Thursday, October 30, 2014

Jin Shan at Carnegie Mellon University School of Art, November 4.

Carnegie Mellon University's School of Art will host Chinese artist Jin Shan on November 4 as part of its Fall 2014 Art Lecture Series. The school, via Brown University, offers a profile:
A leading voice in an emerging generation of socially engaged contemporary artists in China, Shanghai-based Jin Shan is an agent provocateur. Preferring wit and satire to aggression and conflict, his work uses humor and play to draw audiences into a confrontation with the social, cultural and political problems of the modern world. While specifically describing elements of contemporary China, his investigation of human motivation extends beyond national boundaries to the seemingly insatiable desire for power programmed into humanity’s DNA.
The lecture starts at 5:00 pm in Kresge Theater (map), and is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Taiwanese Film Festival 2014 at CMU, November 12 and 13.

Carnegie Mellon University will host a Taiwanese Film Festival on November 12 and 13, presented by the Taiwanese Scholars Society and featuring the movies Winds of September (九降風), Monga (艋舺), and Kano: Soul of Baseball. Tickets for Winds of September and Monga are $5 a piece, and comprise the "Taiwan Classical Movies" set on the 12th. summarizes Winds of September:
Tang is one of seven friends of varying high school years. Collectively, the group is known as a bunch of troublemakers, though some of the gang are worse than others. The charismatic assumed leader is Yen , a handsome playboy whose prim girlfriend Yun has to put up with incessant stories of his infidelity. The problem reaches a tipping point when Yen sleeps with another girl and her angry boyfriend comes calling. Tang is mistaken for Yen and assaulted in his place, and the incident ultimately drives a minor wedge in the group. The situation is exacerbated by the other boys' individual conflicts and issues, and Yen and Tang nearly have a falling out. The two do seem to patch things up, but the cracks in the group's camaraderie begin to worsen. Some boys are pressured to drop the group, while others continue to misbehave, ignoring the damage it may have on their future. Ultimately, the boys' aimlessness results in a tragedy that further drives them apart, revealing the anger, cowardice, fear, jealousy, and helplessness that lives within them.
A South China Morning Post review says of Monga:
Set in Taipei’s once notorious Monga (known officially as Wanhua) neighbourhood in 1986-87, the narrative is part history lesson and part mob tale, but primarily an exploration of the ties that bind a group of sworn brothers.
Tickets for Kano: Soul of Baseball are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. The screening of Kona on the 13th will be accompanied by director Umin Boya. The TSS summarizes the 2014 film:
This movie based on an inspiring Taiwanese history in 1931 when Taiwan was ruled by Japan. A high school in southern Taiwan overcame all the odds and obstacles to form a baseball team. The team presented Taiwan to compete at Japanese High School Baseball Championship at Koshien Stadium. The underdog team advanced to the championship game in the tournament beyond all expectation.
The movies on the 12th will be shown in Doherty Hall 2210 from 6:00 pm, and Kano in University Center McConomy Auditorium from 6 (campus map). Tickets may be purchased in advance online with Paypal; to purchase tickets or to read more about the film festival, visit the event's website.

Pittsburgh Sakura Project Fall Planting Day, November 8.

The Pittsburgh Sakura Project will hold its 5th annual Fall Planting Day on Saturday, November 8, at North Park. As the flyer says, the group plans to plant an additional 12 trees near the Boathouse (map) from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Those interested in participating should RSVP by emailing PittsburghSakuraProject at Equipment will be provided, but work clothes and gloves are recommended.

The Pittsburgh Sakura Project has been planting cherry blossom trees, and other foliage, since 2009:
We plan to plant 250 ornamental cherry trees around the greater Pittsburgh region over a 10-year period, in honor of the 250th anniversary of the founding of Pittsburgh in 1758. Our aim is for lovers of cherry blossoms to enjoy beautiful, mature cherry trees in the Pittsburgh region. The PSP will enable visitors to Allegheny County parks to enjoy the unique scenery of Sakura and strengthen bonds within the local Japanese community by creating a focal point for cultural and personal exchange. By adding the new element of Sakura to existing park scenery, we create a new aesthetic while preserving the woodland scenery, an example of cultural harmony and environmental sustainability for future generations.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

"Hidden History: Asians and Pacific Islanders and the Civil War" at IUP, November 3.

