Friday, July 21, 2017

2017 Singaporean-Thai film Pop Aye in Pittsburgh, July 28 - August 3.



The 2017 Singaporean-Thai film Pop Aye will play at the Hollywood Theater in Dormont from July 28. A summary from a recent A.V. Club review:
Some men buy a Ferrari when they’re in the throes of a midlife crisis. Thana (Thaneth Warakulnukroh), the successful architect who’s at the center of writer-director Kirsten Tan’s wistful feature debut Pop Aye, buys an elephant. And although at first this appears to be an act of portentous quirkiness, it turns out that the elephant, Pop Aye—played by an elephant named Bong, one of three actors listed in the film’s credits—is the same one Thana grew up with on his uncle’s farm in the Thai countryside, and the duo’s long walk back to Thana’s hometown is not just a homecoming; it’s an act of penance.

Dissatisfied and feeling as though life is leaving him behind, Thana longs for a simpler time, one less beholden to modern conveniences and consumerist luxuries. The film takes a similarly leisurely tack, ambling along at an unhurried pace for a road trip story that doubles as a travelogue of rural Thailand. Much of the film is split between this odd-couple pilgrimage and scenes of Thana’s life back in Bangkok, where his younger co-workers are squeezing him out of his own firm and his relationship with his wife, Bo (Penpak Sirikul), long ago soured into resentment.
Tickets and showtime information is now 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.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

"Not Safe For Life" Japanese horror movie Audition (オーディション) at Row House Cinema, August 12.



The 1999 Japanese horror movie Audition (オーディション) will play at Row House Cinema in Lawrenceville on August 12. Film critic Robin Wood wrote of the Miike Takashi film:
In general, his reputation (or ‘cult’ status) appears to rest on his readiness to push further and further the boundaries of portrayable violence, ‘grossout’ cinema, which doubtless has its sociological interest within a civilization (and I don’t mean only Japanese) that seems to be in the process of accepting (and rather enjoying, even celebrating) its headlong race towards extinction: a kind of Japanese Tarantino, perhaps marginally less complacent and self-congratulatory [. . .].

To put it concisely: The other Miike films are disturbing for what they have to tell us about the state of contemporary civilization; they are not in the least disturbing in themselves, operating on some fantasy level of annihilation, with ‘comic-book’ violence. Audition, on the other hand, is authentically disturbing, and infinitely more horrifying: the first time I watched it – on DVD, at home, after warnings I had received – I was repeatedly tempted, through the last half hour, to turn it off. It is one of those few films, like Pasolini’s Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom (Salò o le 120 giornate di Sodoma, 1975) that are almost as unwatchable as the newsreels – of Auschwitz, of the innocent victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and Vietnam, victims of Nazi or American dehumanization, which today, under President Bush, seem not so far apart.
Tickets and showtime information has not been announced yet. The single-screen theater is located at 4115 Butler Street in Lawrenceville (map).

Western Pennsylvania welcomes Japanese baseball players to the Freeport International Baseball Invitational.


by Jack Fordyce of the Tribune-Review.

With only four players from overseas, this year's Freeport International Baseball Invitational isn't very international this year. Nevertheless the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review profiles today the two Japanese collegiate athletes who make up half of the international contingent:
Outside of the noisy bus, Ito is enjoying his trip, taking in new experiences big and small surrounding him.

Even the insects.

“It is the first time I've ever seen lightning bugs,” Ito said. “They are pretty cool to see.”

Panda Supermarket (熊猫超市) opening today in Squirrel Hill.


via @PandaSupermarket2017

The Panda Supermarket (熊猫超市) Facebook page announced late Wednesday that it will be open for business starting today, July 20.
Hello everyone! After a day for fixing the systems, we've started our business today and everything is going well. Don't forget that you can get a 10% discount if you follow the public page of Facebook. Our sales promotion will be closed next Saturday. Thank you for your support!

大家好!经过一整天的系统修理,我们已经从今天开始正式营业了。各位记得只要关注Facebook的公众页面,就可以获得九折的购物优惠,这一次的优惠活动将在下周六截止,请大家把握时间哦!谢谢大家的支持!
The store is located at 5846 Forbes Ave. (map), on the first floor beneath Bangkok Balcony.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Library Orientation for New Chinese Students, August 16 at Pitt.


Via Pitt's Weibo.

Chinese-speaking students at the University of Pittsburgh are invited to attend the Library Orientation for New Chinese Students on August 16 at the Hillman Library.
Would you like to know...

  • A librarian who speaks your native language?
  • The difference between academic libraries in the U.S. and libraries in your home country?
  • The many wonderful services that the library offers to help your area of study and research at Pitt?
  • If so, please come to attend one of the library orientation sessions.
The session will be held from 2:00 to 3:00 pm in room G-74 of the Hillman Library (map). The event is free but registration is required.

K-Pop Dance Party: Second Edition at James Street Gastropub, August 2.



The James Street Gastropub in Deutschtown will host its second K-Pop Dance Party on August 2, following the success of its first on May 9.
Join us once more for K-POP Appreciation and Dance Party!!

At James Street Gastropub and Speakeasy in the Speakeasy downstairs

August 2 at 8:00 pm

**Guest DJs**
Sikes
DJ Naikou

There may even be a choreographed K-pop dance routine!!!
The event starts at 7:00 pm and is free. James Street Gastropub is located at 422 Foreland St. (map).

Szechuan Spice to open July 25 in Shadyside.



Szechuan Spice will open in Shadyside on July 25, according to advertisements that went out today. The banner ad above from The Pitt News advertises dim sum, sushi, hot pot, and Szechuan cuisine. The restaurant is coming to 5700 Centre Ave. (map); work on the former site of Jimmy Tsang's Chinese restaurant has been underway since August 2015.


