Monday, January 21, 2019

BTS Concert film BTS World Tour Love Yourself In Seoul in Pittsburgh, January 26.

The BTS Concert movie BTS World Tour Love Yourself In Seoul will play around the country, and in Pittsburgh, on January 26.
Shot at the Olympic Stadium in Seoul during the BTS WORLD TOUR ‘LOVE YOURSELF’, an exclusive screening of the most sought-after concert of 2018 hits movie theaters nationwide for a one-day only event. This event will bring fans together to celebrate the seven members of the global boyband and their unprecedented international phenomenon.
Tickets for the 11:00 am and 2:00 pm shows are available online.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Chinese documentary Three Sisters (三姊妹) at Carnegie Museum of Art, January 26.

As part of the Cinematheque series throughout the Carnegie International exhibition, the Carnegie Museum of Art will show the 2012 Chinese documentary Three Sisters (三姊妹) on January 26. From a 2013 New York Times review:
Not for the faint of heart or weak of bladder, Wang Bing’s two-and-a-half-hour “Three Sisters” documents extreme poverty in rural China with the compassionate eye and inexhaustible patience of a director whose curiosity about his country’s unfortunates never seems to wane.

Filming for six months in a remote hillside village in 2010, Mr. Wang follows the spirit-crushing lives of a short-tempered peasant and his three little daughters. Their mother ran off long ago, and now Yingying, 10; 6-year-old Zhenzhen; and Fenfen, 4 — all so malnourished that they look years younger — spend their days doing chores and herding sheep. But when their father leaves for a job in the city, taking the two youngest girls with him, Yingying is left alone. A grandfather and an aunt live close by, but the girl’s isolation and sadness suggest a poignant hopelessness, as though she has reached the age at which she has begun to notice a future. And it’s not pretty.
The movie plays from 4:00 to 6:30 pm. The museum is located at 4400 Forbes Ave. in Oakland (map), accessible by buses 28X, 58, 61A, 61B, 61C, 61D, 67, 69, 71B, 71D, 75, and P3.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Tzu Chi Lunar New Year Blessing Ceremony, January 27 in Oakland.

Pittsburgh's Tzu Chi Academy will host a Lunar New Year Blessing Ceremony on January 27. The event starts at 2:15 pm at the Alumni Hall Ballroom on the University of Pittsburgh's campus in Oakland (map).

The mission of the Tzu Chi Academy, says its website
is to provide the local children from kindergarten to high school with quality program not only aimed at student’s language learning but also character building. The school will implement Still Thought’s education method to weave compassion, relief, honesty, and integrity into teaching. We will nurture the children in a loving and calm environment; motivate them to learn the Chinese language and culture in today’s diversified world. A creative still thoughts humanity and moral-principle course will be added to the curriculum to foster the children with virtue teamwork, great love, respect, calm, and thanksgiving.

Friday, January 18, 2019

University of Pittsburgh's Eastern Asian Calligraphy Club to meet on Wednesdays.

The University of Pittsburgh's Eastern Asian Calligraphy Club will resume meetings on Wednesdays from 6:00 to 8:30 pm in the William Pitt Union.
Come and practice your calligraphy skills at the Eastern Asian Calligraphy Club! Write Chinese, Japanese, Korean, or even English calligraphy to your heart's content. The club environment is open and friendly; we will be glad to help anyone in need! Writing materials, paper, and snacks are provided.

WholeRen Education (美国厚仁教育集团) hiring bilingual Mandarin-English computer science tutors with background in Haskell.

Pittsburgh-based Chinese education and consulting company WholeRen Education (美国厚仁教育集团) has announced openings for bilingual Mandarin-English computer science tutors with knowledge of Haskell.

Crazy Rich Asians at Carnegie Library downtown branch, January 22.

