Thursday, July 28, 2016

Japan National High School Champions play Western Pennsylvania All Stars in (American) football, July 29 in Greenville.

via American Scholar Group Facebook page.

Greenville-based American Scholar Group is hosting Japanese high school American football players as part of its Football Camp this month, and the Japan National High School Champions from Kwansei Gakuin High School (関西学院高等部) will play against the Western Pennsylvania All Stars on July 29. Earlier in July the team visited PNC Park and participated in cultural activities in Greenville, roughly 80 miles north of Pittsburgh.

via American Scholar Group Facebook page.

Pittsburgh Chinese Cultural Festival (匹兹堡 中华文化节), September 10 in Oakland.

The second annual Pittsburgh Chinese Cultural Festival (匹兹堡中华文化节) will take place on September 10 in Oakland. Presented by the Pittsburgh Chinese Culture Center, it features numerous Asian performances, food vendors, and local business booths. It will run from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm at Schenley Plaza (map).

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

League of Gods (封神传奇) in Pittsburgh, from July 28.

The 2016 movie League of Gods (封神传奇) will play at AMC Loews Waterfront from July 28. It's an adaptation of the 16th-century novel Investiture of the Gods (封神演義), and is described by American outlets as a "Chinese X-Men". The distributor provides a summary of the film starring Jet Li, Tony Leung Ka-Fai, and Louis Koo:
A long time ago, a determined King Zhou, supported by his concubine Daji, sets his mind on conquering the Middle Kingdom. After years of slaughter, the unyielding Adept tribes have been eliminated in succession. Jiang and General Ji from Qishan are King Zhou’s longstanding opponents. Under a divinatory sign, Jiang discovers that the Sword of Light can reverse the adversity.
There are 2D and 3D showings scheduled. Tickets and showtimes are available at the AMC Loews Waterfront website. 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.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Panda Express coming to Cranberry, West Mifflin.

Panda Express, a chain of drive-thru fast-casual Chinese restaurants, is opening its first locations in western Pennsylvania. Stores are scheduled to open in Cranberry (in the Cranberry Mall) and West Mifflin (2070 Lebanon Church Rd.), as well as in Philadelphia and Camp Hill. In April 2015 there was news of one coming to Monroeville, but there have been no updates and the company is not currently hiring for that location. Prior to this round of expansion, the only Panda Express in Pennsylvania was on the campus of Penn State.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Japan-inspired T-swirl crêpe chain's Pittsburgh store a couple months away.

via T-swirl crêpe Facebook page.

T-swirl crêpe, a Japanese-inspired crepe chain scheduled to open its first Pittsburgh location at 1714 Murray Ave. in Squirrel Hill (map) this month, now anticipates a fall opening, according to the corporate office. T-swirl crêpe has four locations in New York City, one in Philadelphia, and one in California, and has 12 more planned. From the official site:
The story of T-swirl Crepe starts thousands of miles away on the shores of Japan. The Japanese Crepe borrows from a western concept and modernized it into new level of versatility that you can gobble on the go. Building on this new concept, T-swirl started to research and have perfected the 100% gluten free rice flour batter, to craft a crispy thin chewy layer that embraces all the decadent condiments. T-swirl is synonymous with using the finest ingredients to construct a trendy/artistic crepe that arrives to your hand with incredible speed. We have standardized the process to give you a consistently clean and delicious crepe.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Pitt's Department of Neurology hiring part-time Mandarin-English bilingual Project Coordinator for bioethics training program.

The University of Pittsburgh's Department of Neurology is hiring a 75%-effort Mandarin-English bilingual Project Coordinator. Via the posting on
The Department of Neurology continues to advance its mission, capabilities, and reputation for academic, clinical and research activities.

This is a challenging position involving a wide range of duties associated with the project coordination of a federally-funded international educational program that promotes the development of training programs in bioethics in China. It is a minimum half-time position (50%), but could be expanded to a full-time position contingent upon the fit of the candidate’s qualifications with the activities of this project.