Taken July 6.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

My Neighbor Totoro (となりのトトロ) at Row House Cinema, July 28 to August 3.



The Row House Cinema in Lawrenceville will show Hayao Miyazaki's 1988 animated film My Neighbor Totoro (となりのトトロ) as part of the Pittsburgh Children's Film Festival from July 28 to August 3. A 2013 A.V. Club review provides a summary of the now-classic film:
There are magical creatures in My Neighbor Totoro: the Catbus, a 12-legged conveyance with headlight eyes; the soot sprites, tiny animate dust balls who cluster in the dimly lit corners of the family’s house; and Totoro himself. But the world is magic, too, in the way it might be to children who have never seen the towering beauty of a camphor tree before. Acorns sparkle like diamonds in the dirt; branches part to reveal hidden forest paths, then hide all trace of them.

Although the 86-minute Totoro is uncharacteristically short for a Miyazaki feature, the film is never in a rush; it’s nearly half an hour before the title character makes his first appearance. Though conventional wisdom has it that younger viewers need incessant stimulation lest their tiny attention spans expire, Miyazaki so effectively captures the feeling of a child’s life, inside as well as out, that little ones are often mesmerized by the movie, and adults are returned to a time when they could enjoy mystery for its own sake. Should there be something they don’t understand, they can always ask the nearest 4-year-old for clarification.
Ticket and showtime information is now available online; some shows are in Japanese with English subtitles, while others are dubbed in English. A 9:30 am "Cereal Cinema" screening on July 29 features an all-you-can-eat cereal bar.

Kawaii Gifts moves upstairs.


via @KawaiiBuzz.

Shadyside's Kawaii Gifts has moved from its longtime basement home to a first floor spot around the corner at 738 Copeland St. (map) in what was most recently Heart of the Earth. Kawaii Gifts
specialize[s] in Japanese kawaii (cute) gifts and fancy goods. Our floor is overflowing with everything pink and fuzzy, or both. Kawaii Gifts stocks Japanese imports, collectible vinyl toys, miniatures, etc.

Fundraising underway for new Philippine Center in West Mifflin.

The Filipino American Association of Pittsburgh is raising funds to convert the former Fellowship Hall of Resurrection Church in West Mifflin into the region's first Philippine Center. The FAAP President writes in the latest FAAP newsletter:
For the past 40 years it has been our dream to have a home for the Filipino American community in Pittsburgh. A place where we can have offices for our staff; conduct business meetings, social gatherings and community service events; a Filipino school, community kitchen, storage for costumes, cultural exhibit, and library among others. In 2012, a group of FAAP directors and members was tasked with revisiting the dream. In 2014, a feasibility study was formulated to answer fundamental questions and to provide the framework by which we can proceed to establish and operate a Philippine center in Pittsburgh. Soon after, the board created a Philippine Center Committee that has been working ever since to find a suitable property, and, in partnership with the Fundraising Committee, to seek potential donors/benefactors and to come up with fundraising strategies.

Panda Supermarket delays July 18 opening.


via @PandaSupermarket2017

Squirrel Hill's Panda Supermarket has delayed their opening again, according to last night's Facebook announcement:
Hello everyone! Since some systems are still in operation and adjustment, so the scheduled opening time(7/18) will be postponed. Promotion will also be extended for a week. We're sorry for the inconvenience.
Please continue to follow the public page of Facebook and Wechat. We will update all the notice about the store in time, thank you!
大家好,由于店里的系统问题还正在调整处理中,所以原定的明天的开业时间将往后延迟。同样促销活动也会往后延迟一个星期。为此带来的不便请见谅!请大家持续关注Facebook公众页面以及微信公众号,我们将及时发送更新通知,谢谢!
The promotion in question is a 10% discount for liking its page on Facebook. The store is located at 5846 Forbes Ave. (map), on the first floor beneath Bangkok Balcony.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Mongolia's HAYA to make US debut at IUP in 2018.



The Mongolian music group Haya (Хаяа), will make its US debut in April 2018 at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. A profile of the April 5, 2018 "Migrations" concert, from its management company:
“Migration” is about searching for one’s own spiritual home, experiencing the beauty of life itself, and returning to a simplistic, survivalist lifestyle. HAYA Band’s “Migration” Concert employs innovative musical language alongside classic traditional songs, fusing a variety of musical elements such as chants, the Mongolian horsehead fiddle, plucked string instruments, throat singing, and shaman drums. Their music is refined and captivating. Their shows have a distinct “ceremonious” feel. Migration provides us with a path for escape from this fast-paced modern world, a contemporary migration to another realm, one surrounded by the wonders of nature and life.
Single tickets will be available online starting August 29. IUP is located roughly 60 miles east of Pittsburgh, and the concert will be held in the Fisher Auditorium of the IUP Performing Arts Center from 8:00 pm on April 5.

K-pop Dance Class at Yanlai Dance Academy from July 22.



The Yanlai Dance Academy in the North Hills will host a K-pop Dance Class on weekends from July 22 through August 19. Classes run from 2:00 to 3:00 pm and are $13 for drop-ins or $10 per session for the whole term. The school is located at 2260 Babcock Blvd (map).

Who's Hiring? 7/17 roundup.

