Tuesday, December 31, 2019

New movie Ip Man 4: The Finale (葉問4:完結篇) in Pittsburgh, from January 3.



The 2019 Chinese film Ip Man 4: The Finale (葉問4:完結篇) will play in Pittsburgh from January 3. From the distributor:
Donnie Yen reprises his role as the legendary Wing Chun master in the grand finale of the revolutionary martial arts series. Following the death of his wife, Ip Man travels to San Francisco to ease tensions between the local kung fu masters and his star student, Bruce Lee, while searching for a better future for his son. From the action visionary behind Kill Bill and The Matrix, witness the heroic sendoff to the saga that inspired a new wave of martial arts movie fans.
It plays at the AMC Loews Waterfront and tickets are available online via Fandango. 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.

Monday, December 30, 2019

Weir Group hiring bilingual Mandarin-English International Projects Administrator for McKeesport location.

The Weir Group is hiring a bilingual Mandarin-English International Projects Administrator. An excerpt from the posting:
Business Need / Purpose of Role
Reporting to Engineering Manager, main emphasis will be on supporting existing and future international projects.

Ideal candidate will have the following:
  • Fluency in both Chinese Mandarin and English Languages.
  • Experience in communicating technically with international customers, primarily Chinese.
  • Previous experience in the commercial nuclear power industry, ideally in a third tier supplier environment.

Ross Park Mall's Tiffany & Co. hiring Mandarin-speaking sales professional.



The Tiffany & Co. jewelry store in Ross Park Mall in the North Hills is hiring a Mandarin-speaking sales professional.
Required Qualifications
  • Experience in retail or luxury retail or relevant customer-related experience (e.g., hospitality).
  • Proven track record in achieving sales results.
  • Flexibility to work non-traditional hours, including days, nights, weekends and holidays.
  • Ability to work with a diverse client base.
  • Proficiency with Point of Sales (POS) systems, client tracking systems and Microsoft Outlook/email.
  • Must have authorization to work in the United States or in the country where the position is based.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • A college/university degree.
  • Graduate Gemologist degree or previous Gemological Institute of America (GIA) course work is preferred.
  • Proficiency in multiple languages.

Thursday, December 26, 2019

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




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

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

New Chinese movie Only Cloud Knows (只有芸知道) continues in Pittsburgh through December 31.



The new Chinese movie Only Cloud Knows (只有芸知道), which opened in Pittsburgh on December 20, will continue through (at least) December 31.
Dongfeng (HUANG Xuan) is a middle-aged man living in New Zealand. He has been suffering from sorrow and loneliness ever since the death of his beloved wife, Yun (YANG Caiyu). Unable to overcome his grief, Dongfeng instead decides to retrace the journey he shared with Yun and fulfill a dream that she never had the chance to fulfill.
It will play at the AMC Loews Waterfront. Tickets are available online via Fandango or the theater 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.

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Pipa performer Yang Jin on WQED's Voice of the Arts.



On December 18, WQED FM's Voice of the Arts podcast spoke with Yang Jin, a Pittsburgh-based pipa soloist and educator.
Yang Jin is a pipa performer based here in Pittsburgh. She has performed with ensembles like the Silk Road Ensemble and Afro Yaqui, and she recently created her new initiative, Yang Jin and Friends. Reputed as the leading pipa soloist of her generation, Yang Jin tells us more about the instrument, her upcoming performances, and her recent collaborations -- and she even plays some music for us. Hear it all on our new Voice of the Arts podcast!

Duolingo hiring Operations Specialist with proficiency in Japanese or Chinese for its English test.



Pittsburgh-based Duolingo is hiring an Operations Specialist with a background in Linguistics or TESOL and proficiency in Japanese or Chinese for its English test.
We’re seeking an experienced candidate to assist with our proctoring, client engagement, and customer support processes for the Duolingo English Test. Our ideal person has a broad range of experiences from supporting a workforce of remote contractors to ensuring that operational quality, communication, and security are top priorities.

Friday, December 20, 2019

Wild Ninja Asian Grill coming soon to Oakland.



