Michelle YL Wong Profile
Born in 1971, Michelle Wong is the daughter of Wai Tat Wong, who won the World Outstanding Chinese Award in 2007, and also founded Greenery Arts. Coming from a well-known music and arts family, Michelle received extensive training in music, dance, painting, and drama since her earliest childhood.
From Yong-Mei Tu, she learned to play the GuZheng beautifully. Shan Shan Chu taught her proficiency in piano. Dance lessons came from Liu Xiao Hong, and she learned drawing and painting from several prestigious instructors. She also attended full time classes, learning design from the Design First Institute at the age of 18.
Michelle’s love for acting grew significantly under the tutelage of the famous actress Yong Fang Luo, through the Guangzhou Drama Theater. She then used her finely honed craft well, winning best actress awards in several dramas. Her talent, beauty, and light also shined as the lead actress in the film “Innocent Heart,” produced by the Hong Kong radio station, and which received the 1997 Chicago International Film & Television Festival’s Certificate of Merit award.
In the year 2000, Michelle directed a musical drama, “Love Around Our Heart,” and was responsible for many important aspects of the production, including: director, playwright, music composition, dance choreography, art director, and skill/performance coach, etc.
In addition to her Arts education, Ms. Wong also participated in amateur IQ potential courses: psychology, successful learning skills, memory enhancement, and Dermatoglyphics. Ms. Wong's father truly exhibited genius through his high intellectual learning, possessing skills and understanding of mental processes, which he then shared with his daughter. Her quick mastery of these instructions, called the “genius approach,” now enables her to help other eager minds, especially children, learn the same skills.
As an adult, Michelle joined the faculty of Greenery Arts, founded by her father, and originally called Greenery Music. She taught piano, guzheng, recorder, melodica, vocal, choir, dance, and painting; strongly convinced that the Arts enhanced children’s intelligence, and more importantly, feeling that they cultivate good character traits in young minds. Consequent to her dedication and love of the Arts, in 2000, she received advancement to the school’s administration, with the goal of making a Liberal Arts education more extensively available. Through her promotion, the children received high-quality training in a wide number of artistic disciplines, which she also feels promotes a more harmonious society through the cultivation of the artists’ skills and character, and then touching countless lives for good with the beauty of their art and the impact of their influence.
In her teen years, Michelle, toured mainland China with her father, meeting a number of prominent musicians and frequenting famous cultural centers, including the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Central Conservatory of Music, Fujian Academy of Music, Young State Academy of Music, China Conservatory of Music, and was invited to Beijing by the Secretary of the Ministry of Culture.
With participants from mainland China, Taiwan, Japan, and Korea, Michelle held a number of cultural exchanges and performances, where she performed numerous stage and behind the scenes work, including event planning, staff liaison, publicity, stage manager, accompaniment, performances, master of ceremonies, back office processing, etc.
In 1996 she founded Pok Wan Music Publishing, inviting many outstanding Chinese musicians to an exclusive publishing, with the purpose of editing Chinese musical instrument tutorials, making the music more systematic in its instruction.
Of recent note, Michelle became involved in a charity, the Mothers' University, which serves women and children, through promoting the healthy development of body and soul, with sight also on encouraging world peace. Originally founded by Toby Kheung, the current US version is founded and promoted by Toby and Marie Osmond, highly acclaimed for her professional and charitable contributions, particularly with the Children’s Miracle Network. Michelle currently serves as the charity’s director, hoping to create extensive contacts around the world, and offering help to mothers needing help, thus, promoting family harmony and the happiness of children, with the intent to strengthen this crucial core of the world community.
Literally: Things of today, accomplished today.
Meaning: Don't put off until tomorrow what can be finished today.
Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.
Meaning: Act and think positively, not wallow in self-pity.
One cannot refuse to eat just because there is a chance of being choked.
Meaning: Don't let fear of failure keep you from success.