Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Kizumonogatari parts 1, 2, and 3 at Hollywood Theater in April.

Parts 1, 2, and 3, respectively.

The Hollywood Theater in Dormont will be the only theater in Pennsylvania to show Kizumonogatari Part 3: Reiketsu (傷物語III 冷血篇 ) when it makes its US premiere in April. The theater will also show Kizumonogatari Part 1: Tekketsu (傷物語Ⅰ 鉄血篇) and Kizumonogatari Part 2: Nekketsu (傷物語II 熱血篇) in April, both of which played at the Hollywood last year.

Tickets for the three Kizumonogatari Part 3: Reiketsu shows on April 15, 16, and 18 are available at the theater's website. Tickets for the two $15 double features of parts 1 and 2 are available there as well.

The theater is located at 1449 Potomac Ave. in Dormont (map), and is accessible by Pittsburgh's subway/LRT at a block south of Potomac Station.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Korean Film Series at Butler's Maridon Museum, March through May.

Butler's Maridon Museum announced today its South Korean Film Series, starting March 24. Four movies will run in its latest film series: 2002's The Road Home (집으로), 2015's The Beauty Inside (뷰티 인사이드), Masquerade (광해: 왕이 된 남자), and 2010's The Yellow Sea (황해). The first is The Road Home (집으로) on March 24 at 6:00 pm.

The Maridon Museum is an Asian art museum at 322 N. McKean St. in downtown Butler (map) that runs film series periodically throughout the year, in addition to art classes, book club meetings, and its regular exhibits.

Tickets still available for Korean troupe Bereishit Dance Company (브레시트무용단) at Byham Theater, March 4.

via FocusNews.

Tickets are still available for the Bereishit Dance Company's first performance in Pittsburgh on March 4 at the Byham Theater. From the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust:
In this first-ever Korean dance presentation for Pittsburgh Dance Council, the Seoul troupe Bereishit presents contemporary work that draws upon eastern Asian culture. Witness Bereishit’s amazing display of space and rhythms choreographed with kinesthetic clarity and power. Elements of street dance and multimedia add to Bereishit’s potency.

Sport meets dance in the rigorous male duet BOW, inspired by the Korean tradition of archery. The intensely physical Balance and Imbalance juxtaposes the dancers alongside some of Korea’s most revered traditional storytelling genre drummers and pansori vocalists.
Tickets range from $10 to $60. The theater is located at 101 6th St. in the Cultural District (map).

Stephan Haggard and "Hard Target: Dealing with North Korea" at Pitt, March 14.

Advance notice for a talk on North Korea at the University of Pittsburgh's Asian Studies Center with Dr. Stephan Haggard of UC San Diego.
North Korea poses a number of challenges to the new Trump administration, from its nuclear and missile programs to the possibility of political instability. Diplomacy with North Korea is further complicated by pressing humanitarian and human rights questions and the complexities of dealing with China as a partner in negotiations with North Korea. How has the US dealt with North Korea in the past and is there a different way forward?
The talk will be held from 12:00 pm in 4130 Posvar Hall (map) and is free and open to the public.

"The Trauma of ‘Liberation:' National Unity and Memory on the Ethnic Margins of Maoist China" at CMU, February 24.

Via DissertationReviews.

Dr. Benno Weiner, an Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Carnegie Mellon University, will present "The Trauma of ‘Liberation:' National Unity and Memory on the Ethnic Margins of Maoist China" as February's installment of the Socialist Studies Seminar. The talk runs from 3:00 to 5:00 pm in Baker Hall 246-A (map).

2016 Park Chan-wook film The Handmaiden (아가씨) at Erie Art Museum, March 8.

The 2016 Korean movie The Handmaiden (아가씨), directed by Park Chan-wook, will play at the Erie Art Museum (map) on March 8. An October four-star review on provides a summary:
Park Chan-Wook’s “The Handmaiden” is a love story, revenge thriller and puzzle film set in Japanese-occupied Korea in the 1930s. It is voluptuously beautiful, frankly sexual, occasionally perverse and horrifically violent. At times its very existence feels inexplicable. And yet all of its disparate pieces are assembled with such care, and the characters written and acted with such psychological acuity, that you rarely feel as if the writer-director is rubbing the audience’s nose in excess of one kind or another. This is a film made by an artist at the peak of his powers: Park, a South Korean director who started out as a critic, has many great or near-great genre films, including “Oldboy,” “Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance,” “Lady Vengeance” and “Thirst,” but this one is so intricate yet light-footed that it feels like the summation of his career to date.
Doors open at 6:00 pm and the movie starts at 7:00. Tickets are $5.