The incumbent will be the initial point of contact for all inquiries regarding the educational program. He or she will assist in the development, organization, and conduct of educational events and will be highly involved in developing educational materials, translating materials between English and Mandarin, coordinating the involvement of all individuals associated with the project, and providing support services to program participants, faculty, and speakers in the US and in China.
Qualifications include:
At least one year of part-time or full-time experience working in an administrative position. Must be competent in using Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, Outlook, and searching databases and websites for information. Must be familiar with WeChat and other Chinese communication technologies. Must have developed good interpersonal skills – ability to interact professionally with individuals at all levels. Excellent communication skills, both oral and written, in English and Mandarin Chinese.
The position is in support of Chinese Fellows participating in a bioethics training program.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

2004 movie Saving Face in Pittsburgh, August 5.

City of Asylum, Reel Q Pittsburgh LGBT Film Festival, and the Silk Screen Film Festival present the 2004 movie Saving Face on August 5. A Film Journal International summary:
[W]riter-director Alice Wu's romantic comedy Saving Face, about two young Chinese-American women who fall in love and suffer the joys and dramas of their unexpected romance, exudes the kind of warmth and intelligence that delivers to well-defined segments of the indie-oriented audience.
The movie runs from 8:00 to 10:00 pm at the Alphabet City Tent at 318 Sampsonia Way on the Northside (map). It is free and open to the public, though registration is required.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Bonchon will be two hours away from Pittsburgh.

Korean fried chicken chain Bonchon Chicken is coming to Seven Hills, Ohio. The restaurant in an old Pizza Hut at 7581 Broadhead Rd. (map) will be the closest Bonchon to Pittsburgh---12 miles south of Cleveland and two hours northwest of Pittsburgh---once it opens. There is a location in Philadelphia's Chinatown that opened in February 2015. Pittsburgh's Korean fried chicken place, Chick'n Bubbly, opened in Oakland in August 2014.

Host families needed in Pittsburgh for visiting Yasuda Women's University students from August to January.

GlobalPittsburgh is looking for host families for students from Yasuda Women's University (安田女子大学) who will be attending the University of Pittsburgh English Language Institute from late-August through late-January.
GlobalPittsburgh is searching for homestay hosts for female students from a private University in Hiroshima, Japan.

Here are the details and guidelines:

  • The students are all females of 19-20 years old; most of them have "fair" level of English. They will be studying English at the English Language Institute at the University of Pittsburgh.
  • The monthly compensation for hosting will be $800.
  • The dates of the program are between August 30, 2016 and January 29, 2017.
  • The student will need a separate bedroom with a bed, dresser or closet, desk (optional), adequate lighting to study, and heat/air.
  • The students cannot be placed in the same home with other Japanese students, Japanese natives or male students.
  • Host families are requested to include the student in their family meals with an option for the student to pack their lunch.
  • The host should be located conveniently on a direct bus line to Oakland with a max of 45 minute commute. Some of the neighborhoods we are looking at include Bloomfield, East Liberty, Friendship, Greenfield, Hazelwood, Highland Park, Lawrenceville, Morningside, Oakland, Point Breeze, Polish Hill, Regent Square, Shadyside, South Side, Squirrel Hill, Stanton Heights, Strip District, Swisshelm Park, and Downtown.
  • The students will be attending the University on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and have a decent amount of homework daily. They will be engaged in many activities provided by University and GlobalPittsburgh.

Please encourage your friends, colleagues and family to host! Have them contact me at with questions and for more information.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Westinghouse hiring customer escort for visiting Chinese clients.

Westinghouse is hiring a Customer Escort for visiting Chinese clients from July 18 through August 6.
Customer Escort sought for Westinghouse Headquarters in Cranberry Twp, PA to escort eighteen (18) China Wave 3 customer visitors at our site from July 18 through August 5, 2016. Individual must be able to commit to work within this time frame.

