Friday, June 30, 2017

Yummyholic's Jasmine Cho profiled in Pittsburgh Magazine's Women & Business July 2017.

The July 2017 issue of Pittsburgh Magazine profiles Jasmine Cho and the motivations behind her online⸺for now, at least⸺bakery, Yummyholic.
"The pure act of creating is definitely the most fulfilling and enjoyable part of my work. I always feel like I am creating small works of edible art with every cookie I decorate, and I also love having the freedom to push my creativity when it comes to concocting the flavors for my treats."

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Yuzu Kitchen to open July 4.

Yuzu Kitchen, a ramen and robata restaurant in planning since April 2016, will open downtown on July 4, according to its most recent Facebook post. A March Next Pittsburgh article described the restaurant thus:
Located in the heart of the business district on Wood St., Yuzu Kitchen will feature ramen dishes, tapas-style appetizers and robata grill items. Robata (short for “robatayaki”) in Japanese cuisine is similar to food barbecued on skewers. The menu will feature food with influences from Japanese, Chinese and Korean cuisines.
Yuzu Kitchen will be open from 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm on July 4. It's located at 409 Wood St. downtown (map).

Pitt hiring student worker for East Asian Library.

The University of Pittsburgh's East Asian Library is hiring a part-time student worker this summer to serve as a library assistant.
The university of Pittsburgh is currently seeking a Library Assistant. The responsibilities of a Library Assistant include:
- Help with instruction, and LibGuide creation.
- Help with Chinese and Korean collection
- Help with the East Asian Gateway services as needed.
- Local shifting of East Asian Library (EAL)Stacks
- Help EAL projects
- Other work as needed.
Knowledge of Korean and Chinese is required, according to the posting. Those interested should apply via PittSource.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Korean movie The Way Home (집으로) at Carnegie Library in Oakland, July 2.

The 2002 Korean film The Way Home (집으로) will play at the Carnegie Library's Main Branch in Oakland on July 2 as that month's installment of the International Cinema Sunday series.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Ariba hiring bilingual Chinese-English Procurement Operations Specialist for overnight position.

Pittsburgh-based Ariba is again hiring a bilingual Chinese-English Procurement Operations Specialist for an 8:00 pm to 5:00 am shift. An excerpt from the job posting:
The Customer Support Specialist is the face and voice of Ariba to our customers, building relationships in each interaction. Specialists help our customers maximize the benefits of Ariba solutions to facilitate a global exchange of goods and services in the world’s largest business to business trading community. They use their expertise and collaborate with team members and customers across the globe to provide detailed solutions that exceed expectations.

Duties and Responsibilities

• Provides inbound application and functional support for all relevant Ariba applications, both internally and externally, by way of email, webform and phone.
• Resolves 80% of issues without escalation.
• Respond to customer inquiries in a timely manner and within service level objectives.
• Successfully documents all requests through the CRM system while adhering to all documented procedures.
• Provides general assistance to other teams within Global Customer Support and Ariba.
• Conducts all customer interactions in a manner that presents Ariba in a positive light. Specialists are required to be respectful, fair, gracious and knowledgeable and to uphold the core values established by Ariba.
• Ensures that individual performance meets or exceeds the department standards.
• All other duties as assigned.
Additional details and application information are available on the SAP website.

Sweet Panda Asian Market coming soon to South Side.

NextPittsburgh profiles Noi Chaisri, the owner of Thai Me Up and Sweet Panda Asian Market opening soon on the South Side.
Chaisri says it’s common for guests at Thai Me Up to ask where they can buy a particular ingredient used in their cooking, and until now, she would send them across town. It didn’t take long for her to decide that it made more sense to open her new storage space to the public as a market.

Sweet Panda will stock mostly Thai products alongside some Japanese, Vietnamese, Korean and Filipino fare. Expect to find fresh lemongrass and basil alongside specialty soy sauces, purple yams, vegan tofu and other hard-to-find items.

Sweet Panda will also sell prepared meals, “like an Asian version of GetGo,” laughs Chaisri. They’ll open early so customers can pick up Thai beef jerky with sticky rice for breakfast, or snag some ginger chicken for supper on the way home. They’re also thinking of offering some curries that aren’t on the menu next door.
Sweet Panda will open later this summer at 114 S. 23rd St., next to her restaurant (map).

Monday, June 26, 2017

Japanese rock band Boris (ボリス) in Pittsburgh, October 27.

