Friday, January 31, 2020

"Pittsburgh of China."

Thirty-eight years ago, Pittsburgh formalized a Sister City relationship with Wuhan, China. A September 18, 1982 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article records the signing of a friendship pact between Mayor Richard Caliguiri and Mayor Li Zhi.


"Japanese Culture through Video Games," April 9 at Pitt.



The Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania will host Dr. Rachael Hutchinson and her talk "Japanese Culture through Video Games" on April 9 as part of its 2020 Japan Lecture Series.
Japanese video games have had a significant impact on the medium worldwide. Dr. Rachael Hutchinson considers how ‘Japan’ has been packaged for domestic and overseas consumers, and how Japanese designers have used the medium to express ideas about home and nation, nuclear energy, war and historical memory, social breakdown and bioethics. She explores how ideology and critique are conveyed through game narrative and character design as well as user interface, cabinet art, and peripherals. Ultimately, she argues that Japanese artists have expressed similar ideas in the video game medium as in older narrative forms such as literature and film.
The talk runs from 6:00 to 8:00 pm in room 232 of the Cathedral of Learning (map). It is free though seating is limited and registration is required.

Lantern festival (猜灯谜) at Pitt, February 6.



The University of Pittsburgh's Asian Studies Center will present a Lantern Festival (猜灯谜) on February 6.
Join us in the Global Hub for refreshments, crafts, and games as we celebrate the Lantern Festival, or Yuan Xiao, in honor of the 15th day of the first month of the lunar calendar.
It runs from 1:30 to 3:00 pm in the Global Hub on the first floor of Posvar Hall (map).

Free Chinese, Japanese, Korean classes in Pittsburgh in February.


via Yoshimitsu Kurooka (Creative Commons)

The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh will continue to offer free Chinese, Japanese, and Korean classes at some of its branches in February. Check out the class information below in addition to its language resources on the shelves and online.

As the library notes: these classes are free; registration is not required; no materials are needed and nothing needs to be bought; new participants are welcome at any time; classes are for adults (unless otherwise noted) but well-behaved young people are welcome to join as well.

Community College of Allegheny County hiring 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.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Lunar New Year Parade through Squirrel Hill, February 9.


via @Lunar New Year PGH.

The fifth annual Lunar New Year Parade in Pittsburgh will be held on Sunday, February 9, to welcome the Year of the Rat. It starts at 12:30 and runs up Murray Avenue from Phillips Ave. (map) to Forbes Ave.

Bong Joon-ho film Parasite (기생충) playing pretty much everywhere in Pittsburgh this week and next.



The acclaimed 2019 Bong Joon-ho film Parasite (기생충) is playing in numerous theaters across Pittsburgh ahead of the 2020 Oscars. A synopsis from the movie's official site:
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.
Here is a list of currently-scheduled screenings; tickets are available online via Fandango:

Pitt hiring Chinese-speaking Language Buddies, Program Assistants, for on-campus Chinese Language and Culture Summer Camp.


via lezlie-neo (Creative Commons)

The University of Pittsburgh's Department of East Asian Languages & Literatures has a number of openings for Chinese speakers for its annual Chinese Language and Culture Summer Camp: Language Buddies, Program Assistant, Cultural Activity Leader, and Physical Activity Leader. These positions are for Pitt students, so the job ads and application portals may not be available to the general public.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Tiny Talk with Karen Lue, February 27 at Small Mall.



Lawrenceville's Small Mall will host its next Tiny Talk with artist and curator Karen Lue on February 27.
Join us for a Tiny Talk and Micro Exhibit with Small Mall featured artist Karen Lue!

View and buy work by Karen and hear her give a tiny artist talk.
It's free and open to the public. Small Mall is located at 5300 Butler St. (map).

Asian American Leadership Forum Happy Hour Mixer at Yuzu Kitchen, February 26.


via Jorge Santiago, 2019

Downtown's Yuzu Kitchen will host an Asian American Leadership Forum Happy Hour Mixer on February 26.
The Asian American Leadership Forum presents Networking Opportunity Happy Hour. Come join us for an evening of fun, friends, and drinks! This is your chance to meet and mingle with local professionals across all environmental fields. Purchase of a ticket gets you a free drink and appetizers!

Oscar-nominated Korean short film In the Absence (부재의 기억) in Pittsburgh, from February 1.



The Oscar-nominated short films will play in Pittsburgh theaters from February 1, and the short film documentary category includes In the Absence (부재의 기억) on the 2014 Sewon ferry disaster.
When the MV Sewol ferry sank off the coast of South Korea in 2014, over three hundred people lost their lives, most of them schoolchildren. Years later, the victims’ families and survivors are still demanding justice from national authorities.
It plays at the Harris Theater from February 1 through February 12, at the Cinemark theaters in the North Hills and Robinson from February 3 through 9, and at the Row House Cinema in Lawrenceville on February 1, 3, 4, and 5.

