Saturday, May 23, 2020

Asian clothing boutique Ehua Fashion reopens.

Ehua Fashion, a Chinese-owned clothing boutique in Squirrel Hill that closed due to COVID-19 in March, has reopened. Ehua first opened in 2016 at 5865 Forbes Ave. (map) and now asks its customers to wear marks in the store and practice social distancing.

"The Future of Pittsburgh's #AAPI Community," May 27.

Welcoming Pittsburgh will present "The Future of Pittsburgh's #AAPI Community" online on May 27.
Join the Inclusive Innovation team, Governor Wolf's Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs, the Office of Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, and guest speakers for our third virtual Asian Pacific American Heritage Month conversation titled: "The Future of Pittsburgh's #AAPI Community"

Join a phenomenal panel of AAPI youth leaders as they discuss the work that they do, the challenges they face as members of the AAPI community (especially during the COVID-19 pandemic), their reflections on their AAPI identity, and their hopes and goals for the future of the AAPI community -- both here in Pittsburgh and beyond.

The event will be live-streamed in this Facebook Event Page and on the Welcoming Pittsburgh Facebook Page.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Many More Asian Market reopens its doors.

via @ManyMoreAsianMarket

Many More Asian Market has opened its doors to the public today after switching to pick-up only on March 24.
We are ready!! Today will be the first day we “re-open” to the public! Mask must be wore at all time, and please try the best to practices 6 feet social distance~ glove will also be provided if needed! There will be a queue policy in effect also... we will be limiting on how many people are at the store at the same time. Please be patient with us since there will be a lot of uncertainty going on. Thank you and sorry for any inconvenience it caused!
The Asian grocery is located at 3050 Smallman St., at the northeastern end of the Strip District (map).

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Many More Asian Market eyes reopening.

via @manymoreasianmarket

Many More Asian Market, which has been closed to customers (but open for pick-up and personal shopping) since March 24, is planning to reopen its doors soon. A recent Facebook post shows the construction of a protected cash register area. The Asian grocery is located at 3050 Smallman St., at the northeastern end of the Strip District (map).

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

"BurghMeetsWorld: Addressing Anti-Asian Racism and Building Solidarity," (online) with The Global Switchboard, May 28.

The Global Switchboard presents "BurghMeetsWorld: Addressing Anti-Asian Racism and Building Solidarity" online on May 28.
Join us for a community conversation on addressing anti-Asian racism and building solidarity during COVID-19.

The COVID-19 crisis has intensified the racism and xenophobia that have always pervaded our society and systems. Since the outbreak of the pandemic, we have witnessed heightened anti-Asian racism, hate, and violence across the world. Black, LatinX, indigenous, and newcomer communities have been impacted disproportionately by the pandemic, forced to bear higher health and economic costs. How do we bridge the divide between and within our communities to stand in collective solidarity, both during and beyond the pandemic?

BurghMeetsWorld serves as an outlet for people to share their experiences and connect with each other in Pittsburgh and across the world. Our goal is to create a safe space for communities to come together to discuss their experiences and concerns around racism and xenophobia, to think collectively through the ways we can stand in solidarity, and take action to combat racial injustices.
The talk runs from 6:00 to 7:30 pm on the 28th. The event takes place on Zoom and those interested should register in order to receive the link.

Carnegie Mellon University hiring bilingual English-Mandarin Advancement Research Analyst - International.

Carnegie Mellon University is hiring a bilingual English-Mandarin Advancement Research Analyst - International.
Carnegie Mellon University seeks an Advancement Research Analyst - International in Pittsburgh, PA responsible for researching and profiling individual, corporate and/or foundation donors and prospects to support fundraising and development efforts, with particular emphasis on international constituents in China. Specific duties of this position will include: (i) performing international Chinese-specific prospect research, analysis and synthesis of information to assess prospect giving potential, interests and possible solicitors; (ii) evaluating, organizing, and editing verified and extrapolated data into comprehensive standardized dossiers; (iii) identifying and qualifying new/potential major gift prospects in China through the implementation of various existing and self-designed prospecting strategies; (iv) assisting gift officers, assistant and associate vice presidents for advancement in devising strategies for cultivation and solicitation of prospects in China; (v) performing prospect tracking and daily information maintenance, including monitoring various media sources for donor and prospect information and activities in English and Chinese language; (vi) identifying and evaluating articles for circulation to other staff members or storage in advancement files, including verifying facts for advancement staff and for senior management as well as identifying possible new prospects discovered through publication reviews; and (vii) managing and leading complex research projects, including supervising and training others and playing a key role in the establishment of priorities and goals of the department and in decision-making processes.

