Teng comes from a region which is famous for its mafia groups all around the world – Fujian, China. Teng is a very spirited person who has travelled a long and twisted road until finally finding her way into journalism. She studied French language in university, and studied Sociology in France for one year., After graduation in 2010 and until 2012, she tried around 20 jobs in different industries and found none of them satisfying, because of her restless nature and strong curiosity to know always more about the world.
Then Teng finally decided to try journalism.. It was a crazy moment in her life but the door of lights was finally cracked open. Teng gradually found work as a full-time news assistant and producer for NRC (leading dutch newspaper), Canal+ (French TV), and the New York Times. She was lucky enough to have the opportunities to work with the highest journalistic prize winners from Netherlands, France and US (Pulitzer Prize). At the same time, she enriched her journalistic experiences by freelancing as a news assistant and producer for other big international media, such as the BBC, Financial Times, The Economist, Le Monde, Le Figaro, TF1, etc.
Her journey as a China Producer for documentaries started in 2014, by working for the leading Dutch broadcaster VPRO. So far, she has produced a philosophical documentary series, voiced over by philosopher Alain de Botton (she produced one hour out of the total 7 hours in seven countries), as well as her beloved project: a traveling documentary series about China (she produced three hours out of the total six hours). Teng was the only China producer for all these projects.
The various experiences in print media gave Teng the sense to think with content and depth, and experiences in TV gave her the sense to tell stories through images. Teng feels very passionate about coming to NYU because she wants to put herself a step forward towards being an independent journalist and a documentary filmmaker, who can not only produce, but also shoot, edit.