Friday, January 29, 2021

"Global Issues Through Literature: To Swim Across the World by Frances Park & Ginger Park," February 18 at Pitt.


The University of Pittsburgh's Asian Studies Center will host a discussion of the novel To Swim Across the World by Frances Park & Ginger Park on February 18. An overview of the reading group:
This reading group for educators explores literary texts from a global perspective. Content specialists present the work and its context, and together we brainstorm innovative pedagogical practices for incorporating the text and its themes into the curriculum. Sessions this year will take place virtually on Thursday evenings from 5-7:30 PM. Books and Act 48 credit are provided.
And a synopsis of the book, from the authors' website:
Adult/YA: To Swim Across the World is inspired by the lives of the authors’ parents. Frances Park and Ginger Park’s deeply affecting novel is based on the true story of a boy and a girl from opposite ends of the Korean peninsula who endure the Japanese Occupation, the division of their country, and, ultimately, the Korean War.

It is 1941, and Japan occupies Korea. For Sei-Young Shin, a young man from a poor family in the rural south, it is a time of oppression. Life is gentler for Heisook Pang, the daughter of a prominent minister in a northern city. In the aftermath of World War II, the power of Communism grows in the north and Heisook’s future is in peril. She makes a daring escape, slipping into the south where she meets Sei-Young, an encounter that will bond them for life.

History and its changes influence Sei-Young and Heisook in different ways, but their stories share sacrifice, tragedy, and love. Precisely and beautifully written, To Swim Across the World is a moving vision of a country’s terrible and recent past, and an intimate account of the interlocking of two lives, and two destinies.
The discussion will take place on Zoom from 5:00 to 7:30 pm and advance registration is required.

1957 film Sumpah Pontianak online with Pitt's Asian Studies Center, February 3.


The University of Pittsburgh's Asian Studies Center will present the 1957 film Sumpah Pontianak on February 3 as part of its Pontianak Film Series.
Third in the series of schlocky films from the 50s. The first Pontianak film appeared in 1957 Singaporean Malay horror film directed by Indian film director B.N. Rao starring Maria Menado and M. Amin. Based on the Malay folktales of a blood-sucking ghost born from a woman who dies in childbirth. The smash hit premiered on 27 April 1957 and screened for almost three months at the local Cathay cinemas. Its success spawned two other sequels, Dendam Pontianak (Revenge of the Pontianak, 1957) and Sumpah Pontianak (Curse of the Pontianak, 1958). It is also said to have launched the Pontianak genre in Singapore and Malaysia, with rival Shaw producing its own Pontianak trilogy and several movies of the same genre were also made in Malaysia.
The movie starts on Vimeo at 7:00 pm, and registration is required.

Thursday, January 28, 2021

2020 Goro Miyazaki film Earwig and the Witch (アーヤと魔女) in Pittsburgh, February 3 to 7.


The 2020 Goro Miyazaki film Earwig and the Witch (アーヤと魔女) will play in Pittsburgh-area theaters from February 3 through 7. A synopsis, from the distributor:
Growing up in an orphanage in the British countryside, Earwig has no idea that her mother had magical powers. Her life changes dramatically when a strange couple takes her in, and she is forced to live with a selfish witch. As the headstrong young girl sets out to uncover the secrets of her new guardians, she discovers a world of spells and potions, and a mysterious song that may be the key to finding the family she has always wanted.
It is currently scheduled to play at the Cinemark theaters in Monroeville and the North Hills on the 3rd and 4th, the Waterworks Cinema and Cranberry Cinema the 3rdh through 6th, and the AMC theaters in Sarver, South Park, and the Waterfront on the 5th, 6th, and 7th. Tickets are available online; note that some dates are in Japanese with English subtitles while others are dubbed in English.

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Pitt hiring Digital Marketing Manger, bilingual in Chinese preferred.

The University of Pittsburgh is hiring a Digital Marketing Manger, with a preference for someone bilingual in Spanish or Chinese and English.
The Digital Marketing Manager will support the marketing and communications of the University of Pittsburgh's Office of Admissions and Financial Aid (OAFA), reporting to the Director of Marketing Communications. The role requires an in-depth understanding of and a passion for digital marketing, content creation, website and SEO management, social media marketing, and email/sms marketing, preferably for higher education. The ideal candidate will have professional experience working with website content management systems, social media platforms, and salesforce marketing cloud within a marketing and communications framework. Applicants should have experience with campaign planning, data-driven decision making, creative problem solving, and project management. The role will assist with developing strategic, omnichannel campaigns with shifting priorities under multiple deadlines. Teamwork will be essential as the candidate will collaborate with teammates to brainstorm, produce, create, and distribute digital content to key target audiences. Knowledge of Google Analytics and data-driven decision-making for SEO, website management, social, email, and all marketing channels utilized by the Marketing Communications team will be crucial for this role.

