A New Sign of Chinese pursuit of Cultural Harmony celebrating a Taiwanese singer whose music was banned by China
Perhaps, a conclusion can be drawn that this is one of the many growing indications of Chinese pursuit of cultural harmony. Zifei Wang, a Chinese Actor, Extra, Model, and Singer from mainland China, will perform Teresa Teng’s songs that were once banned in China on May 11, Mother’s Day, 7:00 P.M., at the Queens theater, 14 United Nation’s Ave S, Corona, New York. Ms. Zifei Wang participated in Miss Asia in 2009 and won Champions in Beijing Area and Northern China Area, the Second Place in China Area, and the Most Charming Award. She did model mostly in Hong Kong, London, and Mainland China.
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In picture: Community leaders speaking at the event.
Teresa Teng’s love songs made her one of the most famous Chinese singers in the world. Though her music was banned in China for a while, Chinese people loved the Taiwanese artist all around the world. She was considered a national icon. When she passed unexpectedly at the age of 42 due to an asthma attack in Thailand, senior Taiwanese officials were there to receive her body at Taipei’s airport, and her funeral was attended by commanders of the three branches of the military.
Google (Jan. 29) commemorated Teng with a doodle on what would have been her 65th birthday.
Considered a brilliant linguist, Teng sang in many languages including Mandarin, Cantonese, Hokkien Chinese dialect, Japanese, Indonesian, and in a style that blended traditional folk music with jazzy, pop styles. Among her most famous songs are “When Will You Come Again?” and “The Moon Represents My Heart”:
Teng’s father was a military official in China’s Nationalist army, and her parents fled to Taiwan after the communists won the civil war in 1949, where she was born. Her political pronouncements—support for Taiwan’s military and for the student protestors at Tiananmen Square in 1989— may have contributed to why the Chinese Communist Party criticized her songs for being bourgeois, decadent, and pornographic. Her popularity in China nonetheless flourished with cassettes sold on the black market, and her music sold quickly there when censorship controls were lifted. Teng was also extremely popular in Japan. According to Nippon.com, she helped bridge Japanese and Chinese cultures by covering Japanese kayokyoku pop music in Chinese and was known for working closely with songwriters and producers. The songs “Airport” and “Empty Harbour” helped establish her stardom in Japan.
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Source: Quartz: Alice Truong