Advance notice for Boris (ボリス) playing at Mr. Smalls Theater on October 27. Boris---which has tried to eschew labels but has been labelled heavy metal and experimental rock---will tour Europe and the US later this year for its 25th Anniversary Tour. The Pittsburgh City-Paper summarized Boris ahead of a 2007 show here:
Three Japanese musicians merge into one pure vacuum of rock influence by absorbing every hyphenated, italicized and marginalized genre. Atsuo (drums), Wata (guitar) and Takeshi (bass) have fashioned a stellar compass of sounds since they first coalesced in 1992. Boris affords its members a sort of artistic invisibility, a singular tri-dentity capable of boundless experimentation. Last names are always withheld and song credits littered with intentional errors to further dissociate the music from its makers.
Tickets for the October 27 show go on sale June 30. Mr. Smalls Theatre is located at 400 Lincoln Ave. in Millvale (map).

George Takei to speak at Pitt, October 17; musical film Allegiance on October 15.

Via @georgehtakei

The University of Pittsburgh will host activist, actor, and author George Takei on October 17 as the keynote speaker of this year's International Education Week.
With a career spanning five decades, George Takei is known around the world for his founding role in the acclaimed television series Star Trek, in which he played Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the Starship Enterprise. But George Takei's story goes where few stories have gone before. From a childhood spent with his family wrongfully imprisoned in a Japanese American Internment Camp during WWII, to becoming one of the country's leading figures in the fight for social justice, LGBTQ rights, and marriage equality—George Takei remains a powerful voice on issues ranging from politics to pop culture.
On Sunday, October 15th, the film adaptation of the musical Allegiance will play at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum. A symopsis of the film, from the musical's website:
Allegiance illuminates one of American history’s lesser known chapters as it tells the story of Sam Kimura (Takei), transported back nearly six decades to when his younger self (Telly Leung, Godspell, “Glee”) and his sister Kei (Tony Award®-winner Lea Salonga, Miss Saigon, Mulan) fought to stay connected to their heritage, their family and themselves after Japanese Americans were wrongfully imprisoned during World War II. An important story told with great resonance and intimacy, Allegiance explores the ties that bind us, the struggle to persevere and the overwhelming power of forgiveness and, most especially, love.
Both events will begin at 7:00 pm, though tickets are not yet available.

Japanese-English Reading Circle in Shadyside, from July 1.

The Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania's Japanese-English Reading Circle will begin again with a new series of six meetings from July 1 at Kenmawr Apartments in Shadyside.
Join us for the Japanese-English Reading Circle, a first of its kind reading group!

Mission: to promote language learning through reading and language exchange. We aim to keep positivity and motivation high while developing reading fluency, vocabulary, content discussion, and reading strategies in a fun, collaborative environment.

Meetings: will consist of icebreaker language games, discussions about book topics, questions about language, formation of reading goals, and reading strategy sharing/reflection

Who can join: Japanese learners of English or English-speaking learners of Japanese. Any proficiency level is okay, although it would help to have at least beginner level knowledge of the second language you are studying.

Cost: $5 book deposit to be reimbursed upon return of all borrowed books. Please consider donating to offset the cost of promotion and snacks.
The meetings are held every other Saturday from July through September from 5:00 to 6:30 pm. The apartment complex at 401 Shady Ave. (map) has a large number of Japanese residents who work and study in the city, and often hosts cultural events for its international residents.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Another way to beat the heat in Pittsburgh: bingsu at Sumi's Cakery.

NextPittsburgh this week published 12 ways to beat the heat this summer. A glaring omission is the multiple bingsu⸺빙수, shaved ice⸺varieties at Sumi's Cakery, the Korean bakery in Squirrel Hill. The best-known kind is patbingsu (팥빙수), a Korean summer dessert made with red beans (pat, 팥), fruit, shaved ice (bingsu, 빙수), and occasionally ice cream. Pictured above, from Sumi's Facebook page, is black sesame shaved ice (흑임자빙수) with almonds and injeolmi (인절미빙수) shaved ice, made with bean powder and topped with almonds.

Sumi's Cakery is located at 2119 Murray Ave. in Squirrel Hill (map).

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Fukumenya / Noodle Uchi to close on June 23 as Sushi Fuku moves in.

Fukumenya, the build-your-own-ramen restaurant on Craig St. in Oakland formerly known as Noodle Uchi, announced on Facebook today that it will close tomorrow, June 23. Its space will be taken by Sushi Fuki, the neighboring restaurant with the same owner.

