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

Monday, September 18, 2017

Donnie Yen and Andy Lau in Chasing the Dragon (追龍), in Pittsburgh from September 29.

The upcoming Hong Kong / Chinese film Chasing the Dragon (追龍) will play in Pittsburgh from September 29. The distributor provides a summary of the movie starring Donnie Yen and Andy Lau:
Donnie Yen stars as infamous real-life drug kingpin Crippled Ho, who came to Hong Kong an illegal immigrant in 1963 and ruthlessly carved an empire from the chaotic underworld of drug dealers and corrupt police that ruled the city under notorious detective Lee Rock (Andy Lau).
The movie will play at AMC Loews Waterfront, but tickets and showtime information is not yet available. 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.

Operation Mekong (湄公河行动) at Pitt, September 22.

Pitt's Chinese Language & Culture Club will show the 2016 movie Operation Mekong (湄公河行动) on September 22.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Mother (마더), Okja, and The Host (괴물) at Row House Cinema's Bong Joon-ho film series in November.

The Row House Cinema presents its first film series by a Korean filmmaker, with 2009's Mother (마더), the 2017 Netflix release Okja, and 2006's hit The Host (괴물) comprising a Bong Joon-ho film series from November 3 through 9. Tickets and showtime information have not yet been announced. The single-screen theater is located at 4115 Butler Street in Lawrenceville (map).

Saturday, September 16, 2017

"Mandarin Chat Time: What's Your Name" at Carnegie Library West End branch, September 22.

The West End branch of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh will hold three "Mandarin Chat Time" Chinese language and culture lessons on three consecutive Fridays starting September 22. The first lesson is "What's Your Name":
We hope you can join us for the first of three Chinese cultural programs at CLP-West End! Our first event will introduce patrons to basic, everyday Chinese greetings and we will learn the meanings of people’s Chinese names. Each attendee will learn what their name is in Chinese based, of course, on their original name.

Friday, September 15, 2017

2016 Hong Kong movie Sisterhood (骨妹) at ReelQ Pittsburgh LGBT Film Festival, October 19.

The 2016 Hong Kong movie Sisterhood (骨妹) will play in Pittsburgh at the 32nd annual ReelQ Pittsburgh LGBT Film Festival on October 19. A South China Morning Post review summarizes the film:
Fifteen years after she moved to Taiwan to marry a hostel owner, Macau-raised orphan Sei (Gigi Leung Wing-kei) remains haunted by her abrupt breakup with best friend Ling around the turn of the millennium. When news of Ling’s death arrives, Sei, now a chronic alcoholic, finally decides to travel back to her hometown and piece together their intimate past together in the late 1990s.
The movie will play at 7:30 pm at the Harris Theater in the downtown Cultural District (map). Tickets are available online at $9 for adults and $6 for students.

Silk Screen Festival selections from Taiwan, Japan, China free at University of Pittsburgh for Pitt students, September 17 - 23.

Pitt students with a valid student ID card can watch several of the Silk Screen Asian American Film Festival selections for free when they screen at the Frick Fine Arts Building in Oakland (map). These include:
  • Taipei Story (青梅竹馬) - September 17, 2:00 pm
  • Himeanole (ヒメアノ~ル) - September 19, 8:00 pm
  • Harmonium (淵に立つ) - September 21, 8:00 pm
  • Close-Knit (彼らが本気で編むときは) - September 22, 8:00 pm
  • Old Stone (老石) - September 23, 7:00 pm
Selections from India, Iran, and Pakistan are also playing at Frick Fine Arts and are free to Pitt students.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honnêamise (王立宇宙軍 オネアミスの翼), Boy and the Beast (バケモノの子) to round out Row House CInema's next anime series.

In August the Row House Cinema announced Tokyo Godfathers (東京ゴッドファーザーズ) and 2017's Napping Princess (ひるね姫 〜知らないワタシの物語〜 ) as two films in its upcoming anime series; it recently announced the final two: 1987's The Wings of Honnêamise (王立宇宙軍 オネアミスの翼) and 2015's Boy and the Beast (バケモノの子). The series will run from September 29 through October 5, though tickets and showtime information is not yet available. The single-screen theater is located at 4115 Butler Street in Lawrenceville (map).

Pittsburgh Pirates interested in Japanese star Shohei Otani.

Via Japan Times.

The latest reports have Japanese pitcher Shohei Otani (大谷 翔平) leaving Japan after this season and joining a Major League team in 2018, with Pittsburgh able to offer him one of the largest initial signing bonuses. Pittsburgh was one of 13 teams scouting Otani in August, according to Ken Rosenthal.

Pittsburgh has had three Japanese players on its roster before---39-year-old pitcher Masumi Kuwata in 2007, infielder Akinori Iwamura in 2010, and relief pitcher Hisanori Takahashi in 2012---but has never signed a young Japanese player in the peak of his career.