Signage recently went up in Oakland for Wild Ninja Asian Grill. It will be located at 210 Oakland Ave. (map) in what was formerly Uncle Sam's Gourmet Subs, which closed in September 2018 after issues with the county health department.

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Japan Association of Greater Pittsburgh's 2020年度新年会のご案内/ New Year Party 2020, January 19.

The Japan Association of Greater Pittsburgh (JAGP) will hold its annual 2020年度新年会のご案内/ New Year Party 2020 on January 19 at Happy Home Buffet in the North Hills (map). Events include a buffet dinner, presentations from local Japanese groups, and a raffle. Registration and payment is required by January 12. Please visit the group's website for more information.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

New Chinese movie Only Cloud Knows (只有芸知道) in Pittsburgh, from December 20.



The new Chinese movie Only Cloud Knows (只有芸知道) will play in Pittsburgh from December 20.
Dongfeng (HUANG Xuan) is a middle-aged man living in New Zealand. He has been suffering from sorrow and loneliness ever since the death of his beloved wife, Yun (YANG Caiyu). Unable to overcome his grief, Dongfeng instead decides to retrace the journey he shared with Yun and fulfill a dream that she never had the chance to fulfill.
It will play at the AMC Loews Waterfront. Tickets are available online via Fandango or the theater 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.

Yang Jin (杨瑾) & Friends concert at City of Asylum, February 5.



The City of Asylum will present a free concert with pipa player Yang Jin and other international musicians on February 5.
This program will feature extremely talented and passionate musicians from all over the world. Together they will explore the relationship between East and West through creativity and virtuosity. The program will feature songs spanning traditional music, world music, classical music & modern music combining Chinese, Middle Eastern, South American & other regional elements.
It will be held at Alphabet City on the North Side (map) and free tickets will be available online soon.

Monday, December 16, 2019

Sine Trading International (赛因国际贸易) hiring Chinese-proficient customer service representative.

Manchester-based Sine Trading International (赛因国际贸易) is hiring a Chinese-speaking customer service representative.
Sine Trading International (www.SineTrading.com), a fast growing company providing international logistics, Customs Clearance and domestic shipping to companies nationwide, is expanding fast and in need of a full time customer service who can speak Chinese. The successful applicant will focus on answering customer inquiries by email and instant messenger, and other office work assigned. This is a full time position in Pittsburgh, PA.

Interested candidates should:

Speak fluent Chinese.

Be able to type in Chinese at more than 30 words per minute.

Understand English well.

Be proficient with Microsoft Office applications and functions.

Have a great attitude.

Understanding of international trade or international shipping a plus.

Are coachable.

Be able to work independently.

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Anime Movie Marathon, January 29 at Pitt.



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

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

Spirited Away: 7:10 - 9:15 PM

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

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

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

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

The Tale of Princess Kaguya (かぐや姫の物語) in Pittsburgh, December 16 and 18.



The 2013 film The Tale of Princess Kaguya (かぐや姫の物語) will play in Pittsburgh on December 16 and 18 as the final installment of this year's GKIDS Ghibli Fest. A 2014 A.V. Club review provides a summary:
A humble bamboo cutter named Okina (translation: “old man”) happens upon a glowing stalk in the grove near his house. When he investigates, the shimmering tree blossoms reveal a baby nested inside. Believing this discovery to be a gift from the heavens, Okina brings her home to his wife Ouna (“old woman”), with whom he begins to raise the child as their own. Dubbing her “Princess” Kaguya, Ouna and Okina marvel at how rapidly the girl begins to grow, racing from infancy to pre-adolescence in a matter of days.

While Kaguya busies herself with a normal childhood, making friends with the local kids and bonding with an older boy named Sutemaru, her adopted father becomes distracted by Kaguya’s value to him—the bamboo shoot from which she was born begins producing gold. As Kaguya transforms into a teenager, Okina relocates their family to the capital city, where the girl receives lessons on how to be a proper woman, and is celebrated as a rare beauty. When five aggressive suitors come calling—followed by the emperor himself—Kaguya begins to feel trapped, things falling apart as she imagines a different life for herself.
It goes on to say the film has "some of the most beautifully expressive animation that Ghibli (or anyone else) has ever produced".