Noodle Uchi opened in November 2016
at 415 S. Craig St. (map), in what used to be Maximum Flavor Pizza Shop.

Matcha and Sake Tasting at Adda in Shadyside, June 25.

Matcha, by cyclonebill (Creative Commons).

Adda Coffee & Tea House will host a Matcha and Sake Tasting on June 25.
Join us for an afternoon of tasting and discussing two of Japan’s signature beverages. Our own Andrew will be leading a brief Matcha tea demonstration to begin the event.

We are very thankful to the Pittsburgh Japansese Culture Society for coming in to give us a lecture about Sake. We will be learn about the similarities and differences between different sakes and we will have an opportunity to taste 3 different styles of sake.
Adda is located at 200 South Highland Ave. (map).

Chinese food at Forbes and Meyran: Oakland's Bamboo Garden.

Via Dr. Young Suh Kim.

The corner of Forbes and Meyran Aves. in Oakland still doesn't have its noodle place---the Asian Noodle Bar has been "coming soon" since November 2014---but that spot was the home of a long-running Chinese restaurant for more than 50 years. Bamboo Garden occuped 3531 Forbes Ave. from July 22, 1935 to the 1980s and advertised Chow Mein and Chop Suey to appeal to American tastes. According to 2005 a letter published in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, it was the favorite restaurant of Dr. Jonas Salk.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Shaun Tan's The Arrival, Gene Luen Yang's American Born Chinese topics of Graphic Novel Book Club at Carnegie Library Woods Run, June 29.

The Graphic Novel Book Club at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Woods Run branch will discuss two books on the immigrant experience on June 29: Shaun Tan's Arrival and Gene Luen Yang's American Born Chinese.

Pittsburgh Taiko four-week beginner workshop, Saturdays starting July 1.

via Pittsburgh Taiko Facebook page.

Pittsburgh Taiko, a local Japanese drumming group, will host a four-week beginner workshop starting July 1.
Over the course of the workshop, you will learn basic movements and techniques used to play taiko.

Drumsticks will be provided, as will earplugs (although you’re welcome to bring your own if you have some).
The workshop meets the first four Saturdays of the month---July 1, 8, 15, 22---at Winchester Thurston School's Upper School building in Shadyside (map). The cost of the workshop is $20 for Japan-America Society of Pittsburgh members, $25 for students 9th grade and above, and $40 for others. More information is available on the Pittsburgh Taiko website.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Hayao Miyazaki film My Neighbor Totoro (となりのトトロ) at Cinemark theaters around Pittsburgh, June 25 and 26.

The Hayao Miyazaki film My Neighbor Totoro (となりのトトロ) and Kiki's Delivery Service (魔女の宅急便) will play at Cinemark theaters in western Pennsylvania next week, the first installment of this year's GKIDS Studio Ghibli Fest 2017. From a 2001 Roger Ebert review:
Miyazaki's films are above all visually enchanting, using a watercolor look for the backgrounds and working within the distinctive Japanese anime tradition of characters with big round eyes and mouths that can be as small as a dot or as big as a cavern. They also have an unforced realism in the way they notice details; early in ''Totoro,'' for example, the children look at a little waterfall near their home, and there on the bottom, unremarked, is a bottle someone threw into the stream.

The movie tells the story of two young sisters, Satsuki and Mei Kusakabe. As the story opens, their father is driving them to their new house, near a vast forest. Their mother, who is sick, has been moved to a hospital in this district. Now think about that. The film is about two girls, not two boys or a boy and a girl, as all American animated films would be. It has a strong and loving father, in contrast to the recent Hollywood fondness for bad or absent fathers. Their mother is ill; does illness exist in American animation?
An English-dubbed version will play at 12:55 pm on June 25 at Cinemark theaters in Monaca, Monroeville, North Hills, and Pittsburgh Mills, while the English-subtitled version will play at those theaters at 7:00 pm on June 26. Tickets are currently available online.

Monday, June 19, 2017

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

The next installment of the monthly program "Storytime: Japanese and English" will take place on June 20 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).

Sunday, June 18, 2017

The Irregular at Magic High School The Movie: The Girl Who Calls the Stars (劇場版 魔法科高校の劣等生 星を呼ぶ少女) at Hollywood Theater, July 29.

