Thursday, November 29, 2018

The Tale of The Princess Kaguya (かぐや姫の物語) at Carnegie Museum of Art, December 1.



For this month's Cinematheque event as part of the Carnegie International exhibition, the Carnegie Museum of Art will present the 2013 Studio Ghibli film The Tale of The Princess Kaguya (かぐや姫の物語) on December 1. A 2014 A.V. Club review provides a summary:
A humble bamboo cutter named Okina (translation: “old man”) happens upon a glowing stalk in the grove near his house. When he investigates, the shimmering tree blossoms reveal a baby nested inside. Believing this discovery to be a gift from the heavens, Okina brings her home to his wife Ouna (“old woman”), with whom he begins to raise the child as their own. Dubbing her “Princess” Kaguya, Ouna and Okina marvel at how rapidly the girl begins to grow, racing from infancy to pre-adolescence in a matter of days.

While Kaguya busies herself with a normal childhood, making friends with the local kids and bonding with an older boy named Sutemaru, her adopted father becomes distracted by Kaguya’s value to him—the bamboo shoot from which she was born begins producing gold. As Kaguya transforms into a teenager, Okina relocates their family to the capital city, where the girl receives lessons on how to be a proper woman, and is celebrated as a rare beauty. When five aggressive suitors come calling—followed by the emperor himself—Kaguya begins to feel trapped, things falling apart as she imagines a different life for herself.
It goes on to say the film has "some of the most beautifully expressive animation that Ghibli (or anyone else) has ever produced".

The movie runs from 1:00 to 3:15 pm. The museum is located at 4400 Forbes Ave. in Oakland (map), accessible by buses 28X, 58, 61A, 61B, 61C, 61D, 67, 69, 71B, 71D, 75, and P3.

Japanese Conversation Table, November 30 at Pitt.


"Osaka, Japan" by Pedro Szekely (Creative Commons)

Pitt's Department of East Asian Languages & Literatures will hold its final Japanese Conversation Table of the term on Friday, November 30. It's a chance for native Japanese speakers and members of the Pitt community learning Japanese to meet and practice outside of the classroom. The session meets in 244A of the Cathedral of Learning (map) from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

Hanami now open in Oakland but questions about sanitation remain.



A rebranded Thai Hana, named Hanami, is now open at 3608 Forbes Ave. in Oakland (map). It promises sushi, pho, and Asian cuisine.

Thai Hana closed earlier this month after numerous health violations; according to tabulations by WESA FM it had the seventh-most health violations in Allegheny County since 2012, in spite of only opening in 2013. Hanami underwent its initial inspection on November 5 and recorded 10 violations, including some pertaining to sanitation, pest management, and contamination prevention.

Gourmet Chinese Tasting Dinner, December 4 in Highland Park.



Itha Cao of the Hungry Cao will present a Gourmet Chinese Tasting Dinner on December 4.
On December 4th, Casa Brasil welcomes chef resident Itha Cao from the Hungry Cao hosting a unique evening, "Gourmet Chinese Tasting Dinner" where 24 guests will explore a variety of flavors and dishes through a 8 course tasting meal carefully curated by chef Itha!

The menu is composed by a variety of dishes focused on fresh and regional Chinese cuisine.

When - December 4, 2018

Time - 6:30pm – 9pm

Location - Casa Brasil

Tickets- $65 includes a complimentary cocktail

Capacity - 24 guests

Chef Itha will donate portion of proceeds to a charitable effort.

The Hungry Cao

Note: This is a ticketed dinner, no walk-ins.

Join us!
Tickets are required, limited to 24, and available online. Casa Brasil is located at 5904 Bryant St. in Highland Park (map).

Howl's Moving Castle (ハウルの動く城), Kiki's Delivery Service (魔女の宅急便), My Neighbor Totoro (となりのトトロ), and Nausicaä Of The Valley Of The Wind (風の谷のナウシカ) at Row House Cinema, from November 30.



This year's annual Miyazaki Week at the Row House Cinema will feature four movies this year from November 30: Howl's Moving Castle (ハウルの動く城), Kiki's Delivery Service (魔女の宅急便), My Neighbor Totoro (となりのトトロ), and Nausicaä Of The Valley Of The Wind (風の谷のナウシカ). The series runs through December 6, and tickets and showtime information is available online. Movies after 6:00 pm will be shown in Japanese with English subtitles, while daytime movies will be dubbed in English. The single-screen theater is located at 4115 Butler Street in Lawrenceville (map).

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

"Characters and Words in Learning and Teaching Chinese," December 7 at Pitt.

Dr. Lin Chen of the University of Pittsburgh's Learning and Research Development Center will present "Characters and Words in Learning and Teaching Chinese" on December 7.
Writing systems, the ways that orthography maps to phonology and semantics, influence word reading. In written Chinese, the character is a basic writing unit maps onto a single syllable morpheme. The morphosyllabic nature of Chinese writing system brings some challenges to Chinese learning and Chinese teaching. In this talk, I will present several empirical studies of Chinese word reading for adult Chinese learners and discuss the roles of characters and words in learning Chinese and the implications for teaching Chinese.

