Monday, September 20, 2021

Screening of 2009 documentary Vincent Who?, on 1982 Vincent Chen murder, September 27 at Pitt.

The University of Pittsburgh's Asian Studies Center will present a screening of the documentary Vincent Who? on September 27. From the film's official site:
In 1982, at the height of anti-Japanese sentiments arising from massive layoffs in the auto industry, a Chinese-American named Vincent Chin was murdered in Detroit by two white autoworkers. Chin's killers, however, got off with a $3,000 fine and 3 years probation, but no jail time. Outraged by this injustice, Asian Americans around the country united for the first time across ethnic and socioeconomic lines to form a pan-Asian identity and civil rights movement.

Among its significant outcomes, the movement led to the historic broadening of federal civil rights protection to include all people in America regardless of immigrant status or ethnicity.

VINCENT WHO? explores this important legacy through interviews with the key players at the time as well as a whole new generation of activists whose lives were impacted by Vincent Chin. It also looks at the case in relation to the larger narrative of Asian American history, in such events as Chinese Exclusion, Japanese American Internment in WWII, the 1992 L.A. Riots, anti-Asian hate crimes, and post-9/11 racial profiling.

Ultimately, VINCENT WHO? asks how far Asian Americans have come since the case and how far they have yet to go.
It will be followed by a Q-and-A session with the film's producer. The event will be held from 7:00 pm in the William Pitt Union (map) Dining Room A, safety permitting, or online via Zoom; it's free and open to the public, though registration is required.

Saturday, September 18, 2021

Pittsburgh Public Schools hiring ESL teacher with proficiency in Chinese.

The Pittsburgh Public Schools is hiring an English as a Second Language teacher, with a proficiency in Chinese, for the Squirrel Hill area.
Paraprofessional Salary Schedule (starting at $3, 061/month)

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
- A High School diploma or equivalent is required.
- At least sixty (60) college credits in a related area are also required.
- Written and oral proficiency in English and Chinese is a prerequisite for this position
- Experience working with students where English is their second language, specifically Chinese, is preferred.
- Vocational experience in an urban setting is preferred.
- Familiarity with various student assistive devices is also preferred.
Residency RequirementsCity of Pittsburgh Residency Required
Essential Job Functions
1. Assisting the classroom teacher with the use of instructional materials and technology
2. Making phone calls, arranging meetings, and facilitating other related parent outreach
3. Maintaining confidentiality when discussing individual students and/or families
4. Implementing culturally responsive instructional techniques with ESL students
5. Utilizing culturally responsive behavioral strategies with ESL students
6. Assisting the teacher with class preparation and/or lesson implementation
7. Supporting ESL instruction in small student groups as needed
8. Adhering to all building level duties and responsibilities
9. Preparing and organizing teacher materials and classroom supplies as necessary
10. Supervising and assisting students in the completion of their assignments
11. Monitoring students in the classroom, at lunch, and at recess, as well as in transit from one area to another
12. Assisting with the implementation of the prescribed course of ESL study and behavior management plans for each student
13. Assisting in completion of all clerical duties
14. Assisting with student transportation, such as meeting a cab outside or assisting students with boarding the correct school bus
15. Assisting in the maintenance and care of equipment
16. Assisting on fields trips

Friday, September 17, 2021

Pitt hiring full-time Korean instructor for Fall 2022.

The University of Pittsburgh's Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures is hiring a full-time instructor instructor of Korean to start in the Fall 2022 term.

The Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures at the University of Pittsburgh (hhtp:// invites applications for the position of Instructor for its Korean language program, pending budgetary approval. The appointment will begin on September 1, 2022. The candidate must hold an MA degree in teaching Korean as a second language, foreign language teaching, applied linguistics, or a related field by the time of appointment and possess broad competence in teaching Korean language courses. The new hire will teach six Korean courses on all levels of both lectures and recitations per year. The successful candidate should have at least one year’s experience teaching Korean language courses at a North American higher education institution, preferably in person. Other duties may include mentoring students, normal service duties in the Department, and working with other Asia specialists in the Department and on campus.

