Location: Virtual via Zoom
Admission: Free | Open to General Public
In partnership with the Princeton Active Circle (PAC), the Museum of Chinese in America(MOCA) is thrilled to present a live oral history session with Dr. Ming Wang, one of the world’s leading cataract and LASIK eye surgeons. A Harvard and MIT alumnus with a PhD in laser physics, Dr. Wang achieved a groundbreaking milestone by performing the world’s first laser-assisted artificial cornea implantation. The interview, which celebrates the Museum’s acquisition of Dr. Wang’s personal photographs into its collection, will showcase these images to delve into the broader immigration journey of this distinguished Chinese American doctor. The conversation will touch upon on his childhood in China during the 1960s and 1970s, his immigration experience, academic and professional life, challenges with discrimination, the invention of the amniotic membrane contact lens that revitalized the vision of millions, and his philanthropic initiatives in eye care through the Wang Foundation for Sight Restoration. In addition to learning about Dr. Wang’s fascinating personal story, attendees will gain insights into the Museum’s approach to conducting oral histories, particularly when collaborating with collection donors to enrich the contextual depth of its collections. The program will conclude with a Q&A session, allowing participants to engage directly with the panelists.
Yue Ma, Director of Collections and Research at MOCA, and Wei Wu, Director of the Princeton Active Circle, will co-host and lead this oral history session. The interview will be primarily conducted in Chinese, supplemented by real-time English captions through Zoom.
Both English and Chinese speakers are cordially invited to this free virtual event. Advance registration is required. Upon successful registration, participants will receive a confirmation email with the necessary details to join the webinar. Please note that the session will be recorded.
The Universal Studios film Sight, based on Dr. Wang’s autobiography From Darkness to Sight and co-starring Greg Kinnear, is set to debut in theaters across the U.S. on October 27, 2023. MOCA will add both the film and the autobiography to its Reference Library.
Since its founding in 1980, the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) has celebrated the living history of the Chinese experience in America by preserving and presenting the 200-year history, heritage, culture, and diverse experiences of American communities of Chinese descent. Founded as a community-based organization, MOCA has over a period of four decades maintained our community centrality while gaining a national following of visitors and members. Our museum strives to be responsive to the moment; tell nuanced and unexpected stories; spotlight politically conscious issues; and provide a platform for open dialogue and dynamic programs. MOCA contributes to a fuller and more nuanced and layered American narrative in highlighting the stories of this immigrant community.
Princeton Active Circle, or PAC, is a 501(3)(C) non-profit organization located in Princeton, NJ. Formerly known as Princeton Running Team, it was officially registered in 2022 to provide better service to an expanded audience. The mission of PAC is to enrich and improve the quality of life of all members of the community through organizing, motivating, and engaging them in fitness & wellness activities and social events. Since its inception, PAC had organized many outdoor activities such as weekly running, annual AAPI 5K Run and Walk, Summer picnic, as well as enrichment programs such as educational presentations on various topics, historical tour, and collaboration with youth and other non-profit organizations.