On October 13th, Dr. Ming Wang spoke at Vol State’s International Student Association and discussed his journey to the United States and his success as an immigrant in America. Members of the International Student Association at Vol State gathered in Ramer Great Hall to listen to Dr. Ming Wang’s motivational story of traveling from Communist China to the United States to achieve a successful life and career.
Dr. Ming Wang also spoke to the students in the Clinical Educational Ophthalmic Technician Program during his visit to Vol State to share his insight on his career and research with prospective ophthalmologists.
Dr. Ming Wang recently held a book launch party in Franklin, Tennessee debuting his autobiography titled From Darkness to Sight. In his autobiography, Dr. Wang writes about growing up in Communist China during the Cultural Revolution.
The Cultural Revolution in China was a time of great suffering. Over 10 years of violence and horror, the Cultural Revolution destroyed the lives of 20 million young people (Source). Schools were shut down and more than 16 million young people were deported to the countryside to endure a lifetime of hard labor and poverty. At 14-years-old, Dr. Wang received his deportation letter.
To avoid deportation and poverty, many children learned to dance, play music and other forms of cultural entertainment. Dr. Wang learned to play musical instruments and the art of ballroom dance, talents he still uses to this day.
Although enduring the hardships of the Cultural Revolution was difficult, Dr. Wang believes that his suffering allows him to empathize with those who are suffering now. Because of his experiences, he devotes as much time as possible to charitable causes and when people ask him why he does it, he says “I want to help these people who are suffering because I once suffered myself.”