The film will play locally at the AMC Loews Waterfront and the Cinemark theaters in Monroeville, the North Hills, Pittsburgh Mills, and Robinson, and tickets are available online. The December 16 shows are dubbed in English while the December 18 screenings are in Japanese with English subtitles.

“An Island of Death”: Homo Sacer and Ungrievable Deaths, December 13 at Pitt.


via thejejumassacre.com

Y.J. Hwang will give a lecture, “An Island of Death”: Homo Sacer and Ungrievable Deaths, on the Jeju Island Massacres on December 13.
Jeju Island is internationally known as “the Hawaii of Asia” because of its scenic landscapes. But it is not known that this volcanic island is also called “an Island of Death” in connection with the Jeju massacre (1948-1949). This talk thus focuses on the ways in which the victims of the mass killing are enacted in relation to cultural implications of conceptualizing deaths of the Jeju incident. Given that the main characteristic of the Cold War narrative is associated with the reburial of the dead and the finding of missing bodies in the context of modern Korean history, this talk engages with the way in which cultural memory is performed in Jeju Peace Memorial Park through artistic practices and monuments. Concentrating on the injustice of death, the ethics of the dead, and the relationship between history and memory, it also includes how this site reveals a futuristic vision of understanding the Jeju massacre.

YJ, Hwang is a teaching fellow, working on her doctoral project in relation to South Korea’s Jeju massacre and its cultural memory at the University of Pittsburgh. As a theatre and performance studies scholar, her research interests include gender, memory, and mobility.
It starts at 12:00 pm in 4130 Posvar Hall (map).

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Chinese-Australian movie The Whistleblower (吹哨人) continues in Pittsburgh through December 17.



The 2019 Chinese-Australian movie The Whistleblower (吹哨人), which opened in Pittsburgh on December 6, will continue here through December 17.
Following a fatal accident, a Chinese expatriate working for a mining company in Australia discovers that new technology developed by the company may be a health risk, and investigates a web of conspiracies in his search for the truth.
It plays at the Cinemark in Pittsburgh Mills through the 12th and at the AMC Loews Waterfront through the 17th, and tickets are available online.

Bong Joon-ho film Parasite (기생충) continues in Pittsburgh through December 19.



The acclaimed 2019 Bong Joon-ho film Parasite (기생충), which opened in Pittsburgh on November 1, will continue in Pittsburgh through at least December 19.
Bong Joon Ho brings his singular mastery home to Korea in this pitch-black modern fairytale.

Meet the Park Family: the picture of aspirational wealth. And the Kim Family, rich in street smarts but not much else. Be it chance or fate, these two houses are brought together and the Kims sense a golden opportunity. Masterminded by college-aged Ki-woo, the Kim children expediently install themselves as tutor and art therapist, to the Parks. Soon, a symbiotic relationship forms between the two families. The Kims provide “indispensable” luxury services while the Parks obliviously bankroll their entire household. When a parasitic interloper threatens the Kims’ newfound comfort, a savage, underhanded battle for dominance breaks out, threatening to destroy the fragile ecosystem between the Kims and the Parks. By turns darkly hilarious and heart-wrenching, PARASITE showcases a modern master at the top of his game.
Parasite won the Palme d'Or at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival. It continues locally at the Southside Works Cinema (map) and the Manor Theater in Squirrel Hill (map). Tickets are available online.

The Course of Democracy Never Did Run Smooth: Hongkongers’ Political Awakening (從反送中運動看港人的掙扎與蛻變), December 15 at CMU.



Cafe Philo @ Pittsburgh will present an English-language talk, The Course of Democracy Never Did Run Smooth: Hongkongers’ Political Awakening (從反送中運動看港人的掙扎與蛻變), on December 15 at Carnegie Mellon University.
The Anti-Extradition Movement in Hong Kong Political apathy seems to have reigned Hong Kong for very long. And yet the recent Anti-Extradition Movement, the largest and longest social movement in the history of Hong Kong, has been joined by over one-third of the population. Through a discussion on the Anti-Extradition Movement, this seminar aims to provide a general understanding of the struggle for democracy in Hong Kong, especially its milestones, transformations, and current obstacles, and to explore the reasons for Hongkongers' political awakening.