Must have a bachelor’s degree in Business, Communications, or a Liberal Arts field.

Must be proficient in Chinese language and have two (2) years of research-generated analysis experience, including two (2) years: (i) navigating various information sources and databases; and (ii) analyzing and synthesizing information from various sources and presenting it effectively.

Must also have knowledge of: (i) development, research, and prospect management practices; and (ii) Chinese business customs/manner of doing business.

"Xenophobia and COVID-19: Strategies to Support Asian American Communities," May 20 (online) at Pitt.

The Center on Race and Social Problems at the University of Pittsburgh will present "Xenophobia and COVID-19: Strategies to Support Asian American Communities" on May 20 with Dr. Richard Lee of the University of Minnesota. The talk starts at 12:00 pm and registration can be completed online.

"The World in a Single Sound - the Shakuhachi, its History, and its Music," May 21 (online) at Pitt.

The next installment in the online series The Sound of (Japanese) Music, "The World in a Single Sound - the Shakuhachi, its History, and its Music" through the University of Pittsburgh will be held on May 21. It runs from 6:00 to 7:30 pm with Devon Osamu Tipp, a PhD Candidate in Music Theory/Composition at Pitt. Registration is required and can be completed online.

Monday, May 18, 2020

Sensiple, Inc. hiring bilingual Japanese-English Bilingual Business Analyst.

Sensiple, Inc. is hiring a bilingual Japanese-English Bilingual Business Analyst.
As we have an immediate and urgent hiring for Bilingual Business Analyst (Must known Japanese Language) in Pittsburgh, PA to one of our direct client.
Position: Bilingual BA in Pittsburgh, PA
Remote till COVID 19 settles
  • Being a liaison member between business and technical team to bridge gap
  • Good coordination and project management skills with waterfall/agile framework
  • Good understating of automotive domain and upcoming new technology in the industry
  • Ability to interpret the business needs to technical needs
  • Eager and go getter to support business to achieve the team goal
  • Bilingual with Japanese and English is good to have

"PittAPAHM: Unpacking APIA Identity as Pitt Students," May 30 (online) at Pitt.

The University of Pittsburgh's Global Hub will host its final event for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, PittAPAHM: Unpacking APIA Identity as Pitt Students:
Our last event in our #PittAPAHM programming series in honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month will be a student-led panel discussion.

"Unpacking APIA Identity as Pitt Students"

Featuring panelists Albert Tanjaya, Lauren Yu, and Weiyi Tu
Moderated by Cynthia Troung

Registration is required:
It runs from 5:00 to 6:00 pm on the 30th.

Friday, May 15, 2020

Dagu Rice Noodle (大鼓米线) now open in Squirrel Hill (for pick-up).

Dagu Rice Noodle (大鼓米线) opened for the first time today, May 15, for pick-up orders. Signage went up in November 2019 in the space formerly occupied by The Magic Noodle and Sun Penang. It is a Chinese chain---as in, a chain from China---with the nearest location in Cleveland:
In the middle of the Ming Dynasty, there was a restaurant without a sign near the flowery Drum tower in Yunnan, Kunming. Whenever the city had a happy news, people rang the drum to celebrate. Along with the joy of drumbeat, people flocked to the unnamed little restaurant and had bowls of hot rice noodle soup, meaning “smooth long time”. Because of this joy, with the honesty of the shop owner, the little restaurant eventually became a century-old business.
Dagu Rice Noodle is located at 5829 Forbes Ave. (map).

20% off orders of $20 or more at Shadyside's Kawaii Gifts.

Daiso products, Splatoon plushies, via @KawaiiBuzz

Kawaii Gifts in Shadyside, specializing in cute Japanese products and collectibles, is offering 20% off orders of $20 or more with the promo code 2020sucks. The store is located at 738 Coplenad St. (map) but its physical location has been closed since March 14.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Cambodian-French documentary The Missing Picture online at Pitt, June 24.