The incumbent will have a passion for marketing and will immerse themselves in the conversation with key audiences, competitors, and partners under the direction of the Director of Marketing Communications and in alignment with, and support of, OAFA and University goals and communication standards. The Digital Marketing Manager will proactively collaborate with all business units within OAFA and around the University to develop and manage digital content, including writing, proofreading, editing, and organizing content to ensure it is current, accurate, succinct, clear, and effective. It is preferred that the candidate be bilingual with fluency in Spanish or Chinese to assist in creating and translating marketing materials for target populations. The incumbent will also interact with various levels within or outside the University, including Deans, Directors, and Department Heads. This interaction may include interpreting and explaining ideas and concepts as well as solving problems and coordinating projects. The results of actions by the incumbent may have a significant, sometimes financial, impact on a department's operations.
More information and application instructions are available via the Pitt employment website.

Pad Thai Noodle opening soon in Oakland; N. Craig St. storefront changes hands yet again.


Pad Thai Noodle will soon open at 256 N. Craig St. in Oakland. It is run by the same couple who opened Street Noodles on the South Side in October (and who ran Golden Land Asian Cuisine the last few years until its reecent closure).

This particular location has changed hands numerous times over the past few years. It was Chiang Mai Noodle from August 2020 until recently; a different Pad Thai Noodle from August 2019; and a quick succession of Tan Lac Vien Express, Ana's Vietnamese Cuisine, and Miss Saigon 88 between 2012 and 2018.

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

"Baking Love Letter Cookies with Jasmine Cho," online on February 6.


NextPittsburgh shares news of an online baking event for kids on February 6.
Kidsburgh and Remake Learning Days are thrilled to present a series of baking events with Jasmine Cho. In this virtual session, learn to make "love letter cookies." These breakable cookies unveil hidden messages inside — a cookie that is sure to delight that special someone for Valentine's Day!

This event is free! However, you will need to provide your own baking supplies and ingredients. Upon registration, the recipe and Zoom meeting link will be emailed to you. We welcome interaction with kids and happily take questions.

Jasmine M. Cho is a Pittsburgh-based artist, author, and cookie activist most known for using portrait cookies to elevate representation for Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders. She is also a Food Network Champion (“Christmas Cookie Challenge” Season 3, Episode 8) and the Founder of Yummyholic. To learn more about Ms. Cho, please visit www.jasminemcho.com.
Online registration is free.

Mai Khoi and Bad Activist, free with Pitt Arts, January 27.

via mai-khoi.com

Vietnamese artist and activist Mai Khoi will perform Bad Activist on January 27 as part of Pitt Arts' Artful Wednesdays.
Bad Activist is an autobiographical performance piece, combining storytelling with state-of-the-art music performance. The narrative charts the extraordinary trajectory of Mai Khoi’s life. Khoi becomes a celebrated pop star in Vietnam. Bad Activist explores both the actual historic events of the artist’s life, as well as the subconscious dream worlds that have fueled her work.
She is also profiled in a WESA.fm piece on the 19th:
Mai ended up in Pittsburgh this fall thanks to the Artist Protection Fund, a program of the International Free Expression Project. The APF contacted Pitt’s Global Studies Center about hosting her. She was accepted into the Center’s Scholars at Risk program. While she’s not technically a scholar, “she’s really in the thick of a bunch of issues which as recent events underscore again, are just the essential issues of our political moment,” said Michael Goodhart, the political science professor who created the program.
The Pitt Arts performance begins at 12:00 pm on the 27th and will be streamed for free on Youtube.

Monday, January 25, 2021

2020 Chinese film The Rescue (紧急救援) continues in Pittsburgh through February 1.


The 2020 Chinese film The Rescue (紧急救援), which opened in Pittsburgh on January 22, will continue here through at least February 1. A synopsis, 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 locally at the AMC Loews Waterfront and tickets are available online. 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.

