Fiona Teng 鄧穎恆 (she / her) is a Hong Kong-born, SF Bay Area-made, and NYC-based equity-informed communications strategist, writer, and storyteller. She has over 10 years of experience working cross-departmentally to strategize, manage, and develop stories and content for print and digital media. Her professional highlights include a Zipcar campaign video with over 274,000 views, fully-executed fundraising campaigns that met or exceeded their goals, leading a website accessibility retrofit for the NYU Entrepreneur Institute, while helping them articulate their user journey, and creating clear and organized editorial plans.
As a nonfiction writer, some of her favorite pieces include a reflection on decolonizing her name (her Chinese name 鄧穎恆 is pronounced ‘Dung Wing Hung’ in Cantonese) and what it means to find grounding during Covid-19. She’s also very proud to have been a strong advocate for student loan reform, sharing her experience at a U.S. Senate press conference and on Al Jazeera America.
Fiona’s approach to poignant, succinct, and engaging storytelling is motivated by both her knack for spotting unique perspectives and connecting with the reader. Whether she’s creating content from her perspective or someone else’s, Fiona’s ability to engage with her audience personally creates an emotionally and intellectually compelling experience.
Fiona now serves as a founding member of the Alumni of Color Association at her alma mater, UCSB’s Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, to drive institutional and programmatic refocus with equity at the center. She loves creating content for her new Instagram project The Way Out, thinking about liberation politics, healing justice, and how to be a better plant parent.
What People Say
Samples of Work
- Finding Grounding During Covid-19, in Civicist
“As hard as it is to believe, managing the stir-crazies is only one of many realities that we’re all trying to balance. Thich Nhat Hanh tells us about a common state of being called ‘forgetfulness,’ and I share my tools of coming back to a state of mindfulness.”
- Call Me By My Names: A Story of Shame, Trauma, and Liberation in a Chinese Name, in Philadelphia Printworks Zine
“The stillness in the gym contradicted my pounding heart. My breath quickened and my folded hands tightened as I admitted to the group, ‘This is the first time I’ve ever introduced myself with both of my names.’ The gym erupted into applause and cheers, tangling in my throat a knot of emotions that rendered me speechless.”
- Our Time is Now: The Case for and Imperative of Afro-Asian Solidarity, in Huffington Post
“There is an important call to action for Asian Americans—that is to critically and emphatically challenge the history of anti-black ideas we have come to believe in, and then shed them. Once we recognize that the model minority myth has intentionally and thoughtfully bamboozled us, the renewed power of choice instantly awaits, and we are empowered to arch our misguidance against each other toward a solidarity in our fight against the true common threat: white supremacy.”
- In the Holy Land with Grandma & Revisiting Family History, in On She Goes
“In the intimacy of our bedtime hour, she painted the details of the large estate she grew up on and the extensive family that lived with her, blood-related or not. Grandma told me about challenges living with her father. Maybe history really does repeat itself, because her cold and distant relationship with her father seemed to mirror what eventually became a cold and distant relationship I had with my own father.”
- Fatherlessness: The Presence of Dad’s Absence, in Huffington Post
“Underneath petty fights, these insecurities were derived from a common place — a belief that my romantic partner would abandon me because I am not worthy of his love. Underneath what felt like absolute, visceral truths, the emphatic side of me intuited a profound need for exploration and introspection.”