates and conservatives sitting  behind him including including Asians and African Americans.

But is the 49-year-old  Gorsuch the best guy to break the  4-4 deadlock weighing down SCOTUS?

Is he  the guy who we want dictating laws the next 30-40 years?

Here’s Hirono opening statement: