Joanna Theng

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Joanna Theng
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Born1 March 1998
EducationGCE Advanced Level
Alma materAnglo-Chinese Junior College

Joanna Theng (born 1 March 1998) is a Singaporean actress and social media personality with a following of over 6,300 on Instagram and 123,000 on TikTok.[1][2] Following the online backlash to her video with City Revival Singapore, she privatised her TikTok and deactivated her Instagram account.[3][4] She has since made both accounts public. As of August 2022, she is Social Media Manager at her father’s company, EagleWings Group. She is also a part-time Copywriter at Colours Global.[5]

Background[edit | edit source]

Personal life and family[edit | edit source]

Born on 1 March 1998, Joanna Theng is the oldest of three siblings. She has two younger brothers and is the only daughter to the Singaporean ophthalmologist, Julian Theng.[6][7][8]

Joanna Theng walks down the aisle with her husband, Jonathan Bowness
Joanna Theng walks down the aisle with her husband, Jonathan Bowness. Photo from Instagram.

In 2022, she married Jonathan Bowness, an NTU student and part-time Film Editor who also works at the EagleWings Group.[9][10]

Education[edit | edit source]

Joanna Theng was a student at Methodist Girls School (Secondary) and Anglo-Chinese Junior College.[11] In 2017, she enrolled in the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information (WKWSCI) at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), before graduating in 2021.[5][12]

Show business[edit | edit source]

As a Sunsilk Singapore ambassador,[13][14] Joanna Theng has appeared in several commercials and advertorial campaigns for the brand.[15] In one of these commercials, she was listed as a "Starlist Artiste".[16] Starlist is a talent agency founded by celebrity hairstylist, Addy Lee.[17] Joanna Theng was reportedly signed to Starlist in 2017. In 2018, she was one of the artistes featured in a short Chinese New Year music video produced by Mediacorp Channel 8.[18]

Joanna Theng pictured on the set of While We Are Young Z (2017) as Xuan Xuan. Photo from Facebook.

Acting[edit | edit source]

At 16 years old, Joanna Theng made a cameo appearance in the Channel 5 television series, Mata Mata during a flashback scene in which she was a younger Rebecca Lim. She then landed a role in the Channel 8 television series, While We Are Young Z.[19]

Channel Year Title Character/Role Refs.
Channel 8 2017 While We Are Young Z Xuan Xuan [20]
Channel 5 2014 Mata Mata 2: A New Era Young Rebecca Lim [21]

Newsworthy incident[edit | edit source]

High-profile celebrity wedding (2022)[edit | edit source]

Zoe Tay and other local celebrities at Joanna Theng’s wedding. Photo from Instagram.
Zoe Tay and other local celebrities at Joanna Theng’s wedding. Photo from Instagram.

On 28 July 2022, Joanna Theng’s wedding made the headlines after it had been reported that her wedding boasted a celebrity guest list, including actress Zoe Tay and other artistes such as Xiang Yun and Edmund Chen, Pan Lingling; the event also saw local online personalities like Jianhao Tan and his wife, Debbie.[22][23]

City Revival video (2020)[edit | edit source]

On 22 July 2020, City Revival Singapore uploaded a video on Instagram featuring Joanna Theng and Jaime Wong. In the video, the two made statements against homosexuality that provoked backlash from netizens. They cited the gay pride movement and its rainbow flag as examples of satan's deception in present-day society.[24][25] The original video has since been taken down although copies of it can be found on YouTube.[26] On 25 July 2020, Joanna Theng and Jaime Wong[27] both apologised for causing hurt to the LGBT community. Excerpts from Joanna Theng's apology reads as such:

Before I go, I would like to publicly say that all I’ve said in City Revival’s video was never out of the intention of my heart to hurt anyone, but I understand how some of the parts had played out and were received... I am sorry that the way it was shared caused so much hurt. I sincerely apologise for that... For now, I will be taking some time off from social media to spend time with my family and my loved ones, in what has been a painful time for all of us, myself included."[28][29]

After releasing her apology statement on her Instagram story, Joanna Theng deactivated her account. Pink Dot SG has also addressed the video in a Facebook post published on 25 July 2020.[30]

References/ Citations[edit | edit source]