The Hollywood Theater in Dormont will show the Japanese animated movie The Irregular at Magic High School The Movie: The Girl Who Calls the Stars (劇場版 魔法科高校の劣等生 星を呼ぶ少女) on July 29.

Post-Gazette profiles Robert Morris women's basketball recruit Honoka Ikematsu, first Japanese player in program history.

via @rmuwbasketball.

Today's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette features a profile of Honoka Ikematsu, an 18-year-old Japanese woman who is among the latest recruits to the Robert Morris University women's basketball team.
In Honoka Ikematsu, a native of Kumamoto, Japan, [assistant coach Asami] Morita found a player who wanted to compete at a college program in the United States. She also found a player whose skills could transfer across the Pacific Ocean.

Of the numerous differences between Japanese and American women’s basketball, the most significant are the shooting styles. Japanese women’s basketball guards shoot with two hands, similar to a set shot, with a slow release. It’s often accurate, Buscaglia said, but would be easily defended in an American basketball game.

“A lot of players that you would bring over here, you would have to re-teach them how to shoot or you would have to live with the way they shoot the ball,” Buscaglia said.

Concerns of Ikematsu’s ability to learn the American shooting style — using one hand as a guide, and a second hand to push the ball — were eased when they saw film of her scrimmaging with Seattle-based AAU program Emerald City Basketball Academy. Ikematsu already had the American shooting form mastered.
Ikematsu, who signed with Robert Morris on May 18, is the first Japanese player in that program's history.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Fairy Tale: Dragon Cry (劇場版 フェアリーテイル -DRAGON CRY) in Pittsburgh in August.

The 2017 animated film Fairy Tale: Dragon Cry (劇場版 フェアリーテイル -DRAGON CRY) will play at the Southside Works Cinema on August 14 and 16. The distributor summarizes:
Fairy Tail: Dragon Cry movie brings back your favorite gang—Natsu, Lucy, Erza, Gray, Wendy, and the Exceed sidekicks—for a new tale filled with action, adventure, and hilarious hijinks. When the “Dragon Cry,” a staff with the power to destroy the world, is stolen, there’s only one team of wizards up for the job. Dark secrets, new enemies, and fiery fights await!
The movie was released in Japan on May 6. It will play with English subtitles both nights at 7:30, though tickets are not yet available. Southside Works Cinema is located at 425 Cinema Drive in the Southside, one block from the Hot Metal Bridge (map).

Chang Chun Chemical Corporation seeking bilingual English-Mandarin Sales Assistant in Pittsburgh.

Taiwan's Chang Chun Chemical Corporation is seeking a bilingual English-Mandarin Sales Assistant for its office in Wexford, PA.
Chang Chun Group is one of the largest chemical producer in Taiwan. Chang Chun Chemical Corporation (CCCC) is the US branch office 100% owned by Chang Chun Group which is responsible for sales and distribution in North America market. CCCC would like to seek suitably qualified candidates for the following position to join our pioneer team.

Sales Assistant Responsibilities:

Communicating with Taipei Headquarter for order processing and shipment arrangement
To support sales function such as issuing purchase order, invoice or sales related documents
To maintain filling, updating and keeping of records
Managing stock inventory and sales operation as instructed by the Sales Manager
Handling customers’ enquiries and maintain tip top service to customers.

Knowledge and understanding of all shipping terms and associated with shipping knowledge will be an advantage
Experience in SAP or ERP system is a plus
Basic computer operating and Microsoft Office Skills are required
Able to communicate in English and Mandarin is required

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Nakama again voted best Japanese/sushi restaurant in Pittsburgh by people who don't know Japanese/sushi restaurants in Pittsburgh.

Nakama Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar was again voted the best Japanese/sushi restaurant by readers of Pittsburgh Magazine, according to poll results released today. Nakama has been voted #1 each year by readers since 2009, and is also perennial winner of the Pittsburgh City-Paper readers' poll.

Also of relevance to this site: Sesame Inn was voted Best Chinese, Nicky's Thai Kitchen was voted Best Thai, and Pusadee's Garden was voted best Al Fresco (open air). Those poll results are identical to last year's.

1969's Funeral Parade of Roses (薔薇の葬列) at Row House Cinema, June 23 - 29.