Dr. Lin Chen is a Research Associate at Learning Research & Development Center, University of Pittsburgh. She earned her PhD in Psychology and worked as a post-doc in Applied Linguistic for two years. She was an associate professor at Sun Yat-sen, China before she moved to US. Her research focuses on universal and language-specific reading procedures across writing systems, and the writing system constraints on second language acquisition and teaching instruction.
The talk starts at 12:00 pm in 4130 Posvar Hall (map).

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

New Chinese movie A Cool Fish (无名之辈) in Pittsburgh, from November 30.



The new Chinese movie A Cool Fish (无名之辈) will play at AMC Loews in the Waterfront from November 30. The movie, which premiered in China on November 16, was its number one film the weekend of November 23rd. The distributor summarizes:
A low-end robber, a roguish security guard, a potty-mouthed but disable hellcat, and a group of nobodies, their life paths start intersecting one day because of a lost gun and a heist, which leads to a series of comical accidents.
Tickets are available online via 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.

Pitt's Katz Graduate School of Business hiring bilingual Mandarin-English student worker.

Pitt's Katz Graduate School of Business is hiring a bilingual Mandarin-English student worker for its Master of Science Programs.
The University is seeking a student employee for the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business, MS Programs Office. The selected candidate will have the opportunity to gain valuable workplace skills which can be applied throughout their career.

The main role of the office assistant will include providing office support integral to daily functioning of the school and support with special events and activities. Additional responsibilities include: support various staff on special projects, assist recruitment staff by preparing materials for prospective and newly admitted students, and supporting staff with day-to-day office functions such as interdepartmental mail, reception area support, and maintaining professional customer service to current and prospective students.

Adam Liu Holiday Concert "East Meets West Series 2"—featuring erhu, guqin, pipa, and xiao performers—December 2 in Allison Park.



Lydia Music Center in Allison Park presents Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Assistant Principal Cello Adam Liu for a Holiday Concert on December 2. The event, titled "East Meets West Series 2," will also feature performers of traditional Chinese instruments erhu, guqin, pipa, and xiao.
Adam Liu Holiday Concert "East Meets West Series 2" Brought by Lydia Music Center and Pittsburgh Symphony Assistant Principal Cello Adam Liu. It will be held on 12/2/2018 7:00 pm at St Paul's United Methodist Church. Featuring Adam Liu, cello, Erhu; John Snatchko, piano; Jin Yang, Pipa; Ying Hao, Guqin; Junyan Tao, Xiao; Bonita Liu, Singer, James Lesniak, piano.

Admission:
Adult-$10; Student- $5
Lydia Music Center Students are Free (include String Rental Students and previous all students)
Refreshments will be served after concert (cookies, fruits, soft drinks)
The concert will be held at 1965 Ferguson Road in the North Hills suburb of Allison Park (map).

"ASA Culture Fair: Journey to the East" at Pitt, December 2.



The University of Pittsburgh's Asian Students Alliance, in collaboration with numerous other on-campus organizations, will present the ASA Culture Fair on December 2.
The Asian Students Alliance alongside the umbrellas the Chinese American Students Association, Filipino Students Association, Korean Student Association and the Vietnamese Student Association are proud to present Culture Fair: Journey to the East. In collaboration with Pitt Wushu, FRESA, SASA, JSA, PantheRaas and Pitt Nrityamala, we invite you to join us for an afternoon of performances, games and FREE FOOD.

On Sunday December 2nd we will take you along on our Journey to the East. Catch a glimpse of each participating orgs culture; indulge in delicious dishes from all around Asia and engage in countless games and activities.
It runs from 3:00 to 5:00 pm in the William Pitt Union's Ballroom.

Sunday, November 25, 2018

New Japanese animated film Mirai (未来のミライ), in Pittsburgh on November 29, December 5, December 8.



The new Japanese animated film Mirai (未来のミライ) will play in Pittsburgh from November 29. A synopsis, from the distributor:
From acclaimed director Mamoru Hosoda (Summer Wars, Wolf Children) and Japan’s Studio Chizu comes MIRAI, a daringly original story of love passed down through generations. When four-year-old Kun meets his new baby sister, his world is turned upside down. Named Mirai (meaning “future”), the baby quickly wins the hearts of Kun’s entire family. As his mother returns to work, and his father struggles to run the household, Kun becomes increasingly jealous of baby Mirai... until one day he storms off into the garden, where he encounters strange guests from the past and future – including his sister Mirai, as a teenager. Together, Kun and teenage Mirai go on a journey through time and space, uncovering their family’s incredible story. But why did Mirai come from the future?

An official selection at Cannes Directors’ Fortnight, and the epic capstone of director Mamoru Hosoda’s career, Mirai is a sumptuous, magical, and emotionally soaring adventure about the ties that bring families together and make us who we are.
The movie will play in the Pittsburgh area on November 29, December 5, and December 8, with some shows dubbed in English and others in Japanese with English subtitles. It will play locally at the AMC Loews Waterfront, the Cinemark Theaters in Monroeville and Robinson, the Regal Crown Center Stadium theater in Washington, and the AMC Classic Westmoreland in Greensburg. Tickets are available online.

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Happy Home Buffet Sushi & Grill opening on McKnight Road, November 29.