Mayor Peduto proclaims January 28, 2020 Jasmine Cho Day in Pittsburgh.


via @jasminemcho

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 are available online.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

"Building an Art Career as an Asian-American" with Jordan Wong, February 8.



The Children's Museum of Pittsburgh's Museum Lab will host Jordan Wong for its next Artist Talk on February 8 on the topic of "Building an Art Career as an Asian-American."
Join us in the Assembly Hall of MuseumLab for an Artist talk with illustrator, graphic designer, and current exhibiting artist, Jordan Wong (WONGFACE). Learn more about the artist behind the new augmented reality mural in Tech Lab, then experience the artwork for yourself.

Wong will be sharing his journey of struggling to find a job after graduating college to building his own career as a creative professional. He will also talk of how his recent personal work enabled him to connect deeper with this Chinese heritage and culture as well as his identity as an Asian American.

This is an all ages event!
MuseumLab is part of the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh and is located at 6 Allegheny Square E on the North Side (map). Admission for adults is $18 and includes admission to the museum.

Monday, January 27, 2020

2019 Chinese animated film White Snake (白蛇:缘起) in Pittsburgh, March 3.



The Row House Cinema will host the Pittsburgh premiere of the 2019 Chinese animated film White Snake (白蛇:缘起) on March 3. The distributor writes:
From Light Chaser Animation, one of China’s premiere animation studios, comes a visually stunning new take on a classic legend. One day a young woman named Blanca is saved by Xuan, a snake catcher from a nearby village. She has lost her memory, and together they go on a journey to discover her real identity, developing deeper feelings for one another along the way. But as they learn more about her past, they uncover a darker plot of supernatural forces vying for power, with the fate of the world hanging in the balance. Conceived as a prequel to one of the most ancient and enduring stories in Chinese history, White Snake presents a sumptuous tale of trickster demons, deadly mythical beasts, assassins, wuxia action, and the promise of eternal love.
Tickets are not yet available. The single-screen theater is located at 4115 Butler Street in Lawrenceville (map).

English-Korean Language Social Hour, February 11 at Pitt.


via travel oriented (Creative Commons)

The University of Pittsburgh's English Language Institute and Asian Studies Center will present its next English-Korean Language Social Hour on February 11.
The English Language Institute (ELI) is pleased to host 10 teachers from the Korea National University of Education and six Korean ELI students this semester. To welcome this new cohort, the Asian Studies Center will host a second Korean Language Social Hour. This will serve as a perfect opportunity to both learn Korean from native Korean speakers and teach English to international students. There will be snacks and drinks at this event, too.
It runs from 4:00 to 5:00 pm in the Global Hub on the first floor of Posvar Hall (map).

Strip District's Lotus Food offers free shipping.



Lotus Food, one of Pittsburgh's best-known Asian groceries, offers free shipping on orders of $30 or more (a $3 charge applies for orders below $30).

Shoppers can browse the inventory in Chinese or English and add items to their shopping cart after logging in or registering. After proceeding to the checkout, customers will enter an address and select from a delivery window.



A note for those trying to register: it will prompt you to enter a "zip code," but it is actually asking for an authentication code sent to your phone or email address.

Fundraiser for medical supplies to Wuhan, Sister City of Pittsburgh.



Several local individuals and organizations have established a GoFundMe for Wuhan, a Sister City of Pittsburgh currently undergoing a public health crisis.
Quarantine of Wuhan China began early today as deadly Coronavirus outbreak. We are fund raising for donating including masks and other medical supplies which are very much needed in Wuhan hospitals at this moment. The donation will be used for purchasing medical supplies and shipping them to Wuhan hospitals. We will organize to send out our sister city’s support in a timely manner!

Organizers:

Pittsburgh Hubei Fellow Association

Pittsburgh Chinese Cultural Center (PCCC)

Chinese Association for Science and Technology, Pittsburgh Chapter (CAST-P)
$19,484 has been raised so far at the time of this post.

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Yanlai Dance Academy's Wings of the Soul, February 29 at August Wilson Center.



Wings of the Soul, the 2020 installment of Yanlai Dance Academy's annual winter performance, will take place on February 29 at the August Wilson Center in the downtown Cultural District.
Happy New Year Every One!

Our annual performance is coming soon! We would like to invite you to our show!