A quick look at some local eateries, groceries, and businesses looking for workers. In many cases, proficiency in more than one language is required.
  • Bubble Pi Baking Arts - [Squirrel Hill] Part-timer wanted. Contact: 317-506-8722
  • Chaya - [Squirrel Hill] Servers wanted, proficiency in Japanese and English required. Contact: 412-422-2082
  • Ineffable Ca Phe - [Bloomfield] Cooks, baristas, servers, dishwashers. Contact: ineffablecaphe at yahoo.com
  • Oriental Market - [North Hills] Asian grocery requires Chinese proficiency. Contact: 412-548-3648.
  • Panda Supermarket - [Squirrel Hill] Contact: 412-230-8902

If you have a listing, please send information to pennsylvasia at gmail.com or send a message on Facebook.

"Storytime: Japanese and English" at Carnegie Library in East Liberty, July 18.

The next installment of the monthly program "Storytime: Japanese and English" will take place on July 18 at the Carnegie Library in East Liberty.
Celebrate our city’s diverse culture as we explore new words through songs, action rhymes and stories in both English and Japanese for children and their parents or caregivers. For children age birth-5 and their caregivers.
It runs from 11:00 to 11:30 am and is free and open to the public. The library is located at 130 S. Whitfield St. (map).

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Studio Ghibli film Kiki's Delivery Service (魔女の宅急便) at Cinemark theaters around Pittsburgh, July 23 and 24.



The 1989 Hayao Miyazaki film Kiki's Delivery Service (魔女の宅急便) will play at Cinemark theaters in western Pennsylvania on July 23 and 24, as this month's installment of the GKIDS Studio Ghibli Fest 2017. A synopsis from distributor GKIDS:
From the legendary Hayao Miyazaki comes the beloved story of a resourceful young witch who uses her broom to create a delivery service, only to lose her gift of flight in a moment of self-doubt. It is tradition for all young witches to leave their families on the night of a full moon and set out into the wide world to learn their craft. When that night comes for Kiki, she embarks on her life journey with her chatty black cat, Jiji, landing the next morning in a sea-side village, where a bakery owner hires her to make deliveries. Rarely has the animator’s art been so brilliantly rendered as in this delightfully imaginative film – a beautiful and timeless story of a young girl finding her way in the world.
The English-dubbed version will play at 12:55 at the Cinemarks in Monaca, Monroeville, North Hills, and Pittsburgh on July 23, and the English-subtitled version will play at those theaters at 7:00 pm on July 24. Tickets are currently available online.

Friday, July 14, 2017

University of Pittsburgh hiring Assistant Instructor of Korean

The University of Pittsburgh announced today it is hiring an Assistant Instructor of Korean.
Position available at University of Pittsburgh, Dept. of East Asian Languages & Literatures in Pittsburgh, PA. The individual will be responsible for the following duties: Teach Korean language to graduate and undergraduate students; Work closely with the language coordinator to contribute to the overall effectiveness of the Korean language program; and Perform other academic duties as required.

Requirements: Must have Master’ s degree in Korean Language , Linguistics or related field. Must possess one (1) year of experience teaching Korean at the University level. Must possess native or near-native proficiency in both Korean and English.
Those interested should send resumes to the administrator listed on the job advertisement.

Korean is the fastest-growing language at the university level, according to the Modern Language Association, and enrollment in first-year Korean courses at Pitt has increased nearly three-fold in the last decade.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

1973 Japanese animated film Belladonna of Sadness (哀しみのベラドンナ) in Pittsburgh, July 14 - 20.



Pittsburgh Filmmakers announced today the 1973 Japanese animated film Belladonna of Sadness (哀しみのベラドンナ) will play in Pittsburgh from July 14 through 20. A RogerEbert.com review provides a summary:
Beginning with a pop ballad of love, “Belladonna” tells the story of Jeanne, a beautiful young woman who falls in love with hunky Jean. The two, blessed by God, marry, with all the requisite expectations of happily-ever-after. But soon the nightmare begins. On their wedding night, the lord of the village rapes Jeanne. Jean is helpless to intervene. At first broken by the experience, Jeanne eventually vows revenge, with the help of a pact with the devil, who appears to her in explicitly phallic form and grows larger the more Jeanne submits to him. As Jeanne grows more and more powerful, she poses a threat to both the village lord and its priest, who seems to always be beside him. Jean seems progressively more wimpy, succumbing to drink and excess. The men grow weaker as she grows stronger, until she becomes a powerful witch and must be taken down. But that becomes difficult, because the peasant villagers have become attached to her—she provides them healing and hosts nights of unimaginable pleasure in the forest. Violence is the only recompense.
The film will play in Japanese with English subtitles at the Harris Theater for the week and at the Melwood Screening Room in Oakland on the 16th; showtimes are available online. The first screening is on the 14th at 5:30 pm. The Harris Theater is located at 809 Liberty Ave. in the downtown Pittsburgh Cultural District (map), and the Melwood Screening Room is located at 477 Melwood Ave. in Oakland (map).

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Pitt hiring part-time Chinese instructors for Fall 2017.

The University of Pittsburgh's Department of East Asian Languages & Literatures is accepting resumes for part-time Chinese-language instructor positions for the Fall 2017 term through July 19.
EALL anticipates openings for part-time instructors in the Chinese language program beginning in the fall 2017. Candidates must have native language proficiency, hold at least a college degree, and be authorized to work for the University. Prior experience in teaching foreign languages and familiarity with CALL, language pedagogy or linguistics is highly preferred. If interested, please send your CV and a sample lesson plan designed for college-level Chinese class to Juchun Wei at juchun [at] pitt.edu by July 19. Candidates with desirable qualifications will be contacted for interview and teaching demonstration. Interview and teaching demonstration will take place during 7/24-26.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Vietnamese coffee shop opening soon in Lawrenceville.