  1. Theng, Joanna. “itsajoannatheng”. Instagram. n.d. Accessed 1 August 2022.
  2. Theng, Joanna. “itsajotheng”. TikTok. n.d. Accessed 1 August 2022.
  3. Tea of Singapore. "Joanna Theng TikTok Compilation". YouTube. July 27, 2020. Accessed on 29 July 2020.
  4. Lim, Kimberly Anne. "LGBT pride flag influenced by Satan? Artiste Joanna Theng receives backlash for statements on social media". Asia One. July 24, 2020. Accessed on 29 July 2020.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Theng, Joanna. “Joanna Theng”. LinkedIn. n.d. Accessed 1 August 2022.
  6. City on a Hill SG. "The Father’s Heart : Part 1". YouTube. June 15, 2020. Accessed on 29 July 2020.
  7. Chen, Sabine. "Feminine athleisure style for Sunsilk model Joanna Theng". The Straits Times. June 1, 2017. Accessed on 28 July 2020.
  8. Cua, Genevieve. "Transformative vision". Business Times. April 7, 2020. Accessed on 28 July 2020.
  9. Bowness, Jonathan. “Jonathan Bowness”. LinkedIn. n.d. 1 August 2022.
  10. our first post as Mr & Mrs! 🫢☺️💍 this sweet prewed shoot was done by our talented friend @nanjonana 📹 a beautiful reminder of how far we’ve come, and to continue to commit the journey ahead into God’s hands, the most trusted ones we know 🤲🏻✨ “with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace." eph 4:2-3”. Instagram. 27 July, 2022. Accessed on 1 August 2022.
  11. Toggle. "Meet Addy Lee’s newest talents: Chantalle, Shalynn and Joanna!". MeWatch. March 3, 2017. Accessed on 29 July 2020.
  12. "Joanna Theng". Nanyang Technological University. Accessed on 29 July 2020.
  13. Toggle. "Meet Addy Lee’s newest talents: Chantalle, Shalynn and Joanna!". MeWatch. March 3, 2017. Accessed on 29 July 2020.
  14. Chen, Sabine. "Feminine athleisure style for Sunsilk model Joanna Theng". The Straits Times. June 1, 2017. Accessed on 28 July 2020.
  15. SunSilk Singapore. "#HairMemories l Mum Styles Daughter's Hair Again". YouTube. November 2, 2017. Accessed on 29 July 2020.
  16. Three X Media Production. "Sunsilk "Soooooo Smoooth"". YouTube. May 9, 2017. Accessed on 29 July 2020.
  17. Ng, Gwendolyn. "Local TV's Act 2: Actors' children enter the industry". The Straits Times. October 18, 2017. Accessed on 29 July 2020.
  18. MediaCorp Channel 8. "恭喜恭喜 -《阿狗狗旺旺过好年》". YouTube. January 22, 2018. Accessed on 29 July 2020.
  19. Channel 8. "While We Are Young Z世代 - EP1". MeWatch. December 29, 2017. Accessed on 29 July 2020.
  20. Chen, Sabine. "Feminine athleisure style for Sunsilk model Joanna Theng". The Straits Times. June 1, 2017. Accessed on 28 July 2020.
  21. Toggle. "Meet Addy Lee’s newest talents: Chantalle, Shalynn and Joanna!". MeWatch. March 3, 2017. Accessed on 29 July 2020.
  22. Lay, Belmont. "Zoe Tay gets Covid-19 after hanging out at 2 events with a lot of people". Mothership. July 29, 2022. Accessed 1 August 2022.
  23. "🎊🎊🎈🎈🎎🎈🎈🎊🎊 Happy Weekend Last night wedding banquet 🎊 Hello friends, long time no see ya! #weeddingbouquet #afteralonglongtime😘✌️🎊🎉 #hellomyfrinds #疫情后第一次参加的婚礼🎊 #ZoeTay #鄭惠玉 #惠声玉影 #佐伊の語". Instagram. July 23, 2022. Accessed 1 August 2022.
  24. radneighbour. "Dear City Revival". YouTube. July 26, 2020. Accessed on 29 July 2020.
  25. Nyi Nyi Thet. "The number 6, pride flags & apologies: Video by S'pore Christian group sparks outrage". Mothership. July 27, 2020. Accessed on 29 July 2020.
  26. 347 Penguins. "CITY REVIVAL COMPILATION | CURING LGBT | ABORTION=SATAN". YouTube. July 25, 2020. Accessed on 29 July 2020.
  27. cityrevival.sg. "In relation to all that’s happened". Instagram. July 25, 2020. Accessed on 29 July 2020.
  28. Ying Shan. "S’pore Christian Apologises For Joanna Theng’s Apology, Seeks Forgiveness On Her Behalf". MustShare News. July 27, 2020. Accessed on 29 July 2020.
  29. Teng Yong Ping. "Christian influencer Joanna Theng apologises for homophobic video before withdrawing from social media". Yahoo! News. July 26, 2020. Accessed on 28 July 2020.
  30. Pink Dot SG. "We want to address the recent video released on the City Revival SG’s Instagram account on 22 July 2020". Facebook. July 25, 2020. Accessed on 29 July 2020.