Eyee Hsu 03-21-2005 09:40

Eyee Hsu has worked with Up Close since its inception as the writer for the program, and brings a Western perspective grounded in Eastern philosophy and sensitivity. An American-born Chinese, Eyee has always been drawn to her Chinese roots and vowed that she would one day establish her home in China. Now currently residing in Beijing, her dream has been realized.

Eyee graduated magna cum laude from UC Berkeley with a double-major in Economics and Environmental Science. For over five years, she was a management consultant with a leading healthcare consulting firm, advising America鈥檚 largest healthcare systems on organizational, operational and strategic issues. She has performed healthcare work in the United States, Canada, Japan, China鈥檚 mainland and Taiwan.

Eyee has a passionate interest for cultures, has traveled extensively and loves the outdoors. She is an avid snowboarder and hiker and is always ready to try anything new. With a welcoming spirit and an objective perspective, Eyee Hsu brings warmth and genuine sincerity to Up Close.

Where did your name come from?

My name in Chinese is 寰愪害鎬° In English, my first name is Eyee, pronounced like two 鈥渆鈥漵. My last name is Hsu, pronounced like 鈥淴u鈥. Trust me, it was not easy growing up in the United States with a name like this, but now I am grateful for having such an unusual name.

To you, what is the most important thing in a person?

I believe that being a good listener is one of the most important characteristics in a person. Only by listening to others can you gain a richer perspective and really begin to learn about how to be a global citizen. You can learn something from everyone.

What do you dislike most in a person?

Arrogance. I believe that arrogance breeds ignorance.

Which Up-Close programs have been your favorite?

Each guest on Up-Close has left a strong impression on my own personal outlook. And that鈥檚 because each individual has a truly inspiring story to tell. I admire all of our guests like General John Fugh, Dr. Henry Lee, Annie Wu... But the ones who have really left an indelible mark are The Flying Tigers, for their heroic sacrifices and courageous spirit celebrating life; Sabriye Tenberken and Paul Kronenberg for her extraordinary bravery and dedication to the blind in Tibet; Flora Zhang Tian-ai for her amazing grace, beauty and eloquence...

Who would you want to interview most?

The list is endless. But if I had to choose someone in China, I would have to say Vice Premier Wu Yi. Here is a woman of incredible intelligence, integrity, ambition and elegance. She is the most powerful woman in China today and a very important role model for the women of the world.

What is your philosophy on life?

Stay positive and aim to be happy. Life will continue to throw challenges at you no matter how much you plan. These are tests of individual character and it will be up to you to assert yourself and turn an impossible situation into a positive opportunity.

What is your advice to everyone out there?

Remember there is only one person in the world like you - yourself. That makes you absolutely unique and special.

What do you do in your spare time?

I have a variety of hobbies. I love to do all forms of exercise. Lately in Beijing, I have been learning boxing, as well as been practicing pilates. But my favorite forms of exercise are outdoors 鈥 snowboarding, hiking.

I love to read. But if I have a larger block of free time, I will always try to do some type of travel, whether it鈥檚 within China or outside of China. My passion is to experience new cultures, and explore new sights. I feel this really stimulates the soul and makes one feel connected to the rest of the world. I recently went to India. Next stop is hopefully South America.


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