AIT director’s release of sky lantern draws mixed responses

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2016/02/18
By: Elaine Hou

Taipei, Feb. 18 (CNA) A Facebook post by Kin Moy, director of the American

from AIT Facebook page

from AIT Facebook page

Institute in Taiwan (AIT), on his participation in the annual Pingxi Sky Lantern Festival in northern Taiwan has drawn mixed comments, some of which criticized the sky lantern tradition as environmentally unfriendly.

Moy, who took up the AIT post last June, attended the Pingxi Lantern Festival Monday with his family and posted pictures and a comment on the AIT’s Facebook page about the experience.

“As you can see, it was wet,” he wrote. “But that didn’t dampen our enthusiasm for scrawling down our hopes and dreams for the new year and releasing them into the gentle rain.”

One of the accompanying photos showed Moy standing next to his wife and children, who were holding a sky lantern.     [FULL  STORY]

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