Teresa Teng, The Iconic Asian Singer

My favorite photo of Teresa Teng

Teresa Teng

Teresa Teng, the iconic singer from Taiwan

Teresa Teng (鄧麗君)(phonetic pronunciation : Terng Lee Chin) is so famous that every Chinese knows who she is (or was). Teresa Teng would be just like Michael Jackson to the Westerners. Every Chinese will have heard of her songs; and every Chinese adores her. In fact anyone who heard of Teresa Teng's voice will be captivated by her. Teresa Teng was simply adorable! She would melt every heart that her sweet voice touched. Teresa Teng was so popular that she was regarded as little Deng in China. The big Deng being Deng Xiaoping the man who opened China to the free world. Teresa Teng was from Taiwan. She lived a fascinating life traversing the East Asian countries from Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, The Philippines, to as far east as Korea and Japan. During her relatively short singing career she conquered all the hearts that had been captivated by her uniquely sweet melancholic voice. It is a true fact that wherever there are Chinese people, the songs of Teresa Teng can be heard.

This famous quotation sums it all:

"Teresa Teng's voice was also described as being like weeping and pleading, but with strength, capable of drawing in and hypnotizing listeners. Songwriter Tsuo Hung-yun said Teresa Teng's voice was "seven parts sweetness, three parts tears."

With her terrific voice, it was ironic that she was suffering from asthma throughout her adult life. Tragically she succumbed to a severe asthma attack while holidaying in Chiangmai, Thailand on 8 May 1995 at a young age of 42. It was a devastating blow to all her millions of fans throughout Asia. It was so sudden. I too was very saddened by the event.

Teresa Teng

Teresa Teng : The Greatest vocal icon of Asia

I regard Teresa Teng as the greatest vocal icon of Asia with a sweet, untarnished natural beauty. Teresa Teng's uniquely hypnotic voice and her natural girlish beauty that everyone who listened and watched her sang would have that "love at first sight" experience, or would it be "love at first sound"? Such was her magnetic personality that she was able to attract all by the millions to be her ardent fans.

Teresa Teng was born on 29 January 1953. When she was just 15 years old, in 1968, she had her first recording contract and released several albums subsequently. Not satisfied with her early successes, she went to Japan in 1973 with her mind set to conquer the lucrative Japanese music scene, singing in Japanese. At the end of a very competitive year-long singing competition amongst the local Japanese singers, Teresa Teng emerged as the "Best New Singing Star". Following this, Teresa Teng took the Japan music world by storm with a wave of Japanese songs labels.

From then on Teresa Teng performed in numerous stage shows all across Asia. She subsequently proved her versatility in languages by singing in other languages including Indonesian, Korean and not surpsingly, English, apart from the three main Chinese dialects of Mandarin, Hokkien (for her Taiwanese fans), and Cantonese (for her Hongkong fans).

Despite her appearances around the world, Teresa Teng did not have the opportunity to perform in Mainland China. During the peak of her fame, Mainland China was still closed to outsiders, especially Taiwanese. However, Teresa Teng's voice was so captivating that she had millions of secret followers in China. That was when the "secret" code name "Little Deng" was coined. However, in the 1990s the Chinese Government eventually invited Teresa Teng to perform in Mainland China, but alas, as fate would have it, she passed away before this gigantic and historic event could materialize.

By the way, in 1983,Teresa Teng became the first Chinese ever to perform at Ceaser's Palace in Las Vegas.

The wax figure of Teresa Teng

The Real Teresa Teng In This Gorgeous Chengsam

Teresa Teng honored by the Taiwanese Government

Teresa Teng was no ordinary pop singer. She was the Asian singing icon and the undisputed Asian pop diva of all times. The Taiwanese Government gave Teresa Teng a state honor with the flag of Taiwan draped over her casket, with President Lee Teng-hui in attendance.

Teresa Teng was buried in the high ground of Chin Pao San cemetery in Taipei, Taiwan. Befitting a great diva, Teresa Teng's sprawling grave features a statue of herself and a large electronic piano keyboard embedded on the ground where her millions of fans can play her unforgetable melodies by stepping on the keys.

Teresa Teng is so popular and loved by her millions of fans across China and East and South-east Asia, that Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in Hong Kong has a full-sized wax figure of her. Her wax figure was unveiled in May 2002, as a fitting tribute to the greatest Asian.pop diva and singing icon.

Teresa Teng's Cd and Dvd collection

The box containing the collections.
The box containing the collections. | Source
Inside the box; CDs, Dvds, and the autobiography book.
Inside the box; CDs, Dvds, and the autobiography book.

A Christmas present from by daughter

Christmas 2011 would be fondly remembered by me. My daughter presented me with a complete album collection of Teresa Teng, consisting of 12 Cds and 5 Dvds and a pictorial biography write-up of Teresa. That made my day!!