The Row House Cinema in Lawrenceville will show the 1969 Japanese movie 1969's Funeral Parade of Roses (薔薇の葬列), "Japan's Queer Underground Cinema Classic," from June 23 to 29 as part of its Row House's Drag Race series. A June 8 New York Times review provides a summay:
A hodgepodge of themes and techniques, it transposes the Oedipus story to the intersection of Tokyo’s hippie and “gay boy” subcultures, opening with a Baudelaire quotation and incorporating street rituals by the Zero Jigen performance group. The title, taken from one performance, is a pun: Bara, Japanese for “rose,” is a slang term akin to the English “pansy.”

The protagonist, Eddie (played by the androgynous entertainer Peter, later featured in Akira Kurosawa’s 1985 “Ran”), is a sweet hustler with a dark past. As polished a looker as the Warhol Factory’s reigning drag queens Candy Darling and Holly Woodlawn, Eddie parlays an affair with a local drug dealer into becoming the madam of the Club Genet, an actual gay bar in the Shinjuku district of Tokyo.
Tickets and showtimes are available online at the theater's website. The single-screen theater is located at 4115 Butler Street in Lawrenceville (map).

POSCO CEO Kwon, Sinochem Group Chair Ning among those named to Pitt's Global Advisory Council.

Via POSCO; via The Paper.

The University of Pittsburgh's Chancellor Patrick Gallagher has named 19 people to his Global Advisory Council to "advise the chancellor and academic and administrative leaders on research, education and outreach activities." The group includes POSCO CEO Ohjoon Kwon and Sinochem Group Chair Gaoning "Frank" Ning, both of whom earned advanced degrees at Pitt in 1985 (PhD and MBA, respectively).

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

IUP still hiring Japanese teacher (preferably someone who can also teach Korean).

Indiana University of Pennsylvania is still hiring a teacher for elementary- and intermediate-level Japanese, with a preference for someone who can also teach Korean (as in the case of there current faculty there, Dr. Yongtaek Kim). An excerpt from the job posting:
Teach elementary and intermediate Japanese. Preference given to candidates either possessing a literature or cultures specialty or having the ability to also teach Korean language.

Position Qualifications
Fluency in Japanese and a master's degree in Foreign Languages, Education, or a related field are required. Ph.D. is preferred. Ongoing research and publications appropriate to one's area of specialty are expected, and teaching or field experience is preferred.

The department seeks candidates whose teaching, research, or services has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and inclusion in higher education.

Candidates must communicate effectively and perform well during the interview(s).
IUP is located roughly 60 miles northwest of Pittsburgh.

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

Via Yasuda Women's University.

The University of Pittsburgh's English Language Institute will once again welcome a cohort of students from Hiroshima's Yasuda Women's University (安田女子大学), and GlobalPittsburgh is recruiting host families ahead of their stay.
- The students are all females of 19-20 years old; most of them have "fair" level of English. They will be learning English at the English Language Institute at the University of Pittsburgh in Oakland.
- There will be monthly compensation for hosting.
- The approximate dates of the program are between August 29, 2017 and January 21, 2018.
- The student will need a separate furnished 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 and/or with a max of 40 minute commute.
- 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.
If your family is willing and able to host, please contact Nadya Kessler at nkessler at

Monday, June 12, 2017

2016 Japanese film After the Storm (海よりもまだ深く) at Hollywood Theater, June 16 - 22.

The 2016 Japanese film After the Storm (海よりもまだ深く) will play at the Hollywood Theater in Dormont from June 16 through June 22. A summary from a March San Francisco Chronicle review:
Ryoto (Hiroshi Abe) has lost his mojo. Fifteen years earlier, his novel won a prestigious award, but he has yet to follow up on that success. He is divorced from Kyoko (Yoko Maki) and is behind on his child support — he is limited by the divorce settlement to visiting his son Shingo (Taiyo Yoshizawa) once a month.

He is also broke — probably because of the cost of the divorce and his gambling habit. With no follow-up novel in the works, he has taken a job with a private detective agency. As he gets the goods on his clients’ cheating significant others, he also examines his only life, which he is gradually realizing is a failure.

“I’m the ‘great talents bloom late’ kind,” Ryoto tells his mother, Yashiko (Kirin Kiki, who is excellent).

Not buying it for a second, Mom responds, “You’re taking too long to bloom.”

Unable to move on, Ryoto uses his private eye skills to spy on his ex-wife and her new boyfriend, who seems to be everything he is not — and a nice guy to boot. What could be a creepy sort of plot twist is, in Kore-eda’s hands, more of a sad desperation.

