Will Tiao


Taiwan: Island of Contention


October 9, 2013
7:00 PM ET


FPC Parish House
3 Church St., Cambridge, MA 02138


This event is free; no tickets are required.

The Cambridge Forum is pleased to welcome award-winning filmmaker WILL TIAO as he addresses one of the thorniest balancing acts in global politics: the role of Taiwan in U.S. relations with China. The United States does not recognize Taiwan as a sovereign nation, and maintains a “One-China” policy. But the Taiwan Relations Act of 1979, passed after the U.S. established diplomatic relations with Beijing, pledges to help defend the island if it is attacked by China. Tiao discusses the history behind these relations, and Taiwan’s importance to global politics. How do the people of Taiwan negotiate this complex web of history, language, and politics on a daily basis?

Will Tiao
Will Tiao

Will Tiao

Best known for his work as the writer, producer, and star of the award-winning political thriller Formosa Betrayed, Will Tiao worked in international politics for a decade before entering the entertainment industry. He is the founder and president of Formosa Films LLC, the film development and production company that produced Formosa Betrayed. Will raised over $8 million from hundreds of investors to finance the independent feature film. In addition to writing, producing, and acting in the film - Will secured worldwide distribution for Formosa Betrayed through Screen Media Films.

He is the executive producer, co-writer, and lead actor of the award-winning short film, A Starbucks Story. The film won the Audience Award for Best Short Film, and the Audience Award for Best Film of the Festival at the 2005 FAIF Los Angeles Film Festival. He is also the producer of the 2010 independent film Stan, a comedy written and directed by Evald Johnson.

Before coming to Hollywood, Will worked as an international economist for the Bill Clinton and George W. Bush Administrations. He was a legislative fellow for the Committee on Ways and Means in the U.S. House of Representatives, and a staffer for Senator Nancy Kassebaum on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Previously, he worked for the Formosan Association for Public Affairs, a non-profit organization that specializes in promoting democracy and independence for Taiwan.

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