The Asian Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh will present the 2013 Cambodian-French documentary The Missing Picture online on June 24, the first installment of the three-part "Hot Nights And Cold War" series. From a Variety review:
Following “S-21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine” and “Duch, Master of the Forges of Hell,” Rithy Panh grapples with the horrors of the Cambodian genocide on more intimately unsettling terms in “The Missing Picture.” A sobering chronicle of Panh’s teenage years under the Pol Pot dictatorship, the film is a brave act of witness complicated by the documaker’s decision to re-create his experiences using clay figurines, a tricky aesthetic device that raises fascinating and problematic questions of representation. Sufficiently distinguished from Panh’s other fine work on the subject, and bolstered by strong black-and-white archival footage, “Picture” would be assured of further fest play and strong broadcast interest even if it hadn’t won the top Un Certain Regard prize at Cannes.
The movie starts at 4:00 pm and those interested should register online.

Garfield's Soju to reopen for take-out orders on May 14.

Soju, the Korean fusion restaurant in Garfield, will reopen for take-out orders on Thursday, May 14.
Takeout starting Thursday! Pickup available between 4pm-8pm. Call 412-956-7699 to order.
Soju closed temporarily on March 16. It is located at 4923 Penn Ave. (map).

Monday, May 11, 2020

Squirrel Hill's Panda Supermarket to open its doors again to customers, from May 15.

Following from the state's planned shift to yellow status, Squirrel Hill's Panda Supermarket will again open its doors to customers from May 15. The Asian grocery on Forbes Avenue shifted to online orders and pick-up from March 23 and had not been permitting customers to enter. It will maintain its abbreviated hours of 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm but will be open seven days a week and will eliminated online ordering and pick-up service. It has also implemented the following guidelines:
1. Masks are to be worn by Panda employees and all customers; those without a mask will not be permitted to enter. (By order of the governor, all staff and customers in Pennsylvania stores are required to wear masks or face coverings).

2. Gloves are worn by staff at all times.

3. Increased cleaning and sanitation of carts will be implemented.

4. The number of shoppers at one time will be limited to 10; as shoppers leave, others may enter.

5. Customers are required to practice safe social distancing and remain six feet away from each other and from staff.

Thank you for your continued support and patience through this trying time. We look forward to your feedback as we navigate these unprecedented* public health challenges.

Workshop on April 30th, 1975 with Pitt's Vietnamese Student Association, May 14.

The Vietnamese Student Association at the University of Pittsburgh will present a Workshop on April 30th, 1975, online on May 14.
Some may reminisce the day as Reunification Day, where after years of continuous fighting, the North and the South were able to be united as one. Others may not even want to think about this day at all, having memories of watching South Vietnam fall to the North, leaving home, and seeking asylum.

Although April 30th has passed, many people seek to learn more about Vietnamese culture and the historical significance behind this date. Determined to educate and inform our community, VSA has decided to host a workshop, dedicated to understanding this event and its connotations. Please join us as we look to address the events leading up to this date and discuss with an open mind a variety of perspectives and experiences others have gone through after this event took place.

Link to the workshop will be posted 15 minutes it starts. We hope to see you there.
The workshop runs from 8:00 to 10:00 pm.

That's why stores in Pittsburgh play Singapore's national anthem.

Last August, a video from Pittsburgh went moderately viral when it recorded an Asian grocery in the Strip District playing Singapore's national anthem. A video from Panda Supermarket last week shows the same thing:

The simple answer, then and now, is that grocery stores use streaming Singaporean radio stations for their in-store music. In the case of Panda, it's YES 933 FM. The video from Panda was taken around 6:00 pm; YES 933 FM plays the national anthem at the start of its 6:00 am program.

"The Making Of Asian Americans And Apia Activism," May 15 (online) at Pitt.

The University of Pittsburgh's Global Hub and Asian Studies Center will present "The Making Of Asian Americans And Apia Activism" online on May 15.
The Pitt Global Hub and Asian Studies Center present #PittAPAHM: The Making of ASIAN AMERICANS and APIA Activism, the second event in our programmatic series in honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.