As with many of Kore-eda’s best films — “Maborosi” and “Still Walking,” among others — “After the Storm” has what the Japanese call mono no aware, which translates as “the pathos of things.” It is a film that is aware of the transient, impermanent nature of life.
Tickets and showtime information is now available online. The theater is located at 1449 Potomac Ave. in Dormont (map), and is accessible by Pittsburgh's subway/LRT at a block south of Potomac Station.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Snacks and sweets at Asian Food Market Bobae in Monroeville.

Happened across a large selection of Korean and Japanese snacks and sweets---including mochi, Japanese Kit-Kat flavors (like matcha and sake), and Ramune drinks---at Asian Food Market Bobae the other day. The Korean-owned store (bobae / 보배 is treasure in Korean) is located in a small strip mall at 4027 William Penn Highway in Monroeville, across from the Miracle Mile Shopping Center (map).

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Korean movie The Way Home (집으로) in Oakland, July 2.

The 2002 Korean film The Way Home (집으로) will play at the Carnegie Library's Main Branch in Oakland on July 2 as that month's installment of the International Cinema Sunday series. A 2002 San Francisco Chronicle review provides a summary:
Dumped by his mother at the rural home of his ancient grandmother, a 7-year- old boy turns surly and depressed. His Game Boy batteries die, Grandma's food tastes strange, and the countryside lacks the vivid distractions of urban life.

Gradually, the spoiled brat (Seung-Ho Yoo) and the deaf, exquisitely patient grandmother (Eul-Boon Kim) grow to love and understand each other. By the time his mother returns to claim him, the boy has learned more from the old woman's gestures of kindness than his mother ever taught him
The movie runs from 2:00 to 5:00 pm and is free and open to the public. 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.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Dr. Angela Stanzel and "German-Chinese Economic Relations" talk, June 12 downtown.

Dr. Angela Stanzel of the European Council on Foreign Relations will speak on June 12 on "German-Chinese Economic Relations". From the Pittsburgh Warburg Chapter of the American Council on Germany:
While German-Chinese trade and investment relations are still expanding, 2016 was also a year of strong reappraisal by Germany. Germany’s economic circles have become wary as enthusiasm in China for economic reform is tapering off; opportunities for foreign firms have been removed one by one. The lack of reciprocity and the risk of seeing Germany’s technology siphoned off by China have already had an impact on the thinking in government and large companies in Germany. This has triggered a change in Berlin’s tone and dealings with China. The quality of this change is remarkable because for many years German-Chinese economic relations were thought to have no way to go but further upward. Today, this relationship has seemed to enter a period of unknown stormy waters precisely when the Trump factor adds volatility to China’s relationship with the United States, its most important political and economic partner.
Registration is requested by June 9. The event runs from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown (map) and is $5 for those not members of the American Council on Germany or the German American Chamber of Commerce.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Pitt hiring for temp bilingual Chinese-English Social Media Education Coordinator position.

The University of Pittsburgh has an opening for a bilingual Mandarin-English Social Media Education Coordinator temp position. From the Pittsource posting:
The Social Media Education Coordinator will play a key roll in developing on-line educational content for the University’s international alumni. They will be responsible for working with the Asian Studies Center and the UCIS Director of Constituent Relations to develop a new on-line educational and outreach materials platform for alumni in China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. Content will be bilingual (Mandarin and English). SMEC will need to develop a social media strategy to push content.

Job Requirements
Understanding of on-line education;
background in education;
fluency in Chinese and English;
Excellent communication skills;
Attention to detail;
Basic understanding of Web design;
Microsoft Office in English and Mandarin;
Background in Chinese social media

K-pop Dance Class at Yanlai Dance Academy in July and August.

The Yanlai Dance Academy in the North Hills will host a K-pop Dance Class on weekends from July 22 through August 19. Classes run from 2:00 to 3:00 pm and are $13 for drop-ins or $10 per session for the whole term. The school is located at 2260 Babcock Blvd (map).

"HOW: Hands-On Workshop Series — Obon Lanterns with Shannon", August 1 in Oakland.

Via Toronogashi.

Advance notice for an Obon Lantern workshop at the Carnegie Library in Oakland on August 1.
Join us for HOW, a series of hands-on workshops for adults and teens. Learn from skilled craftspeople. Dig in and try things out in a creative, supportive environment. Join us for one or all of these free programs. Materials provided.

Make floating paper lanterns traditionally used during Obon in Japan. Obon is a Japanese Buddhist custom honoring the spirits of one’s ancestors.