Happy Home Buffet Sushi & Grill will open on McKnight Road, in the former location of TJ Asian Buffet and Tokyo Sushi Buffet, on November 29. Earlier this year the site was slated to be the home of a Phantom Fireworks.

The opening of an Asian buffet isn't ordinarily newsworthy, but in the past year or so several in the area have closed, including Old Town Buffet (formerly Misaki) on Route 51, Dynasty in Cranberry, and Sushi Cho (formerly York Buffet) in Robinson. Happy Home will be located at 4801 McKnight Road in the North Hills (map), in an outparcel in North Hills Village next to Best Buy.

Friday, November 23, 2018

Pittsburgh Chinese School hiring teachers.

The Pittsburgh Chinese School is hiring teachers for its numerous language and subject classes held each Sunday in Squirrel Hill.
匹兹堡中文学校诚聘有爱心和责任心,有教学经验, 并有工作许可的有关人士加入教师队伍。

岗位要求:
1、热爱中国文化,并有热情将中国的文化广泛传播。
2、喜欢孩子,有爱心、耐心,责任心,有亲和力。
3、普通话发音标准清晰,语言表达能力强。
4、有基本的英语表达沟通能力。
5、有中文教学经验,尤其是有中小学教学经验者优先。
6、有教育或中文相关学历者优先。
7、文艺课教师有相关学历或工作经验者优先。

Mongolian-inspired "nomadic folk metal" band Tengger Cavalry in Pittsburgh, November 27.



Mongolian-inspired "nomadic folk metal" band Tengger Cavalry will play Spirit Lounge on November 27.
Tengger Cavalry, or "the army of sky god", is not only a Billboard-featured metal band, but also a symbol of nomadic warrior spirit that connects fans from all over the world. With a mix of throat singing, Mongolian fiddle and Central Asian instruments, the band performed a sold out concert at Carnegie Hall and featured in CNN, New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.
Local Asian-Appalachian folk music group Appalasia will open. Tickets for the 7:00 pm show are available online. Spirit is located at 242 51st St. in Lawrenceville (map).

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

"Kitsuke: The Art Of Kimono," December 4 at Pitt.


"Vivid kimono" by Raita Futo (Creative Commons).

The University of Pittsburgh's Asian Studies Center will host Evan Mason and his workshop "Kitsuke: The Art Of Kimono" on December 4.
Through this interactive workshop, learn about the intricate art of dressing in kimono with expert and Pitt alumnus Evan Mason. The workshop will begin with a lecture on the culture and history of the kimono in Japan followed by a demonstration of kitsuke and an opportunity for participants to dress in yukata and try out their new skills!
It runs from 5:30 to 6:30 pm in 4130 Posvar Hall (map).

"Learn to Play the Pipa (Chinese Lute) – 4 Class Series for Adults" free at Carnegie Library in Oakland in January.



The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's main branch in Oakland will host pipa soloist Yang Jin for a series of free pipa lessons for adults in January.
Renowned pipa performer Yang Jin will teach a series of 4 free pipa (Chinese lute) classes for adults beginning January 10. Pipa instruments will be provided during class. The classes, held Thursdays 6:30 – 7:30 PM, take place:

January 10 Adult Lesson 1

January 17 Adult Lesson 2

January 24 Adult Lesson 3

January 31 Adult Lesson 4

Registering for one class will register you for all 4 sessions in the series. The class is limited to 12 participants.

The pipa, one of the most popular instruments in China, has a pear-shaped wooden body and consists of 12 to 26 frets.
Registration is required and can be completed online. 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.

"Storytime: Chinese and English" at Carnegie Library in Squirrel Hill, November 24.

The Squirrel Hill branch of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh will host its next "Storytime: Chinese and English" on November 24.
Celebrate our city’s diverse culture as we explore new words through songs, action rhymes and stories in Chinese and English. For children birth-5 years and their caregivers.
It runs from 11:00 to 11:30 am and is free and open to the public. The Carnegie Library branch in Squirrel Hill is located at 5801 Forbes Ave. (map), accessible by buses 61A, 61B, 61C, 61D, and 74.

Chinese calligraphy workshop downtown, December 8.


"Chinese calligrapher," by David Boté Estrada (Creative Commons).

The downtown branch of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh will host a Chinese calligraphy workshop on December 8.
A Chinese calligraphy expert will show us pictures of her home in China, give background on the art of calligraphy, and lead a Chinese calligraphy workshop for all ages! 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 2:30 to 4:30 pm. The Downtown & Business branch is located at 612 Smithfield St. (map).

"Learn to Play the Pipa (Chinese Lute) – 4 Class Series for Children," at Carnegie Library in February.



The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh's main branch in Oakland will host pipa soloist Yang Jin for a series of free pipa lessons in February.
Renowned pipa performer Yang Jin will teach a series of 4 free pipa (Chinese lute) classes for children beginning February 7. Pipa instruments will be provided during class. The classes, held Thursdays 6:30 – 7:30 PM, take place:

February 7 Children’s Lesson 1

February 14 Children’s Lesson 2

February 21 Children’s Lesson 3

February 28 Children’s Lesson 4

Registering for one class will register you for all 4 sessions in the series. The class is limited to 12 participants.

The pipa, one of the most popular instruments in China, has a pear-shaped wooden body and consists of 12 to 26 frets.
Registration is required and can be completed online. 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.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

The Tale of The Princess Kaguya (かぐや姫の物語) at Carnegie Museum of Art, December 1.



For this month's Cinematheque event as part of the Carnegie International exhibition, the Carnegie Museum of Art will present the 2013 Studio Ghibli film The Tale of The Princess Kaguya (かぐや姫の物語) on December 1. A 2014 A.V. Club review provides a summary:
A humble bamboo cutter named Okina (translation: “old man”) happens upon a glowing stalk in the grove near his house. When he investigates, the shimmering tree blossoms reveal a baby nested inside. Believing this discovery to be a gift from the heavens, Okina brings her home to his wife Ouna (“old woman”), with whom he begins to raise the child as their own. Dubbing her “Princess” Kaguya, Ouna and Okina marvel at how rapidly the girl begins to grow, racing from infancy to pre-adolescence in a matter of days.

While Kaguya busies herself with a normal childhood, making friends with the local kids and bonding with an older boy named Sutemaru, her adopted father becomes distracted by Kaguya’s value to him—the bamboo shoot from which she was born begins producing gold. As Kaguya transforms into a teenager, Okina relocates their family to the capital city, where the girl receives lessons on how to be a proper woman, and is celebrated as a rare beauty. When five aggressive suitors come calling—followed by the emperor himself—Kaguya begins to feel trapped, things falling apart as she imagines a different life for herself.
It goes on to say the film has "some of the most beautifully expressive animation that Ghibli (or anyone else) has ever produced".

The movie runs from 1:00 to 3:15 pm. The museum is located at 4400 Forbes Ave. in Oakland (map), accessible by buses 28X, 58, 61A, 61B, 61C, 61D, 67, 69, 71B, 71D, 75, and P3.

2018 Japanese animated anthology film Modest Heroes: Ponoc Short Film Theater, Volume 1 (ちいさな英雄-カニとタマゴと透明人間-) in Pittsburgh, January 10 and 12.



A 2018 collection of three short films, titled Modest Heroes: Ponoc Short Film Theater, Volume 1 (ちいさな英雄-カニとタマゴと透明人間-), will play in Pittsburgh on January 10 and 12.
Studio Ponoc, the new animation studio founded by two-time Academy Award®-nominee Yoshiaki Nishimura (The Tale of The Princess Kaguya, When Marnie Was There) and featuring many artists from the venerable Studio Ghibli, made an immediate splash last year with its acclaimed debut film Mary and The Witch’s Flower. The studio returns this year with Modest Heroes: Ponoc Short Films Theatre Vol. 1, an ambitious collection of three thrilling tales created by some of the greatest talents working in Japanese animation today.

In Kanini & Kanino, directed by Academy Award®-nominee Hiromasa Yonebayashi (When Marnie Was There, Mary and The Witch’s Flower), two crab brothers embark on a grand underwater adventure to find their father, after an accident carries him far downstream. Depicted as tiny beings in a large and merciless natural world, the brothers must evade a series of freshwater predators if they are ever to reunite with their family again.

In Life Ain’t Gonna Lose, acclaimed animator Yoshiyuki Momose (key animator on Isao Takahata’s films at Studio Ghibli, and animation director of the video game Ni No Kuni) makes his directorial debut with a very different kind of story. Eight-year-old Shun loves baseball and to run. Only eggs defeat him. With the love of his strong-willed mother (Maggie Q), Shun faces the challenge of an everyday life threatened by a deadly allergy.

Lastly, in Invisible (the directing debut of Akihiko Yamashita, a talented key animator on many of Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki’s best-known films) a man wakes up one morning and goes through his day in a world where no one can see him. But just when he seems to have reached his limit, a momentous decision gives him the chance to reclaim his humanity.

Together, the stories explore ideas of heroism large and small, and the infinite potential of the short film format allows the directors and Studio Ponoc to experiment with breathtaking, action-packed visuals, concise human drama, and gorgeous fantasy worlds, in this unforgettable short film anthology that is further demonstration of the studio’s exciting future.
It will play at the Southside Works on January 10, and at the Cinemark in Monroeville on the 10th (subtitled) and 12th (dubbed). Tickets are available online.

Japanese Coming-of-Age Ceremony (成人の日) at Pitt for students turning 20, January 11.


Kasai does 成人の日 in 2010.

The University of Pittsburgh's Asian Studies Center and English Language Institute will host the second annual Coming-of-Age Ceremony (成人の日) on January 11, 2019. A large cohort of students from Yasuda Women's University is studying at Pitt's English Language Institute this fall and will miss the traditional ceremony in Hiroshima next month, so Pitt will hold its own event. Pittwire covered last year's ceremony:
About 25 students from Yasuda Women’s University in Hiroshima, who were at the University of Pittsburgh for five months learning English, were away from home in January, missing out on the annual Coming of Age ceremony, a national holiday in Japan.

So, Pitt’s Asian Studies Center threw a party — kimonos included.

A banner that reads “University of Pittsburgh Coming of Age Day Ceremony” in Japanese greeted student Nika Tanimoto and other participants.