"Here's a new one for the Strip: sushi in a grocery store": (Pre-)Chaya in the Strip.

If you watch the 1996 Rick Sebak documentary "The Strip Show" on WQED you might see a familiar face setting up a stand in the Strip District. Before opening Chaya in Squirrel Hill in 2001, Fumio Yasuzawa and his wife, Jackie (pictured above), operated a stand at Sambok, an Asian grocery in the Strip District. He was photographed for a 1999 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article on local sushi offerings:
Several call themselves the most authentic. Fumio Yasuzawa's sidewalk ad reads "Tokyo trained," which is the equivalent of the UL label on electrical appliances. His devoted fans call him Yasu, and he works in what's undoubtedly the smallest space of any sushi chef in the city -- a closet-sized nook just inside the door of New Sambok Oriental Foods in The Strip.
He opened this stand in 1998, as documented by the Post-Gazette:
Here's a new one for the Strip: a sushi bar at a grocery store.

Sambok, the Oriental food store at 1737 Penn Avel., has hired a Tokyo-trained sushi chef to make the tekka maki, California roll, and other sushi and sashim specialities at the sushi bar. It's open Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. On Saturday, the big day in the Strip, it opens a half hour earlier. On Sunday, it's closed.

The chef is Fumo "Yasu" Yasuzawa, who has worked at the Hotel Kitano in New York City and the River Vale Country Club and Fort Lee Hilton in New Jersey. The New Sambok Sushi Bar, as it's called, and the chef also will come to your wedding, dinner party or whatever. Rent-a-Sushi Bar, the new service is called.
Chaya announced last week that it will close at the end of this month.

Friday, January 22, 2021

Screening and discussion of Keep Saray Home at Pitt for its APIA Month, January 26.


The University of Pittsburgh is recognizing Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Month in January---as there is little campus activity during May---and an Asian Pacific Islander Senate has recently formed there. One of its events this month is a screening of the short documentary Keep Saray Home with a Q&A with filmmakers on January 26. A synopsis, from the film's official site:
ICE doesn’t just separate families at the border. In the outskirts of Boston, three families face the impending threat of deportation. But as refugees from Cambodia and Vietnam, they know they’ll have to fight together to stay together.
The event takes place on Zoom from 7:00 pm and is free and open to the public.

Kazuo Ishiguro with Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures, April 15.


Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures will present British author Kazuo Ishiguro on April 15 as part of its "New and Noted" series.
Klara and the Sun, the first novel by Kazuo Ishiguro since he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, tells the story of Klara, an Artificial Friend with outstanding observational qualities, who, from her place in the store, watches carefully the behavior of those who come in to browse, and of those who pass on the street outside. She remains hopeful a customer will soon choose her.

Klara and the Sun is a thrilling book that offers a look at our changing world through the eyes of an unforgettable narrator, and one that explores the fundamental question: what does it mean to love?

Ishiguro’s eight previous works of fiction have earned him many honors around the world, including the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2017 and the Booker Prize. His work has been translated into over fifty languages, and The Remains of the Day and Never Let Me Go, both made into acclaimed films, have each sold more than 2 million copies. He was given a knighthood in 2018 for Services to Literature. He also holds the decorations of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from France and the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star from Japan.
Tickets for the online event are $36 and include a copy of Klara and the Sun; the first 250 registrants will receive a signed bookplate.

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Chaya to close for good, January 30.

Chaya, the acclaimed Japanese restaurant in Squirrel Hill, announced yesterday it will close its doors for good on January 30 2021.

"Asian Video Cultures" with Joshua Neves, January 27 at Pitt.


The University of Pittsburgh's Asian Studies Center will present Dr. Joshua Neves and his talk "Asian Video Cultures" on January 27, the first installment of this term's (virtual) Asia Pop Series. A synopsis of the book whence the title of the talk comes:
The contributors to this volume theorize Asian video cultures in the context of social movements, market economies, and local popular cultures to complicate notions of the Asian experience of global media. Whether discussing video platforms in Japan and Indonesia, K-pop reception videos, amateur music videos circulated via microSD cards in India, or the censorship of Bollywood films in Nigeria, the essays trace the myriad ways Asian video reshapes media politics and aesthetic practices. While many influential commentators overlook, denounce, and trivialize Asian video, the contributors here show how it belongs to the shifting core of contemporary global media, thereby moving conversations about Asian media beyond static East-West imaginaries, residual Cold War mentalities, triumphalist declarations about resurgent Asias, and budding jingoisms. In so doing, they write Asia's vibrant media practices into the mainstream of global media and cultural theories while challenging and complicating hegemonic ideas about the global as well as digital media.
The online talk starts at 6:30 pm and is free and open to the public, though registration is required.

