I Am An American – Panel Discussion

Oregon Historical Society
1200 SW Park Ave. Portland, OR 97205
Wednesday, November 16, 2022
12:00 noon – 1:30 pm PT.

The Oregon Historical Society (OHS) in collaboration with The Immigrant Story and the Oregon Rises Above Hate will host a panel discussion on Wednesday, November 16, 2022, from 12:00 noon – 1:30 pm PT.

Panelists will explore their experiences as Asian American women, offering personal reflections  as well as highlighting current xenophobia and intolerance against Asian Americans in Oregon and across the United States. Each of the speakers is leading community efforts to empower diverse Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities statewide. This programming is in conjunction with the exhibition, I Am An American, currently on view at the community gallery at OHS. 

Esteemed panelists include:

Dr. Jane Vogel Mantiri is a retired psychologist who specialized in trauma, actor, and activist. She is the founder of Advance Gender Equity in the Arts (AGE), a Portland-based nonprofit that empowers marginalized genders in the arts leading with race.

Attorney Liani Reeves is President at Bullard Law. She is a former General Counsel for the Governor of Oregon and the former president of the Oregon State Bar, the first Asian American and first woman of color to hold that position. She is a Korean adoptee.

Dr. Jennifer Fang is a historian, researcher, Director of Interpretation & Community Engagement at Pittock Mansion, and an adjunct professor at the University of Portland, where she teaches Modern U.S. History and Asian American History. 

Moderator: Dr. Patti Duncan is an associate professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Oregon State University, specializing in women of color feminisms and transnational feminisms. She is the editor of the scholarly journal, Feminist Formations, and the author of Tell This Silence: Asian American Women Writers and the Politics of Speech.