“This Coming of Age ceremony seems like the perfect confluence of the University, our Japanese students and the community to celebrate together,” said Lynn Kawaratani, the center’s acting associate director. Members of the Pittsburgh community, the Japanese Nationality Room Committee and the Japan America Society of Pennsylvania all loaned kimonos for the students to wear. The Asian Studies Center has been partnering with Pitt’s English Language Institute for about a year, developing programming for these international students as well as Pitt students.

Monday, November 19, 2018

Howl's Moving Castle (ハウルの動く城), Kiki's Delivery Service (魔女の宅急便), My Neighbor Totoro (となりのトトロ), and Nausicaä Of The Valley Of The Wind (風の谷のナウシカ) at Row House Cinema, from November 30.



This year's annual Miyazaki Week at the Row House Cinema will feature four movies this year from November 30: Howl's Moving Castle (ハウルの動く城), Kiki's Delivery Service (魔女の宅急便), My Neighbor Totoro (となりのトトロ), and Nausicaä Of The Valley Of The Wind (風の谷のナウシカ). The series runs through December 6, and tickets and showtime information is available online. Movies after 6:00 pm will be shown in Japanese with English subtitles, while daytime movies will be dubbed in English. The single-screen theater is located at 4115 Butler Street in Lawrenceville (map).

New Pokemon movie The Power of Us (劇場版ポケットモンスター みんなの物語) opens November 24.



The latest animated Pokemon movie The Power of Us (劇場版ポケットモンスター みんなの物語) will play in the Pittsburgh area from November 24. The distributor provides a summary:
A young athlete whose running days might be behind her, a compulsive liar, a shy researcher, a bitter old woman, and a little girl with a big secret—the only thing they have in common is the annual Wind Festival in Fula City.

The festival celebrates the Legendary Pokémon Lugia, who brings the wind that powers this seaside city. When a series of threats endangers not just the festival, but all the people and Pokémon of Fula City, it’ll take more than just Ash and Pikachu to save the day! Can everyone put aside their differences and work together—or will it all end in destruction?
The movie plays in English on November 24, 26, 28, and December 1 at Southside Works, AMC Loews Waterfront, and the Cinemark Theaters in Monroeville, Pittsburgh Mills, and Robinson. Tickets are available online.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Japanese movie Shoplifters (万引き家族) coming soon to Pittsburgh.



The 2018 Japanese movie and Palme d'Or winner Shoplifters (万引き家族) is coming soon to the Manor Theater in Squirrel Hill and the Regent Square Theater in Regent Square.
After one of their shoplifting sessions, Osamu and his son come across a little girl in the freezing cold.

At first reluctant to shelter the girl, Osamu’s wife agrees to take care of her after learning of the hardships she faces.

Although the family is poor, barely making enough money to survive through petty crime, they seem to live happily together until an unforeseen incident reveals hidden secrets, testing the bonds that unite them...
It opens on December 21 in Regent Square, though showtimes are not yet available. Ticket and showtime information has not yet been announced for the Manor Theater.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's "Stretched Thin" profile on Everyday Noodles and the challenging quest of finding, and training, qualified noodle-pullers.



Melissa McCart of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has a profile on Mike Chen and Everyday Noodles, and the challenges that US immigration policy has posed to finding and keeping qualified noodle-pullers.
With luck comes challenge. In the case of Everyday Noodles, Mr. Chen’s challenge has been finding Taiwanese staff who know how to hand-pull noodles and assemble soup dumplings, skills that typically take years to master.

Hiring international workers with H-1B visas solved Mr. Chen’s problem at first. He now has new problems that are affecting his ability to hire cooks. The Trump administration overhauled immigration policies, tightening eligibility. The changes are being carried out by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

In April, USCIS announced it reached the congressionally mandated 85,000 H-1B visa cap for fiscal year 2019, according to the agency website. The cap was met within five days — with over 190,000 applications received, less than past years, according to USCIS — which activated a lottery system. Specialized restaurant work generally no longer qualifies for an H-1B visa.

Mr. Chen’s experiences are an example of how these policies are affecting the Pittsburgh area: They are shrinking already small immigrant communities and stagnating the labor pool.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Pitt still hiring Assistant Instructor of Korean for Fall 2019 start.

The University of Pittsburgh's Department of East Asian Languages & Literatures has reposted for a second time its advertisement for an Assistant Instructor of Korean position that begins in Fall 2019.
The Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures at the University of Pittsburgh (http://www.deall.pitt.edu) invites applications for an Assistant Instructor position in Korea studies, pending budgetary approval, beginning September 1, 2019. The position is non-tenure stream with the possibility of renewal for a multi-year contract. The successful candidate is expected to contribute significantly to the Korean language program and teach language courses on all levels. The successful candidate should hold an MA in teaching Korean as a foreign language or in an allied field, possess native or near-native competence in all skill areas of Korean and English, and have at least one year of teaching experience at a North American institution of higher education.