Speakers: Hong Kong Social Action Movements in Boston (https://www.facebook.com/HKSAMBOS/)
Date: Sunday, December 15th , 2-4 pm
Place: CMU Wean Hall 4623
Host: Café Philo-Pittsburgh
This talk will be delivered in English.

Japanese rock band The 5.6.7.8's to open for Reverend Horton Heat in Warrendale tonight.



The Japanese trio The 5.6.7.8's will open for Reverend Horton Heat on December 10 at Jergel's Rhythm Grill in Wexford. The 21-and-over show starts at 7:00 pm and the doors open at 5:00. Jergel's Rhythm Grill is located just off Route 19 (map) in the North Hills.

Monday, December 9, 2019

New bubble tea place coming to Squirrel Hill.


via oxborrow (Creative Commons)

Work has recently begun on a new bubble tea place opening in Squirrel Hill. It will be located at 5871 Forbes Ave. (map), most recently home to Kidz and Company. According to building permits the future occupants also run the New China House in Monroeville.

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Japanese Coming-of-Age Ceremony (成人の日) at Pitt for students turning 20, January 10.



The University of Pittsburgh's Asian Studies Center and English Language Institute will hold its annual Seijin-no-shiki (Coming of Age) ceremony on January 10 for students turning 20. The idea emerged three years ago because Pitt's ELI hosts a large cohort of Yasuda Women's University students each year who miss the traditional ceremony offered in Hiroshima. Several local publications---including the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Tribune Review, and City-Paper---have covered the ceremony over the last two years. Meanwhile, Japan Visitor introduces the day and its traditions:
Seijin Shiki or 成人式 could be translated as 'Coming of Age Day Ceremony' in English. Seijin-no-hi (Coming of Age Day) is a Japanese public holiday that occurs on every second Monday of January.

Coming of Age Day or Adult's Day honors every person that has turned 20 years old over the past year. When young people reach twenty they officially become adults in Japanese society and they now have responsibilities as well as newfound liberties: such as being able to drink, smoke, go to hostess bars, gamble and to drive legally. The voting age was lowered from 20 to 18 in 2015.

The girls always wear gorgeous and very expensive kimono, although most admit to having rentals as the outfit is worth up to 1,000,000 yen. The boys usually wear a regular suit and tie but a few will wear traditional Japanese dress.

The event starts at 7:00 pm in the University Club's Ballroom A (map). Those who are turning 20 between April 2019 and April 2020 who are interested in participating should email asia@pitt.edu by December 15.

UPMC hiring China Program Coordinator.

UPMC is hiring a China Program Coordinator.
Purpose:
Assist in the development of business cases, work plans, communications, etc. in support of UPMC International China operations.

Responsibilities:
  • Assist in the development of business cases, work plans, communications, etc.
  • Communicate with members of UPMC management and staff regarding assigned projects.
  • Generate necessary project documentation, including meeting minutes, project deliverables, etc.
  • Handle project administrative duties including scheduling requirements, SharePoint requirements, etc.
  • Identify and help resolve potential issues and/or barriers which are critical to the success of a project.
  • Maintain project documents within approved archival systems.
  • Coordinate UPMC US and International resources for Wanda Hospital activation and operation maintenance. This includes participating in the business plan, preopening preparation and ongoing training needs for the Wanda hospitals and other UPMC projects in China.
  • Logistic coordination and actual hosting of China to UPMC US and International guests for training, visits, observership, etc.
  • Business analyst in global care/telemedicine to support China clinical operation needs or ad hoc business and market research; and project management support to manage the daily operation needs for UPMC projects in China.
  • Deploy and direct resources in Pittsburgh and other UPMC operations to meet the business development and clinical operation needs for all China Projects.
  • Develop and maintain documentation of processes, standards, procedures, policies, templates or work instructions to support effective roll out of China programs and initiatives.
  • This role reports directly to the Senior Director of China Operation and Quality and dotted line to Director of International Training Center. He/she is expected to have matrix reporting relationship with UPMC China senior management leaders.
  • This job will be based in Pittsburgh and has minimal travel.

Friday, December 6, 2019

Ross Park Mall's Tiffany & Co. hiring Mandarin-speaking sales professional.



