As a teenager who outwitted the Communist Chinese establishment, Teresa Dong's story is filled with intrigue that would make the modern epic novel writer red with envy. Immigrating from China to the US with just $35 to her name, she was able to build an multi-million dollar international business as a designer of women's clothing. Now retired, Teresa has returned to her roots where she now devotes her time pursuing her craft as a fine artist while helping other artists along their journey as well.

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Teresa with her father, Mr. Hong Zhang Dong