We are a nation of immigrants of the past and present.

Immigrants contribute significantly to the American economy. Based on a report from New American Economy, in 2016, 40.2 percent of Fortune 500 companies have been founded by immigrants or their children. These firms generate $4.8 trillion in revenue.

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Dr. Ming Wang, MD, PhD, a cataract and LASIK surgeon based in Nashville, Tennessee, is a Chinese native and a naturalized U.S. citizen, and is the founding president of the state's first Chinese chamber of commerce (the Tennessee Chinese Chamber of Commerce, www.tccc.us) and co-founder of Tennessee Immigrant and Minority Business Group (www.TIMBG.org).

Ming grew up in China during the tumultuous Cultural Revolution, when millions of youth were deported to remote parts of the country and condemned to a life of poverty and hard labor. He escaped the devastating fate of deportation by playing a Chinese violin, called the “er-hu”. Arriving in the U.S. with $50 in his pocket, Ming worked hard and eventually graduated from Harvard & MIT (MD, magna cum laude), received a doctorate degree in laser physics, and completed his residency at Wills Eye Hospital and corneal fellowship at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. In Dr. Wang’s opinion, business opportunities for U.S. business men and women in China today are tremendous. China has enjoyed an amazing rate of economic growth for the last 30 years, with an average annual GDP growth rate of nearly 10%. China surpassed Japan two years ago as the world's 2nd largest economy (2nd only to the U.S.), and this year China surpassed the U.S. and became the world's largest trader (summation of import and export).