Saturday, January 25, 2020

Bong Joon-ho film Parasite (기생충) playing pretty much everywhere in Pittsburgh.

The acclaimed 2019 Bong Joon-ho film Parasite (기생충) is playing in numerous theaters across Pittsburgh ahead of the 2020 Oscars. A synopsis from the movie's official site:
Bong Joon Ho brings his singular mastery home to Korea in this pitch-black modern fairytale.

Meet the Park Family: the picture of aspirational wealth. And the Kim Family, rich in street smarts but not much else. Be it chance or fate, these two houses are brought together and the Kims sense a golden opportunity. Masterminded by college-aged Ki-woo, the Kim children expediently install themselves as tutor and art therapist, to the Parks. Soon, a symbiotic relationship forms between the two families. The Kims provide “indispensable” luxury services while the Parks obliviously bankroll their entire household. When a parasitic interloper threatens the Kims’ newfound comfort, a savage, underhanded battle for dominance breaks out, threatening to destroy the fragile ecosystem between the Kims and the Parks. By turns darkly hilarious and heart-wrenching, PARASITE showcases a modern master at the top of his game.
From now through January 30 it is playing at the AMC Loews Waterfront, AMC Mt. Lebanon, Southside Works Cinema, Cinemark Theater in Robinson, and Squirrel Hill Manor Theater. From January 31 through February 6 it will play at the Row House Cinema. And from February 3 through February 9 it will play at the Cinemark Theaters in North Hills in Robinson. Tickets are available through Fandango, the Manor Theater website, the Row House Cinema, and Cinemark.

2019 Keiichi Hara film The Wonderland (バースデー・ワンダーランド) in Pittsburgh, February 2.

The 2019 Japanese animated film The Wonderland (バースデー・ワンダーランド) will play in Pittsburgh on February 2. From the distributor:
On the day before her birthday, young Akane meets the mysterious alchemist Hippocrates who brings her through a basement and into a fantastical world full of magic and color. He reveals that this world is in danger, and as the "Green Goddess" it is her destiny and responsibility to save this world. The only problem? Akane just wants to go home.
It will play locally at the Southside Works Cinema and tickets are available online.

Spirited Away (千と千尋の神隠し), Kiki's Delivery Service (魔女の宅急便) at Rangos Giant Cinema on February 1 and 2, respectively.

The Miyazaki films Spirited Away (千と千尋の神隠し) and Kiki's Delivery Service (魔女の宅急便) will play at the Rangos Giant Cinema at the Carnegie Science Center on February 1 and 2, respectively. Tickets for the 4:00 pm shows are now available online. The Carnegie Science Center is located at 1 Allegheny Ave. on the North Shore (map), accessible via the Allegheny T Station, in turn accessible by a number of city buses that run downtown.

Friday, January 24, 2020

"Militarizing the Belt and Road: How China's Geoeconomics Impacts Regional Security Architecture in Asia and Beyond," January 31 at Pitt.

The University of Pittsburgh's Asian Studies Center will host Matthew Johnson and his talk "Militarizing the Belt and Road: How China's Geoeconomics Impacts Regional Security Architecture in Asia and Beyond" on January 31.

Love Live! Series 9th Anniversary LOVE LIVE! FEST in Pittsburgh, February 25.

The movie Love Live! Series 9th Anniversary LOVE LIVE! FEST will play in Pittsburgh on February 25. From the distributor:
Captured live from Saitama Super Arena (Stadium Mode) in Saitama, Japan in January, Love Live! Series 9th Anniversary LOVE LIVE! FEST will feature not only “Aqours” from “Love Live! Sunshine!!” and “Nijigasaki High School Idol Club” from the newest game, but also "μ's" from “Love Live!,” which has not been on stage since 2016.
It will play locally at the AMC Loews Waterfront and tickets for the 7:00 pm show are available online.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

New restoration of 2003 Satoshi Kon film Tokyo Godfathers (東京ゴッドファーザーズ) in Pittsburgh, March 9 and 11.

A 2020 restoration of the 2003 animated Satoshi Kon film Tokyo Godfathers (東京ゴッドファーザーズ) will play in Pittsburgh on March 9 and 11. From the distributor:
Tokyo Godfathers,the acclaimed holiday classic from master director Satoshi Kon (Paprika, Perfect Blue), returns to theaters in a brand-new digital restoration.

Japanese Tea Ceremony at Pitt, January 26.

The University of Pittsburgh's Japanese Student Association will host Yuko Eguchi-Wright and a Japanese Tea Ceremony on January 26.
Happy New Year, JSA members!

We hope you had a great start to your semester and you're ready to work hard 💪 Before all the hectic midterms and tough projects come around, come join us for a relaxing cultural time at the Japanese Tea Ceremony 🍵, where we will have Yuko Eguchi-san host a traditional tea ceremony right in WPU!

We will be serving tea and sweets there as part of our ceremony, but please fill out this short form below so we can have an estimate of how much food we should prepare!
It runs from 12:00 to 2:00 pm in the William Pitt Union's Kurtzman Room and registration is encouraged.

Anime Movie Marathon, January 29 at Pitt.

The Pitt Program Council will present three Ghibli movies as part of an Anime Movie Marathon on January 29, free to all University of Pittsburgh undergraduates with a valid student ID card.
Join the Pitt Program Council in Nordy's Place for a night of Studio Ghibli films! Spend the evening watching Howl's Moving Castle, Spirited Away, and My Neighbor Totoro with free food and drinks provided.

Howl's Moving Castle: 5:00 - 7:00 PM

Spirited Away: 7:10 - 9:15 PM

My Neighbor Totoro: 9:25 - 11:05 PM

All Pitt Program Council events are open to all undergraduate Pitt students with a valid (Oakland) Student ID.

Students with disabilities are encouraged to contact the Pitt Program Council at or by phone at 412-648-7900 for proper accommodations.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Pittsburgh-based WholeRen Education (美国厚仁教育集团) hiring bilingual ECE tutor.

Pittsburgh-based Chinese education consulting and placement firm WholeRen Education (美国厚仁教育集团) has announced an opening for a bilingual Mandarin-English ECE tutor for Chinese international students in the US.
The academic support department of Wholeren Education is looking for talented, experienced tutors for college level Chinese international students in the US. We help both struggling and gifted students reach their full potential by supplementing the instruction they receive in class and guiding them toward study practices and aides that can help them excel. Tutors work with individual students one-on-one, though we occasionally organize group activities for students who are studying the same material. Our team offers compassionate, motivating assistance to students, and we expect our new hires to do the same. If you have experience tutoring students, please submit an application.


1. Bachelor degree required but master/PhD degree preferred.

2. Preferred experience in student support services

3. Ability to pass a background check and drug screening

4. Able to use MS offices software

5. Excellent communication skills

6. Bilingual-Chinese and English

Pittsburgh City-Paper: "Where to celebrate the Lunar New Year with authentic Chinese flavors."

The Pittsburgh City-Paper explores restaurants and traditions that make for an authentic Lunar New Year celebration in Squirrel Hill.