Take a look at my proud display on the right.

Presenting Teresa Teng in Person!

Words cannot even convey an iota of justice to describe Teresa Teng's sweet lovely vocal. The only way is to listen and also to watch her perform. Thanks to Youtube, may I proudly present ....Teresa Teng.

As they say, "the proof in the pudding is in the eating". You can even sing along with her.

The first video is the most famous and most popular song "The moon represents my heart". This classic evergreen is synonymous to mentioning the name, Teresa Teng.

The second and third are "Tian Mi Mi" or "Honey Sweet". A very lively and catchy tune.

The fourth is a Japanese piece, "My Love".

The last two are in English,

"I just called to say I love you"

" You don't have to say you love me."

Climax at the end of this article

I have not finished with this article yet. After viewing the 6 videos, please go for the surprised climax at the end of this write-up and view the next four incredible videos.

The Moon Represents My Heart

The Moon Represents My Heart

English and Hanyu Pinyin Lyrics

English Translation:


You ask me how deep my love for you is,
How much I really love you…
My affection is real.
My love is real.
The moon represents my heart.
You ask me how deep my love for you is,
How much I really love you…
My affection does not waver,
My love will not change.
The moon represents my heart.
* Just one soft kiss
is enough to move my heart.
A period of time when our affection was deep,
Has made me miss you until now.
* You ask me how deep my love for you is,
How much I really love you.
* ** Go think about it.
Go and have a look [at the moon],
The moon represents my heart.
Repeat *
Repeat **


Hanyu Pinyin :


ni wen wo ai ni you duo shen
wo ai ni you ji fen
wo de qing ye zhen
wo de ai ye zhen
yue liang dai biao wo de xin
ni wen wo ai ni you duo shen
wo ai ni you ji fen
wo de qing bu yi
wo de ai bu bian
yue liang dai biao wo de xin
* qing qing de yi ge wen
yi jin da dong wo de xin
shen shen de yi duan qing
jiao wo si nian dao ru jin
* ni wen wo ai ni you duo shen
wo ai ni you ji fen
* ** ni qu xiang yi xiang
ni qu kan yi kan
yue liang dai biao wo de xin
Repeat *
Repeat **

Tian Mi Mi : "Honey Sweet"

Teresa Teng sings in Japanese : "My Love"

Teresa Teng sings in English

Teressa Sings The Three Classic Evergreen Chinese Songs : The Sighs of Grief, The Wandering Songstress, and The Four Seasons

This is my favorite. To me this is the best. Jiāngshuǐ yōuyōu lèi cháng liú 江水悠悠泪长流"Long stream of tears".

Video of Teresa Teng's grave site

Teresa Teng's incarnates?

This is incredible and unbelievable. This 20-year old lady from China has the voice of Teresa Teng, gestures like Teresa Teng, and even looks like Teressa Teng!! Her name is Wang Jing. Is she a clone of Teresa Teng? Or is she a Teresa Teng incarnate?

And here is another one, named Chen Jia.

View the 3 videos below and you will be awed by the twin-like similarities!

The Finale: And what about this to end this article? Watch the last video.

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tobusiness 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

Brilliant tribute to a remarkable lady with a beautiful voice.

I can see why she was so loved. So many talented people die young, I think we should give thanks for the time they spent with us and the gift they left behind.


Jeffrey 4 years ago

She has left some many achievements behind her. So why loved by the Asian communities. I think she or her family would not have expected that she will leave behind such a huge legacy.


duriandave 4 years ago

That last video is really cute! I had to learn that song too for my Mandarin class.


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Good Guy 4 years ago from Malaysia Author

Hi Dave,

Wow you are now learning Mandarin!


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Zenka Ang 3 years ago from Xiamen, Fujian

Hi Justin,

I held my mouth open while watching Wang Jing syncing with Teresa, she even shakes her head like Teresa :)

I've also wrote articles about Teresa, one about a visit to her memorial hall, the other about a haute couture cheongsam for her 60th anniversary.

http://www.elegantstory.com/miss-cheongsam-teresa-...

http://www.elegantstory.com/haute-couture-qipao-te...

And the Pinyin version of The Moon Represents My Heart, it would be helpful for those who like to learn the song :)

Zenka Ang


HKships 3 years ago

HKships4TeresaTeng2 has uploaded videos of Teresa Teng with full pinyin and English translations


John 2 years ago

Nice article, Goodguy. Very nice. Thank you.


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Good Guy 2 years ago from Malaysia Author

Hi John,

Thank you for reading and comment.


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ViktorLassley 2 years ago from Orange County, CA

I love her voice. Teresa Teng simply had one of the most beautiful singing voices in the world.

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