Sunday, May 30, 2021

Fantuan / Just Order Enterprises Corp. (饭团) hiring Mandarin-speaking Operations Manager (送餐部经理).


Just Order Enterprises (also known as Fantuan), is a delivery service catering to Asian restaurants and groceries that expanded to Pittsburgh last summer, is again hiring Mandarin-speaking Operations Manager.

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.

For more positions, please click https://fantuan.ca/en/jobs/

Responsibilities

· Assist recruitment, training, performance appraisal of the delivery team

· Analyze and statistic data to improve the efficiency of the delivery team and user experience

· Dealing with unexpected situations during daily operations

· Complete tasks assigned by other supervisors

Requirements:

· Good at innovation and manage team

· Strong communication, coordination and organizational skills

· Strong executive and promotion ability

· Responsible and purposeful, able to suffer from pressure and challenges

饭团是一家北美互联网生活服务公司,主要业务包括饭团外卖、饭团点评、饭团跑腿,结合中式优质服务与北美先进大数据技术,以互联网思维推动生活服务行业变革。 目前,饭团已覆盖温哥华、多伦多、卡尔加里、蒙特利尔,西雅图,洛杉矶,纽约等加拿大及美国主要城市,为海外华人乃至所有海外消费者提供更加便捷、高效、智能的生活服务

Friday, May 28, 2021

2020 Korean-American film Minari remains in Pittsburgh through (at least) June 3.


The 2020 Korean-American film Minari, which first opened in Pittsburgh on February 11, will remain here through at least June 3. A synopsis, from the distributor:
A tender and sweeping story about what roots us, Minari follows a Korean-American family that moves to an Arkansas farm in search of their own American Dream. The family home changes completely with the arrival of their sly, foul-mouthed, but incredibly loving grandmother. Amidst the instability and challenges of this new life in the rugged Ozarks, Minari shows the undeniable resilience of family and what really makes a home.
It will continue at the Manor Theatre in Squirrel Hill (map), and tickets are available online.

SCREENSHOT:ASIA Film Festival coming in October.


The University of Pittsburgh's Asian Studies Center will host the first SCREENSHOT:ASIA Film Festival from October 6 through 10th. It has already announced a screening of Who Killed Vincent Chin? and a discussion of Asian horror.

A brief summary of the festival and its ambitions:
The Festival brings together students, faculty, long-term Pittsburghers, and recently arrived residents. By screening films from across Asia, we hope to create a dialog based on shared cinematic experiences, letting our audiences learn about and embrace different cultures, peoples, and ways of being in the world. Asian residents are the fastest-growing ethnic community in Pittsburgh; new arrivals include Asian and Asian American students who stay after graduation; professionals brought in by tech, biomedical, and other emerging industries, and refugee communities from Bhutan, Iraq, and Syria. By partnering with community groups—including nationality rooms and other local festivals—we will encourage on and off-campus investment in the success of the events. Additionally, screenings will bring new populations to campus, giving residents who may not know the University their first on-campus experience.

The project is also a way to engage students in practical, professional arts programming experience. Through internships, participation in the ‘Film Festivals’ course, and volunteering, students will learn how to create and execute a high level, city-wide programming event. Students will be part of all committees and areas of engagement. They will help decide which films should be screened, make decisions on graphics and marketing, and work with filmmakers, distributors, and theaters. The project allows students to learn on the ground project management.

By screening films by lesser-known artists from overseas and emerging Asian American film professionals, the Screenshot: Asia Film Festival will impact our participants and audiences in several crucial ways: firstly, it will help our audiences understand marginalized experiences inside and outside of the United States and consider the unique challenges to minority filmmakers. Secondly Screenshot: Asia will provide a space for Asian and other minority film students to meet and learn from underrepresented filmmakers from the U.S. and abroad. We know that representation matters and learning about minority professionals encourages students of color to participate in the industry. By creating networking sessions and filmmaker discussions with students, the program will help bridge the gap between potential women and minority filmmakers and the industry.
The festival was supposed to debut last fall but COVID cancelled those plans. It will succeed and expand upon the long-running Silk Screen Asian American Film Festival, which ceased operations in 2018 after rampant sexual harassment by its director was exposed.

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Asian Lantern Festival at Pittsburgh Zoo, August 14 through October 30.


The Pittsburgh Zoo will hold its first Asian Lantern Festival from August 14 through October 30.
The Zoo will embark on a bold new adventure in 2021 with the opening of the Asian Lantern Festival at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, an evening experience that will shine a light on conservation, community, and diversity.

Select nights from Saturday, August 14 through Saturday, October 30, the Zoo will illuminate the city with the glow of colossal, wildlife-themed, handcrafted lanterns.

These towering steel and silk sculptures will encompass three connected themes: the Zoo, our global species conservation partnerships, and Asian culture.

As dusk settles in, the lanterns will begin to glow. Revelers will stroll the winding pathways of the Zoo, pausing to admire the beautiful lights, experience awe-inspiring entertainment, and discover the cultural diversity of our region.

The Asian Lantern Festival is a family-friendly nighttime event that requires a separate ticket from Zoo daytime admission. Pricing and details below.

Check back in July to get your tickets! Member pre-sale begins Thursday, July 1. General ticketing begins Friday, July 8.
I've written about paper lantern festivals before, and how Pittsburgh should host one on its rivers, most recently in December.

"Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Cook-Along: Building Power One Meal at a Time," (online) May 27 and June 5.


