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Hsu, Eric locked

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(b Taipei, Taiwan, Dec 15, 1973). Rock musician and songwriter of Taiwanese birth. Hsu moved to Houston, Texas, with his family in 1989. His brother, Kevin Hsu, was a pop star in Taiwan who signed to Golden Point/BMG. Self-taught in guitar, keyboards, voice, and drums, Hsu formed in 2001 the alternative rock band Johnny Hi-Fi, which has toured extensively in the United States and Asia. As a songwriter Hsu writes songs in both English and Mandarin Chinese. He has collaborated with Taiwanese recording artists and producers and has had success overseas. His song titled “Don’t Go,” performed by Richie Ren, reached the top 10 pop music chart in Taiwan. Hsu also has toured with Taiwanese rock musician Chang Chen-Yue on his US tour in 2004.

In 2004 Hsu began organizing the Asian Rock Fest in recognition of Asian American Heritage Month in May. An annual festival series, Asian Rock Fest has brought together Asian American artists and showcased rock music talent including Eyes Like Knives, Kite Operations, Carol Bui, Burning Tree Project, Festizio, Vudoo Soul, Jack Tung, and Johnny Hi-Fi. The first Asian Rock Fest took place at The Pianos in New York. The festival continued to feature Asian American musicians after Hsu’s relocation to the west coast in 2009. Hsu also worked with former Johnny Hi-Fi bandmate Asif Khan to co-found the non-profit organization Passion and Profession. The organization provides multicultural life and career counseling and motivational workshops for college students contemplating career interests and personal goals. As successful professionals in Internet business and medicine, as well as members of Johnny Hi-Fi, Hsu and Khan highlight aspects of their experiences growing up Asian in America—coping with parental pressure and stereotypes while pursing their passion in rock music performance. Now based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Hsu regularly performs in Johnny Hi-Fi and continues to organize musical events that feature Asian American talent.