The new hire should be prepared to teach classes for both undergraduate and graduate students. Instruction to graduate students may involve PhD and MA students whose focus may be on literature, history, art history, religion, anthropology, etc. Preference will be given to candidates who possess linguistic knowledge of the Korean language, and who demonstrate familiarity with theories in second language acquisition and current practices in Korean pedagogy in North American higher education settings. Any expertise in non-language areas such as film, popular culture, literature, etc. will be a plus. Duties include teaching both recitations and lectures of language courses as well as working closely with the language coordinator to contribute to the overall effectiveness of the Korean language program. The appointee should expect to collaborate with Asianists in other units (e. g., the Asian Studies Center) to promote Korea studies.
The new application deadline is December 10; additional application details and requirements are available on the job posting.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

"The Art of Noh: Woodblock Prints by Tsukioka Kōgyo," through December 15 at Pitt's Hillman Library.



The University of Pittsburgh's University Library System will host an exhibit of woodblock prints by Tsukioka Kōgyo through December 15.
Noh, a theater form that originated in the fourteenth century, was associated historically with the ruling warrior class, who made up about 5% of Japan’s pre-modern population in the late feudal period between 1600 and 1868. Kōgyo’s paintings and prints are more than reproductions of what he saw and sketched in the noh theater. He tried to capture what he saw as the essence of a play, which led him to make additions, subtractions, and various other changes to the actual performance in his prints. He even went so far as to put his ideas of the real-life facial expressions of the characters he depicted on the masks the actors in his prints wore. And he added to his prints scenes and texts from the stories of the play that were not portrayed in the play on stage. In one print he showed the play’s primary character performing under water, even though he obviously did not do so on stage. Kōgyo was not a camera; he was an artist.
The exhibit is located on the ground floor of Hillman Library (map) and is open to the public during the library's hours.

"Instead of Disaster: Cinema After '311'" at Pitt, November 30.



The University of Pittsburgh's Film and Media Studies Program will host Akira Mizuta Lippit and his talk "Instead of Disaster: Cinema After '311'" on November 30.
Akira Mizuta Lippit is Vice Dean of Faculty in the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, and the T.C. Wang Family Endowed Chair in Cinematic Arts in the Division of Cinema and Media Studies. He is also Professor of Comparative Literature and East Asian Languages and Cultures in the USC Dornsife College. His interests are in world cinemas, critical theory, Japanese film and culture, experimental film and video, and visual studies.

Lippit’s published work reflects these areas and includes four books, Ex-Cinema: From a Theory of Experimental Film and Video (2012); Atomic Light (Shadow Optics)(2005); Electric Animal: Toward a Rhetoric of Wildlife (2000); and his most recent book, Cinema without Reflection: Jacques Derrida's Echopoiesis and Narcissism Adrift (2016). At present, Lippit is completing a book on contemporary Japanese cinema, which explores the physical and metaphysical dimensions of the "world," and another on David Lynch’s baroque alphabetics.
The talk will start at 3:00 pm in 501 Cathedral of Learning (map) and is free and open to the public.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

"Taste Makers: Chinese Restaurants and the Asian American identity," November 26 at City of Asylum.


via Saveur.

The City of Asylum will host a conversation on Chinese restaurants and the Asian American identity on November 26.
How is the growth of the Chinese community shaping Pittsburgh? Why has the Asian community grown so quickly among Pittsburgh’s universities, and what opportunities come with this growth? And how do the Trump Administration’s changes in immigration policies affect local businesses such as restaurants?

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reporter Melissa McCart follows up her Pulitzer Center research with a panel exploring how those originally from Taiwan and China are contributing to the changing dynamic of Pittsburgh.

On Nov. 26 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at City of Asylum, please join restaurateur Mike Chen of Everyday Noodles in Squirrel Hill; community crusader Marian Lien, executive director of the Squirrel Hill Urban Coalition and commissioner on the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Asian and Pacific American Affairs in Pennsylvania; and Chris Briem, a University of Pittsburgh regional economist and analyst of population trends for a discussion.

There will be beer, wine and Chinese snacks.
The event is free and open to the public but RSVP is required. The City of Asylum's Alphabet City is located at 40 N. West Ave. on the North Side (map).

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

The next installment of the monthly program "Storytime: Japanese and English" will take place on September 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. The library is located at 130 S. Whitfield St. (map).

Friday, November 9, 2018

Thai Hana in Oakland closes, to rebrand as Hanami.



Thai Hana, which opened in Oakland in 2013 and has been one of the Allegheny County restaurants most cited for health violations, has recently closed and will rebrand as Hanami. It will be located at 3608 Fifth Ave. (map). The handwritten sign says the new place will offer sushi, pho, and Asian cuisine.

Thai Hana had 352 inspection violations, the seventh-most in Allegheny County since 2012 in spite of only opening in mid-2013.

Taiwanese catcher Jin-de Jhang (張進德) leaves Pirates organization.


via LineToday.

Taiwanese catcher Jin-de Jhang (張進德) has left the Pittsburgh Pirates organization via free agency, choosing to sign with the San Francisco Giants. Jhang signed with Pittsburgh in 2011 and made it as far as AAA Indianapolis, but was stuck behind several other players on the organization's depth chart. In 2013 the Post-Gazette wrote he was part of a "scouting revolution" for the Pirates.