A new Vietnamese coffee shop, Ineffable Ca Phe, is preparing to open soon in Lawrenceville. It is located at 3920 Penn Ave. (map), just across the street from Bloomfield. It was originally supposed to open on July 8, but promises to open "really soon & it be worth the wait :)"

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Panda Supermarket (熊猫超市) in Squirrel Hill now aiming for July 18 opening, offering discounts to customers who like the store's Facebook page.



Originally scheduled to open on July 12, Panda Supermarket (熊猫超市) in Squirrel Hill is now planning a July 18 opening. Customers who like the Asian grocery store on Facebook will receive a 10% discount.



The store is located at 5846 Forbes Ave. (map), on the first floor beneath Bangkok Balcony in what was most recently a mattress shop.

Richmond Engineering Works in Robinson Twp. hiring bilingual Mandarin-English Director of Business Development.

Richmond Engineering Works is hiring a bilingual Mandarin-English Director of Business Development. An excerpt from the job ad:
Richmond Engineering Works LLC (REW) is seeking a Director of Business Development (DBD) to work at our Pittsburgh, PA office to develop business opportunities with P.R China coal ports, power plants, and mining companies. Will also: identify, qualify, and oversee Chinese manufacturing plants for the fabrication of REW rotary railcar dumpers and related products; promote MSHA-30CFR14 certified conveyor belting; manage China MITPs; prepare project charts, quotations, contracts, export-importing shipping, and interact with Chinese customers and factories by creating well-written and well-articulated oral communications in both English and Mandarin Chinese regarding drawings, revisions, acceptance, and clarifications of technical misunderstandings.

Must have (5) years of experience in a related position.
Applicants are requested to mail their letters and resumes to the address listed on the advertisement. Richmond Engineering Works is headquartered at 1601 Parkway View Drive in Robinson Township (map).

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Squirrel Hill's Panda Supermarket (熊猫超市) eyeing July 12 opening.


Via @pandasupermarket2017

Panda Supermarket (熊猫超市), an Asian grocery store coming soon to Squirrel Hill, is eyeing a July 12 opening, according to messages from its official Facebook page. Signage went up for it in May at 5846 Forbes Ave. (map), on the first floor beneath Bangkok Balcony.

Shadyside's Szechuan Spice looks about ready.



The paper is off the windows, the furniture is out, and the lights are on in Szechuan Spice in Shadyside. The restaurant has been under construction at 5700 Centre Ave. (map) since August 2015 in what was until 2011 Jimmy Tsang's Chinese Restaurant. Though a lot of progress has been made recently, there is no word on an official opening date yet.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Jiyon Hong at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts through July 23.


Ten-Year Lapse, via Pittsburgh Center for the Arts.

Korean artist Jiyon Hong's work will be on display at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts through July 23, as one of nine current solo and collaborative exhibitions. A summary of "Grid, Pall-mall & Stepping Stones":
Presenting works that map the City of Pittsburgh though her experience as a new comer, this exhibit comparing geographical and memory maps of her walks in her new hometown. Through her abstracted expression of Pittsburgh’s “placeness,” a shared sense of the city emerges. The show will include installation piece as well as paintings and sculptures based on elements she found in the City of Pittsburgh.
More information is available at Hong's official website. The gallery is located at 6300 Fifth Ave. in Shadyside (map). It is open from 12:00 to 4:00 pm on Sundays, closed on Mondays, and open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm the rest of the week.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Ross Park Mall's Tiffany & Co. hiring Mandarin-speaking sales associate.

The Tiffany & Co. jewelry store in Ross Park Mall in the North Hills is hiring a Mandarin-speaking sales professional.
Required Qualifications
  • Experience in retail or luxury retail or relevant customer-related experience (e.g., hospitality).
  • Proven track record in achieving sales results.
  • Flexibility to work non-traditional hours, including days, nights, weekends and holidays.
  • Ability to work with a diverse client base.
  • Proficiency with Point of Sales (POS) systems, client tracking systems and Microsoft Outlook/email.
  • Must have authorization to work in the United States or in the country where the position is based.


Preferred Qualifications:
  • A college/university degree.
  • Graduate Gemologist degree or previous Gemological Institute of America (GIA) course work is preferred.
  • Proficiency in multiple languages.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

2017 Singaporean-Thai film Pop Aye in Pittsburgh, from July 27.



The 2017 Singaporean-Thai film Pop Aye will play at the Hollywood Theater in Dormont from July 27. A summary from a recent A.V. Club review:
Some men buy a Ferrari when they’re in the throes of a midlife crisis. Thana (Thaneth Warakulnukroh), the successful architect who’s at the center of writer-director Kirsten Tan’s wistful feature debut Pop Aye, buys an elephant. And although at first this appears to be an act of portentous quirkiness, it turns out that the elephant, Pop Aye—played by an elephant named Bong, one of three actors listed in the film’s credits—is the same one Thana grew up with on his uncle’s farm in the Thai countryside, and the duo’s long walk back to Thana’s hometown is not just a homecoming; it’s an act of penance.

Dissatisfied and feeling as though life is leaving him behind, Thana longs for a simpler time, one less beholden to modern conveniences and consumerist luxuries. The film takes a similarly leisurely tack, ambling along at an unhurried pace for a road trip story that doubles as a travelogue of rural Thailand. Much of the film is split between this odd-couple pilgrimage and scenes of Thana’s life back in Bangkok, where his younger co-workers are squeezing him out of his own firm and his relationship with his wife, Bo (Penpak Sirikul), long ago soured into resentment.
Tickets and showtimes are not yet 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.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Yummyholic's Jasmine Cho profiled in Pittsburgh Magazine's Women & Business July 2017.