Indiana University of Pennsylvania will host author Ruthanne Lum McCunn and her lecture "Hidden History: Asians and Pacific Islanders and the Civil War” on November 3.
She will be talking about her research and writing on Asian American history and, in particular, her recent book Chinese Yankee, which deals with Thomas Sylvanus (Ah Yee Way), a Chinese-American Civil War veteran and Indiana County resident.
The lecture begins at 7:00 pm in room 201 Stapleton Library (map), and is free and open to the public. McCunn will also be giving a talk on this topic Historical and Genealogical Society of Indiana County on November 1 at 1:00 pm.

Monday, October 27, 2014

"The Memory Project and New Voices in Chinese Documentary" at Pitt, October 31 and November 1.

The University of Pittsburgh will host "The Memory Project and New Voices in Chinese Documentary" on October 31 and November 1. The Film Studies Program provides a summary of the touring documentary exhibition:
WU Wenguang, one of the founding figures in Chinese independent documentary, brings three young filmmakers from China to present their collective work, “the Memory Project.” The project is based at Coachangdi Workstation in Beijing. From there, young filmmakers fanned out to return to family villages and their own pasts, real and imagined, to inquire about The Great Famine of 1959-61 — a disaster of whose memories have been actively abandoned by the state. Aiming to create a “folk memory archive,” the project, which combines documentary films, oral history records, and live performances, presents an alternative narrative of Chinese history than the one written in official textbooks. As these young filmmakers search for the distant memory from an old generation that is still living in rural poverty, their encounter with the past reveals as much about the wish for memory as of memory itself and of the interesting role of film in such projects of retrieval.
The Department of English has a schedule for the two-day event. On October 31, two documentaries by Zhang Mengqi will be shown from 7:00 pm: Self-Portrait and Three Women and Self-Portrait: At 47 KM. On November 1, from 1:00 pm: Huamulin, Boy Xiaoqiang and Children's Village. A discussion with the filmmakers and with Pitt faculty members will begin at 4:10. All events will be held in 224 Langley Hall (map), and all are free and open to the public.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Korean Buddhist monk's tour stops in Pittsburgh, October 27.

The Buddhist monk Beop-ryun Sunim (법륜스님) is on another speaking tour of the world, and will be in Pittsburgh on October 27. The Korean-language talk begins at 7:00 pm in the Korean Community Church Rectory at 623 High Street in Sharpsburg (map).

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Hot pot place moving into to old Pizza Sola location in Oakland.

Temporary signage just went up at 114 Atwood Street (map) for TOP Shabu-Shabu & Lounge. Until July, the space was home to Pizza Sola.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Four Japanese movies, one Taiwanese, part of 2014 Three Rivers Film Festival in November.

The Three Rivers Film Festival, which runs in Pittsburgh from November 7 through November 22 at nine local theaters, announced its schedule of films today, a lineup that includes five Asian movies, four of which are Japanese: the Hiyao Miyazaki classic Spirited Away (千と千尋の神隠し); the animated Welcome to the Space Show (宇宙ショーへようこそ) ; the adult comedy R100; and a documentary on Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli, The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness (夢と狂気の王国). The Taiwanese-French drama Stray Dogs (郊遊) is included among the roster of foreign-language movies .Schedules are currently available online, and there will be more detailed posts on the movies in the next two weeks.

Angry Asian Man blogger Phil Yu at Pitt, October 25.

The University of Pittsburgh's Asian Student Alliance will host Phil Yu, the blogger behind Angry Asian Man, on Saturday, October 25. A 2010 KoreAm profile described the site as
the whirling core of the networked Asian American community, the hyperconnected hub where tens of thousands of people dock each day—sometimes hourly—to find out what’s happening in the cultural, media and political landscape of the nation’s most dynamic emerging population.
The event starts at 7:00 pm and is held in the William Pitt Union Ballroom (campus map).

Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania Student Halloween Mixer and movie Dark Water (仄暗い水の底から), October 24.

The Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania is hosting a Student Halloween Mixer on Friday, October 24, at Point Park University. The event includes free candy, an introduction to local Japanese-related student groups, a presentation on yōkai, and a screening of the 2002 film Dark Water (仄暗い水の底から)).

The evening runs from 6:00 through 11:00 pm in Lawrence Hall's 2nd floor multipurpose room (map). More information is available on the event's Facebook page.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Documentary Last Days in Vietnam at Harris Theater, from October 24.

The 2014 documentary Last Days in Vietnam will play at the Harris Theater from October 24 through October 30. A synopsis, from the film's official site:
During the chaotic final days of the Vietnam War, the North Vietnamese Army closes in on Saigon as South Vietnamese resistance crumbles. The United States has only a skeleton crew of diplomats and military operatives still in the country. As Communist victory becomes inevitable and the U.S. readies to withdraw, some Americans begin to consider the certain imprisonment and possible death of their South Vietnamese allies, co-workers, and friends. Meanwhile, the prospect of an official evacuation of South Vietnamese becomes terminally delayed by Congressional gridlock and the inexplicably optimistic U.S. Ambassador. With the clock ticking and the city under fire, a number of heroic Americans take matters into their own hands, engaging in unsanctioned and often makeshift operations in a desperate effort to save as many South Vietnamese lives as possible.
A September 4 New York Times review says of the documentary and its filmmaker, Rory Kennedy:
Perhaps the most striking thing about “Last Days in Vietnam,” Rory Kennedy’s eye-opening documentary about the 1975 evacuation of the American Embassy in Saigon, is how calmly it surveys what was once among the angriest topics in American political life. The story is full of emotion and danger, heroism and treachery, but it is told in a mood of rueful retrospect rather than simmering partisan rage.
Showtimes haven't yet been announced. The Harris Theater is located downtown at 809 Liberty Ave. in the Cultural District (map).

Monday, October 20, 2014

1963 Japanese movie Matango (マタンゴ, Attack of the Mushroom People) at Hollywood Theater, October 28.

The Hollywood Theater in Dormont will show the 1963 Japanese movie Matango (マタンゴ) on October 28. An SFX review provides more information about the "anti-drug" tokukatsu movie:
A yachtful of seven disparate characters are stranded on a mysterious island. Making a home in a deserted wreck, they discover that food is scarce, except for the mind-altering mushrooms that cover the island. One by one, they succumb to their hunger, and turn into monsters.
. . .
In the States, Matango was retitled as Attack Of The Mushroom People. Although the “mushroom monsters” that pop up at the end are gloriously silly, that monicker doesn’t really do it justice. With its eerie environments – a fog-shrouded beach of black sand; a gangrenous ghost ship – and its cast of self-serving scumbags, this is a surprisingly bleak, disquieting B-movie.
The show starts at 7:30 pm, and tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students. There will be food and drink:
Mushroom delicacies will be served by Wild Purveyors, and Night of the Living Stout beer served by Full Pint Brewery. Doors open at 6:30pm.
The theater is located at 1449 Potomac Ave. in Dormont, and is accessible by Pittsburgh's subway/LRT at a block south of Potomac Station.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Pink Box Bakery coming to Oakland.

Someone recently told me Pink Box Bakery Café was planning on opening an Oakland location. Turns out they've been saying this since June. The Taiwanese-owned "Asian-European fusion bakery" that opened in Squirrel Hill on July 7 will open a second location at 4527 Winthrop St. in Oakland (map) later this year or early next. The new store is behind KBox, Pittsburgh's Asian karaoke / K-box / 노래방 spot.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Xinjiang Food by Northwest Chinese Pop-Up Restaurant, October 18 in Bloomfield.

The next Northwest Chinese Pop-Up Restaurant event, "Xinjiang Food", is Saturday, October 18 at Sonny's Tavern in Bloomfield (map). The person slash group Northwest Chinese Pop-Up Restaurant exists to "strive to bring Northwestern Chinese culture to Pittsburgh through its authentic food, arts, music and crafts".

Nakama voted Best Japanese, Best Sushi in Pittsburgh by City-Paper readers again.

