Teresa Teng was the Queen of Asian pop. She has one of the most recognizable voices in Asian music. Her music recordings throughout the 70s and 80s had a lasting effect on the Asian diaspora. Listen to one of her most well-known hits, “The Moon Represents My Heart,” in the video above.
Teresa Teng was born in Taiwan to parents who came over from Mainland China. She sang mainly in her native Mandarin, but sang in Japanese for many albums. She also has songs and concerts in Cantonese, Indonesian, Taiwanese Hokkien, and even English.
One of her greatest achievements is breaking into Mainland China, despite official censorship. After the communist takeover in Mainland China, music and art were restricted unless used as propaganda for the Chinese Communist Party. But her ballads of love softened the hearts of the Chinese public. Large quantities of her music were smuggled and spread throughout China. Her music was very refreshing in the midst of the government-imposed creative drought.
Though Teng died in 1995 at the age of 42, in 2013 she was digitally resurrected for a weekend of concerts with modern-day entertainer Jay Chou. Through holographic technology, the digital Teresa Teng sang both classic and new songs. The audience was shocked to see a life-size Teng rise from below the stage. Along with Teng, that weekend many fond and sentimental memories were also resurrected.