This is our school 16th Annual Performance on Feb 29th Saturday 2020 at August Wilson Center ( 980 Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh PA 15222). This year's performance theme is "Wings of the soul", there will be 23 dances range from classical Chinese dance from Hang Dynasty - walking into the ancient world of Chinese thousands of years ago - to minority dances such as Xin Jiang, Mongolian, Tibetan, Yi, and Dai dance, where our audience will see the world of enthusiasm and passion. We hope that through our performances the audience can learn about many historical stories and cultures hidden behind the identity of "Chinese" also enjoyed the colorful, beautiful costumes, and the joyful and deep music. We can't wait to show everybody our new product.
Tickets for the 6:00 to 8:00 pm show are available for purchase online. The August Wilson African American Cultural Center is located at 980 Liberty Ave. (map).

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Bong Joon-ho film Parasite (기생충) playing pretty much everywhere in Pittsburgh.



The acclaimed 2019 Bong Joon-ho film Parasite (기생충) is playing in numerous theaters across Pittsburgh ahead of the 2020 Oscars. A synopsis from the movie's official site:
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.
From now through January 30 it is playing at the AMC Loews Waterfront, AMC Mt. Lebanon, Southside Works Cinema, Cinemark Theater in Robinson, and Squirrel Hill Manor Theater. From January 31 through February 6 it will play at the Row House Cinema. And from February 3 through February 9 it will play at the Cinemark Theaters in North Hills in Robinson. Tickets are available through Fandango, the Manor Theater website, the Row House Cinema, and Cinemark.

2019 Keiichi Hara film The Wonderland (バースデー・ワンダーランド) in 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 will play locally at the Southside Works Cinema and tickets are available online.

Spirited Away (千と千尋の神隠し), Kiki's Delivery Service (魔女の宅急便) at Rangos Giant Cinema on February 1 and 2, respectively.




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.

Friday, January 24, 2020

"Militarizing the Belt and Road: How China's Geoeconomics Impacts Regional Security Architecture in Asia and Beyond," January 31 at Pitt.



The University of Pittsburgh's Asian Studies Center will host Matthew Johnson and his talk "Militarizing the Belt and Road: How China's Geoeconomics Impacts Regional Security Architecture in Asia and Beyond" on January 31.

Love Live! Series 9th Anniversary LOVE LIVE! FEST in Pittsburgh, February 25.



The movie Love Live! Series 9th Anniversary LOVE LIVE! FEST will play in Pittsburgh on February 25. From the distributor:
Captured live from Saitama Super Arena (Stadium Mode) in Saitama, Japan in January, Love Live! Series 9th Anniversary LOVE LIVE! FEST will feature not only “Aqours” from “Love Live! Sunshine!!” and “Nijigasaki High School Idol Club” from the newest game, but also "μ's" from “Love Live!,” which has not been on stage since 2016.
It will play locally at the AMC Loews Waterfront and tickets for the 7:00 pm show are available online.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

New restoration of 2003 Satoshi Kon film Tokyo Godfathers (東京ゴッドファーザーズ) in Pittsburgh, March 9 and 11.



A 2020 restoration of the 2003 animated Satoshi Kon film Tokyo Godfathers (東京ゴッドファーザーズ) will play in Pittsburgh on March 9 and 11. From the distributor:
Tokyo Godfathers,the acclaimed holiday classic from master director Satoshi Kon (Paprika, Perfect Blue), returns to theaters in a brand-new digital restoration.

Japanese Tea Ceremony at Pitt, January 26.



The University of Pittsburgh's Japanese Student Association will host Yuko Eguchi-Wright and a Japanese Tea Ceremony on January 26.
Happy New Year, JSA members!

We hope you had a great start to your semester and you're ready to work hard 💪 Before all the hectic midterms and tough projects come around, come join us for a relaxing cultural time at the Japanese Tea Ceremony 🍵, where we will have Yuko Eguchi-san host a traditional tea ceremony right in WPU!

We will be serving tea and sweets there as part of our ceremony, but please fill out this short form below so we can have an estimate of how much food we should prepare!

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeejxMFaUvcPvMGSgRmu-xhFsP-4khrWa_1q-q_QWiNHCWobA/viewform
It runs from 12:00 to 2:00 pm in the William Pitt Union's Kurtzman Room and registration is encouraged.

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, January 22, 2020

Pittsburgh-based WholeRen Education (美国厚仁教育集团) hiring bilingual ECE tutor.



