The China Post
Date: April 19, 2015
By: Sun Hsin-hsuan
TAIPEI, Taiwan — Although usually very tranquil, Luzhou (蘆洲) is getting more and more
heated up with fans of Teresa Teng (鄧麗君) as the 20th anniversary of her death is coming up next month. Being one of the most influential musical figures in Asia in recent decades, she had a voice like water — calming and soothing like spring water running over sun-baked rocks in mid-summer, while also powerful and strong like a roaring sea rising against the shore.
Teresa Teng, a Taiwanese former pop singer, was born to a mainland Chinese family in 1953 in Yunlin County and later moved north to Luzhou District, New Taipei City at the age of 6. Her music melted thousands of hardened hearts while also building strength and courage in thousands more during an era of instability in Taiwan after the KMT retreated from mainland China in 1949.
Teng was born talented, already frequently performing for her school while she studied at Luzhou Elementary School (蘆洲國小). After taking home several national singing contest championships from 1964, Teng started her singing career with the image of a fresh and sweet student girl who gained great media attention and public adoration. Most widely known were her songs “When will you return?” and “The Moon represents my heart.”