The Tiffany & Co. jewelry store in Ross Park Mall in the North Hills is hiring a Mandarin-speaking sales professional.
Required Qualifications
  • Experience in retail or luxury retail or relevant customer-related experience (e.g., hospitality).
  • Proven track record in achieving sales results.
  • Flexibility to work non-traditional hours, including days, nights, weekends and holidays.
  • Ability to work with a diverse client base.
  • Proficiency with Point of Sales (POS) systems, client tracking systems and Microsoft Outlook/email.
  • Must have authorization to work in the United States or in the country where the position is based.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • A college/university degree.
  • Graduate Gemologist degree or previous Gemological Institute of America (GIA) course work is preferred.
  • Proficiency in multiple languages.

Chinese-language historical tour of Carnegie Library in Oakland / 将提供卡内基图书馆的中文导游, December 14 and January 11.


via @CarnegieLibraryOfPittsburgh.


The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh will host Chinese-language historical tours of its Oakland (main) branch on December 14 and January 11.
Join our Library docents as we take you on a guided tour through Andrew Carnegie’s Main Library. You’ll get a look at the resources, incredible art and architecture that created this historic landmark, as well as how the building’s interior has changed over time.

欢迎您参加卡内基公共图书馆奥克兰馆的中文讲解导览。在导览中,我们将带您深入了解图书馆馆内的资源,欣赏图书馆的建筑艺术,一起探索卡内基图书馆与匹兹堡市的历史与变迁。

Thursday, December 5, 2019

2019 KPOPittsburgh Holiday Kpop Dance Party, December 13.



412 K-Town / KPOP Pittsburgh will host a KPOPittsburgh Holiday Kpop Dance Party on December 13.
Hi guys .. Chritsmas is near and it is almost end of 2019 .. Come join Us @2019 KPOPittsburgh Holiday kpop dance party. Dj.kidplay will be in the house and spin your fav Kpop Boy/girl group songs , k hiphop and Rnb , K EDM , mash up/remixes and more ..
this event will be happening on Dec 13th ( Friday) @ levelup studio " 8pm-12am". This event is 18 and up ( No alcohol but we will have water for you guys ^^) and $10 at the door. hope to see you guys there ^^ 감사합니다
It starts at 8:00 pm at Level Up Studios in Bloomfield (map).

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

2020 Lunar New Year festivities begin in Pittsburgh January 25; Lunar New Year parade through Squirrel Hill on February 9.


via Squirrel Hill Magazine

Squirrel Hill's St. Edmund's Academy will host the 2020 Lunar New Year Kick Off on January 25 from 12:00 to 3:00 pm, and the annual Lunar New Year Parade will move down Murray Avenue in Squirrel Hill on February 9.

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



The 2019 Japanese animated film The Wonderland (バースデー・ワンダーランド) will play in Pittsburgh on February 2. From the distributor:
On the day before her birthday, young Akane meets the mysterious alchemist Hippocrates who brings her through a basement and into a fantastical world full of magic and color. He reveals that this world is in danger, and as the "Green Goddess" it is her destiny and responsibility to save this world. The only problem? Akane just wants to go home.
It has been announced locally, so far, for the Southside Works Cinema, though tickets are not yet available.

Chinese-Australian movie The Whistleblower (吹哨人) in Pittsburgh, from December 6.



The 2019 Chinese-Australian movie The Whistleblower (吹哨人) will play in Pittsburgh from December 6.
Following a fatal accident, a Chinese expatriate working for a mining company in Australia discovers that new technology developed by the company may be a health risk, and investigates a web of conspiracies in his search for the truth.
It will play at the AMC Loews Waterfront and the Cinemark in Pittsburgh Mills, and tickets are available online.

Vietnamese movie The Third Wife at Northland Public Library, December 11.