This panel discussion will feature Donald Young, Director of Programs at the Center for Asian American Media and producer of the PBS documentary series, ASIAN AMERICANS; Nobuko Miyamoto, singer/songwriter, theater artist, and troubadour in the 1970s Asian American movement who co-created one of the first albums of Asian American songs; and Corky Lee, photographer who photographed the Asian American movement and continues to document the daily lives of APIA folx.
Christina Ong, PhD student in the Department of Sociology will moderate the discussion.

Register here:
The event runs from 5:00 to 9:00 pm.

Andrew Ahn film Driveways, starring Brian Dennehy and Hong Chau, continues online via Tull Family Theater through May 17.

The Tull Family Theater will continue to show the 2019 film Driveways through May 17, with the Sewickley theater receiving a share of sales. A synopsis from the distributor:
Kathy (Golden Globe® Nominee Hong Chau), a single mother, travels with her shy eight-year-old son Cody (newcomer Lucas Jaye) to Kathy's late sister's house which they plan to clean and sell. As Kathy realizes how little she knew about her sister, Cody develops an unlikely friendship with Del (Golden Globe®, Tony® winner and acting legend Brian Dennehy), the Korean War vet and widower who lives next door. Over the course of a summer, and with Del's encouragement, Cody develops the courage to come out of his shell and, along with his mother, finds a new place to call home.
Tickets are available online for $12.

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Live origami workshops for kids, part of online Children's Theater Festival, May 17.

An online version of the cancelled Children's Theater Festival will present origami workshops with Kuniko Yamamoto on May 17.
Kuniko Yamamoto is an origami master! In this video you will become an origami master too! You will see how origami--the art of paper folding-transforms paper into the shape of flowers and animals such as a panda, an elephant, a puppy, a cat, a daisy, or a rose. Anything is possible with origami including reaching for the stars! NASA and universities are incorporating origami with today's technology and changing the world. Kuniko will share her origami and storytelling, and together, you will fold a few simple origami models.

Materials needed:

Paper: 5 sheets of notebook paper or letter size (8 1/2 x 11), or origami paper Printer to print advance instructions.
This content was created specifically for the EQT Children's Theater Festival. Visit the artist's website to learn more about their work!
There is a live workshop for kids aged 5 to 7 from 11:00 am and a workshop for kids 8 and up from 1:00 pm. Registration is required to attend.

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Sumi's Cakery reopens for pick-up orders.

Sumi's Cakery, a Korean bakery in Squirrel Hill, as reopened for pick-up orders after temporarily closing due to the public health crisis. Says the new sign on the door:
Mask Required!
Max. 2 customers.
Please DO NOT touch pastries!
Kindly let us know and We will get them for you!  Thank you
Sumi's Cakery is located at 2119 Murray Ave. in Squirrel Hill (map). It is open 11:00 am to 7:00 pm Tuesday through Friday, 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm on Saturdays, and 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm on Sundays.

Friday, May 8, 2020

2016 Korean film Train to Busan (부산행) watch party with Pitt's Asian Studies Center, May 13.

The next Wednesday Watch Party with Pitt's Asian Studies Center is the 2016 film Train to Busan (부산행) on May 13. From the Korean Movie Database:
A mysterious viral outbreak pushes Korea into a state of emergency! As an unidentified virus sweeps the country, Korean government declares martial law. Those on an express train to Busan, a city that has successfully fended off the viral outbreak, must fight for their own survival… 453 km from Seoul to Busan. The struggle to survive by those who have others to protect! Get on board to stay alive!
Those interested should register online and should have Netflix and the Netflix Party Google Chrome Extension.

Pittsburgh-based WholeRen Education (美国厚仁教育集团) hiring bilingual Chinese-English Education Sales Consultant (留学销售顾问).

Pittsburgh-based Chinese education consulting and placement firm WholeRen Education (美国厚仁教育集团) has announced an opening for a bilingual Mandarin-English Education Sales Consultant (留学销售顾问).

Thursday, May 7, 2020

The Sound of (Japanese) Music with Pitt's National Consortium for Teaching About Asia, from May 14.

The Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania shares news of an upcoming online series on The Sound of (Japanese) Music from May 14.
Join us for “The Sound of (Japanese) Music,” a series of presentations and demos by four Japanese music ethnomusicologists. Designed to take you to a deeper level of understanding of traditional Japanese music, these presentations expand your knowledge of Japanese history and culture, including modern music innovations. You will learn about the evolving traditions of the koto, shakuhachi, shamisen and the recent development of taiko drumming. Some presentations will be recorded for your use later with your students. All sessions will be held through Zoom. Registration Required: Please click here to register.
The series consists of:
Koto: Its Music and Musicians, Yesterday and Today
Thursday, May 14, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. ET (5:00-6:30 CT)
Dr. Anne Prescott, Director, Five College Center for East Asian Studies

The World in a Single Sound - the Shakuhachi, its History, and its Music
Thursday, May 21, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. ET (5:00-6:30 CT)
Devon Osamu Tipp, PhD Candidate in Music Theory/Composition, University of Pittsburgh

Strings Revolution: History and Music of Shamisen and Geisha
Thursday, June 11, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. ET (5:00-6:30 CT)
Dr. Yuko Eguchi Wright, Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, University of Pittsburgh

Taiko: Tradition as a Basis for Innovation
Thursday, June 18, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. ET (5:00-6:30 CT)
Dr. Benjamin Pachter, Executive Director, Japan-America Society of Central Ohio
Registration is required and can be completed online.

Oakland's Spice Island Tea House to reopen for pick-up, from May 8.

After temporarily closing on March 21, Oakland's Spice Island Tea House will reopen for pick-up orders on May 8.
After a month’s hiatus we are offering take-outs again except this time it’s online only! It’ll be a limited hours and menu items so if you don’t see your favorite dish, worry not! We will be adding items as we get back into the groove in this crazy new world. Check out what we have on the website.
Orders can be placed online via their website.
Spice Island Tea House is located at 253 Atwood St. in Oakland (map).

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Bringing "A Touch of Orient to the region": When Pittsburgh almost built an "Asia on the Allegheny."

From a February 20, 1989 Pittsburgh Press article.

In the mid- to late-1980s, Pittsburgh was entertaining plans to build an "Asian Trade Center" on the North Shore, part of a redevelopment effort that would soon bring the Andy Warhol Museum and the Carnegie Science Center to the area. Initial plans for the Asian Trade Center in 1985 were focused on Union Station, the former train station on Liberty Avenue now The Pennsylvanian apartments. By 1988 and 1989, the plan was to construct apartments, hotels, and Asian retail in the blocks between on what is now the site of the Morgan at North Shore Apartments.

Pre-screening of PBS's Asian Americans with Pitt's Global Hub and Asian Studies Center, May 7.

The University of Pittsburgh's Global Hub and Asian Studies Center will host a pre-screening of episodes 1 and 2 of the upcoming PBS series Asian Americans on May 7.
The Pitt Global Hub and Asian Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh are excited to present a pre-screening of the new PBS groundbreaking series, ASIAN AMERICANS, to kick off our #PittAPAHM event series in honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.

We will be screening the first two episodes of the series via OVEE, a custom screening platform run by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Please complete the information below to receive instructions on how to attend the watch party on THURSDAY, May 7th, from 7PM-9PMET.

Unfortunately, you will not be able to access the OVEE platform if you are located outside of the United States. However, if you are interested in receiving links to watch the episodes on your own time, please indicate this in the form below and we will send you more information.
The screening starts at 7:00 pm and those interested must RSVP by 5:00 pm on the 7th.

Monday, May 4, 2020

2019 Chinese film The Wild Goose Lake (南方车站的聚会) continues streaming via Parkway Theater.

The Parkway Theater in McKees Rocks is still streaming the 2019 Chinese film The Wild Goose Lake (南方车站的聚会) online, with 50% of the proceeds going to the theater. The distributor summarizes:
A gang leader on the run seeking redemption . . .
A girl in trouble risking everything to gain her freedom . . .
Both hunted on the hidden shores of The Wild Goose Lake.
They set a deadly gamble for what may be their last day.
Tickets are available online.

Saturday, May 2, 2020

Pittsburgh-based WholeRen Education (美国厚仁教育集团) hiring Chinese-speaking Career Counselor for its JobUpper subsidiary.

