Ma criticized over islands
The Washington-based Formosan Association for Public Affairs (FAPA) has sharply criticized the administration of President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) for its policies on the Diaoyutai Islands (釣魚台). In a statement, FAPA accused the Ma administration of increasing tensions in the region, endangering long-term stability and damaging Taiwan’s interests. FAPA urged Taipei to acknowledge that the Diaoyutai Islands have historically been administered by Japan and to signal its support for the US-Japan mutual defense treaty. “Taiwanese Americans are concerned first and foremost about preserving the safety and security of Taiwan,” FAPA president Mark Kao (高龍榮) said. “Considering the enormous magnitude of the Chinese military threat that Taiwan faces, it is completely counterproductive to risk alienating its most essential security allies,” he said.
More awards for ‘Life of Pi’
Oscar-winning Taiwanese director Ang Lee’s (李安) new 3D drama, Life of Pi, has won six awards presented by the Las Vegas Film Critics Society, including best picture and best director. Other awards won by the movie were best cinematography, best visual effects, best score and best youth in film, the society announced on Wednesday. Life of Pi was ranked No. 1 among the Top 10 Films of this year as selected by the society. Since its release last month the movie has performed well at the box office, ranking fifth with more than US$60 million in North America, behind Skyfall, Rise of the Guardians, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 and Lincoln. Globally, the film had brought in more than US$120 million at the box office as of Sunday. The movie has so far won four awards for best cinematography given by US film critics’ groups.