Immigrant businesses have had a positive impact on our country and economy. In fact, the United States has always been an immigrant country, and has been a society known to the rest of the world for its openness, fairness, freedom and choice.

When I arrived in this country in 1982 as a student who knew no one, and had only $50 in my pocket but a big American dream in my heart, one of the things that impressed me the most in America was the saying: "I may not agree with what you say, but I will defend to my death your right to say it.'' America is a magnet for immigrants from all over the world because it gives everyone an opportunity.

Nashville Business Journal, April Wortham, Reporter,Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

China's recent leapfrogging of Japan to become the world’s second-largest economy should come as a surprise to no one. The Chinese have been going gangbusters for years, even through the worldwide economic recession.

Ming Wang, M.D., Ph.D.

Founding president, Tennessee Chinese Chamber of Commerce (

International president, Shanghai Aier Eye Hospital (

Director, Wang Vision Cataract and LASIK Center

Clinical associate professor of ophthalmology, University of Tennessee

Immigration has continuously had a positive impact on our country, and has been vital to our economic growth. In fact, the United States of America has always been an immigrant country, from our founding fathers that came to this country on the Mayflower to European immigrants who came through Ellis Island to the more recent immigrants from Far East countries, South America and other continents.

By: CINDY SANDERS, Nashville Medical News, Jan 2010

In the fourth quarter of 2009, 30 Tennessee executives traveled to China on a 10-day trade mission to expand cultural and economic ties with the country that boasts the largest population in the world.

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Dr. Ming Wang and Governor Phil Bredesen of Tennessee, at Beijing, on Tennessee China Mission 2009

The 2009 trip allowed state executives to visit healthcare, government and industry leaders in Beijing, Xi’an, Hangzhou and Hong Kong. This trip, which was recapped at a meeting hosted by the Tennessee Chinese Chamber of Commerce (TCCC), focused heavily on building healthcare partnerships and nurturing relationships that have already been formed.