Pittsburgh-based Chinese education consulting and placement firm WholeRen Education (美国厚仁教育集团) has announced an opening for a Mandarin-speaking Career Counselor for its JobUpper subsidiary.
JobUpper, a subsidiary of WholeRen Group, is recruiting for the U.S Headquarters Office in Pittsburgh, PA. WholeRen Group’s business includes high school, undergraduate, graduate, and transfer application support, academic counseling, and emergency academic support (e.g. tutoring, cultural transition, on-boarding).

WholeRen JobUpper is a professional career consulting subsidiary specializing in providing one-to-one personalized career planning and counseling for Chinese international students, along with career training.

Using the "READY training model", JobUpper gradually helps students understand themselves, find their skill set, and explore their “dream career”. Our philosophy is to help students discover and pursue their career path that best matches their talents, passions, and market opportunities.

The company is currently recruiting a Career Counselor.

Friday, May 1, 2020

Squirrel Hill's Chengdu Gourmet reopens for takeout.

Squirrel Hill's Chengdu Gourmet, which temporarily closed in early April, has reopened for take-out and delivery. The number is (412) 521-2088 and business hours are 11:00 am to 9:00 pm. Located at 5840 Forward Ave. (map), Chengdu Gourmet is routinely named among the best Chinese restaurants in the city, and in February its chef, Wei Zhu, was again a semi-finalist for a James Beard Award for Best Chef in the Mid-Atlantic.

Korean fried chicken place Chick'n Bubbly reopens for takeout and delivery.

Chick'n Bubbly, a Korean fried chicken and bubble tea place in Oakland, has reopened for takeout and delivery as of May 1. Next to Oishii Bento, and owned by the same team, it temporarily closed on April 1. It is located at 117 Oakland Ave. (map).

"COVID-19: On the Ground from Taiwan and Singapore" with Pitt's Global Studies Center, May 7.

via UDN.

The Global Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh shares news of an upcoming online discussion, "COVID-19: On the Ground from Taiwan and Singapore," on May 7.
Join David Bell and Yurika Kurakata for COVID-19 on-the-ground reports from Taiwan and Singapore. David Bell is a history teacher at Kang Chiao International School in Taipei, Taiwan, and he is a graduate of Amherst College. Before moving to Singapore, Yurika Kurakata was the director of the East Asia Resource Center at the University of Washington. Learn about how the governments, schools, and people of Taiwan and Singapore prepared for and are responding to this pandemic.
It runs from 7:00 to 8:00 pm on the 7th; those interested can register online.

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Oakland's Oishii Bento to reopen for takeout and delivery, May 1.

Oakland's Oishii Bento, which temporarily closed on April 1, announced today it will reopen for takeout and delivery from tomorrow. Oishii Bento is located at 119 Oakland Ave. (map).

"Celebrating AAPI Heritage Month: Community Conversations" with Welcoming Pittsburgh and Governor Wolf's Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs, May 4.

Welcoming Pittsburgh and Governor Wolf's Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs will host "Celebrating AAPI Heritage Month: Community Conversations" online on May 4.
Join the Inclusive Innovation team, Governor Wolf's Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs, the Office of Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, and guest speakers for an #AAPI community conversation titled: "Addressing Hate, Discrimination, and Mental Health." Learn about unique challenges faced by the #AAPI community during the COVID-19 pandemic and how all Pittsburghers can be a part of the solution in combating hate.

The event will be live-streamed in this Facebook Event Page and on the Welcoming Pittsburgh Facebook Page.

6:30 p.m. - 6:35 p.m. - Welcome and Introduction of Event: Marian Lien and Wasi Mohamed (Advisory Commission)
6:35 pm. - 7:00 p.m. - Know Your Rights: Rich Ting (Asian Pacific Bar Association of Pennsylvania), Cindy Chung (Attorney), and the Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations
7:00 p.m. - 7:20 p.m. - Mental Health: Dr. Mengchun Chiang
7:20 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. - Community Sharing/Q&As (participants can share questions for the speakers via Facebook Comment)

This week is the first session of a four-part May series for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month 2020:
Week 1: Addressing Hate, Discrimination, and Mental Health
Week 2: Community Leader Discussion
Week 3: Small Business Resources
Week 4: Youth Empowerment

Please follow Welcoming Pittsburgh and stay tuned for further updates!

