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Disclaimer: Throughout her career life and most of her life, Teresa Teng’s life experience was really demonstrative about the socio-political-economic dynamics in Taiwan at the time as part of Cold War and soon, Asian Tigers aka Rising Asia phenomenon. Now, let’s begin with her early life.
Teresa Teng was born on January 29, 1953, as Deng Liyun/Teng Li-yun (鄧麗筠), at Yunlin County, Taiwan, to a military family. Her father was a colonel at the ROCAF (Republic of China Air Force), who fled to Taiwan alongside with Liyun’s big family following the defeat of Kuomintang forces in Chinese Civil War. She had 4 brothers, 3 elder and 1 younger. Since a young age, young Liyun had displayed a great interest and talent in singing. As early as 3-4 years old, Liyun enjoyed accompanying her father performing Chinese opera, as mainly the troupe’s singer. When she & family moved to Luchou, Taipei County, in 1959, this would just bolstered her singing abilities.
Given more resources in Taipei, Deng Liyun became more active in singing talent shows and competitions. In 1964, at just the age of eleven, Teresa won the China Broadcasting’s (now Chunghwa Broadcasting Ltd.) singing talent show by the song 訪英台 “Fang Yingtai “, a Huangmei Opera-based song that become the soundtrack for the Shaw Scope’s “The Love Eterne” (梁山伯與祝英台 “Liang Shanbo yu Zhu Yingtai “). a hit movie that year played by Li Li-hua. The following year, Deng Liyun also won Golden Horse Recording’s talent competition by the song 採紅菱 “Cai Hongling “. Thus, these became the dawn of Deng Liyun’s career in music industry. During thThis at time, Liyun was coached under Cheng Sheng Ltd. for her singing abilities, while began performing on big restaurants, clubs and such. However, as the singing activities increased, Liyun were no longer able to manage the balance between professional and schooling. In 1967, after serious consideration, with her father’s blessing, Deng Liyun dropped out from Ginling Girls High School to concentrate on her singing career full-time. At the time, the economy of Taiwan was rising as the “Four Asian Tigers” after the USAID aid ceased in 1965 for the United States involvement in the escalation of Indochinese War. During this time, Liyun often performed at 國之賓 “Guo Zhibin “cabaret club, with her signature song of 一見你就笑 “Yijian ni jiu xiao “.
Finally, in 1969, Deng Liyun entered the entertainment aka show business. It was also around this time that Liyun began to choose her stage name as we now known in the Chinese world: Deng Lijun (鄧麗君). At this time also marked the birth of China Television (CTV, famous of its entertainment shows). Thus Lijun began participating in the showbiz by hosting CTV’s prime time evening entertainment/talent show, 每日一星 “Meiri Yixing “. At the same year, Deng Lijun also began to release her first original single, 晶晶 “Jingjing ” and performed in the top television serial at the time, 謝謝總經理 “Xiexie, Zongjingli “. Thus her reputation as a pop star began to boom on this point. Also in 1969, Lijun led the fundraising concerts across Hong Kong and Southeast Asia (Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, and Philippines) for the charity following a severe typhoon that hit Taiwan that summer-fall, thus marking her own outreach and promotion overseas, particularly among overseas Chinese audiences. Amused by Demg Lijun’s abilities, the President and Prime Minister of Singapore awarded her a special award for the charity purposes. By reaching Hong Kong as the hub for global Chinese entertainment, soon Deng Lijun’s popularity soar was imminent. In 1970, Lijun held her fist performance in Hong Kong, also for charity purposes. She was then awarded, “the Queen of Charity” by Overseas Chinese Daily News. Also at 1970, Lijun acted in the musical-movie 歌迷小姐 “Gemi Xiaojie ” which storyline reflected her life experience, thus bolstering her image as the Chinese pop superstar.
By 1973, Deng Lijun has been on the top list of the most popular Chinese singer & popstar. But following a broken romance relationship with the son of the Malaysian gamble king, Deng Lijun then decided to advanced her career into the Mecca of Asian development at the time: Japan. At the time, Japan was also experiencing her golden years of postwar economic boom and becoming the World’s second largest economic power after the United States by 1968. With the aid of Funaki Minoru (舟木稔), a Polydor Records talent-hunter, Deng Lijun was recruited and prepared to penetrate the Japanese market by Polydor Records Japan (now part of Universal Music Japan), especially given to her already popular status at the time. Thus Lijun flocked to Japan in late 1973 for a 6-months coaching in Japanese and Japanese recording preparation. After a gruesome 6 months learning Japanese from zero and adjusting lifestyles in Japan, finally, on March 1, 1974, Lijun released her initial single in Japanese, 今夜かしら明日かしら (Konya Kashira Ashita Kashira ), under her Japanese stage name, Teresa Teng (テレサ・テン), which we mostly refer to her name today.