The Northland Public Library will show the 2018 Vietnamese film The Third Wife on December 11th as this month's installment of its Indie/Foreign Film Series.
May is a 14 year old girl who has just become the third wife of a wealthy landowner. She tries to navigate the hierarchal structure of the family dynamics, finding that the only way to get a head or get some power is to give birth to a son. When she becomes pregnant, things change. May starts to feel some attraction to the second wife, Xuan. On the other hand Xuan is having an affair with the first wife’s son. While May observes the unfolding tragedy of all the forbidden loves and its possible consequences, she must make a choice to either carry on in silence or forge a path towards personal freedom. This movie has minimal dialogue but it is beautifully shot with all the lush scenery. The movie takes place in the late 19th century, and is based upon family stories of the director. So come join us.
The movie will play from 1:30 pm and the library is located off of McKnight Road and Rt. 19 in McCandless Township (map). The film is free and open to the public.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Bong Joon-ho film Parasite (기생충) continues in Pittsburgh through December 12.



The acclaimed 2019 Bong Joon-ho film Parasite (기생충), which opened in Pittsburgh on November 1, will continue in Pittsburgh through at least December 12.
Bong Joon Ho brings his singular mastery home to Korea in this pitch-black modern fairytale.

Meet the Park Family: the picture of aspirational wealth. And the Kim Family, rich in street smarts but not much else. Be it chance or fate, these two houses are brought together and the Kims sense a golden opportunity. Masterminded by college-aged Ki-woo, the Kim children expediently install themselves as tutor and art therapist, to the Parks. Soon, a symbiotic relationship forms between the two families. The Kims provide “indispensable” luxury services while the Parks obliviously bankroll their entire household. When a parasitic interloper threatens the Kims’ newfound comfort, a savage, underhanded battle for dominance breaks out, threatening to destroy the fragile ecosystem between the Kims and the Parks. By turns darkly hilarious and heart-wrenching, PARASITE showcases a modern master at the top of his game.
Parasite won the Palme d'Or at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival. It continues locally at the Southside Works Cinema (map) and the Manor Theater in Squirrel Hill (map). Tickets are available online.

Breath Of The Wok - Dim Sum Brunch By Roger Li, December 8.



Chef Roger Li will host the second pop-up event in his series on dim sum and Cantonese dishes on December 8, titled "Breath Of The Wok - Dim Sum Brunch."
Chapter 二 ......

Many may mistake Roger Li's cultural background because of his culinary legacy with Pittsburgh staples like Umami, Ki Ramen (both Japanese concepts), Ki Pollo (Korean fried chicken) and some may even remember the legend of Tamari from days of old. But when you taste Roger's traditional Cantonese cooking, there's no mistaking his Hong Kong roots!

We're excited to bring you the second chapter of our pop up series by Roger Li focusing on Cantonese cooking. The second chapter continues at Ki Ramen, one of Li's well known restaurants FEATURING A NEW UPDATED MENU!

After a massively successful first event, this Cantonese brunch pop up will feature a variety of dim sum along with cantonese bbq, traditional rice dishes, and pastries.. each pop up will focus on different styles and techniques leading up to his journey of opening his brick and mortar Cantonese concept.

Stay tuned...
It will take place at Li's Ki Ramen in Lawrenceville (map) from 12 noon to 4:00 pm.

1988 film Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack (機動戦士ガンダム 逆襲のシャア) in Pittsburgh, December 5.



As part of the 40th anniversary celebration for the Gundam franchise, the 1988 movie Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack (機動戦士ガンダム 逆襲のシャア) will return to theaters on December 5. From the distributor:
Celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Gundam franchise when Char's Counterattack returns to theatres!

Amuro and Char, two best mobile suit (robotic weapons) pilots who fought together against Titans after the Jion's independency war, must face each other in a fateful duel where the Neo-Jion, led by Char, attempts to drop a gigantic meteor and its nuclear weapons to Earth in order to cause Nuclear Winter to wipe out the Earth inhabitants.

Gundam fans won’t want to miss out on this exclusive one-night-only event, featuring a special interview with franchise creator Yoshiyuki Tomino!
It will play locally, in Japanese with English subtitles, at the Southside Works Cinema and the Cinemark theaters in Monroeville, Robinson, and Pittsburgh Mills. Tickets are available online.

Monday, December 2, 2019

Free Korean III advanced-level classes coming to Carnegie Library in January.


via the Republic of Korea's Flickr page.