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 ECE tutor for Chinese international students in the US.
The academic support department of Wholeren Education is looking for talented, experienced tutors for college level Chinese international students in the US. We help both struggling and gifted students reach their full potential by supplementing the instruction they receive in class and guiding them toward study practices and aides that can help them excel. Tutors work with individual students one-on-one, though we occasionally organize group activities for students who are studying the same material. Our team offers compassionate, motivating assistance to students, and we expect our new hires to do the same. If you have experience tutoring students, please submit an application.

QUALIFICATIONS:

1. Bachelor degree required but master/PhD degree preferred.

2. Preferred experience in student support services

3. Ability to pass a background check and drug screening

4. Able to use MS offices software

5. Excellent communication skills

6. Bilingual-Chinese and English

Pittsburgh City-Paper: "Where to celebrate the Lunar New Year with authentic Chinese flavors."



The Pittsburgh City-Paper explores restaurants and traditions that make for an authentic Lunar New Year celebration in Squirrel Hill.

Expii hiring bilingual Mandarin-English Marketing Specialist, Global Chinese Market.

Oakland-based Expii is hiring a bilingual Mandarin-English Marketing Specialist, Global Chinese Market.
ESSENTIAL SKILLS

  • A love of math
  • Fluent in Chinese (written and verbal communication)
  • Experience operating social media accounts such as WeChat, and growing audiences
  • Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Business, Media, Education, or other closely related field
  • Deep understanding of parents’ psychology and behavior
  • Superior business writing and interpersonal communication skills
  • Data analysis skills, including the ability to use appropriate tools and deductive reasoning
  • Flexible schedule, with some nights, weekends, and travel preferred
  • Authorization to legally work in the United States
Additional information, and application instructions, are available at the job ad.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Jasmine Cho and "Cookie Activism: Using Sugar as a Platform for Social Justice" at Pittsburgh Humanities Festival, March 22.



Jasmine Cho will speak on "Cookie Activism: Using Sugar as a Platform for Social Justice" on March 22 as part of the 2020 Pittsburgh Humanities Festival.
Jasmine Cho will discuss her work as a baker based in Pittsburgh and how she uses the art of cookie making and decorating as a therapy and to promote Asian American representation. She creates intricate, hand-drawn cookie portraits of Asian American figures as a way to increase representation and raise awareness of Asian American history and identity.
The talk starts at 3:00 pm at the Trust Arts Education Center in the Cultural District (map) and tickets are available online.

Pitt's Chinese Affinity Group to host New Year's celebration, January 24.


via the Pitt News.

The University of Pittsburgh's Chinese Affinity Group will host a New Year's celebration on January 24. From the University Times:
Part of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion’s Pitt Communities, the Chinese Affinity Group will host a party from 6 to 10 p.m. Jan. 24 in the ballroom of the O’Hara Student Center.
The celebration will offer networking opportunities with representatives from other Pitt Communities and the Pitt Chinese Student and Scholar Association. Participants can expect games, dance performances and dinner from Sichuan Gourmet.
The event is free and open to the public. The O'Hara Student Center is located at 4024 O'Hara Street in Oakland (map).

Monday, January 20, 2020

New 4K restoration of Akira Kurosawa's Ran (乱) at Rangos Giant Cinema in May.



A new 4K restoration of the 1985 Akira Kurosawa film Ran (乱) will play at the Rangos Giant Cinema at the Carnegie Science Center on May 3. A 2010 Washington Post review summarizes:
Based on Shakespeare's "King Lear" and set in 16th-century feudal Japan, Akira Kurosawa's 1985 antiwar epic is almost over the top with betrayal, battle and blood. At times, the red stuff flows like paint from the brush of Jackson Pollock. It's an angry and expressive spurt of pigment, emblematic of the director's rage -- the title is the Japanese character for "chaos" or "fury" -- and not a realistic body fluid.
Tickets for the 3:30 pm show are 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.

2020 Chinese film The Rescue (紧急救援) in Pittsburgh, from January 24.



The 2020 Chinese film The Rescue (紧急救援) will play in Pittsburgh from January 24. From the distributor:
A serious accident occurred on an offshore drilling platform, which may sink at any time. All members of the Transportation Emergency Response Team heads to location the moment they hear the alarm. With the time counting down, captain Gao Qian (Peng Yuxi) leads the helicopters fly into the explosion and fiercely burning fire, targeting at the platform. Together with his team member and comrade, Zhao Cheng (Wang Yanlin), Gao Qian gets into the platform in the most dangerous way with only one goal – to save the survivors…
It will play 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.

Lunar New Year 2020 Cultural Festival, January 25 in Squirrel Hill.


via the Pittsburgh chapter of the Organization of Chinese Americans.