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 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, June 6, 2017

GKIDS Studio Ghibli Fest 2017 brings six films to Cinemark theaters this summer and fall.

Six Studio Ghibli films will play at Cinemark theaters this summer and fall as part of GKIDS Studio Ghibli Fest 2017: My Neighbor Totoro (となりのトトロ) in June, Kiki's Delivery Service (魔女の宅急便) in July, Castle in the Sky (天空の城ラピュタ) in August, Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (風の谷のナウシカ) in September, Spirited Away (千と千尋の神隠し) in October, and Howl's Moving Castle (ハウルの動く城) in November. Each will have screenings in Japanese with English subtitles and dubbed in English and will play in the Pittsburgh area in Monaca, Monroeville, North Hills, and Pittsburgh Mills. Showtimes and tickets are available online:

My Neighbor Totoro
English dubbed: June 25 at 12:55 pm
Japanese: June 26 at 7:00 pm

Kiki's Delivery Service
English dubbed: July 23 at 12:55 pm
Japanese: July 24 at 7:00 pm

Castle in the Sky
English dubbed: August 27 at 12:55 pm
Japanese: August 28 at 7:00 pm

Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
English dubbed: September 24 at 12:55 pm
Japanese: September 25 at 7:00 pm

Spirited Away
English dubbed: October 29 at 12:55 pm
Japanese: October 30 at 7:00 pm

Howl's Moving Castle
English dubbed: November 26 at 12:55 pm
Japanese: November 27 at 7:00 pm

2017 Japanese animated film Black Butler: Book of the Atlantic (劇場版「黒執事 Book of the Atlantic」) in Pittsburgh, June 12 and 14.

The 2017 Japanese animated movie Black Butler: Book of the Atlantic (劇場版「黒執事 Book of the Atlantic」) will play at the Southside Works Cinema on June 12 and 14. The distributor provides a summary for the film, which opened in Japan in January and is making its debut throughout the US in June:
All aboard to the next great adventure for Ciel and his demonic butler, Sebastian! After hearing rumors of a peculiar society bringing people back from the dead, the two board the luxury liner Campania on her maiden voyage to investigate. Incognito amongst the mysterious Aurora Society, they find familiar faces and a sight they can’t believe—a woman raised from the dead! But surprise quickly turns to dread when the shambling corpse attacks.

With more questions than answers, Ciel and Sebastian are up against not just one flesh-hungry corpse, but hundreds. Worse yet, the flamboyant reaper Grell and his new partner, Ronald Knox, stand in their way. Time is running out to solve this mystery, and if the demonic duo doesn’t act fast, they’ll be treading some seriously rough waters. Who could be behind this daring necromancy—and are they ready to find out?
Tickets and showtime information is available from the Southside Works Cinema website. The June 12 show is in Japanese with English subtitles, while the June 14 show is dubbed in English. The theater is located at 425 Cinema Drive in the SouthSide Works shopping center (map).

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Hayao Miyazaki films My Neighbor Totoro (となりのトトロ) and Kiki's Delivery Service (魔女の宅急便) at Cinemark theaters around Pittsburgh in June and July.

The Hayao Miyazaki films My Neighbor Totoro (となりのトトロ) and Kiki's Delivery Service (魔女の宅急便) will play at Cinemark theaters in western Pennsylvania in June and July, respectively. An English-dubbed My Neighbor Totoro will play at 12:55 pm on June 25 at Cinemark theaters in Monaca, Monroeville, North Hills, and Pittsburgh Mills, while the English-subtitled version will play at those theaters at 7:00 pm on June 26. The English-dubbed version of Kiki's Delivery Service will play at 12:55 at those theaters on July 23, and the English-subtitled version will play there at 7:00 pm on July 24. Tickets are currently available online.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

HCL Technologies hiring bilingual Mandarin-English Product Identity Analyst position onsite at Google.

HCL Technologies is hiring for a bilingual Mandarin-English customer product support position onsite at Google in Pittsburgh. The posting, via
Bilingual Mandarin Chinese Product Identity Analyst is a full-time job through HCL America, Inc. onsite at Google Pittsburgh.

This position requires entrepreneurial drive to contribute to the long-term growth of online shopping by performing in-depth research, analyzing product specification data, using highly technical internal tools and processes to manage and enhance a large repository of knowledge about products. It is part of a fast-paced environment, partnering closely with operations and engineering teams.

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