Real estate company hiring Chinese-speaking site manager.

Aishel Real Estate is hiring a Mandarin-speaking site manager.
Job Description

- Manage all aspects of the leasing process including marketing, establishing initial contact with prospective tenants, scheduling appointments, processing applications, ensuring accurate preparation and completion of closing documents including lease agreements, ensuring move-in procedures are followed including collection of security deposits and first month’s rent.

- Responsible for ongoing resident relations, including addressing current resident requests, handling notices, collections, court filings, evictions.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

WholeRen (美国厚仁教育集团) hiring Chinese-speaking video editor.

Pittsburgh-based Chinese education consulting and placement firm WholeRen Education (美国厚仁教育集团) is hiring a Chinese-speaking video editor for a part-time position.

"Camp Konnichiwa" at Carnegie Library in Oakland, September 16, 23, and 30.

"Camp Konnichiwa" will return to the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's Oakland branch this month for the next three Saturdays.
Konnichiwa is a popular greeting in Japanese. Children will learn some words and songs in the Japanese language during this three-week program.

Each free session is thirty minutes long, from 11:30 am to 12:00 noon. It is presented by Miki Inokuchi of Japanese language assistant teacher at Shaler Area High school, Jayme Whaley of Japanese program volunteer facilitator at the Carnegie library East Liberty branch and many volunteers. The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh-Main is located at 4400 Forbes Ave. in Oakland.
Each session meets in the Children's 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.

Taolu For Tots fundraiser for Children's Hospital, September 30 and October 1 at Pitt.

The Pitt Wushu club will host Taolu For Tots, a fundraiser for Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, on September 30 and October 1 at the University of Pittsburgh's William Pitt Union.
Have you always wanted to try wushu, but never seemed to have the time? Afraid that your inflexibility will keep you from being a Kung fu master? Want to do something fun for the whole club?

Never fear! Pitt Wushu is hosting TAOLU FOR TOTS, a joint charity workshop for which the entry "fee" is a donation to the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh: a new, unused stuffed animal or children's toy. The team that brings the most donations wins a special prize!

Bring your student organization for a fun day of Chinese martial arts, team-bonding, and all for a great cause.

Workshops include taichi, Drunken Fist, and other super fun things! Come for Saturday morning, afternoon, or Sunday-- or come for as many as you can make!
The required registration is done online.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

City of Pittsburgh to engage and inform Chinese-speaking residents (among others) through new Multicultural Liaison Unit.

The City of Pittsburgh announced Monday it will launch a Multicultural Liaison Unit
to help build trustworthy and sustainable relationships between Department of Public Safety workers and members of the city's immigrant and refugee communities.

The unit will translate police, fire and medic materials into several foreign languages, hold educational events for immigrant communities, and provide multicultural training for Public Safety recruits.
One of the five foreign languages identified is Chinese. The new unit will focus on three areas: Communication and Language Access, Outreach and Education, and Multicultural Trainings.

The full press release is available at the City of Pittsburgh's website.

Monday, September 11, 2017

2017 Silk Screen Asian American Film Festival, September 16 through 24.

The 2017 Silk Screen Asian American Film Festival will run from September 16 through 24 at several Pittsburgh-area theaters. This year's iteration includes selections from Japan, Korea, China, Malaysia, Taiwan, Singapore, and Philippines.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

2016 Japanese animated movie A Silent Voice (聲の形) in Pittsburgh, October 22.

The 2016 Japanese animated movie A Silent Voice (聲の形) will play at the Hollywood Theater in Dormont on October 22. A synopsis of the film, opening in the US on October 20, from the distributor:
A deaf elementary school girl, Shoko Nishimiya, upon transferring, meets a boy named Shoya Ishida in her new class. Shoya, who is not deaf, leads the class in bullying Shoko, because she is deaf. As the bullying continues, the class starts to bully Shoya for bullying Shoko. After graduating from elementary school, Shoko and Shoya do not speak to each other… until later, when Shoya, tormented over his past, decides he must see Shoko once more. Shoya wants to make amends for what he did in elementary school and be Shoko’s friend.
The movie will play at 2:00 pm and tickets are currently available online. 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.

Pitt still hiring Assistant Instructor of Korean.

The University of Pittsburgh reposted for a second time its job ad for an Assistant Instructor of Korean.

English/Korean Language Social Hour September 13 at Pitt.

The University of Pittsburgh's Asian Studies Center and the English Language Institute will present an English/Korean Language Social Hour on September 13, as a way to bring together Korean ESL students and Pitt students learning Korean. It runs from 12:00 to 1:00 pm in 4130 Posvar Hall (map), and will feature ELI students from Chosun University (조선대학교) in Gwangju, South Korea. Refreshments will be provided, and the Social Hour is free and open to the public.