The 45-year-old human rights activist and lawyer fled China in 2014 after he became targeted by the Chinese government for challenging the constitutionality of certain laws and advocating for universal values. Not only was Teng arrested and disappeared multiple times, but he says he was also put in solitary confinement and physically tortured. His wife, Lynn Wang, was also harassed by authorities, but she tells NPR she didn't stop her husband's activism.
"What he is doing really is very important," she says. "It's right."
The couple's journey to the U.S. with their two daughters was difficult and harrowing; the family was not together for a lot of it. Today they live under one roof. But even from their new home in Princeton, N.J., the long arm of influence of China's Communist Party still heavily affects their lives.
"We enjoy everything here — I like the people here," says Wang. "But still the missing part is family 、、. [our] parents, sisters, brother and relatives are in China."
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