This event was held on February 18, 2005. Please visit the AUDIO ARCHIVE.
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Patrick Clarkin is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He received his Ph.D. in Anthropology from the State University of New York at Binghamton in 2004 and conducted his doctoral research on the long-term effects of war-related stress on the physical growth, body composition, and blood pressure of Laotian Hmong refugee adults living in the United States and French Guiana.

Mee Moua, is the nation's first Hmong American elected to a state legislature. Elected to the Minnesota Senate in January 2002, her legislative accomplishments include making it easier to build affordable housing and improving tax policies for low income residents. She also fought to protect civil rights and to secure funding for crime victims. Senator Moua is a Majority Whip, Vice-chair of the Transportation Policy and Budget Division, and serves on the Tax Committee and the Crime Prevention and Public Safety Committee. Senator Moua is also an attorney with Leonard, Street and Deinard, representing small businesses and a founder of the Hmong Bar Association.

Ka Vang is an award-winning Twin Cities writer and community activist. A former reporter for the St. Paul Pioneer Press and Chicago Tribune, she is also a columnist for the Minnesota Women's Press. Her writings have been included in the anthologies Charlie Chan is Dead 2: At Home in the World and Bamboo Among the Oaks. She is currently the Assistant Director for Multicultural and International Student Affairs at Hamline University in Minnesota.

Frank H. Wu is the Dean of Wayne State University Law School in his hometown of Detroit. From 1995 to 2004, he served on the law faculty of Howard University, including two years as Clinic Director. He has been an adjunct professor at Columbia University, a visiting professor at University of Michigan, and a teaching fellow at Stanford University. Dean Wu is the author of Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black and White and co-author of Race, Rights and Reparation: Law and the Japanese American Internment. His writing has appeared on a professional basis in such periodicals as the Washington Post, Detroit Free Press, Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun, Chronicle of Higher Education, Legal Times, and Asian Week.