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Taiwanese Election to be Discussed by Taiwanese-American filmmaker and author

January 29th, 2016

Tensions between Taiwan and China are on the rise with the island nation’s selection of a pro-independence president, Tsai Ing-wen. Two Taiwanese Americans, Shawna Yang Ryan and Will Tiao, will discuss the situation in an upcoming event, "Taiwan on Screen and the Page: Screening of Formosa Betrayed and a Conversation with Writer/Producer Will Tiao and Novelist Shawna Yang Ryan."

"Formosa Betrayed" film poster. Courtesy: Wayne Akiyama

"Formosa Betrayed" film poster. Courtesy: Wayne Akiyama

Ryan is a creative writing professor at UH-Manoa and author of "Green Island", a historical novel set during Taiwan’s White Terror period, a period of martial law that lasted from 1949 to 1987. She was interviewed by The New York Times about the period and rule under Kuomintang at that time.

Will Tiao. Courtesy: Wayne Akiyama

Will Tiao. Courtesy: Wayne Akiyama

Tiao is a Fulbright Scholarship recipient and former Presidential Management Fellow in the Bill Clinton administration and international economist under the George W. Bush administration. He is also actor/writer/producer of the feature film "Formosa Betrayed", based on the true events surrounding Taiwanese democracy and independence activists in the 1980s, starring James Van Der Beek (Dawson’s Creek) and co-starring Tiao.

Green Island book cover. Courtesy: Wayne Akiyama

Green Island book cover. Courtesy: Wayne Akiyama

"Formosa Betrayed" will be screened during the event and Ryan will read selections from "Green Island". A discussion will be moderated by "Asia in Review" host Bill Sharp.
The event, sponsored by the University of Hawaii at Manoa’s Asian Studies department, The Academy for Creative Media, and Creative Writing Program, is on Saturday, January 30, from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Center for Korean Studies Auditorium, UH Manoa, 1881 East-West Road.

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