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Panel Discussion: The Asian American Experience: Discrimination, Identity, and Civil Rights Perspectives, The Fortunes by Peter Ho Davies
Roland Hwang, Manon Desai, Dan Moen, and Mai Xiong
The Asian American Experience: Discrimination, Identity, and Civil Rights Perspectives panel will explore issues that are raised by and related to Peter Ho Davies’ book The Fortunes. What experiences do Asian Americans have navigating in the U.S. culture, including issues of discrimination and anti-Asian sentiment? What are the complexities related to identity? Our panelists, Roland Hwang, Manon Desai, Dan Moen, and Mai Xiong, representing the Chinese, Hmong, Asian Indian, and Filipino American communities, will address these questions.

Roland Hwang, born in Detroit, is an attorney and a lecturer in the Department of American Culture, Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies at the University of Michigan.
He was one of the co-founders of American Citizens for Justice, an Asian American civil rights advocacy organization, and is its current president.  He has served as president of the Asian American Bar of Michigan, the Association of Chinese Americans, and International Institute of Metro Detroit.
He graduated from the University of Michigan with a bachelor degree in engineering and an MBA.  He has a Juris Doctor and an LL.M. from Wayne State Law School.
He has written and contributed to articles for the Amerasia Journal, Asia Society, and Michigan Bar Journal. He represents the Chinese American community.

Professor Manan Desai: Manan Desai is Associate Professor in the Department of American Culture and Director of Asian/Pacific Islander American Studies at the University of Michigan.  He is the author of The United States of India: Anticolonial Literature & Transnational Refraction (2020), published by Temple University Press as part of the Asian American History and Culture Series.  His essays have been published in Comparative Literature, the Journal of Popular Culture, and Asian American Literature in Transition.  He has also served on the Board of Directors for the South Asian American Digital Archive. He represents the South Asian American perspective.

Mai Xiong: Mai Xiong (pronounced My Song) was elected in 2020 as Macomb County Commissioner in District 2 (Warren and Center Line).
Xiong is of Hmong descent and was born in a refugee camp in Thailand in 1984. Xiong and her family moved to Ohio in 1987.
She was accepted to the College for Creative Studies and moved to Warren in 2003. Xiong graduated with her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2007. She has worked in the advertising, marketing and web development industries for over 15 years.
In 2018, Xiong built an e-commerce website and founded the modern Hmong American clothing brand Mai&Co. The company quickly grew out of her home and in 2019, Mai&Co opened its first storefront at East Twelve Mile Road in Warren.
Xiong is married to her best friend Adam Kue and together they have four children.

Daniel Moen: Dan is involved with multiple communities such as the Council of Asian Pacific Americans, APIA VOTE - MI, the Filipino National Historical Society (FANHS) and the Pilipino American Community Center in Southfield. He is also pioneering a grassroots funded fictional tv show based in Michigan amidst the 2020 pandemic. For more info visit; although the campaign on there is over, the team is redirecting the campaign to a different site.  Dan believes everyone has a story to tell and he loves to meet and network. Dan is also a self taught musician and plays piano and various musical instruments from around the world and composes his own music. Dan also runs two podcasts: "3rd Paradigm" as well as "Unfiltered Identi-Tea". He arrives to uplift communities through his work.” He represents the Filipino American community.