Friday, September 22, 2017

South Korean band 57 (밴드57) in Pittsburgh, October 29.

via @duo57.

The Jeonju-based rock duo 57 (오칠, pronounced "oh chill") will play in Pittsburgh on October 29, part of their North American tour in support of Barb Wire Dolls and Svetlanas. 57 is composed of guitarist Yun Junhong and drummer Sur Kim.

Doors for the all-ages show at Mr. Smalls in Millvale (map) at 8:00 pm. Tickets are available online from $13.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

English/Japanese Language Social Hour, September 27 at Pitt.

The University of Pittsburgh's Asian Studies Center and the English Language Institute will present an English/Japanese Language Social Hour on September 27, as a way to bring together Japanese ESL students and Pitt students learning Japanese. It runs from 12:00 to 1:00 pm in 4130 Posvar Hall (map), and will feature ELI students from Yasuda Women's University in Hiroshima. Refreshments will be provided, and the Social Hour is free and open to the public.

JET Program Information Session, September 27 at Pitt.

For those considering the JET Program as a way to teach English in Japan after graduation, the University of Pittsburgh's Asian Studies Center is hosting a free JET Program Information Session on September 27.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Japanese horror film Ring (リング) at Row House Cinema, October 21.

The classic Japanese horror film Ring (リング) will play at the Row House Cinema at midnight on October 21.
When her niece is found dead along with three friends after viewing a supposedly cursed videotape, reporter Reiko Asakawa (Nanako Matsushima) sets out to investigate.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for Row House Film Club members, but are not yet available online. The single-screen theater is located at 4115 Butler Street in Lawrenceville (map).

Volume 7 of Monkey Business: New Writing from Japan launch, September 20 and 21 at Pitt.

The University of Pittsburgh will host two events to mark the launch of the next volume of Monkey Business: New Writing from Japan. On September 20, "A Conversation on Translation Studies", from 3:00 to 4:30 pm in room 501 of the Cathedral of Learning (map). And on September 21, "Contemporary Authors Discuss Their Writing", in room 324 in the Cathedral. The events are free and open to the public.

Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (風の谷のナウシカ) in Pittsburgh area theaters, September 24 and 25.

The 1984 Studio Ghibli animated film Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (風の谷のナウシカ) will play at several area theaters on September 24 and 25 as part of the 2017 GKIDS Studio Ghibli Fest. A synopsis, from the distributor:
The debut film from Hayao Miyazaki, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind is considered by many to be his masterwork — and there are few films, animated or otherwise, of such sweeping scope and grandeur. Set in a devastated future world decimated by atmospheric poisons and swarming with gigantic insects, Nausicaä is the story of a young princess, both brave and innocent, whose love for all living things and passionate determination to understand the processes of nature lead her into terrible danger, sacrifice, and eventual triumph.

Like most Studio Ghibli films, there is neither good nor evil, but conflicting viewpoints, weaknesses, and power struggles. Throughout the film, Miyazaki’s animation is awe-inspiring; the depiction of the poisoned forest in particular is a thing of transcendent beauty. Once the hallucinogenic strangeness of shape and color has been accepted, there is light, growth and life everywhere. Huge dragonfly-like creatures are accompanied by wonderful, evocative sounds of flight and movement. The lethal fungus plants glow, shimmer and shed spores like silent gleaming snowfalls. This is a film not to be missed.
The English-dubbed version will play on the 24th at the Monroeville, Monaca, North Hills, and Pittsburgh Mills theaters, and the English-subtitled version will play on the 25th.

DialAmerica hiring part-time Korean-English bilingual call center sales representative.

DialAmerica is hiring a part-time Korean-English bilingual call center sales representative for its downtown Pittsburgh office.
As a Call Center Sales Representative, you will ensure a memorable customer service experience by using questioning and listening skills to determine the customer’s needs and help them select the appropriate products and services.

Specific duties for this CSR role include:
  • Answering customer requests or inquiries
  • Upselling products and/or services to the customer
  • Identifying and resolving customers’ issues using problem-solving skills
  • Building a positive rapport across a variety of personality types
  • Continually maintaining a working knowledge of our clients’ products, services and promotions
  • Putting the customer first and remaining polite and professional at all times
  • Documenting all customer information, communications and sales in CRM system