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Karen Hua-Qi (Hwa-Chee) Han is an internationally renowned Er-Hu (classical 2-string Chinese instrument with the tonal qualities of the violin) virtuoso, composer and vocalist. This artist (the youngest person to receive a Masters Degree in Performing Arts with Honors from China's best music academy -
Er-Hu: The Hu-Qin (Er-Hu) is a barbarian mid-high-toned instrument whose mid-low tone sounds forceful & lavish is said to have been brought into China at the time of Han Dynasty (140 B.C.). It is a two string bowed instrument with a tone similar to western viola, very soulful and expressive. In classical Chinese music the Hu-Qin is melodic, haunting, beautiful, exquisite, ever changing, and alive. The traditional style of playing is rich in ornamentation, giving the music a deep, three-dimensional quality. The basic method of playing the Er-Hu is the same, but its application and style differ according to each area. It is the main melody-carrying instrument in the Chinese orchestra, capable of solo and the most important accompanying instrument in various folk stages.
He walked out the door with his keys and wallet. That's how it started. Jerry Tang was a handsome, creative tech executive who played jazz piano, volunteered at his church and doted on his wife and two boys, ages 4 and 7. Then, on Nov. 29, he was gone.
The San Francisco man is one of more than 4,000 people who are reported missing yearly in this city alone — though most cases are resolved quickly. But Tang's disappearance has prompted a grass- roots search campaign so thorough that police and private investigators call it unprecedented. Friends, family and strangers have scoured homeless shelters, stood on street corners with massive banners and checked encampments from Golden Gate Park to the remote beaches of Marin County. Childhood buddies have flown in from as far away as London to help, visiting shelters and bus stations in the Bay Area, Las Vegas and Tang's home state of Massachusetts.
At the request of a friend of Tang's, the Craigslist website promptly agreed to post "find jerry" links on every page, drawing in sympathizers who never met the man but are touched by the story of his disappearance. Tang's gentle smiling face now beams from "missing" posters on telephone polls throughout San Francisco, and his name is widely known here.