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.