Los Angeles Times profiles Taiwanese-American pop star Amber Liu

Liu gained star status as a member of K-pop band f(x)

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Taiwanese-American K-pop star Amber Liu (photo courtesy of facebook.com/AmberJLiuOfficial)

Taiwanese-American K-pop star Amber Liu (photo courtesy of facebook.com/AmberJLiuOfficial)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - A young Taiwanese-American woman who established herself in the music world by joining a Korean band is now heading for stardom in the United States, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Amber Liu (劉逸雲), 26, was born and raised in Los Angeles with her parents hailing from Taiwan, but she achieved fame by way of South Korea.

The Korean corporation behind the recent wave of K-pop or “hallyu” (韓流), SM, discovered her at a local festival in the Los Angeles area in 2008 and assigned her to join the girl band f(x). The group was the first K-pop act to perform at the South by Southwest music festival (SXSW) in Texas, according to the Los Angeles Times.

After releasing her first solo work three years ago, Liu is now heading back to the U.S. for a more independent career and a less polished sound than SM allowed.

Producers describe the tomboyish Taiwanese-American as an entertainer who can sing, rap, write and produce, and part of the next wave of South Korean talent, the Los Angeles Times reported.