Job Responsibilities:

Perform escort duty during normal business hours

Meet and collect the Chinese customers upon arrivals at and departures from Westinghouse Cranberry facilities

Create and maintain a daily log of Chinese customer meetings, locations visited and activities

Escort the Chinese customers through facility areas and ensure prompt arrivals and departures for meetings and scheduled activities

Kung Fu Series at Row House Cinema in September.

The Row House Cinema recently announced the rest of the lineup for its Kung Fu Cinema series in September: the 1978 Jackie Chan movie Snake in the Eagle's Shadow (蛇形刁手) and the 1972 Bruce Lee movie Way of the Dragon (猛龍過江), in addition to the two King Hu movies announced last month 1967's Dragon Inn (龍門客棧) and 1971's A Touch of Zen (俠女).

Friday, July 8, 2016

Profile of Pennsylvania-based Korean paper artist Sun Young Kang.

Photo by Yong Ho Bae, courtesy of artist's website.

Main Line Today profiles Sun Young Kang, a Korean paper artist formerly of Pittsburgh and currently based in eastern Pennsylvania. Kang's work has appeared in several prominent Pittsburgh exhibitions, including the Pittsburgh Biennial in 2008. Filtered Memories, pictured above, appeared at the Pittsburgh Biennial:
“Eight years after my father’s death, my mother sent me his diaries which he began to write when he was my age. I have reproduced selections from those diaries. He has come back as a memory.”

The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble at AMC Loews Waterfront, from July 8.

The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, following the cellist Ma and a collective of musicians from across the world, will play at the AMC Loews Waterfront from July 8.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Catcher Jin-de Jhang called up to Indianapolis Indians.

Via 張進德 Jin-de Jhang Facebook page.

Catcher Jin-de Jhang (張進德)---a 23-year-old catcher from Taitung, Taiwan---was called up to AAA Indianapolis yesterday after a number of recent injuries led to a shortage at the position. Jhang, who signed with Pittsburgh in 2011, had spent the entirety of 2016 with the Altoona Curve, hitting .290 with 13 RBIs in 31 games as the team's backup catcher.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Former head of Presbyterian Church in Korea, and University of Pittsburgh graduate, Dr. Hyung Tae Kim passes away at 87.

Dr. Hyung Tae Kim (김형태), who was the 72nd head of the Presbyterian Church of Korea and who earned his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh, passed away last week at the age of 87. Kim's 1966 dissertation, Relationships Between Personal Characteristics of Korean Students in Pennsylvania and Their Attitudes Toward the Christian Churches in America, has been cited in subsequent works on the Korean Christian diaspora in the United States, and is available online via Proquest.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Sand artist Katsuhiko Chaen at Sand City Spectacular, July 2 - 10 in Oakland.

Via Sand City Spectacular.

From July 2 through July 10, Schenley Plaza will host the Sand City Spectacular in honor of Pittsburgh's bicentennial. Ten sand sculptors will be there, including Katsuhiko Chaen of Kagoshima.
Considered a “star” of this art form, Chaen, a graduate of Musashino Academy of Art in Tokyo, has been sculpting for 29 years and is widely respected worldwide. In Japan, he’s recognized as a visionary organizer producing national and international level competitions in his native land. In 2006, he originated the acclaimed Sand Museum in Tottori, Japan—staged at the majestic Tottori Sand Dunes. The museum is the country’s only open-air museum exhibiting sculptures made entirely of sand. From Japan, Singapore and China to Germany, Italy and Canada, Chaen has sculptured around the world most recently finishing second at the 2015 International Sand Sculpture Competition, Ruse Bulgaria.
More information about the events and the competition is found on the Sand City Spectacular website. Schenley Plaza is located at 4100 Forbes Ave., across from the Cathedral of Learning and the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Main Branch in Oakland (map).

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