Nakama Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar was voted by Pittsburgh City-Paper readers as both the Best Japanese and Best Sushi restaurant in the city in the 2014 "Best of Pittsburgh" poll. On its claim to the Best Japanese spot:
There is no better spot to watch the South Side careen by than from a window seat at Nakama. Add to the experience freshly prepared sushi; an extensive selection of appetizers; steak and fish entrees; and perhaps a signature martini or draft beer, and it's no wonder this spot is popular every night of the week.
Nakama was the top vote-getter in 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, and 2013 as well. Umi and Little Tokyo came in second and third place, respectively, in the Best Japanese category, and Umi and Penn Ave. Fish Company placed second and third in the Best Sushi category. Japanese restaurants popular with Japanese residents and with those who know Japanese food---Chaya, Kiku, Teppanyaki Kyoto, and the recently-closed Fukuda---did not place.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Dr. Shinil Kim and "Achievement and Issues of Korean Education" at Pitt, October 23.

University of Pittsburgh alumnus Dr. Shinil Kim will speak at Pitt's School of Education on October 23 on "Achievements and Issues of Korean Education".
Korea is recognized internationally as having made strong advancements in education. The country is often given high rankins in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), has the highest enrollment rates in secondary and tertiary education, and contributing to the overall economic development of education, among other achievements. Nonetheless, there are still difficult education issues on education that Korean society has to tackle wisely. Shinil Kim's presentation at the School of Education will review the development as well as some of these issues within Korean education.
The talk will be held in 5604 Posvar Hall from 2:10 to 3:15. Registration is required and can be done through October 20 by emailing sks at

Dr. Kim, a former Korean minister of education and longtime professor at one of Korea's top universities, earned a Ph.D. from Pitt in 1978, writing his dissertation on "A Cross-National Analysis of the Determinants of Public Efforts in Education". He was awarded a University of Pittsburgh 225th Anniversary Medallion in 2013 as a distinguished alumnus.

Mark Nordenberg Seoul
Fourth from left, Via 동아일보.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Taiwanese film Touch of the Light at ReelAbilities Film Festival, October 26.

The Taiwanese film Touch of the Light is one of four movies comprising the ReelAbilities Film Festival this month, and will be playing at Bakery Square on October 26.
When a young, gifted pianist who is blind, arrives from his rural village to the city to attend university, he struggles to fit in with his classmates. But, then he meets Jie, a young woman striving to realize her dreams of becoming a dancer. The two take comfort in their new-found friendship. Based on the true life story of Huang Yu-Siang, who stars as himself, Touch of the Light celebrates the triumphs of those who dare to dream.
The movie plays at the Human Engineering Research Laboratories in Bakery Square (map) and starts at 1:00 pm. Tickets are $5 for students or $10 for general admission, and are available online.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Ningbo Yong Opera Troupe at Penn State Greater Allegheny campus, October 13.

Pittsburgh's Silk Screen Arts and Cultural Organization tells us about a free performance Monday evening by the Ningbo Yong Opera Troupe at Penn State Greater Allegheny campus. From a Penn State news item:
The 27 member troupe from Ningbo Performance & Arts Group is traveling to the U.S. from Ningbo, China. The group is planning an approximately 1.5 hour performance, which will include parts from "Andi," adapted from Eugene O’Neill’s Pulitzer-winning "Anna Christie" as well as highlights from a few other plays.

The Ningbo opera originated from the countryside of Zhejiang Province. As one of the most important local operas, it is widely popular in Ningbo, Zhoushan, Taizhou and Shanghai. With a wide repertoire featuring traditional Chinese opera and interpretations of modern works, the Ningbo Yong Opera Troupe has performed in France, Germany, Saudi Arabia and the United States, among other countries.

The group’s recent performance of “The Red Dress” at New York City’s Lincoln Center won the 11th National Spiritual Civilization Five Top Project Prize and the Excellent Repertoire Award of the Seventh China Dance Lotus Award.
The show starts at 7 pm in the Wunderly Gymnasium (campus map). The Penn State branch campus is located in McKeesport, roughly 16 miles southeast of Pittsburgh (map).