The July 2017 issue of Pittsburgh Magazine profiles Jasmine Cho and the motivations behind her online⸺for now, at least⸺bakery, Yummyholic.
"The pure act of creating is definitely the most fulfilling and enjoyable part of my work. I always feel like I am creating small works of edible art with every cookie I decorate, and I also love having the freedom to push my creativity when it comes to concocting the flavors for my treats."

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Yuzu Kitchen to open July 4.



Yuzu Kitchen, a ramen and robata restaurant in planning since April 2016, will open downtown on July 4, according to its most recent Facebook post. A March Next Pittsburgh article described the restaurant thus:
Located in the heart of the business district on Wood St., Yuzu Kitchen will feature ramen dishes, tapas-style appetizers and robata grill items. Robata (short for “robatayaki”) in Japanese cuisine is similar to food barbecued on skewers. The menu will feature food with influences from Japanese, Chinese and Korean cuisines.
Yuzu Kitchen will be open from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm on July 4. It's located at 409 Wood St. downtown (map).

Pitt hiring student worker for East Asian Library.



The University of Pittsburgh's East Asian Library is hiring a part-time student worker this summer to serve as a library assistant.
The university of Pittsburgh is currently seeking a Library Assistant. The responsibilities of a Library Assistant include:
- Help with instruction, and LibGuide creation.
- Help with Chinese and Korean collection
- Help with the East Asian Gateway services as needed.
- Local shifting of East Asian Library (EAL)Stacks
- Help EAL projects
- Other work as needed.
Knowledge of Korean and Chinese is required, according to the posting. Those interested should apply via PittSource.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Ariba hiring bilingual Chinese-English Procurement Operations Specialist for overnight position.

Pittsburgh-based Ariba is again hiring a bilingual Chinese-English Procurement Operations Specialist for an 8:00 pm to 5:00 am shift. An excerpt from the job posting:
The Customer Support Specialist is the face and voice of Ariba to our customers, building relationships in each interaction. Specialists help our customers maximize the benefits of Ariba solutions to facilitate a global exchange of goods and services in the world’s largest business to business trading community. They use their expertise and collaborate with team members and customers across the globe to provide detailed solutions that exceed expectations.

Duties and Responsibilities

• Provides inbound application and functional support for all relevant Ariba applications, both internally and externally, by way of email, webform and phone.
• Resolves 80% of issues without escalation.
• Respond to customer inquiries in a timely manner and within service level objectives.
• Successfully documents all requests through the CRM system while adhering to all documented procedures.
• Provides general assistance to other teams within Global Customer Support and Ariba.
• Conducts all customer interactions in a manner that presents Ariba in a positive light. Specialists are required to be respectful, fair, gracious and knowledgeable and to uphold the core values established by Ariba.
• Ensures that individual performance meets or exceeds the department standards.
• All other duties as assigned.
Additional details and application information are available on the SAP website.

Sweet Panda Asian Market coming soon to South Side.

NextPittsburgh profiles Noi Chaisri, the owner of Thai Me Up and Sweet Panda Asian Market opening soon on the South Side.
Chaisri says it’s common for guests at Thai Me Up to ask where they can buy a particular ingredient used in their cooking, and until now, she would send them across town. It didn’t take long for her to decide that it made more sense to open her new storage space to the public as a market.

Sweet Panda will stock mostly Thai products alongside some Japanese, Vietnamese, Korean and Filipino fare. Expect to find fresh lemongrass and basil alongside specialty soy sauces, purple yams, vegan tofu and other hard-to-find items.

Sweet Panda will also sell prepared meals, “like an Asian version of GetGo,” laughs Chaisri. They’ll open early so customers can pick up Thai beef jerky with sticky rice for breakfast, or snag some ginger chicken for supper on the way home. They’re also thinking of offering some curries that aren’t on the menu next door.
Sweet Panda will open later this summer at 114 S. 23rd St., next to her restaurant (map).

Monday, June 26, 2017

Japanese rock band Boris (ボリス) in Pittsburgh, October 27.



Advance notice for Boris (ボリス) playing at Mr. Smalls Theater on October 27. Boris---which has tried to eschew labels but has been labelled heavy metal and experimental rock---will tour Europe and the US later this year for its 25th Anniversary Tour. The Pittsburgh City-Paper summarized Boris ahead of a 2007 show here:
Three Japanese musicians merge into one pure vacuum of rock influence by absorbing every hyphenated, italicized and marginalized genre. Atsuo (drums), Wata (guitar) and Takeshi (bass) have fashioned a stellar compass of sounds since they first coalesced in 1992. Boris affords its members a sort of artistic invisibility, a singular tri-dentity capable of boundless experimentation. Last names are always withheld and song credits littered with intentional errors to further dissociate the music from its makers.
Tickets for the October 27 show go on sale June 30. Mr. Smalls Theatre is located at 400 Lincoln Ave. in Millvale (map).

George Takei to speak at Pitt, October 17; musical film Allegiance on October 15.


Via @georgehtakei

The University of Pittsburgh will host activist, actor, and author George Takei on October 17 as the keynote speaker of this year's International Education Week.
With a career spanning five decades, George Takei is known around the world for his founding role in the acclaimed television series Star Trek, in which he played Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the Starship Enterprise. But George Takei's story goes where few stories have gone before. From a childhood spent with his family wrongfully imprisoned in a Japanese American Internment Camp during WWII, to becoming one of the country's leading figures in the fight for social justice, LGBTQ rights, and marriage equality—George Takei remains a powerful voice on issues ranging from politics to pop culture.
On Sunday, October 15th, the film adaptation of the musical Allegiance will play at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum. A symopsis of the film, from the musical's website:
Allegiance illuminates one of American history’s lesser known chapters as it tells the story of Sam Kimura (Takei), transported back nearly six decades to when his younger self (Telly Leung, Godspell, “Glee”) and his sister Kei (Tony Award®-winner Lea Salonga, Miss Saigon, Mulan) fought to stay connected to their heritage, their family and themselves after Japanese Americans were wrongfully imprisoned during World War II. An important story told with great resonance and intimacy, Allegiance explores the ties that bind us, the struggle to persevere and the overwhelming power of forgiveness and, most especially, love.
Both events will begin at 7:00 pm, though tickets are not yet available.

