The chinese character Ming – 明  – which also happens to be Ms. Ming’s family name – is made up of the ancient symbols for “sun” (日) on the left and “moon” (月) on the right.  The word can mean bright, clear or a state of clarity.  It is used together with additional characters to form the words for tomorrow” 明天 (ming tian) and “Next Year” 明年 (ming nian).