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Mai Khoi and Bad Activist with Pitt Arts, January 27.

via mai-khoi.com

Vietnamese artist and activist Mai Khoi will perform Bad Activist on January 27 as part of Pitt Arts' Artful Wednesdays.
Bad Activist is an autobiographical performance piece, combining storytelling with state-of-the-art music performance. The narrative charts the extraordinary trajectory of Mai Khoi’s life. Khoi becomes a celebrated pop star in Vietnam. Bad Activist explores both the actual historic events of the artist’s life, as well as the subconscious dream worlds that have fueled her work.
She is also profiled in a WESA.fm piece today:
Mai ended up in Pittsburgh this fall thanks to the Artist Protection Fund, a program of the International Free Expression Project. The APF contacted Pitt’s Global Studies Center about hosting her. She was accepted into the Center’s Scholars at Risk program. While she’s not technically a scholar, “she’s really in the thick of a bunch of issues which as recent events underscore again, are just the essential issues of our political moment,” said Michael Goodhart, the political science professor who created the program.
The Pitt Arts performance begins at 12:00 pm on the 27th and will be streamed on Youtube.

Monday, January 18, 2021

2020 Chinese film The Rescue (紧急救援) in Pittsburgh from January 22.


The 2020 Chinese film The Rescue (紧急救援) will play in Pittsburgh from January 22. A synopsis, 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 locally at the AMC Loews Waterfront and tickets are available online. 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.

Online presentation of documentary Edo Avant Garde, January 21 with Pitt's Asian Studies Center.


The University of Pittsburgh's Asian Studies Center will host an online screening of the 2019 documentary Edo Avant Garde, along with a discussion with the director, on January 21.
Edo Avant-Garde reveals the untold story of the vital role Japanese artists of the Edo era (1603 – 1868) played in developing “modern art.” During the Edo era, Japan prospered in peaceful isolation from Western powers, while audacious artists innovated abstraction, minimalism, surrealism and the illusion of 3-D. Their originality is most striking in images of the natural world depicted with gold leaf on large-scale folding screens that anticipate 20th century installation art. In groundbreaking interviews with scholars and priests, the film traces the artists' original visions to their reverence for nature, inspired by Buddhism and Shinto animism.
The event begins at 7:00 pm with an introduction by director Linda Hoaglund; the movie begins at 7:15 and is followed by a discussion with Hoaglund at 8:45 pm. The event is free and open to the public but registration is required.

Friday, January 15, 2021

Pitt purchases "Love Tea" building in Oakland; eventual fate of cafe unknown.



The University of Pittsburgh's University Times reports today the school purchased 229 Atwood St., currently home to Love Tea, in December for $2.1 million.
"The university is currently reviewing options for future potential development at this location," a Pitt spokesman said.
The former office supplies store was first Love Yogurt, then Love Ramen, and as of September 2019, Love Tea. In its own way it's been a bellwether of dining trends, as first a frozen yogurt chain, then a build-your-own noodle bar, and finally a bubble tea place.

As the Pittsburgh Business Times source article notes, the university's master plan involves building student housing in the area currently occupied by it and Bouquet Gardens.

"'Authors and Anecdotes' Book Club: Featuring Caroline Kim," February 11 at Pitt.

via @carolinewriting

The University of Pittsburgh will present "'Authors and Anecdotes' Book Club: Featuring Caroline Kim" on February 11.
Join this week's featured author, Caroline Kim, the 2020 Drue Heinz Literary Prize winner for our featured book, The Prince of Mournful Thoughts and Other Stories.

Exploring what it means to be human through the Korean diaspora, Caroline Kim’s stories feature many voices. With humor, insight, and curiosity, Kim’s wide-ranging stories explore themes of culture, communication, travel, and family. Ultimately, what unites these characters in the book across time and distance is their longing for human connection and a search for the place—or people—that will feel like home.

Click HERE to be directed to the University of Pittsburgh Press website to learn more about The Prince of Moral Thoughts and Other Stories. Purchasing options for the book is available on this site, and it can also be purchased at any independent bookstore of your choice. (While we encourage you to read the books ahead of time it is not a requirement to participate in the series.)