Japanese-English Reading Circle in Shadyside, from July 1.



The Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania's Japanese-English Reading Circle will begin again with a new series of six meetings from July 1 at Kenmawr Apartments in Shadyside.
Join us for the Japanese-English Reading Circle, a first of its kind reading group!

Mission: to promote language learning through reading and language exchange. We aim to keep positivity and motivation high while developing reading fluency, vocabulary, content discussion, and reading strategies in a fun, collaborative environment.

Meetings: will consist of icebreaker language games, discussions about book topics, questions about language, formation of reading goals, and reading strategy sharing/reflection

Who can join: Japanese learners of English or English-speaking learners of Japanese. Any proficiency level is okay, although it would help to have at least beginner level knowledge of the second language you are studying.

Cost: $5 book deposit to be reimbursed upon return of all borrowed books. Please consider donating to offset the cost of promotion and snacks.
The meetings are held every other Saturday from July through September from 5:00 to 6:30 pm. The apartment complex at 401 Shady Ave. (map) has a large number of Japanese residents who work and study in the city, and often hosts cultural events for its international residents.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Another way to beat the heat in Pittsburgh: bingsu at Sumi's Cakery.



NextPittsburgh this week published 12 ways to beat the heat this summer. A glaring omission is the multiple bingsu⸺빙수, shaved ice⸺varieties at Sumi's Cakery, the Korean bakery in Squirrel Hill. The best-known kind is patbingsu (팥빙수), a Korean summer dessert made with red beans (pat, 팥), fruit, shaved ice (bingsu, 빙수), and occasionally ice cream. Pictured above, from Sumi's Facebook page, is black sesame shaved ice (흑임자빙수) with almonds and injeolmi (인절미빙수) shaved ice, made with bean powder and topped with almonds.

Sumi's Cakery is located at 2119 Murray Ave. in Squirrel Hill (map).

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Fukumenya / Noodle Uchi to close on June 23 as Sushi Fuku moves in.

Fukumenya, the build-your-own-ramen restaurant on Craig St. in Oakland formerly known as Noodle Uchi, announced on Facebook today that it will close tomorrow, June 23. Its space will be taken by Sushi Fuki, the neighboring restaurant with the same owner.




Noodle Uchi opened in November 2016
at 415 S. Craig St. (map), in what used to be Maximum Flavor Pizza Shop.

Matcha and Sake Tasting at Adda in Shadyside, June 25.


Matcha, by cyclonebill (Creative Commons).

Adda Coffee & Tea House will host a Matcha and Sake Tasting on June 25.
Join us for an afternoon of tasting and discussing two of Japan’s signature beverages. Our own Andrew will be leading a brief Matcha tea demonstration to begin the event.

We are very thankful to the Pittsburgh Japansese Culture Society for coming in to give us a lecture about Sake. We will be learn about the similarities and differences between different sakes and we will have an opportunity to taste 3 different styles of sake.
Adda is located at 200 South Highland Ave. (map).

Chinese food at Forbes and Meyran: Oakland's Bamboo Garden.


Via Dr. Young Suh Kim.

The corner of Forbes and Meyran Aves. in Oakland still doesn't have its noodle place---the Asian Noodle Bar has been "coming soon" since November 2014---but that spot was the home of a long-running Chinese restaurant for more than 50 years. Bamboo Garden occuped 3531 Forbes Ave. from July 22, 1935 to the 1980s and advertised Chow Mein and Chop Suey to appeal to American tastes. According to 2005 a letter published in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, it was the favorite restaurant of Dr. Jonas Salk.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Shaun Tan's The Arrival, Gene Luen Yang's American Born Chinese topics of Graphic Novel Book Club at Carnegie Library Woods Run, June 29.



The Graphic Novel Book Club at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Woods Run branch will discuss two books on the immigrant experience on June 29: Shaun Tan's Arrival and Gene Luen Yang's American Born Chinese.

Pittsburgh Taiko four-week beginner workshop, Saturdays starting July 1.


via Pittsburgh Taiko Facebook page.

Pittsburgh Taiko, a local Japanese drumming group, will host a four-week beginner workshop starting July 1.
Over the course of the workshop, you will learn basic movements and techniques used to play taiko.

Drumsticks will be provided, as will earplugs (although you’re welcome to bring your own if you have some).
The workshop meets the first four Saturdays of the month---July 1, 8, 15, 22---at Winchester Thurston School's Upper School building in Shadyside (map). The cost of the workshop is $20 for Japan-America Society of Pittsburgh members, $25 for students 9th grade and above, and $40 for others. More information is available on the Pittsburgh Taiko website.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Hayao Miyazaki film My Neighbor Totoro (となりのトトロ) at Cinemark theaters around Pittsburgh, June 25 and 26.



The Hayao Miyazaki film My Neighbor Totoro (となりのトトロ) and Kiki's Delivery Service (魔女の宅急便) will play at Cinemark theaters in western Pennsylvania next week, the first installment of this year's GKIDS Studio Ghibli Fest 2017. From a 2001 Roger Ebert review:
Miyazaki's films are above all visually enchanting, using a watercolor look for the backgrounds and working within the distinctive Japanese anime tradition of characters with big round eyes and mouths that can be as small as a dot or as big as a cavern. They also have an unforced realism in the way they notice details; early in ''Totoro,'' for example, the children look at a little waterfall near their home, and there on the bottom, unremarked, is a bottle someone threw into the stream.