"Bystander Intervention Training to Stop Anti-Asian/American and Xenophobic Harassment" online sessions, from May 2.

Hollaback will host online "Bystander Intervention Training to Stop Anti-Asian/American and Xenophobic Harassment" sessions from May 2.
In response to the rise in Anti-Asian/American and xenophobic harassment, we at Hollaback! partnered with Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC to adapt our free bystander intervention training to meet this moment.

Unfortunately, anti-Asian and Asian American racism and xenophobia is not a new phenomenon. It has been part of American history for a long time, and we have seen it manifested against different Asian/American and Pacific Islander communities in many ways over the years. As the coronavirus pandemic escalates, we have seen more harassment, discrimination, and even violence directed at these communities. The Asian Americans Advancing Justice affiliation has been documenting hate crimes and hate incidents since 2017 at, which is available in English, Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese.

Online "How To Tai Chi" with Asian Studies Center at Pitt, Fridays in May.

The Asian Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh will host free online "How To Tai Chi" lessons Fridays in May, starting May 1. Those interested in the Zoom sessions can register here.

Community College of Allegheny County hiring adjunct Chinese instructor.

The Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) is hiring an adjunct instructor of Chinese.
General Summary: The primary responsibilities of the faculty are to teach and to develop the curriculum. To meet these responsibilities, faculty must remain knowledgeable about advances in their disciplines, in learning theory, and in pedagogy. Faculty portfolios will include contributions and program development and show evidence of ongoing professional development.

Oakland's Tong's Cuisine permanently closes.

Via Google Maps.

On April 27, Oakland's Tong's Cuisine announced that it has permanently closed.

Tong's opened in 2011 at 228 Semple St. (map).

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Volunteers needed for census phone bank.

Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA) Pittsburgh is recruiting volunteers for a census phone bank aimed at local API and Latinx communities.
APALA Pittsburgh and Casa San José are organizing for fair and just representation of the Latinx and API communities in the 2020 Census. We are hoping to make 300 calls by close-of-business this Thursday. If you're able to help, even with an hour of your time, we would really appreciate it. Can you help us?
Those interested and available should contact Kim Dinh at

Monday, April 27, 2020

Big plans for Pusadee's Garden.

Work has temporarily halted at the new space for Pusadee's Garden in Lawrenceville, though when it reopens the restaurant will nearly double in size. The popular Thai restaurant closed in 2017 for renovations, though signage is up at 5317 Butler St. and the original storefront at 5321, with an expanded outdoor dining area spanning the gap. NextPittsburgh wrote last month:
If you’ve taken a stroll through Lawrenceville lately, you’ve probably seen the sign and started salivating. Pusadee’s Garden is reopening this spring after sprucing up 5321 Butler St. The restaurant, known for its traditional Thai dishes — mmm, can’t you just taste the crab fried rice? — is also a feast for the eyes. Its patio is one of the prettiest in Pittsburgh.
It was named "Best Outdoor Dining" by the Pittsburgh City-Paper in 2017.

Pitt's first Chinese graduates.

Two of the first three petroleum engineering graduates in the United States were Chinese, and they were the first two Chinese students to graduate from the University of Pittsburgh back in 1915. As noted in a post on this topic last year, the Pitt Weekly profiled the four men who were en route to earn this degree:

Melican Chinese laundries and Chinese chop suey restaurants are common objects in our city life, and on most any corner we see the familiar sign 'Wa Lee Yee, Laundry" but did you ever stop to think that we will be soon buying our oil and gasoline from real Chinese pretroleum [sic] engineers?

Pitt has taken the lead in producing Chinese Knights of the oil can, and will, unless the unexpected happens, graduate two sons of the oriental country with the degree of petroleum engineer in June. This will be the first time for any university in the United States to offer the degree, so the men taking it will have a notable distinction.

The students who expect to take the degree of petroleum engineer are F.A. Johnson, Ben Avon, Pa; George W. Myers, Pittsburgh; Barin Ye Long, Changtu, China, and Chun Young Chan, Canton, China.

Thursday, April 23, 2020

New restoration of 1991 movie Thousand Pieces of Gold playing online as part of Harris Theater's online programming, April 24 - May 8.

