(Comment below was first posted on YouTube in Nov. 2015 .)
2. The first female foreign diva to culturally conquer Japan all by her lonesome in just a few years during the 70s, and to hold to this day her Japanese currency.
3. The first Chinese singer to headline her own show in Las Vegas as well as in New York’s Lincoln Center in the eighties.
4. The first cross-cultural singer fully at ease performing in more than half a dozen languages at venues in Asia and America.
5. According to the number of Teresa Teng Google search hits, the only singer whose popularity still grows by the year 20 years on after her demise.
6. The only diva with more memorial shrines and museums established in her honor than any expired illustrious entertainers … spanning a couple in her native Taiwan, to several in China (at her ancestral home, as well as in Shanghai and Beijing) and one in Thailand (at the hotel suite she last sojourned).
7. No singer has generated for himself/herself more personal wannabe singing emulators than Teresa — Elvis excepted (his however are merely sartorial look-alikes anyway:-)
8. A diva of superstardom yet so unprima donna-ish in style and deportment, which makes her the most unassuming singing legend of grace, humility and beauty.
9. A mega diva unpossessed of any major personal scandals or skeletons in the closet. Notwithstanding her very early exposure to the glitz and glamor of showbiz, by all accounts, hers was an exemplary, disciplined life, unspoiled by the trappings of her early and continuing successes.
10. Teresa is the consummate spirit of grace and love in songs whose poetic lyrics speak eloquently to life’s romances and heartaches, dreams and reminiscences, to life’s challenges, perseverance and celebrations. Her real-life persona is best encapsulated by a line in her English rendition of Paul Anka’s My Way: “…I faced it all, and I stood tall, and did it my way.” True to the spirit of her many romantic ballads that celebrated love, she eventually found her all-consuming romance outside her familiar culture in Paul, a Frenchman, contrary to the wishes and advice of her tight-knit family. According to Paul who was about 15 years her junior, their 6-year blissful affaire de cœur was to be formalized into matrimony in August of that fateful 1995, missing it just by 3 months had she lived. So any snide characterization of Paul being a mere boytoy of hers, would be disrespectful at best and at worst an insult to Teresa’s unstinted spirit of love and zest for life. In her quiet, low-key manner, this sui generis diva extraordinaire had worked and lived life to the fullest.
April 17, 2017
An interesting exchange as reflected on YouTube website…
Lester Kok 1 year ago She belongs to the pantheon of the all-time divas of pop…Whitney, Celine, the ABBA girls, Streisand and the like. But more than that, Teresa was a polyglot singer and speaker (Mandarin, Taiwanese, Cantonese, Japanese, English, French, and then some). Her native country was too small to contain her singing talent; her ambition and drive to share her gifts with humanity landed her in trouble with her fake travel passport as Taiwan lost its UN seat to China in 1971. She could have chosen to retire at her apogee of popularity in the 80s and happily be the pampered ‘tai tai’ (wife) of some hotel magnate in Malaysia. Instead, she tore up the pre-nup and chose to soldier on with her singing passion despite her inborn asthmatic condition. For those who had the privilege to see her perform live, the memory of her mellifluous voice and angelic visage will live forever.