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Model Minority Myth and API Achievement Gap

Friday, August 13, 2021

3:15 PM – 4:00 PM EDT

Emil Guillermo


Veteran award-winning journalist, radio-TV talk host/commentator, and humorist

Emil, a native San Franciscan, went to Lowell High School and graduated from Harvard College, where he was an Ivy Orator and class humorist, a distinction shared by fellow Lampoon members like James Downey and Conan O’Brien, and others. For almost 15 years, Emil Guillermo wrote his “Amok” column for AsianWeek, the largest English language Asian American newsweekly in the nation. “Amok” was considered the most widely-read column on general Asian American issues in the country.

His thoughtful and provocative social commentaries have appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, SFGate.com, San Francisco Examiner, USA Today, Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Honolulu Advertiser, Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, and in syndication throughout the country.

As a veteran award-winning journalist, radio-TV talk host/commentator, and humorist, Emil Guillermo does it all with a mixture of wit, style, and substance.  He’s hosted his own talk show in San Francisco, Sacramento, and Washington, D.C.

Christine So 

Associate Professor of English at Georgetown University, author of Economic Citizens: A Narrative of Asian American Visibility

Christine So is an Associate Professor of English at Georgetown University. She is the author of Economic Citizens: A Narrative of Asian American Visibility and a number of essays on Asian American literature and culture. She teaches classes in Asian American Studies as well as in Ethnic and Race Studies.

Christian Oh


President and Executive Director of the DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival

Christian is a professional moderator, emcee, as well as an academic, social media guru, event producer, filmmaker & talent manager who has been active in the Asian American community across the U.S. for 17 years. He currently chairs the board of the DC Shorts International Film Festival and is President/ Executive Director of the DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival, He has produced and directed many award-winning shorts, music videos, commercials, and public service announcements. Christian also loves producing events and helped numerous organizations with a variety of events, including Viet-Fest since its inception, Fiesta Asia celebration from the start, as well as the Korean Festival of Maryland from 2016-2019, NC Korean Festival from 2019-2020, KORUS Festival of VA from 2006-2015 and Korean Center, Inc. of San Francisco with their successful 1st Annual Bay Area Chuseok Festival in 2019 and their 2nd Annual Virtual Festival back in 2021. Most recently, Christian helped with the pre-show of the Stop AAPI Hate Rally/Protest event in DC on the National Mall back on Memorial Day.  Christian also is a founding member of NAAAP-DC, Sejong Society, Kollaboration DC, and KATCH.

Christian was an adjunct faculty for the Asian American Studies program at Univ. of Maryland where he taught ethnic studies in film, video, and social media. He has been to every school named George, George Mason for his undergrad in International Studies, graduate certificates at Georgetown and a Masters in Information Systems and a film degree at George Washington University. He has also interned at film festivals including Cannes and Sundance. Born in Seoul, South Korea and raised in Iowa, Ohio & Virginia, Christian lives in the DC Metro area and works as a Principal Technical Trainer for a cloud company called ServiceNow, but that’s just for a steady income, his passion is music, film and entertainment and the Asian American movement.

Tiffany Nguyen


>>> Aspiring Human Resources & Community Health Manager

Tiffany is currently (still!) pursuing her undergraduate degree at George Mason University for Human Resources & Community Health Management. She is an avid Pokemon Go player and enjoys spending her time hanging out with her cat and taking naps. Her previous experience in the API community includes 8 years of being in the Vietnamese Students Association for GMU, MAUVSA (Mid-Atlantic Union of Vietnamese Student Associations), and UNAVSA (Union of North-American Vietnamese Student Associations). She has also served on the board for the National Organization for Vietnamese-American Leadership as their secretary and vice president of internal affairs, and has helped out with the Vietnamese Heritage Festival as a volunteer coordinator/ director for 3 years. She currently works at KBR, Inc. in Chantilly, Virginia, as a human resources administrator.