The movie tells the story of two young sisters, Satsuki and Mei Kusakabe. As the story opens, their father is driving them to their new house, near a vast forest. Their mother, who is sick, has been moved to a hospital in this district. Now think about that. The film is about two girls, not two boys or a boy and a girl, as all American animated films would be. It has a strong and loving father, in contrast to the recent Hollywood fondness for bad or absent fathers. Their mother is ill; does illness exist in American animation?
An English-dubbed version will play at 12:55 pm on June 25 at Cinemark theaters in Monaca, Monroeville, North Hills, and Pittsburgh Mills, while the English-subtitled version will play at those theaters at 7:00 pm on June 26. Tickets are currently available online.

Monday, June 19, 2017

"Storytime: Japanese and English" at Carnegie Library in East Liberty, June 20.

The next installment of the monthly program "Storytime: Japanese and English" will take place on June 20 at the Carnegie Library in East Liberty.
Celebrate our city’s diverse culture as we explore new words through songs, action rhymes and stories in both English and Japanese for children and their parents or caregivers. For children age birth-5 and their caregivers.
It runs from 11:00 to 11:30 am. The library is located at 130 S. Whitfield St. (map).

Sunday, June 18, 2017

The Irregular at Magic High School The Movie: The Girl Who Calls the Stars (劇場版 魔法科高校の劣等生 星を呼ぶ少女) at Hollywood Theater, July 29.



The Hollywood Theater in Dormont will show the Japanese animated movie The Irregular at Magic High School The Movie: The Girl Who Calls the Stars (劇場版 魔法科高校の劣等生 星を呼ぶ少女) on July 29.

Post-Gazette profiles Robert Morris women's basketball recruit Honoka Ikematsu, first Japanese player in program history.


via @rmuwbasketball.

Today's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette features a profile of Honoka Ikematsu, an 18-year-old Japanese woman who is among the latest recruits to the Robert Morris University women's basketball team.
In Honoka Ikematsu, a native of Kumamoto, Japan, [assistant coach Asami] Morita found a player who wanted to compete at a college program in the United States. She also found a player whose skills could transfer across the Pacific Ocean.

Of the numerous differences between Japanese and American women’s basketball, the most significant are the shooting styles. Japanese women’s basketball guards shoot with two hands, similar to a set shot, with a slow release. It’s often accurate, Buscaglia said, but would be easily defended in an American basketball game.

“A lot of players that you would bring over here, you would have to re-teach them how to shoot or you would have to live with the way they shoot the ball,” Buscaglia said.

Concerns of Ikematsu’s ability to learn the American shooting style — using one hand as a guide, and a second hand to push the ball — were eased when they saw film of her scrimmaging with Seattle-based AAU program Emerald City Basketball Academy. Ikematsu already had the American shooting form mastered.
Ikematsu, who signed with Robert Morris on May 18, is the first Japanese player in that program's history.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Fairy Tale: Dragon Cry (劇場版 フェアリーテイル -DRAGON CRY) in Pittsburgh in August.



The 2017 animated film Fairy Tale: Dragon Cry (劇場版 フェアリーテイル -DRAGON CRY) will play at the Southside Works Cinema on August 14 and 16. The distributor summarizes:
Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry movie brings back your favorite gang—Natsu, Lucy, Erza, Gray, Wendy, and the Exceed sidekicks—for a new tale filled with action, adventure, and hilarious hijinks. When the “Dragon Cry,” a staff with the power to destroy the world, is stolen, there’s only one team of wizards up for the job. Dark secrets, new enemies, and fiery fights await!
The movie was released in Japan on May 6. It will play with English subtitles both nights at 7:30, though tickets are not yet available. Southside Works Cinema is located at 425 Cinema Drive in the Southside, one block from the Hot Metal Bridge (map).

Chang Chun Chemical Corporation seeking bilingual English-Mandarin Sales Assistant in Pittsburgh.

Taiwan's Chang Chun Chemical Corporation is seeking a bilingual English-Mandarin Sales Assistant for its office in Wexford, PA.
Chang Chun Group is one of the largest chemical producer in Taiwan. Chang Chun Chemical Corporation (CCCC) is the US branch office 100% owned by Chang Chun Group which is responsible for sales and distribution in North America market. CCCC would like to seek suitably qualified candidates for the following position to join our pioneer team.

Sales Assistant Responsibilities:

Communicating with Taipei Headquarter for order processing and shipment arrangement
To support sales function such as issuing purchase order, invoice or sales related documents
To maintain filling, updating and keeping of records
Managing stock inventory and sales operation as instructed by the Sales Manager
Handling customers’ enquiries and maintain tip top service to customers.
Requirements:

Knowledge and understanding of all shipping terms and associated with shipping knowledge will be an advantage
Experience in SAP or ERP system is a plus
Basic computer operating and Microsoft Office Skills are required
Able to communicate in English and Mandarin is required

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Nakama again voted best Japanese/sushi restaurant in Pittsburgh by people who don't know Japanese/sushi restaurants in Pittsburgh.

Nakama Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar was again voted the best Japanese/sushi restaurant by readers of Pittsburgh Magazine, according to poll results released today. Nakama has been voted #1 each year by readers since 2009, and is also perennial winner of the Pittsburgh City-Paper readers' poll.