"CHINA Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections" at Pitt, October 16.

The University of Pittsburgh will host a presentation on coal energy in China and a webcast by former President of the United States Jimmy Carter for its "CHINA Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections" on October 16. From the University Center for International Studies:
The National Committee on U.S.-China Relations in collaboration with The Carter Center is conducting the eighth annual CHINA Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections program at more than 70 locations nationwide featuring a live webcast and Q&A with former U.S. President Jimmy Carter on October 16, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. EDT. President Carter’s discussion and responses to questions submitted by the nationwide audience will be moderated by National Committee President Stephen Orlins.

In addition to the national portion of the program, each venue will have a prominent China specialist on site to address topics of interest to the local community, including economics and trade, energy and the environment, security and other issues. Pittsburgh’s China specialist will be Ailun Yang of the World Resources Institute, speaking on “Coal and Sustainability in China—What’s the Future?”
The event runs from 6:00 to 8:00 pm in 4130 Posvar Hall (map) and is free and open to the public.

Friday, October 10, 2014

"Rubber Duck Project" in Seoul from October 14.

A familiar face will be in Seoul next week. The Florentijn Hofman installation that captivated Pittsburgh last fall will be in Seoul's Seokchon Lake, outside of Lotte World, from October 14.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Tibetan Chant Ceremony at Heinz Chapel, October 14.

Heinz Chapel will host the monks of Drepung Loseling Monastery to perform the Medicine Buddha Puja on October 14. The chant begins at 7:00 pm and there is a suggested, but not required, donation of $10.

"Split Lives: Korean-Chinese Transnational Bodies and Time" lecture at Pitt, October 17.

June Hee Kwon, the newly-arrived Korea-Japan Postdoctoral Fellow in the University of Pittsburgh's Department of Anthropology, will present "Split Lives: Korean-Chinese Transnational Bodies and Time" on October 17, as part of a regular Brown Bag Lecture Series. A summary, via the University Center for International Studies:
This talk examines the transnational temporality—back and forth—created by the combined effects of visa regulations, the characteristics of transnational labor, and transnational female working bodies. On the basis of ethnographic research on Korean Chinese migrant workers moving between China and Korea, I highlight the spatial division created by this repetitive migration: Korea is a place for making money, whereas China is a place for spending money; Korea is a place for working (productive labor), China is a place for resting (reproductive labor). Under this split in spatial practices, I argue, migrants have internalized a rhythm—a back and forth—that serves as a governing force on the laboring body, thereby making care for the body more difficult, and prolonging its exploitation in intensive labor.
Her 2013 dissertation on the topic, Mobile Ethnicity: The Formation of the Korean Chinese Transnational Migrant Class, is available online to those with access to the University of Pittsburgh Library System.

The talk runs from 12:00 to 1:00 pm in 4217 Posvar Hall (map), and is free and open to the public.

"Jews, China, and Israel", October 12.

via 匹茲堡大學.

The University of Pittsburgh Confucius Institute and the Hillel Jewish University Center Pittsburgh will present "Jews, China, and Israel" on October 12. The talk by Jewish Chronicle publisher Jim Busis is the final lecture in the "Jewish Refugees in Shanghai" exhibit running through the 15th. It's free, and begins at 6:00 pm at the Hillel Jewish University Center in Oakland (map).

Cirque Peking: National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China coming to IUP, November 11.

Indiana University of Pennsylvania announced on Monday it will host Cirque Peking: National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China on November 11.
Direct from Beijing, the National Circus and Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China have been thrilling audiences of all ages for over 60 years with their spectacular stunts. Colorfully costumed acrobats and contortionists defy gravity with their jaw-dropping, nail-biting acts.

Founded in 1951, this touring group of acrobatic perfection has been one of the most acclaimed troupes in China. Over several generation, the Company has developed many unique acts like “Global Motorcycling,” “Russian Bars In Chinese Traditional Style,” “Diving Through Moving Hoops,” and “Aerial Bungee Tumblings.” These acts and many others have been enjoyed and praised by Chinese and foreign audiences for decades. Since its inception, there have been more than 200 artists of the Company who have won the gold and silver awards at international and national acrobatic competitions and circus festivals.
The show will be held in Fisher Auditorium (campus map) and will begin at 7:00 pm. Tickets are available online for between $18 and $40.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

"Constructing Chinese Cosmpolitanism: Southeast Asia, Overseas Chinese, and Xiamen, 1842-1937" at Pitt, October 10.

