In Person

Film Screening and Conversation with Dr. Ming Wang: Sight

April 20, 2024
5:30 - 8:30 PM EDT

The film Sight, starring Greg Kinnear, is based on Dr. Ming Wang’s autobiography, From Darkness to Sight, chronicling his journey from childhood in Hangzhou, China, where the dream of becoming a physician was delayed by the challenges of the Cultural Revolution.

The movie vividly portrays Dr. Wang’s unwavering determination and diligence, leading to his acceptance at both Harvard and MIT. This journey culminates in the invention of the amniotic membrane contact lens. This groundbreaking lens, now employed by thousands of eye doctors in nearly every nation, has played a pivotal role in the restoration of eyesight for millions of patients.

“Faith and science do have common ground,” states Wang. He believes in the importance of seeking common ground among all of us as human beings, an idea that was planted in him when he met the former U.S. president Ronald Reagan in 1985.

The film screening will be succeeded by a discussion between Dr. Ming Wang and Susan Yuqing Feng, Director of Programs at the China Institute, followed by a book signing event of Dr. Wang’s book From Darkness to Sight: A Journey from Hardship to Healing.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase on site and can be signed by the author.

Schedule

5:30 – 6:00 PM Registration
6:00 – 7:40 PM Movie Screening
7:40 – 8:00 PM Conversation and Q&A with Dr. Ming Wang moderated by Susan Yuqing Feng, Director of Programs at the China Institute in America
8:00 – 8:30 PM Book Signing by Dr. Ming Wang

This program is made possible through the support of the Chinese International Education Foundation, and generous supporters of China Institute.
This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.


China Institute’s cultural programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

Speaker

Dr. Ming Wang photographed at his office Friday January 20, 2017.
Dr. Ming Wang

Dr. Ming Wang is a Harvard & MIT graduate (MD, magna cum laude) and is one of the few laser eye surgeons in the world today who holds a doctorate degree in laser physics. The film “Sight” is based on Dr. Wang’s autobiography “From Darkness to Sight”, co-starring Greg Kinnear.

As a teenager, Ming fought poverty and hardship in China and came to America with only $50 and earned two doctorate degrees, one in laser physics and one in medicine, and graduated with the highest honors from Harvard Medical School and MIT.

Amniotic membrane contact lens, which Dr. Wang invented and for which he holds two U.S. patents, has been used by tens of thousands of eye doctors in nearly every nation throughout the world, and millions of patients have had their eyesight restored.

Wang Foundation for Sight Restoration has helped patients from over 40 states in the U.S. and 55 countries, with all sight restoration surgeries performed free-of-charge. Dr. Wang was named the Kiwanis Nashvillian of the Year for his lifelong dedication to help blind orphaned children from around the world.

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