"Interpretation and Processing of Japanese Reflexives" at Pitt, February 24.

The University of Pittsburgh's Department of Linguistics will host PhD candidate Noriyasu Li and his colloquium "Interpretation and Processing of Japanese Reflexives" on February 24.
My research investigates how native speakers (L1) of Japanese link reflexives to their antecedents through experimental research on specific sets of anaphoric pronouns – zibun, zibun-zisin, kare-zisin, and kanozyo-zisin. The research also examines how L2 learners acquire these properties in Japanese. Although it is well known that co-reference with these reflexives can be ambiguous (Aikawa, 2002), I analyze how L1 Japanese speakers successfully construct anaphoric relations among determiner phrases and resolve ambiguity through an analysis of case and argument structure of the verb. The interaction between case and the predicate in reflexive-antecedent binding, to my knowledge, has not been thoroughly addressed in the literature to date, and this point is the innovative focus of my research. Further, I expand the scope of reflexives to all reflexive forms in Japanese, and cross-linguistically analyze acquisition between typologically related (e.g., Korean) and unrelated (e.g., Chinese) languages.
The talk begins at 3:00 pm in 332 Cathedral of Learning (map) and is free and open to the public.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Teaching English in South Korea information session and panel, February 21 at Pitt.

On February 21 from 6:30 pm, the University of Pittsburgh's Asian Studies Center will host an information session and panel about opportunities to teach English in South Korea. The session will be held in 4130 Posvar Hall (map).

Documentary The Eagle Huntress at newly-opened Tull Family Theater, through February 23.

The Eagle Huntress, the 2016 documentary about a 13-year-old girl training to be an eagle hunter in Mongolia, is playing at the recently-opened Tull Family Theater in Sewickley through February 23. A brief synopsis from the distributor:
THE EAGLE HUNTRESS follows Aisholpan, a 13-year-old girl, as she trains to become the first female in twelve generations of her Kazakh family to become an eagle hunter, and rises to the pinnacle of a tradition that has been handed down from father to son for centuries.

Set against the breathtaking expanse of the Mongolian steppe, THE EAGLE HUNTRESS features some of the most awe-inspiring cinematography ever captured in a documentary, giving this intimate tale of a young girl's quest the dramatic force of an epic narrative film.

While there are many old Kazakh eagle hunters who vehemently reject the idea of any female taking part in their ancient tradition, Aisholpan's father Nurgaiv believes that a girl can do anything a boy can, as long as she's determined.
Tickets and showtimes are available from the theater's website. The Tull Family Theater is located at 418 Walnut St. in Sewickley (map), about 15 miles northwest of Pittsburgh.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Traditional Chinese music group Purple Bamboo at Carnegie Library in Oakland, February 26.

Purple Bamboo, a group of traditional Chinese musicians, will perform at the Carnegie Library in Oakland on February 26.
Founded in 2015, Purple Bamboo performs traditional and contemporary Chinese music. Purple Bamboo has played at a variety of local venues, and is comprised of Ai-Lin Chen on the guzhen (a plucked string instrument), Kai Liu on the dizi (a transverse flute), and Mimi Jong on the erhu (a two-stringed spike fiddle).

The troupe has recently been joined by world-class pipa (a four-stringed lute) virtuoso Jin Yang, a graduate from the prestigious Central Conservatory in Beijing and former professor at the Wuhuan Music Convervatory. Please join us in welcoming them!
The event runs from 2:00 to 3:00 pm in the first floor's Quiet Reading Room and is free and open to the public. The library is located at 4400 Forbes Ave. in Oakland (map) and is accessible by buses 28X, 54, 61C, 61D, 67, 69, 71A, 71B, 71C, 71D, and 93.