Applicants should send a letter of application, CV, teaching demonstration of a Korean language class, evidence of teaching ability (e. g., student teaching evaluations), sample syllabus for one course, statements of teaching philosophy, and diversity and inclusion, and the names and contact information for three persons able to provide confidential professional letters of recommendation (we do not need the letters themselves at this time, but we do need the names of the recommenders). to the University of Pittsburgh’s Talent Center.

For more information, contact Victoria Donahoe ( In order to ensure full consideration, applications must be received by November 16, 2021.

Thursday, September 16, 2021

"Japan Exchange and Teaching Program (JET) Info Session," October 12 at Pitt.

The University of Pittsburgh's Asian Studies Center will host a Japan Exchange and Teaching Program (JET) Info Session on October 12. It will be an online meeting by the Consulate General of New York and JET alumni.
Please join us at this information session to learn more about the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) program in the Global Hub, 1st floor Posvar Hall. To register for Zoom virtual attendance, click here
The session will be held at the Global Hub on the first floor of Posvar Hall (map). It is not open to the public, only to the Pitt community following university COVID safety protocols.

Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration at Pitt, September 21.

The University of Pittsburgh's Asian Studies Cener and Global Hub will host a Mid-Autumn Festival Celebration on September 21 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.
Join the Asian Studies Center and Global Hub in celebrating Mid-Autumn Festival! Take some refreshments to-go, make a paper lantern, and enter for a chance to win tickets to the Asian Lantern Festival at the Pittsburgh Zoo or some Screenshot:Asia swag.
It will be held at the Global Hub, located on the 1st floor of Posvar Hall (map). It is open to members of the Pitt community who are following COVID safety protocols; university buildings are currently not open to the public.

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

More theaters announced for One Piece Film: Strong World (ワンピース フィルム ストロングワールド), playing in Pittsburgh on November 7 and 9.

The 2009 film One Piece Film: Strong World (ワンピース フィルム ストロングワールド) will play in Pittsburgh on November 7 and 9 as part of a Fathom Events re-release. The Anime News Network has a synopsis:
20 years after his escape from Impel Down, the legendary pirate Shiki "the Golden Lion" reappears causing massive upheaval to the Marines. During his long seclusion, he was able to come up with a scheme to bring the World Government to its knees. On his way to execute the plan, Shiki crosses paths with the Straw Hat Pirates and becomes so impressed with Nami's knowledge of meteorology that he abducts her to forcedly enlist her into his crew. Luffy and the gang end up on a strange land populated with monstrous beasts as they desperately search for Shiki and Nami.
It is scheduled so far to play at the AMC Loews Waterfront and the Cinemarks in Monaca, Monroeville, and North Hills, though more local theaters may be announced later.

VouchersPanda, aka Hungry Panda, hiring Mandarin-speaking Business Development Specialist for Pittsburgh area.

Food delivery service VouchersPanda, which also operates under Hungry Panda, is hiring a Mandarin-speaking Business Development Specialist for Pittsburgh area. As PennsylvAsia noted last summer, more Chinese delivery options, like Fantuan, Chowbus, and Hungry Panda are making their way to Pittsburgh.

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

October 17 Peelander-Z show cancelled.

The Peelander-Z concert, scheduled for October 17 at Club Cafe, has been cancelled.

Japan Association of Greater Pittsburgh 1st Online Exchange Meeting, September 18.

The Japan Association of Greater Pittsburgh (JAGP) is hosting its 1st Online Exchange Meeting, in lieu of the annual in-person fall picnic, on September 18.
ピッツバーグ日本協会 第1回オンライン交流会のお知らせ



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It is with regret that we’ve made the decision to cancel our JAGP Fall Picnic 2021 in light of the developing COVID-19 situation.
We are disappointed to make this announcement but we believe we have a duty to care for our members and the general public.

Instead of that, JAGP board members have planned our first ‘online exchange meeting’. We hope it will be a place for new encounters and information exchange. Please actively participate.

If you wish to participate, please fill out the form shown below.
The meeting is open to members and runs from 7:00 to 9:00 pm; it will of course take place in Japanese. Those interested in becoming JAGP members may do so online.

Daehwa Korean Conversation Club and the Korean Student Association at the University of Pittsburgh are hosting a Chuseok celebration at Pitt on September 19. It is open to all interested Pitt studets who are compliant with the university's COVID-19 safety regulations. Those interested should reach out to Daehwa and the KSA to learn more.