Also of relevance to this site: Sesame Inn was voted Best Chinese, Nicky's Thai Kitchen was voted Best Thai, and Pusadee's Garden was voted best Al Fresco (open air). Those poll results are identical to last year's.

1969's Funeral Parade of Roses (薔薇の葬列) at Row House Cinema, June 23 - 29.



The Row House Cinema in Lawrenceville will show the 1969 Japanese movie 1969's Funeral Parade of Roses (薔薇の葬列), "Japan's Queer Underground Cinema Classic," from June 23 to 29 as part of its Row House's Drag Race series. A June 8 New York Times review provides a summay:
A hodgepodge of themes and techniques, it transposes the Oedipus story to the intersection of Tokyo’s hippie and “gay boy” subcultures, opening with a Baudelaire quotation and incorporating street rituals by the Zero Jigen performance group. The title, taken from one performance, is a pun: Bara, Japanese for “rose,” is a slang term akin to the English “pansy.”

The protagonist, Eddie (played by the androgynous entertainer Peter, later featured in Akira Kurosawa’s 1985 “Ran”), is a sweet hustler with a dark past. As polished a looker as the Warhol Factory’s reigning drag queens Candy Darling and Holly Woodlawn, Eddie parlays an affair with a local drug dealer into becoming the madam of the Club Genet, an actual gay bar in the Shinjuku district of Tokyo.
Tickets and showtimes are available online at the theater's website. The single-screen theater is located at 4115 Butler Street in Lawrenceville (map).

POSCO CEO Kwon, Sinochem Group Chair Ning among those named to Pitt's Global Advisory Council.


Via POSCO; via The Paper.

The University of Pittsburgh's Chancellor Patrick Gallagher has named 19 people to his Global Advisory Council to "advise the chancellor and academic and administrative leaders on research, education and outreach activities." The group includes POSCO CEO Ohjoon Kwon and Sinochem Group Chair Gaoning "Frank" Ning, both of whom earned advanced degrees at Pitt in 1985 (PhD and MBA, respectively).

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

IUP still hiring Japanese teacher (preferably someone who can also teach Korean).

Indiana University of Pennsylvania is still hiring a teacher for elementary- and intermediate-level Japanese, with a preference for someone who can also teach Korean (as in the case of there current faculty there, Dr. Yongtaek Kim). An excerpt from the job posting:
Duties
Teach elementary and intermediate Japanese. Preference given to candidates either possessing a literature or cultures specialty or having the ability to also teach Korean language.

Position Qualifications
Fluency in Japanese and a master's degree in Foreign Languages, Education, or a related field are required. Ph.D. is preferred. Ongoing research and publications appropriate to one's area of specialty are expected, and teaching or field experience is preferred.

The department seeks candidates whose teaching, research, or services has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and inclusion in higher education.

Candidates must communicate effectively and perform well during the interview(s).
IUP is located roughly 60 miles northwest of Pittsburgh.

Host families needed in Pittsburgh for visiting Yasuda Women's University students from August to January.

Via Yasuda Women's University.

The University of Pittsburgh's English Language Institute will once again welcome a cohort of students from Hiroshima's Yasuda Women's University (安田女子大学), and GlobalPittsburgh is recruiting host families ahead of their stay.
- The students are all females of 19-20 years old; most of them have "fair" level of English. They will be learning English at the English Language Institute at the University of Pittsburgh in Oakland.
- There will be monthly compensation for hosting.
- The approximate dates of the program are between August 29, 2017 and January 21, 2018.
- The student will need a separate furnished bedroom with a bed, dresser or closet, desk (optional), adequate lighting to study, and heat/air.
- The students cannot be placed in the same home with other Japanese students, Japanese natives or male students.
- Host families are requested to include the student in their family meals with an option for the student to pack their lunch.
- The host should be located conveniently on a direct bus line to Oakland and/or with a max of 40 minute commute.
- The students will be attending the University on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and have a decent amount of homework daily. They will be engaged in many activities provided by University and GlobalPittsburgh.
If your family is willing and able to host, please contact Nadya Kessler at nkessler at globalpittsburgh.org.

Monday, June 12, 2017

2016 Japanese film After the Storm (海よりもまだ深く) at Hollywood Theater, June 16 - 22.



The 2016 Japanese film After the Storm (海よりもまだ深く) will play at the Hollywood Theater in Dormont from June 16 through June 22. A summary from a March San Francisco Chronicle review:
Ryoto (Hiroshi Abe) has lost his mojo. Fifteen years earlier, his novel won a prestigious award, but he has yet to follow up on that success. He is divorced from Kyoko (Yoko Maki) and is behind on his child support — he is limited by the divorce settlement to visiting his son Shingo (Taiyo Yoshizawa) once a month.

He is also broke — probably because of the cost of the divorce and his gambling habit. With no follow-up novel in the works, he has taken a job with a private detective agency. As he gets the goods on his clients’ cheating significant others, he also examines his only life, which he is gradually realizing is a failure.

“I’m the ‘great talents bloom late’ kind,” Ryoto tells his mother, Yashiko (Kirin Kiki, who is excellent).

Not buying it for a second, Mom responds, “You’re taking too long to bloom.”

Unable to move on, Ryoto uses his private eye skills to spy on his ex-wife and her new boyfriend, who seems to be everything he is not — and a nice guy to boot. What could be a creepy sort of plot twist is, in Kore-eda’s hands, more of a sad desperation.

As with many of Kore-eda’s best films — “Maborosi” and “Still Walking,” among others — “After the Storm” has what the Japanese call mono no aware, which translates as “the pathos of things.” It is a film that is aware of the transient, impermanent nature of life.
Tickets and showtime information is now 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.