A photo of 19th-century Xianmen, from a flyer for this talk last year.

The University of Pittsburgh's Asian Studies Center will present "Constructing Chinese Cosmpolitanism: Southeast Asia, Overseas Chinese, and Xiamen, 1842-1937", a lecture by its Associate Director Dr. James Cook, on October 10. The abstract:
Located on China’s southeast coast, the city of Xiamen had long stood as one of the poles of the Overseas Chinese universe; local merchants had already established a well-defined trading network as early as the 13th century, and over 2 million people departed from the city for Southeast Asia over the course of the 19th century. The global scope of Xiamen’s merchants and their trading networks, the people’s historical roots in diaspora and international commerce, and the distinctive nature of overseas “Chineseness” combined to produce a new narrative of community and development. In many ways Xiamen’s Overseas Chinese became “bridges to modernity” that moved into and out of China. Time abroad within the modernizing confines of colonial Southeast Asia led many returned-émigrés to feel that they alone understood the process of modernization and how to create a truly Chinese modernity. Ultimately their new discourse of modernization was constructed around the commercial wealth of overseas Chinese merchant life, integrated with a revamped Confucianism and a newly discovered historical tradition.
The presentation will be held from 4:00 to 5:00 pm in 4130 Posvar Hall (campus map).

Monday, October 6, 2014

"Asian Studies Forum: Who Speaks For Hong Kong?" at Pitt, October 9.

The Asian Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh will host "Asian Studies Forum: Who Speaks For Hong Kong?" on October 9. From the Facebook event page:
Please join us for a panel discussion and open forum on the current student protests over elections in Hong Kong. After brief presentations, we hope you will join us and add your views to the discussion.


“Chinese Protest Movements in Historical Perspective” - David Luesink (Department of History)

“Disequilibrium: The institutional failure of “one-country two systems” - Pierre Landry (Department of Political Science)

“Perspectives on Hong Kong” - Nicole Constable (Department of Anthropology), Hei Ting Wong (Graduate Student, Ethnomusicology)
The talk will run from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm in 4130 Posvar Hall (campus map).

Nordy's Got Seoul at Pitt, October 10.

The Korean Culture Association will host "Nordy's Got Seoul" on Saturday, October 10, in the William Pitt Union. From the Facebook event page:
Hello fellow friends! Take a break from studying and come join KCA at Nordy's place in the William pitt union! There will be plenty of different korean games to play and korean snacks to eat (including everyones favorite...RAMEN). There will also be PING PONG, Karaoke and pool! It'll be a great time to take some time off and unwind! Hope to see you there :)
Nordy's Place is on the ground floor of the Union, and the event will run from 10:00 pm until 1:00 am.

Chinese Nationality Room at Pitt turns 75 today.

The Chinese Nationality Room in the University of Pittsburgh's Cathedral of Learning turns 75 today. The room was dedicated on October 6, 1939, and the photograph above is from the University of Pittsburgh Historic Photographs Collection.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

A City of Asylum house on Sampsonia Way (map), North Side. More information about "House Poem" from City of Asylum.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Japanese tea ceremony demonstrations in western PA on October 9, 11, 18.

There are several Japanese tea ceremony demonstrations scheduled for western Pennsylvania in October.

