Term: January 2021 to January 2025
Chang Wang is a practicing attorney, professor of law, author, news commentator, and bibliophile.
Born in Beijing, Mr. Wang holds a B.F.A in filmmaking from Beijing Film Academy, an M.A. in comparative literature and cultural studies from Peking University, an M.A. in art history from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a J.D. from the University of Minnesota law school. He has taught American law and comparative law courses in law schools around the world, and currently practices at Kingsfield Law Office where he specializes in immigration law, art law and foreign direct investment.
Mr. Wang has published six books on comparative law in both English and in Chinese, as well as the first book written in Chinese about Minnesota. In 2018, Chief Justice Lorie Gildea of the Minnesota Supreme Court appointed him as a member of the Minnesota State Board of Continuing Legal Education. He is also an advisory board member of the University of Minnesota China Center, and is frequently an invited analyst and commentator on US-China relations, Asian and Chinese American culture, and current affairs, having contributed to BBC Chinese, Caijing, China Insight, Minnesota Times, and the Chinese language online platform Chinese Minnesotans.
Mr. Wang is an avid book lover, with a library of more than 10,000 volumes at his home. He has acted in a legal thriller movie, and has three dogs: Bill Sr., Bill Jr., and Bill the Regular.
Mr. Wang has been with the Council’s Board of Directors since 2020.
About the Chinese Minnesotan community:
The Chinese Minnesotan community is estimated at 38,238 strong, and represents the 3rd largest Asian Pacific community in Minnesota. The first Chinese immigrants arrived in Minnesota in the 1870s, but remained small in size until after World War II when more and more Chinese heritage individuals chose to make Minnesota their home. Today, new Chinese immigrants continue to arrive in Minnesota to pursue employment and educational opportunities. Of those who speak a native language other than English at home, 39% are considered limited English proficient.