Ju Wang came to the U.S. in the 1990s from China hoping to continue his education in computer science. While residing in Chicago, Wang took a job as a software engineer for Motorola and a few years after, he started his own business.
Wang had never owned a firearm but after a rash of burglaries in the Chicago area that singled out Asians, Wang went against his wife’s wishes and bought a gun. Wang told his wife, Zhiling Lan, “It [a gun] is a tool and weapon to protect yourself with.”
“In China, nobody has guns, and we [were] used to the environment [in which] nobody has a gun, everyone will be safe,” Zhiling Lan said. “But once you come to this country, you realize that this is not China.”
Wang still resides in Chicago and has become an advocate for Second Amendment rights. Wang’s efforts include teaching students how to properly handle a firearms and the basics of gun safety, free safety lectures and workshops for Chinese Americans in the Chicago metropolitan area.