The 1991 movie Thousand Pieces of Gold, set in the 1880s and about a Chinese woman sold into servitude in the American West, will stream from April 24 through May 8 as part of the Harris Theater @ Home's online programming. Part of the proceeds from tickets will benefit the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.
Set in the 1880s, this film chronicles the journey of Lalu (Rosalind Chao), a Chinese woman whose financially desperate family sells her as a bride. She is sent to the United States, where she is bought by sleazy barkeep Hong King (Michael Paul Chan), who plans to make money off of Lalu by forcing her into a life of prostitution. Unwilling to submit to his demands, she begins her own successful business venture and captures the attention of the troubled but kindly Charlie (Chris Cooper).
Tickets are available online.

Profile on Japanese-American Pirates prospect Daniel Ross.

Millersville University's The Snapper profiles pitcher Daniel Ross, a senior for the Marauders and a 39th-round draft choice of the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2019.
Ross was excited to be here in Pennsylvania around his family, but it was also important that coach Jon Shehan sold him on the program. The toughest adjustment, however, was that he was from Japan and there were some major language barriers.

“There was a lot of language barriers and cultural barriers that didn’t click in immediately, but the language barrier kept me away from knowing people more and it was harder to understand people more,” Ross said.

Ross was concerned that the fact that he was still learning English might be a challenge or make it harder to get along with his teammates. But his language barrier wasn’t just holding him back off the field, it created on the field challenges as well. There are things about baseball that are universal, but Ross says in Japan players think differently.

“It’s a little bit different like how people think, baseball was a little differently. I don’t have any quick examples, but everything didn’t make sense or click for me right away,” Ross says.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Character Media and "Breaking The Model Minority Myth With Jasmine Cho’s Cookie Art."

Character Media talked with Pittsburgh baker, artist, and author Jasmine Cho earlier this month about her art, activities, and aims.
While reflecting on some of her more memorable cookie portraits, Cho explains that it wasn’t until 2017 that she intentionally made her cookies a political and historical statement. She had recently seen a photograph of an Asian man holding a sign in commemoration of the Stonewall Riots. The sign read, “I am gay, Korean American, immigrant, rape survivor, still standing proud.” “I remember I thought, ‘Oh my gosh! I have to recreate this portrait,’” Cho says. “His name was Ben Dumond, and I remember his portrait in particular. You kind of lose yourself to this; it’s the process of making art, and as you do you reflect on this person’s story and the courage it took for him to post that publicly.” After the inspiration for Cho’s Revolutionary Art exhibit came together, her collection of 11 cookie portraits was on display at the Pittsburgh City-County Building in 2017 as well as other local public art venues. Cho feels a responsibility to honor the identities and the stories she’s able to share, and she has no intention of minimizing individuals’ contributions to the world. The cookie-making process also helps her release emotions into something that proactively goes towards helping her community.

City-Paper looks at Umami's new bento boxes.

Today's Pittsburgh City-Paper has a profile on Lawrenceville's Umami and it's new bento boxes.
On a normal night at Umami, choosing what to order from the menu is difficult, especially if you’re like me and want to try everything. The lengthy list covers everything from one-piece nigiri to bowls of ramen to plates of sashimi. It’s almost impossible to make a decision.

Umami’s bento solves this problem. The box, which changes daily, offers small bites of four dishes, giving diners a chance to try something from every side of the menu.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

2019 Chinese film The Wild Goose Lake (南方车站的聚会) continues streaming via Parkway Theater.

The Parkway Theater in McKees Rocks is still streaming the 2019 Chinese film The Wild Goose Lake (南方车站的聚会) online, with 50% of the proceeds going to the theater. The distributor summarizes:
A gang leader on the run seeking redemption . . .
A girl in trouble risking everything to gain her freedom . . .
Both hunted on the hidden shores of The Wild Goose Lake.
They set a deadly gamble for what may be their last day.
Tickets are available online.

Monday, April 20, 2020

Counter space at 朝茶 TSAOCAA, Squirrel Hill.

A look inside 朝茶 TSAOCAA, a Taiwanese bubble tea chain opening in Squirrel Hill. Work started on the storefront at 5871 Forbes Ave. (map) in the fall. The chain has locations in New York, New Jersey, and Philadelphia, among a few other places in the US, and this one will be run by the people who own New China House in Monroeville.