The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, which already holds free beginner- and intermediate-level Korean classes, will offer Korean III from January 2020.
Korean III is geared toward those with an advanced understanding of Korean. This group meets 1st & 3rd Saturday of each month, from January through April, in Classroom A.
  • These classes are FREE.
  • You do not have to register for the classes.
  • You do not need to bring anything or buy anything.
  • New participants are welcome at any time.
  • This class is for adults, but young people are welcome as long as they behave respectfully.
The next meetings will be January 4 and January 18 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Carnegie Library branch in Oakland. 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.

"Kitsuke: The Art Of Kimono" at Pitt, rescheduled for January 8, 2020.


"Vivid kimono" by Raita Futo (Creative Commons).

The University of Pittsburgh's Asian Studies Center will host Evan Mason and his workshop "Kitsuke: The Art Of Kimono" on January 8.
Pitt alumnus Evan Mason will teach participants about the craftsmanship put into designing a kimono. The lecture will begin with a lesson on the history and significance of the kimono in Japan, follow with a kitsuke demonstration (how to wear traditional Japanese attire), and end with participants trying on their own yukatas (casual kimonos)!
It runs from 6:00 to 7:30 pm in 4130 Posvar Hall (map). It takes place two days before the center's annual Seijin Shiki / Coming-of-Age ceremony.

One day left for fundraising for new Screenshot: Asia film festival and media series at University of Pittsburgh from September 2020.



A festival organizer writes with an update on fundraising for the new Asian film festival and media series hosted by the University of Pittsburgh from September 2020:
I wanted to update you on the progress we are making on bringing a new and improved Asian Film Festival to Pittsburgh.

I'm not sure how much you have heard about this, but Pitt will now host the festival each September (now called Screenshot: Asia), which means that the event will have much more student and faculty participation in addition to strong support from the Pittsburgh community. Screenshot Asia will be the umbrella organization for our own Japan Documentary Film Award, and they will support year-round Asian film programming (including showing silent samurai films with live musical performances like the benshi I brought last year).
We have been raising money for the Film Festival in order to prove to Pitt that we have broad community interest. Would you consider making a donation to support us?

A few reasons to support us:
  • Pitt has the strongest film studies program in the city (actually a strong nation-wide reputation), and we are well positioned to make this an amazing event for the university, for Asian communities living in Pittsburgh, and for anyone who loves Asian cinema.
  • Contributions start at five dollars. Any level of support would be appreciated!
  • One of our students is featured in our promotional film (but you'll have to watch the video to find out who!)

We have just one more day until the campaign ends. We are making excellent progress at nearly 80% of our goal. Please take a look and consider supporting us. Many thanks!

You can click here to go directly to the EngagePitt campaign (or copy and paste the address here: https://engage.pitt.edu/project/16914).
Fundraising closes at 11:59 pm on December 3.

Screenshot: Asia was announced in September 2019. It will fill---aiming to fill to excess---a void left after Silk Screen closed in 2018 due to persistent sexual harassment by its CEO, and after Pittsburgh Filmmakers shuttered its theaters and programming in November.

2019 film Promare (プロメア) returns to Pittsburgh for redux, December 8, 10.



The 2019 Japanese animated film Promare (プロメア) will return to Pittsburgh on December 8 and 10. The distributor summarizes:
The first feature-length film from the acclaimed studio TRIGGER, creators of the hit series KILL la KILL and Little Witch Academia, and director Hiroyuki Imaishi (GURREN LAGANN, KILL la KILL), Promare uses a bold cel-shaded visual style to tell a blistering action-adventure story, and is the spiritual successor to many of director Imaishi’s former works.

Thirty years has passed since the appearance of Burnish, a race of flame-wielding mutant beings, who destroyed half of the world with fire. When a new group of aggressive mutants calling themselves “Mad Burnish” appears, the epic battle between Galo Thymos, a new member of the anti-Burnish rescue team “Burning Rescue,” and Lio Fotia, the leader of “Mad Burnish” begins.
The subtitled version on December 8 will play locally at the AMC Waterfront, Southside Works, and Cinemark in Monroeville, while the dubbed version on the 10th will play at the AMC Waterfront, Southside Works, and Cinemark in Robinson. Tickets are available online.