Join our special guest host, Chloe Wertz, Publicist at the University of Pittsburgh Press, as we not only discuss her book, but also dive into Kim's personal literature collection, her favorite readings, and participate in a live Q&A!

5 random attendees to this book club session will receive a free copy of The Prince of Moral Thoughts and Other Stories, courtesy of the University of Pittsburgh Press!
The event starts at 12:00 pm and is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

Thursday, January 14, 2021

1957 film Sumpah Pontianak online with Pitt's Asian Studies Center, February 3.


The University of Pittsburgh's Asian Studies Center will present the 1957 film Sumpah Pontianak on February 3 as part of its Pontianak Film Series.
Third in the series of schlocky films from the 50s. The first Pontianak film appeared in 1957 Singaporean Malay horror film directed by Indian film director B.N. Rao starring Maria Menado and M. Amin. Based on the Malay folktales of a blood-sucking ghost born from a woman who dies in childbirth. The smash hit premiered on 27 April 1957 and screened for almost three months at the local Cathay cinemas. Its success spawned two other sequels, Dendam Pontianak (Revenge of the Pontianak, 1957) and Sumpah Pontianak (Curse of the Pontianak, 1958). It is also said to have launched the Pontianak genre in Singapore and Malaysia, with rival Shaw producing its own Pontianak trilogy and several movies of the same genre were also made in Malaysia.
The movie starts on Vimeo at 7:00 pm, though registration information is not yet available.

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

2020 Goro Miyazaki film Earwig and the Witch (アーヤと魔女) in Pittsburgh, February 3 and 4.


The 2020 Goro Miyazaki film Earwig and the Witch (アーヤと魔女) will play in Pittsburgh-area theaters on February 3 and 4. A synopsis, from the distributor:
Growing up in an orphanage in the British countryside, Earwig has no idea that her mother had magical powers. Her life changes dramatically when a strange couple takes her in, and she is forced to live with a selfish witch. As the headstrong young girl sets out to uncover the secrets of her new guardians, she discovers a world of spells and potions, and a mysterious song that may be the key to finding the family she has always wanted.
It is currently scheduled to play at the Cinemark theaters in Monroeville and North Hills, with tickets available online via Fandango. The February 3 shows are dubbed in English while the February 4 shows are in Japanese with English subtitles.

Monday, January 11, 2021

Fantuan / Just Order Enterprises Corp. (饭团) hiring Mandarin-speaking Business Developer.

Fantuan, a delivery service catering to Asian restaurants and groceries that expanded to Pittsburgh over the summer, is again hiring Mandarin-speaking Business Developers.
Full Job Description

Fantuan was founded in Vancouver, Canada in 2014. With a mission of “life made easier,” the company is a one-stop platform providing food delivery (Fantuan Delivery), reviews (Fantuan Reviews), an errand service (Fantuan Rush), e-commerce and marketing services. Fantuan is one of the top Asian life-services platforms in North America, currently operating across Vancouver, Toronto, Edmonton, Calgary, Montreal, Seattle, Los Angeles, New York and other metropolitan areas in Canada and the US.

Responsibilities

  • Actively develop business partners and maintain relationships with existing businesses
  • Correctly instruct customers to register, install and use merchant app
  • Responsible for the offline promotions
  • Complete specified monthly tasks on time

Matcha-flavored popcorn with Row House Cinema, March 11.


Matcha Popcorn is available for pre-order through Row House Cinema:
Ah remember the days when we thought the 2021 Japanese Film Fest would happen. Crazy times! Instead, we'll be celebrating with some Japanese-inspired popcorn made with Steel City Salt Company's Matcha Salt.

"In Conversation Online: Dawoud Bey and An-My Lê," January 16 with Carnegie Museum of Art.

via anmyle.com.

The Carneige Museum of Art will present "In Conversation Online: Dawoud Bey and An-My Lê" online on January 16 in the final weekend of Lê's exhibition On Contested Terrain.
Join artists Dawoud Bey and An-My Lê for a conversation on the occasion of the closing weekend of the exhibition An-My Lê: On Contested Terrain.