Indiana University of Pennsylvania's Japanese program will host Tea Culture in Japan ceremony on October 9. The cost is $1, and the 90-minute program consists of:
* Talk about modern Tea culture in Japan
* How to brew Sencha (hands-on, they are going to bring 10 pots so teachers can try)
* Play songs about tea (Zui zui zukkorobashi, and Chatsumi)
* Tea farming (ppt)
* Chakabuki (tea tasting game). Taste five different kinds of tea and guess their names
* History of tea (including Chinese tea presentation)
* Baisa-ryu school Sencha Tea ceremony

Presenters Fumiyo Iwadachi and Ami Nishiyama are coming from Handa City near Nagoya, Japan. Nishiyama also has a Chinese tea master license along with a Baisa-ryu school Sencha license. She will perform Chinese tea ceremony when they talk about the history of tea.
The program runs from 10:20 am to 11:50 am in the HUB's Monongahela Room (campus map). Reservations can be made by emailing Dr. Yong-Taek Kim at

The Japan America Society of Pennsylvania is presenting two Tea Culture in Japan presentations in the Pittsburgh area on October 11. The first is from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Way Wellness Center in Fox Chapel (map). The second is from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Mookshi Wellness Center (map) in Regent Square. Registration is required for the events and can be done so at the JASP website. The cost is $10 for JASP members and Japanese language teachers, and $20 for general admission.

The Maridon Museum in Butler (map) will also host a Traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony on November 18 at 12:30 pm. The cost is $25, and reservations are required and can be made by calling 724-282-0123.

Nikki Lee at Carnegie Mellon University School of Art, October 14.

From "The Hispanic Project".

Carnegie Mellon University's School of Art will host Korean photographer and filmmaker Nikki Lee on October 14 as part of its Fall 2014 Art Lecture Series. The school profiles Lee:
She received a broad education at institutions including the Fashion Institute of Technology, Chung-Ang University, and New York University. Lee became known early for her “Projects” series, in which she insinuated herself into subcultural groups, working for two to three months to be accepted in each social group. The varied groups of people included seniors, Hispanics, swingers, yuppies, lesbians, and others. For each project, Lee changed what she wore, where she shopped, and how she presented herself. In her recent series “Parts,” Lee curates scenes of herself with a significant other showing intimate dynamics and details of a relationship, then physically cuts her partner out of each printed photograph.
More on Lee in a (now somewhat dated) 2007 KoreAm cover story.

The lecture starts at 5:00 pm in Kresge Theater (map), and is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

"Music and Dance of West Java: The Past, Present, and Future of Sundanese Performing Arts" at Pitt, October 11.

The University of Pittsburgh Department of Music will present "Music and Dance of West Java: The Past, Present, and Future of Sundanese Performing Arts" on October 11, to celebrate the new agreement between Pitt and a visiting Indonesian performing arts school.
Musicians and dancers from the Indonesian College of Performing Arts (STSI) in Bandung, Indonesia will present an evening of vocal music, instrumental music, and dance. The performers will explore a broad range of cultural expressions from the ancient aristocratic tembang Sunda Cianjuran (Sundanese vocal poetry accompanied by zither and flute) to the ebullient music of bamboo instruments and the popular jaipongan dance that thrilled audiences in the 1980s.
The performance starts at 8:00 pm in the Bellefield Hall auditorium (map) and is free and open to the public.

Yesterday, the university announced a Memorandum of Understanding between it and the Indonesian College of Performing Arts to be signed on October 10.
Department of Music Chair Andrew Weintraub, who has collaborated on projects with the Indonesian College for 30 years, says the partnership will bring about an exchange of students and creative artists and will enhance the exploration and understanding of Sundanese culture and performing arts, a core strength of Pitt's ethnomusicology program.

"Stronger relationships lead to better understanding of cultural diversity, and vice versa," he said. "A formal agreement between Pitt and the Indonesian College will facilitate better communication between the two schools. Our goal is to generate collaborative research projects, a student exchange at the graduate and undergraduate levels, and, eventually, the development of a Pitt in Indonesia study abroad program."

Chinese language and culture class in Fox Chapel resumes October 9.

The Thursday evening Chinese Language and Culture class at Fox Chapel Area High School (map) resumes October 9.
Whether for travel, business, or fun, join us and learn useful phrases and fascinating information about Chinese language, culture and holiday celebrations from an American who lived in Taiwan for 17 years. In this interactive class, practice simple dialogs and sample traditional Chinese snacks like moon cakes.
The class runs each Thursday from 7:00 to 8:00 pm through November 13. The cost is $24 for Fox Chapel residents and $29 for everyone else. Registration information is found online.

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