The Downtown & Business branch of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh will present Crazy Rich Asians as its next installment in its Page to Screen series on January 22.
A native New Yorker accompanies her longtime boyfriend to his best friend’s wedding in Singapore. Excited about visiting Asia for the first time but nervous about meeting her boyfriend’s family, she is unprepared to learn that he has neglected to mention a few key details about his life. It turns out that he is not only the heir of one of the country’s wealthiest families, but also one of its most sought-after bachelors. Based on the novel by Kevin Kwan.
The film was the 16th highest grossing film in the US in 2018 and was the top film in the country for three weeks in August. It runs on the 22nd from 12:15 to 2:15. The library is located at 612 Smithfield St. (map).

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Digital Humanities and East Asia, January 25 at Pitt.

The University of Pittsburgh's Asian Studies Center will host Dr. Molly des Jardins and her talk "Digital Humanities and East Asia" on January 25.
We will be welcoming to Pitt Dr. Molly Des Jardin, a Japanese Studies Librarian at Penn to learn about methods, strategies, and experiences in East Asian Digital Humanities. She has designed and taught the very first graduate-level seminar on East Asian Digital Humanities in the English-Speaking world. She is also an expert on text analysis in Japanese.

Join us on Friday January 25 at 3 pm in 4130 Posvar Hall for a presentation, chance to ask questions, and light refreshments!
It runs from 3:00 to 5:00 pm and is free and open to the public.

Japanese zombie comedy film One Cut of the Dead カメラを止めるな! ) in Pittsburgh, from January 18.

The 2017 Japanese zombie comedy film One Cut of the Dead (カメラを止めるな! ) will play in Pittsburgh from January 18. A 2018 Variety review says:
Viewers get three films for the price of one in “One Cut for the Dead,” a terrific Japanese horror-comedy that proves there’s somewhere the zombie apocalypse movie hasn’t yet gone. Writer-director-editor Shinichiro Ueda’s cleverly conceived and executed debut feature opens with an unbroken 37-minute shot of monster mayhem before hitting the reset button and turning into a funny satire of low-budget genre filmmaking — and eventually becoming a charming family comedy-drama. Packed with witty nods to classic horror movies, “One Cut” is a natural for genre fests and has such a warm and winning heart it could also fit into mainstream festival programs.
The movie runs from the 18th through 24th at the Harris Theater downtown (map). Showtimes are available online, though tickets are only available at the door. The Harris Theater is located at 809 Liberty Ave. in downtown's Cultural District (map).

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Steven Lim at Pitt, January 29.

The University of Pittsburgh's Asian Students Alliance will host Steven Lim on January 29.
Steven Lim is a Chinese Malaysian American producer from Ohio, best known for creating and co-hosting the YouTube series, Worth It. In the show, he and his crew try three different foods at three drastically different price points: affordable, middle-tier, and high-end. Check out one of his most popular videos below!
It runs from 8:30 to 11:00 pm on the 29th in the William Pitt Union Assembly Room (map). Tickets will be available from January 17 and are free for Pitt students with valid student IDs and $5 for the general public.

The Host (괴물) with Pitt's Korean Student Association, January 24.

Pitt's Korean Student Association will present the 2006 monster movie The Host (괴물) on January 24. The Korean Film Council provides a summary:
Gang-du is a dim-witted man working at his father's tiny snack bar near the Han River. One day, Gang-du's one and only daughter Hyun-seo comes back from school irritated. She is angry at her uncle, Nam-il, who visited her school as her guardian shamelessly drunk. Ignoring her father's excuses for Nam-il, Hyun-seo is soon engrossed in her aunt Nam-joo's archery tournament on TV. Meanwhile, outside of the snack bar, people are fascinated by an unidentified object hanging onto a bridge. In an instant, the object reveals itself as a terrifying creature turning the riverbank into a gruesome sea of blood¡| Amid the chaos, Hyun-seo is helplessly snatched up by the creature right before Gang-du's eyes. These unforeseen circumstances render the government powerless to act. But receiving a call of help from Hyun-seo, the once-ordinary citizen Gang-du and his family are thrust into a battle with the monster to rescue their beloved Hyun-seo.
It starts at 9:15 pm in 106 Lawrence Hall (map) and is open to Pitt students.