1934 Chinese silent film The Goddess (神女) at Pitt, November 15.



The University of Pittsburgh's Film and Media Studies Program will present the 1934 Chinese silent film The Goddess (神女) on November 15.
The November Pittsburgh Film and Media Colloquium will feature a screening of the Chinese silent film The Goddess (directed by Wu Yonggang, 1934). Released by the Lianhua Film Company (United Photoplay), the film stars Ruan Lingyu in one of her final roles. This will be a special presentation featuring pipa artist and composer Min Xiao-Fen and guitarist Rez Abbasi, two New York-based artists who have created a score to accompany the screening of the film. The film will be introduced by Kun Qian, Associate Professor of Chinese Literature and Film.
The movie starts at 6:00 pm in the Frick Fine Arts Auditorium (map).

Thursday, November 8, 2018

CantoMando at Pitt, November 10.



The University of Pittsburgh's Chinese American Student Association will host CandoMando on Novmeber 10.
Pitt CASA is proud to bring CantoMando to the University of Pittsburgh! CantoMando is a group of Chinese Americans who make comedic and relatable videos regarding the Chinese American experience. They have over amassed over 50 thousand subscribers on YouTube, and they're coming to speak at Pitt soon!
It runs from 7:00 to 9:00 pm in the William Pitt Union Lower Lounge (map).

1986 Hayao Miyazaki film Castle in the Sky (天空の城ラピュタ) in Pittsburgh, November 18 - 20.



The 1986 Hayao Miyazaki film Castle in the Sky (天空の城ラピュタ) will play in Pittsburgh on November 18, 19, and 20 as the final installment of this year's GKIDS Studio Ghibli Fest.
This high-flying adventure begins when Pazu, an engineer’s apprentice, spies a young girl, Sheeta, floating down from the sky, held aloft by a glowing pendant. Both Sheeta and Pazu are searching for the legendary floating castle, Laputa, and they vow to travel there together to unravel the mystery of the luminous crystal. But their quest won’t be easy, as soon they are being pursued by greedy air pirates, the military, and secret government agents, who all seek the power Sheeta alone can control.
The movie will play at the Southside Works Cinemas and at Pittsburgh-area Cinemark theaters in Monroeville, Monaca, North Hills, Pittsburgh Mills, and Robinson. The November 18 and 20 shows will be dubbed in English while the November 19 screenings will be in Japanese with English subtitles. Tickets are available online.

University of Pittsburgh hiring Asian Studies Librarian.



The University of Pittsburgh's University Library System is hiring an Asian Studies Librarian.
Reporting to the Head of the East Asia Division, the Asian Studies Librarian’s responsibilities and duties include but are not limited to:

• Assist the Head of the East Asia Division to set goals and priorities for the East Asian collection, and develops, coordinates and implements plan in furtherance of these goals.
• Assist the Head of the East Asia Division in discovering and acquiring unique Chinese and South Asia materials.
• Cultivate collaborative relationships and promotes the East Asian collection’s presence on campus & externally.
• Serve as a liaison for South Asia studies across campus, and work with ULS Technical Services Department to update the approval plan profile on Western language humanities and social science materials related to South Asia.
• Work with ULS departments on East and South Asian studies related digital scholarship. Initiate, participate and carry out special projects, and develop and maintain user tools such as finding aids and research guides to aid and enhance access.
• Provide in-person and virtual reference assistance to faculty, students, staff, alumni, and the general public to access and use all available Chinese and South Asia collection materials and information resources.
• Provide research consultation and instruction services for the Pitt faculty and students related to Chinese studies and South Asia, and create and maintain Chinese studies and South Asia studies LibGuides.
For more information, please refer to the job posting.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

"Shakespeare in Tokyo" at Pittsburgh Shorts Festival 2018, November 16.



The Australian short film "Shakespeare in Tokyo" will play at the Pittsburgh Shorts Festival 2018 on November 16.
An Australian Shakespeare fan with Down Syndrome, sets off on a solo adventure to discover Tokyo in order to get away from his over-bearing older brother.
It plays as part of a 97-minute block on Friday, November 16 at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater in East Liberty (map) Tickets for the block are $12 general admission or $8 for students.

Japanese drumming group Taikoza performing at Pitt-Titusville, Penn State Behrend, November 13 and 14.



Two regional campuses of Pitt and Penn State will host the Japanese drumming and performance group Taikoza on November 13 and 14.
Come discover the wonderful world that Taikoza creates through sounds and sights. Experience the thunderous sounds like never before. Taikoza is a unique Taiko group that features taiko drums, shakuhachi and fue in a mind-blowing performances. Taikoza will make you rediscover Taiko and bring you a raw energy that will energize your senses.

"Rose Valley: Love, Violence, and Communist Dystopia in Maoist China," November 16 at Pitt.



The University of Pittsburgh's Department of East Asian Languages & Literatures will host Baoyu Xie and his book talk "Rose Valley: Love, Violence, and Communist Dystopia in Maoist China" on November 16.
It is commonly recognized that the incessant political campaigns in Maoist China resulted in disastrous consequences throughout the nation, but the regional differences and specificities in practice have yet to be explored. Rose Valley (Meigui ba玫瑰坝) is an epic narrative that depicts the tumultuous transformation of a small village in Sichuan province from 1950 to 1967. It offers a realistic account of the rural landscape in Southwestern China, which is unique in modern Chinese literature and merits special attention for social history. Revolved around the love story between an enthusiastic party cadre and a widow from a landowner family, the novel vividly relates how the Maoist utopian dream is shattered after waves of political campaigns such as the land reform, anti-rightist movement, Mutual-Aid Teams, Cooperativization, Great Leap Forward, and the Cultural Revolution, hit the village and the protagonists.