Both artists work with scale, representation, memory, lived experience, and the traces of history in landscape. The recent turn to this subject in Bey's work connects with Lê's longstanding interest in the genre and reunites these MacArthur Fellows more than 25 years after their graduation from the MFA program at Yale University in 1993. Learn about where their careers have traveled since that time and what they have in store for the future.
The online event runs from 12:00 to 1:10 pm and is priced at pay-what-you-wish. Registration can be completed online.

Saturday, January 9, 2021

Oriental Market moving up the road to Old McKnight Road and the former David's Bridal.

Work is underway on Old McKnight Road in the North Hills on a new location for Oriental Market, an Asian grocery that operated a little further south on McKnight Road since 2011. A reader sends this photo of this building at 7300 Old McKnight Road (map), which used to house David's Bridal.

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Ineffable Cà Phê owner and family opening Phat's bar in Oakland this month.

via @phats418

Phat's is scheduled to open on Semple St. in Oakland on January 21, 2021. It's located at 418 Semple in the spot formerly occupied by Panther House Bar & Grill. It will be owned and run by the family behind Ineffable Cà Phê, a Vietnamese cafe that opened in Lawrenceville in 2017.

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Atarashi, formerly known as Sushi Fuku, to open a South Hills location this spring.


Atarashi, the new name of the small Oakland chain formerly known as Sushi Fuku, aims to open a South Hills location in May 2021. It will be located at 1720 Washington Rd. (map), across the street from South Hills Village Mall.

Two of the Sushi Fuku locations in Oakland rebranded as Atarashi---meaning new in Japanese---in August; the South Craig St. location split with ownership and retains the Sushi Fuku name.

Lawrenceville's Pusadee's Garden reopens on January 5; in-person dining by reservation only.

by Hal B. Klein for Pittsburgh Magazine.

Pusadee's Garden in Lawrenceville has reopened as of yesterday and is taking in-person diners by online advance reservationo only. The restaurant closed at the end of 2017 for renovations and was originally scheduled to open on December 3, but delays related to COVID-19 pushed the opening back. It is located at 5319 Butler St. (map).

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

芋见BAO now open in Oakland, offering dim sum, noodle dishes, bubble tea, and more.

芋见BAO has now opened in Oakland, in the spot formerly occupied by Night Market Gourmet and TOP Shabu Shabu. The old Night Market Gourmet website points to the new restaurant, where the menu offers a variety of dim sum, dumplings, noodle dishes, bubble tea, and more; the new website is meetbaopgh.com and online ordering is available. It is located at 114 Atwood St. (map).

Shadyside rental company hiring Mandarin-speaking office aide.

A Shadyside rental company is hiring a Mandarin-speaking office aide for an apartment complex.
Chinese (Mandarin native fluency) speaking office help needed in busy apartment rental office.

Typical duties include:

Answering telephones

Helping customers with needs

Posting advertisements

Scheduling appointments

General office tasks

Helping show apartments to customers

Please email this office with your resume.

Thanks!

Job Type: Full-time Salary: $18.00 - $21.00 per hour

Sunday, January 3, 2021

Online presentation of documentary Edo Avant Garde, January 21 with Pitt's Asian Studies Center.


The University of Pittsburgh's Asian Studies Center will host an online screening of the 2019 documentary Edo Avant Garde, along with a discussion with the director, on January 21.
Edo Avant-Garde reveals the untold story of the vital role Japanese artists of the Edo era (1603 – 1868) played in developing “modern art.” During the Edo era, Japan prospered in peaceful isolation from Western powers, while audacious artists innovated abstraction, minimalism, surrealism and the illusion of 3-D. Their originality is most striking in images of the natural world depicted with gold leaf on large-scale folding screens that anticipate 20th century installation art. In groundbreaking interviews with scholars and priests, the film traces the artists' original visions to their reverence for nature, inspired by Buddhism and Shinto animism.
The event begins at 7:00 pm with an introduction by director Linda Hoaglund; the movie begins at 7:15 and is followed by a discussion with Hoaglund at 8:45 pm. The event is free and open to the public but registration is required.

Friday, January 1, 2021

Work progresses on new "Chat Time" in Squirrel Hill, but it's bubble tea is coming soon.


In November, signage went up for "Chatime" in Squirrel Hill, though December paperwork says the restaurant and bubble tea shop will be called "Chat Time." It passed a December 7 health department inspection, and has put up a menu online, though work progreses. It will be located at 5867 Forbes Ave (map), in what was most recently Capriccio Boutique.