Friday, July 28, 2017

Japanese rock group ONE OK ROCK at Mr. Smalls, August 6.



The Japanese rock group ONE OK ROCK will play at Mr. Smalls Theatre in Millvale on August 6 as part of its Ambitions US Tour.

First Bilingual Chinese Storytime at Carnegie Library in Sheraden, August 5.

The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh branch in Sheraden will hold its first Bilingual Chinese Storytime on August 5 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm.
Celebrate our city’s diverse culture as we explore new words through songs, action rhymes and stories in both English and Chinese. This bilingual program is for children birth to 5 years and their caregivers.
Chinese storytimes are regularly held at the library branches in Oakland and Squirrel Hill. The Sheraden branch is located at 720 Sherwood Ave. (map), and is accessible by buses 28X, G2, G3, and G31 via the West Busway at Sheraden Station stop.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

July 27, 1959: "End of the Road for Chinatown".



On July 27, 1959, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette used the demolition of two buildings on downtown's Third Avenue to proclaim the end of Pittsburgh's Chinatown, which had been sharply declining in size and population for decades.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Pitt still hiring part-time Chinese instructors for Fall 2017.

The University of Pittsburgh's Department of East Asian Languages & Literatures is again accepting resumes for part-time Chinese-language instructor positions for the Fall 2017 term through August 10.
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 Fan Fan at fanfan at pitt.edu by August 10. Candidates with desirable qualifications will be contacted for interview and teaching demonstration. Interview and teaching demonstration will take place during 8/16-8/17.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

New Chinese movie Wolf Warrior 2 (战狼2) in Pittsburgh, from July 28.



The 2017 Chinese action movie Wolf Warrior 2 (战狼2) will play at the AMC Loews Waterfront Theater from July 28. A synopsis, from the distributor:
The Wolf Warrior is back, bigger and badder than ever, in this action-packed sequel to the 2015 blockbuster hit. With his career in tatters, China’s deadliest Special Forces operative has settled into a quiet life on the sea. But when he crosses paths with a sadistic band of mercenaries terrorizing innocent civilians, he must reaffirm his duty as a soldier and save the day once again. Fists (and bullets, tanks, missiles and much more) will fly in this adrenaline-fueled tour de force of bravura action filmmaking, all culminating into a climactic battle between the Wolf Warrior and the mercenary leader (Frank Grillo, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War).
The original Wolf Warrior movie topped the Chinese box office its opening weekend in 2015. Tickets and showtimes are available from Fandango. 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.

HCL Technologies hiring Bilingual Japanese Query Understanding Analyst for position onsite at Google.

HCL Technologies is hiring a Bilingual Japanese Query Understanding Analyst for a position working onsite at Google in Larimer. The posting, via Monster.com:
Summary:
Bilingual Japanese Query Understanding Analyst is a full-time job through HCL America, Inc. onsite at Google Pittsburgh. You will work to enhance users’ online shopping experience by performing in-depth product research, analyzing the user query stream, and improving query classifier performance using highly technical internal tools and processes. It is part of a fast-paced environment, partnering closely with operations and engineering teams. Native or near-native Japanese reading/writing fluency is preferred and spending significant time living/working in the Japanese culture is a plus.

"HOW: Hands-On Workshop Series — Obon Lanterns with Shannon", August 1 in Oakland.


Via Toronogashi.
The Carnegie Library in Oakland will host an Obon Lantern workshop on Tuesday, August 1 as part of its Hands-On Workshop series.
Join us for HOW, a series of hands-on workshops for adults and teens. Learn from skilled craftspeople. Dig in and try things out in a creative, supportive environment. Join us for one or all of these free programs. Materials provided.

Make floating paper lanterns traditionally used during Obon in Japan. Obon is a Japanese Buddhist custom honoring the spirits of one’s ancestors.

No registration is necessary for these sessions. Seating for all workshops is available to 20 participants on a first-come, first-served basis. You’ll want to come early to be sure you MAKE it on time!
The event runs from 6:00 to 7:30 pm 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.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Documentary The Day the Sun Fell at Harris Theater, August 5.



The 2015 documentary The Day the Sun Fell, on the legacy of the atomic bombs dropped on Japan in 1945, will play at the Harris Theater on August 5.

Pittsburgh Magazine: You should know Jasmine Cho.

Pittsburgh Magazine profiles Jasmine Cho of Yummyholic in the August issue's "You Should Know" section.

113 Industries hiring Chinese-language Consultant, Consumer Insights.

113 Industries, a market research consulting firm headquartered in Station Square, is hiring a Chinese-language "Consultant, Consumer Insights". An excerpt of the job posting, via Indeed.com:
113 Industries is seeking a detail-oriented and self-motivated Consultant to join the Consumer Insights team on projects related to Chinese consumers. The Consultant’s primary contributions will include configuring and analyzing data collection campaigns in Chinese language.

This is a temporary assignment but could lead to a full-time role as an Associate with highly variable day-to-day activities, a highly collaborative team, and great exposure to industry-leading organizations. In that Associate role, the candidate will create strategies, presentations and deliverables and interact with the clients directly. In that role, the candidate will also contribute to ongoing development of 113’s services to continually enhance the analysis of consumer data and insights.

Excellent knowledge of Chinese languages, both written and verbal, and Chinese culture is a must. Good knowledge of English is also required.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

China to Pittsburgh direct flights delayed until summer 2018.

The direct flights from China to Pittsburgh that were in the works this year will be delayed until summer 2018, according to Pittsburgh International Airport officials on Friday. From the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
The delay will give Chinese tourism company Caissa Touristic more time to promote and sell tickets for the flight, said Bob Kerlik, an airport spokesman. The company hasn't started to sell tickets.

The airport announced the flight in March after Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, Allegheny Airport Authority CEO Christina Cassotis and other officials traveled to China to meet with airlines and tour operators.

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.

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.