Pittsburgh's fifth annual Lunar New Year celebration will start on January 25 with a cultural festival in Squirrel Hill. It will run from 12:00 to 4:00 pm at St. Edmund's Academy and will feature martial arts performances, dances, food, crafts, and more. St. Edmunds Academy is located at 5705 Darlington Ave., next to the Jewish Community Center (map).

beabadoobee in Pittsburgh, March 30.


via @radvxz

beabadoobee will play at Thunderbird Café & Music Hall on March 30. NME wrote of her in October:
One of Britain’s most exciting and promising new acts, Beabadoobee’s brand new EP, ‘Space Cadet’, is a loud and uncompromising love letter to the ‘90s grunge and alt-rock scene, with a modern pop-edge. It’s catnip for a new generation of music lovers, like herself, crying out for a new breed of guitar hero.
Tickets for the 8:00 pm show are now available online. The Thunderbird Café & Music Hall is located at 4023 Butler St. in Lawrenceville (map).

Bong Joon-ho film Parasite (기생충) at Squirrel Hill's Manor Theater, through (at least) January 24.



The acclaimed 2019 Bong Joon-ho film Parasite (기생충) will play at the Squirrel Hill Manor Theater again through at least January 24. From the movie's official site:
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.
Tickets are now available online. It is currently playing at AMC Loews Waterfront through (at least) January 22, and will play at the Row House Cinema from January 31 through February 6 and local Cinemark Theaters February 3 through 9.

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Bong Joon-ho film Parasite (기생충) at local Cinemark theaters, February 3 through 9.



The acclaimed 2019 Bong Joon-ho film Parasite (기생충) will play at the Cinemark theaters in Robinson and the North Hills from February 3 through February 9 as part of its Oscar Movie Week. From the movie's official site:
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.
Tickets are available online. It is currently playing at AMC Loews Waterfront through (at least) January 22, and will play at the Row House Cinema from January 31 through February 6.

Friday, January 17, 2020

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Lunar New Year Celebration in Pitt's Global Hub, January 24.



The University of Pittsburgh's Asian Studies Center will host a Lunar New Year Celebration on January 24 with games, food, a photo booth, and more. It runs from 12:30 to 1:30 pm in the Global Hub on Posvar Hall's first floor (map).

It is one of several Lunar New Year's events at Pitt, in addition to the Vietnamese Student Association and Chinese American Student Association's event on the 18th, a festival with the School of Education on the 23th, and the Chinese Affinity Group's festival on the 24th.

Lunar New Year festival with Pitt's School of Education, January 23.



The University of Pittsburgh's School of Education will host a Lunar New Year festival on January 23. It runs from 12:30 to 2:30 pm at 234 McKee Place (map) and is free and open to the Pitt community.

More on the Chinese New Year Gala at North Allegheny Senior High School, January 18.



The Almanac talks with Susan Chang, president of the Chinese Association for Science and Technology – Pittsburgh Chapter, which is helping to organize a Chinese New Year Gala at North Allegheny Senior High School on January 18.
The groups’ annual Spring Festival features some high-profile visitors from China along with Pittsburgh-area performers.

“We are drawing more and more people to the event,” Chang said, noting that about 1,000 people attended last year at North Allegheny’s Marshall Middle School.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

2019 Makoto Shinkai film Weathering With You (天気の子) in Pittsburgh through (at least) January 22.



The 2019 Makoto Shinkai film Weathering With You (天気の子), which opened in Pittsburgh today, will continue through at least January 22. From the distributor:
GKIDS proudly presents the highly-anticipated new film from director Makoto Shinkai and producer Genki Kawamura, the creative team behind the critically-acclaimed, global smash hit Your Name. The summer of his high school freshman year, Hodaka runs away from his remote island home to Tokyo, and quickly finds himself pushed to his financial and personal limits. The weather is unusually gloomy and rainy every day, as if to suggest his future. He lives his days in isolation, but finally finds work as a writer for a mysterious occult magazine. Then one day, Hodaka meets Hina on a busy street corner. This bright and strong-willed girl possesses a strange and wonderful ability: the power to stop the rain and clear the sky…
After its initial run at the AMC Loews Waterfront, Southside Works Cinema, and Cinemark in Monroeville, North Hills, Pittsburgh Mills, and Robinson on the 15th and 16th, it will continue at the AMC Loews Waterfront through the 22nd. Tickets for those shows are available online via Fandango.

Calligraphy Meetup: Writing with Japanese Sumi Ink, January 19 at Ace Hotel.



This month's Calligraphy Meetup with the Calligraphy Guild of Pittsburgh will focus on writing with Japanese Sumi Ink. It runs from 2:30 to 5:00 pm at the Ace Hotel in East Liberty (map), and the cost is $5.