Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Taiwanese film More Than Blue (比悲傷更悲傷的故事) to remain in Pittsburgh through March 23 (at least).

The 2018 Taiwanese film More Than Blue (比悲傷更悲傷的故事) will play remain in Pittsburgh through at least March 23. The Osaka Asian Film Festival provides a synopsis of the film, a remake of a 2009 Korean hit, which opened in Pittsburgh on March 15:
It seemed like fate when solitary student Zhang Zhe-kai met a rebellious girl named Song Yuan-yuan. These two lonely high school classmates find they become inseparable when they lose their family but their connection blossoms into a beautiful relationship, not quite lovers but very dependent upon each other. She names him “K” and chooses the name “Cream” for herself. They live together and go to college together and eventually get jobs together at the same record company. They are the perfect couple. Things come to a standstill when “K” is diagnosed with leukemia but he’s more concerned about Cream and wants to ensure her happiness before his time runs out by helping her find love little realising she may have already found it…

A glossy remake of the 2009 Korean film of the same name, it proves to be a real tearjerker thanks to the persuasive performances of lead actors Jasper Liu (“Take Me to the Moon” – OAFF 2018) and Ivy Yi-Han Chen who sell the idea of fidelity and timeless love.
The movie is playing at the AMC Loews Waterfront, and tickets are available online. The theater is located at 300 West Waterfront Dr. in the Waterfront shopping complex in Homestead (map), across the Monongahela River from Greenfield, Squirrel Hill, and the rest of Pittsburgh.

IUP hiring language instructor fluent in Japanese and Korean.

Indiana University of Pennsylvania is again hiring a foreign language instructor fluent in Japanese and Korean to teach elementary-, intermediate-, and advanced-level courses in those languages. An excerpt from the job posting:
The Department of Foreign Languages at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) invites applicants for an anticipated full-time, and temporary faculty position for the 2019-2020 academic year.

  • Teach elementary, intermediate, and advanced Japanese and Korean.
  • The successful candidate may be asked to work at off-campus sites and/or provide instruction through distance education.

Oakland's TW Kitchen (台味廚坊) eyes opening next week.

TW Kitchen (台味廚坊), offering "Taiwanese style bentos, noodles, soup, and more," is anticipating an opening next Tuesday, March 26, in North Oakland. It was passed its inspection by the Allegheny County Health Department this morning. Signage first went up in December for the Taiwanese restaurant at 192 N. Craig St. (map), in what was most recently Millennial Cupcake and Parfait Bar.

"Labor and Value in a Transitional Political Economy: the Case of Kun Opera in China," March 21 at Pitt.

From Peony Pavilion.

The University of Pittsburgh's Department of Music will present Da Lin and her talk "Labor and Value in a Transitional Political Economy: the Case of Kun Opera in China" on March 21.

The Saga of Tanya the Evil (幼女戦記) movie in Pittsburgh, May 16.

The 2019 Japanese movie The Saga of Tanya the Evil (幼女戦記) will play in Pittsburgh on May 16. Tickets for the 7:30 pm show at the Southside Works Cinema (map). are now available online.

Monday, March 18, 2019

"Education Trends in China," March 21 at Pitt.

The University of Pittsburgh's Institute for International Studies in Education will present Dr. Hewen Wu and his talk on "Education Trends in China" on March 21. It runs from 12:00 to 1:00 pm in 5604 Posvar Hall (map) and is free and open to the public.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

ScottyCon 2019: anime, cosplay, esports convention at CMU, March 30.

CMU Cosplay at Carnegie Mellon University will present its first ScottyCon on March 30.
Come out to CMU's first ever ScottyCon, a collaborative event between Cosplay@CMU, Arists Alley Club, CMU E-Sports, and Vermillion Anime Club reminiscent of an anime/video game convention! There will be crafts, video games, and anime screenings, as well as booths for talented CMU artists from whom you can buy merchandise. Throughout the night, we will also be hosting tournaments for various video games, as well as trivia games and raffles. Join us for a night of games, food, and fun on March 30th, 2019.
It runs from 4:30 to 11:30 pm at Simmons Auditorium at Tepper Quad (map).

Friday, March 15, 2019

Made in Abyss: Journey's Dawn (劇場版総集編【前編】メイドインアビス 旅立ちの夜明け) in Pittsburgh, March 20 and 25.

Made in Abyss: Journey's Dawn (劇場版総集編【前編】メイドインアビス 旅立ちの夜明け), a 2019 compilation film from the popular anime series, will play in Pittsburgh on March 20 and 25.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

1987: When the Day Comes, Burning (버닝) at Pitt for annual Korean Film Festival, starting March 22.

The University of Pittsburgh's Department of East Asian Languages & Literatures will present two Korean films for its 16th annual Korean Film Festival: 1987: When the Day Comes on March 22 and Burning (버닝) on March 29.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Whither Mr. Dim Sum?

NextPittsburgh opined today that Pittsburgh really needs a dim sum place.
Pittsburgh has a lot of great Chinese food. Squirrel Hill, in particular, seems destined to add every regional style and flavor at some point, and we’re all for that. But for some reason, we’re a bit light in the dim sum department. If you’re not familiar, dim sum involves lots of little dishes of dumplings and a huge range of small, bite-sized, perfectly snacky things, usually brought to your table on a cart. It’s not entirely absent — I’ve had dim sum in Fox Chapel at Jimmy Wan’s (though their website currently makes no mention of it). But there’s nothing like dining in a place with an all-dim sum menu, where you can keep requesting bamboo steamer baskets full of goodness until you’re happily full.