Friday, September 21, 2018

Sennan Asbestos Disaster (ニッポン国VS泉南石綿村), winner of 2018 Pittsburgh Japan Documentary Film Award, free at Pitt on September 27.

The first-ever winner of Pitt's first-ever Pittsburgh Japan Documentary Award, Sennan Asbestos Disaster (ニッポン国VS泉南石綿村), will screen on September 27 in Oakland.
More than ten years in the making, Sennan Asbestos Disaster follows a dwindling group of dying former asbestos workers as they seek justice and recognition from an indifferent Japanese government As Mr. Hara follows these plaintiffs through their successes and failures, his film also examines the power of the Japanese state and its continued responsibilities to its citizens. In praising the film for its profound effect, Mr. Soda notes that Sennan Asbestos Disaster “shows the painstaking process of the eight years of lawsuits. I was able to physically experience what it's like to fight against the Japanese government.” Mr. Hara, whose previous works include The Emperor’s Naked Army Marches On (1987), is well known for being unafraid to punch through walls of conventional society. Sennan Asbestos Disaster has already received the 2017 Audience Award at the Tokyo Filmex International Film Festival and the 2017 BIFF Mecenat Award at the Busan International Film Festival.
The movie starts at 6:00 pm at the Frick Fine Arts Auditorium in Oakland (map). The screening is free but tickets are required (and can be reserved online).

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Mid-Autumn Festival at Pitt with CASA and VSA, September 22.

The University of Pittsburgh's Chinese American Student Association and Vietnamese Student Association will host their annual Mid-Autumn Festival on September 22.
CASA and VSA are proud to present to you our 2018 Mid-Autumn Festival! Mid-Autumn is a time of celebrating the moon and harvest! We encourage you to gather your family and friends to come out and have a good time!

Come to the WPU Assembly Room for a fun evening of performances by FRESA, a skit done by CASA/VSA committees and cultural activities like calligraphy, Chinese yo-yo & paper folding! There will also be food catered by Golden Palace Buffet!
It runs from 5:00 to 8:00 pm in the William Pitt Union's Assembly and Kurtzman Rooms (map), though you must arrive by 6:00 pm to get food.

Pittsburgh's first Chatime (日出茶太) to open, hopefully, this weekend.

Chatime (日出茶太), a Taiwanese tea and bubble tea chain, is set to open its first Pittsburgh-area location soon in Ross Park Mall. The initial opening date of September 20th was pushed back to the 21st, with the mall now aiming for a grand opening this weekend.
Chatime is the next trend in beverages. A unique Tea concept that is dedicated to make Tea a healthier, refreshing and fun alternative to Coffee.

Chuseok (추석) celebration at Pitt, September 30.

The University of Pittsburgh's Asian Studies Center, the Korean Student Association, and the Daehwa Korean Conversation Club will present a Chuseok celebration on Sunday, September 30.
Join Pitt KSA, Daehwa Korean Conversation Club, and the Asian Studies Center in celebrating one of the most important Korean holidays: Chuseok (추석)!

Chuseok, aka mid-autumn festival, is a day for families to gather and give thanks to their ancestors for plentiful harvest. We will have Korean games, opportunities to learn more about Korean culture and most important of all, there will be KOREAN FOOD! Come out and celebrate with us!!
It runs from 3:00 to 5:00 pm in the William Pitt Union's Kurtzman Room (map).

Anime Week starts tomorrow, runs through September 27 at Row House Cinema.

The Row House Cinema's next Anime Week starts tomorrow, September 21, runs through the 27th, and features four Japanese animated films: Akira (アキラ), Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (カウボーイビバップ 天国の扉), Perfect Blue (パーフェクトブルー), and Mobile Suit Gundam - Part 1 for a one-night special screening. Tickets and descriptions are available online. The single-screen theater is located at 4115 Butler Street in Lawrenceville (map).

WholeRen Education (美国厚仁教育集团) hiring math, chemistry, computer science, and engineering tutors for university-level Chinese students.

Pittsburgh-based Chinese education and consulting company WholeRen Education (美国厚仁教育集团) has just announced openings for Mathematics Academic Tutors, Chemistry Academic Tutors, Computer Science Academic Tutors, and online CS/Math/Chemistry/Engineering Academic Tutors for university-level Chinese students. Some generic information for all positions:
The academic support department of Wholeren Education is looking for talented, experienced tutors for college level Chinese international students in the US. We help both struggling and gifted students reach their full potential by supplementing the instruction they receive in class and guiding them toward study practices and aides that can help them excel. Tutors work with individual students one-on-one, though we occasionally organize group activities for students who are studying the same material. Our team offers compassionate, motivating assistance to students, and we expect our new hires to do the same. If you have experience tutoring students, please submit an application.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

10 days, 20 Asian movies in Pittsburgh, starting September 21

Anime Week at Row House Cinema, the Silk Screen Asian American Film Festival, the Ghibli GKIDS Fest, the Pittsburgh Japan Documentary Award, and some regularly-scheduled distribution mean that 20 East Asian movies will play in Pittsburgh from September 21 through September 30. See below for a list of screenings of these films from Japan, China, Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, and the Philippines.

Philippine-American Performing Arts of Greater Pittsburgh recital "Halo Halo" at Kelly-Strayhorn Theater, September 22.

The Philippine-American Performing Arts of Greater Pittsburgh will present its seventh annual recital on September 22, a show called "Halo Halo."
Halo-halo literally means "mix-mix," or a hodgepodge. It is the name of a popular Filipino dessert---a mixture of sweetened fruits, tubers and beans poured over shaved ice, with a topping of evaporated milk and ice cream.

Just like the colorful dessert, the recital will showcase a melding of different elements. Dancers will perform more than a dozen traditional folk dances, including the famous Tinikling pole-jumping dance. But five of the dances have been modernized with contemporary moves and street-dancing styles.
The show starts at 4:00 pm at the Kelly-Strayhorn Theater at 5941 Penn Ave. in East Liberty (map). Tickets are in a "Pay What Makes You Happy" format, and are available online.

University of Pittsburgh hiring Assistant Instructor of Chinese for September 2019 start.

The University of Pittsburgh's Department of East Asian Languages & Literatures is hiring an Assistant Instructor of Chinese.
The Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures at the University of Pittsburgh ( invites applications for an Assistant Instructor position in Chinese, pending budgetary approval, beginning September 1st, 2019. The position is non-tenure-stream with the possibility of renewal. The successful candidate is expected to contribute significantly to the Chinese language program and teach language courses on all levels. The successful candidate should hold an MA in Chinese as a foreign language or in an allied field, possess native or near-native competence in Chinese and English, and have at least two years of Chinese language teaching experience at a North American institution of higher education.

Preference will be given to candidates who possess linguistic knowledge of the Chinese language and who demonstrate familiarity with current practices in Chinese pedagogy in North American higher education settings. Duties include teaching both recitations and lectures of language courses, as well as working closely with the language coordinator to contribute to the overall effectiveness of the Chinese language program. The appointee should also expect to collaborate with Asianists in other units (e. g., the Asian Studies Center) to promote Chinese language learning and China studies.

For more information, contact Monika Losagio, tel. (412) 624-5221, or In order to ensure full consideration, applications must be received by November 9, 2018.
Special application details and instructions are posted on the job ad.

Monday, September 17, 2018

诚聘教师 / Pittsburgh Chinese School hiring teachers.

The Pittsburgh Chinese School is still hiring teachers for its numerous language and subject classes held each Sunday in Squirrel Hill.
匹兹堡中文学校诚聘有爱心和责任心,有教学经验, 并有工作许可的有关人士加入教师队伍。