In this talk, the novel’s author, Baoyu (Peter) Xie, will share his experience of writing this novel and reflect on the profound influence of Maoist agricultural policy on local cadres, landowners, students, and ordinary peasants.

WholeRen Education (美国厚仁教育集团) hiring bilingual English+Mandarin MATLAB/SAT tutors.



Pittsburgh-based Chinese education and consulting company WholeRen Education (美国厚仁教育集团) has announced openings for part-time bilingual MATLAB/SAT tutors.
职位: 高阶数学/计算机/Matlab/SAT阅读在线辅导老师

职位描述:
1. 为在校生提供网络辅导,根据学生现有的学习情况和辅导需求制定教学计划和内容,并实施教学;
2. 跟进学生学习情况,及时与学生、家长进行沟通;
3. 熟悉掌握专业理论,能够针对学生个体的不同需求设计出适合学生的教学方案;

任职要求:
1. 相关专业本科以上学历。
2. 优秀的英语听说读写能力,具有批判性思维,良好的表达能力和较强的问题处理能力

3. 有工作许可,可支持办理CPT、OPT。

4. 中英双语优秀

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Short films The Lost Dreams of Naoki Hayakawa, Duilian free at Carnegie Museum of Art, November 10.



For this month's Cinematheque event as part of the Carnegie International exhibition, the Carnegie Museum of Art will present three short films on November 10, including Ana Hjort Guttu and Daisuke Kosugi's The Lost Dreams of Naoki Hayakawa and Wu Tsang's Duilian.

Guttu provides a synopsis of the former:
Art director Naoki Hayakawa works 16 hours daily in a creative, neo-totalitarian advertisement company in Tokyo. The working pressure causes a mental condition between sleep and wakefulness where he has strange and wonderful dreams.



And ArtAsiaPacific summarizes the latter:
Duilian (2016), the aftermath of artist-filmmaker Wu Tsang’s six-month residency at Hong Kong contemporary art platform Spring Workshop, is simultaneously theatrical and intimate. Dim lighting and lush, floor-length velvet curtains invite a reverential hush, prepping viewers for the surreal 27-minute film revolving around legendary Qing Dynasty-era female revolutionary Qiu Jin (1875–1907). The revered mystique surrounding this historical hero from the East is amplified by the fact that Qiu was a woman; transgender artist Wu Tsang plays on this idea, literally and metaphorically, achieving uncannily enthralling results. While the film has been accused by some of orientalization and speculative queering of the ‘other’, Tsang’s defense for Duilian might be that it does so consciously and unapologetically.
The event starts at 5:00 pm.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Chang Chun Chemical Corporation hiring bilingual Mandarin-English sales assistant.

Chang Chun Chemical Corporation in Wexford is hiring a bilingual Mandarin-English sales assistant.
Communicating with suppliers in Asia for order processing and shipment arrangement

Supporting sales function such as issuing purchase order, invoice or sales related documents

Maintaining filling, updating and keeping of records

Managing stock inventory and sales operation as instructed by the Sales Manager

Handling customers’ inquiries and maintain tip top service to customers.

Asia Pop Karaoke Night, November 7 at Pitt.


via TravelPockets.com

The University of Pittsburgh's Asian Studies Center and English Language Institute will host an Asia Pop Karaoke Night on November 7.
Join us for an evening of singing, socializing, and snacking! As part of our partnership with the English Language Institute and an upcoming Asia Pop speaker series in the works, we are hosting an Asia Pop Karaoke Night. Come out on Wednesday November 7th from 6 - 8 pm to sing your heart out to the latest BTS song or any of your favorite tunes from across Asia. All ages are welcome, we only request that you bring the courage to sing! (And maybe some dance moves too!) Space may be limited, so please email us at asia@pitt.edu if you'd like to join.
It will be held in 548 William Pitt Union (map), and those interested are encouraged to email asia@pitt.edu.

Friday, November 2, 2018

"Somebody is Watching"—lecture on Koshikijima no Toshidon (甑島のトシドン)—at Pitt, November 5.


via satsumasendai.gr.jp

Pitt will host Dr. Michael Foster of UC-Davis and his talk on "Koshikijima no Toshidon (甑島のトシドン)" on November 5.
"Koshikijima no Toshidon" is a New Year's Eve ritual performed annually on the island of Shimo-Koshikijima off the southwest coast of Kagoshima Prefecture. During the event, men masked and costumed as frightening demon-deities enter individual households to "discipline" and "educate" young children. In 2009 the ritual was inscribed on UNESCO's Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. This talk will introduce Toshidon with a focus on the way a structure of surveillance, of "seeing and being seen," informs the performance of the ritual and to a certain extent the everyday lives of the islanders. An understanding of the dynamic of this "optic imaginary" provides insight into broader questions of community, tourism, UNESCO, and the production of heritage in Japan and elsewhere.
The talk runs from noon to 1:30 pm in 602 Cathedral of Learning (map).