APALA Pittsburgh presents a two-part Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Cook-Along with local AAPI chefs, online on May 27 and June 5.
We will have one cookalong on May 27 at 6pm Eastern Time where Itha Cao from The Hungry Cao will share her dumpling recipe, and another cookalong on June 5th at 6pm Eastern Time where Teodora Schipper from the Filipino American Association of Pittsburgh will show us how to make chicken afritada.
All ticket sale and proceeds from the event will go to APALA Pittsburgh's COVID cash assistance fund that will support Asian, Asian American or Pacific Islander workers who experience hardship and are excluded from federal relief programs.

Last year APALA Pittsburgh distributed $65,400 in cash assistance to more than 70 families. We provided relief for restaurant workers who were laid off of faced heavily reduced hours but were unable to file for unemployment or receive stimulus checks. We provided relief for graduate student workers who continued to prep for classes and teach undergraduate students but lost part of their income.
Registration is required and the events are free, though donations are encouraged.

Stop Asian Hate rally, raffle, dance party, May 29th in Point Breeze.


The Asian Solidarity Alliance will present "a rally to celebrate AAPI culture and bring light to the increasing violence that Asians are facing in this country" on May 29th, with a rally, fundraiser, and dance party. It starts at 4:00 pm at Westinghouse Park in Point Breeze (map).

2020 Japanese movie Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train (劇場版「鬼滅の刃」 無限列車編) remains in Pittsburgh through June 2.


The 2020 Japanese animated movie Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train (劇場版「鬼滅の刃」 無限列車編), which opened in Pittsburgh on April 22, will remain here through at least June 2. A synopsis of the top-grossing film in Japan last year, from the theaters:
Tanjiro Kamado, joined with Inosuke Hashibira, a boy raised by boars who wears a boar's head, and Zenitsu Agatsuma, a scared boy who reveals his true power when he sleeps, board the Infinity Train on a new mission with the Fire Pillar, Kyojuro Rengoku, to defeat a demon who has been tormenting the people and killing the demon slayers who oppose it!
It will play locally at numerous local theaters, depending on the day, including AMC Loews Waterfront, AMC South Hills Village, Cranberry Cinemas, the Cinemark theaters in Monroeville and Robinson, and the Chartiers Valley Luxury 14. Tickets are available online.

"Asian and Pacific Islander Scholars: Experiences and Brilliance of Asian Postdocs and Faculty at Pitt," May 27.

The University of Pittsburgh Postdoctoral Association will present the next installment in its "Our Brilliance: Underrepresented Postdoctoral Scholars" series, "Asian and Pacific Islander Scholars: Experiences and Brilliance of Asian Postdocs and Faculty at Pitt."
The program - Our Brilliance: Asian and Pacific Islander Scholars: Experiences and Brilliance of Asian Postdocs and Faculty at Pitt - will feature a panel of community members who will share reflections on the accomplishments and experiences of Asian and Pacific Islander researchers here at Pitt and across academia.
The online event starts at 3:00 pm and is free, but registration is required.

Saturday, May 22, 2021

Asian American Heritage Month Celebration with Jasmine Cho and Allegheny County Bar Association, May 26.


The Allegheny County Bar Association will host Jasmine Cho for an online Asian American Heritage Month Celebration on May 26.
All members are invited to join the ACBA Asian Attorneys Committee to celebrate Asian American Heritage month with special guest Jasmine Cho, a Pittsburgh-based artist, author and “cookie activist”. She is most known for using portrait cookies to elevate representation for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. She is also a Food Network Champion (“Christmas Cookie Challenge” Season 3, Episode 8) and the Founder of Yummyholic. During this networking session, Cho will discuss and demonstrate her work. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required here.
The event starts at 5:30 pm and registration is required.

Friday, May 21, 2021

"Lessons in building civic leadership in Japan," online on May 25.


Kanoko Kamata from the University of Pittsburgh's Department of Sociology is among the panelists speaking at "Lessons in building civic leadership in Japan" on May 25.
In our first session of the Organizations Learn series, we’ll be joined by Kanoko Kamata, Akira Nakajima, Toor Kuzumaki, and Ryutaro Arakawa from Community Organizing Japan 特定非営利活動法人コミュニティ・オーガナイジング・ジャパン (COJ). They will share lessons from their journey seeding and growing campaigns in a society with a strong stigma against social activism, and how they strategically built pathways to move people to action.
The event runs from 8:00 to 9:30 am ET---9:00 to 10:30 pm JST---and will have portions in Japanese with English translation. The cost is $10 for the general public, and registration by 11:59 on the 24th is required.

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Shogun Assassin, which replaced the cancelled screening of Jet Li's Fearless at Carrie Carpool Cinema on May 22, has been cancelled.


The 1980 movie Shogun Assassin, scheduled to play at Carrie Furnace's Carrie Carpool Cinema on May 22nd, has been cancelled. It replaced the Jet Li film Fearless originally scheduled to play in that slot.

"Race, Faith and Health: Generations of Activism," May 26 at Pitt.

Church in Yeosu, South Korea, 2009.

The University of Pittsburgh's Office of Health Sciences Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion office presents "Race, Faith and Health: Generations of Activism" on May 26.
WEBINAR: In observance of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and Jewish Heritage Month, this dialogue, moderated by Emiola Jay Oriola, Program Manager, Office of Interfaith Dialogue and Engagement, will bring together prominent members of the Jewish and Asian American communities to discuss activism in America spanning the generations.
The event runs from 12:00 to 1:30 pm and registration is required.

Minari with Tull Family Theater and Pitt's Asian Studies Center, May 26.


The University of Pittsburgh's Asian Studies Center will present a screening of Minari at the Tull Family Theater on May 26.
Join us for a special screening of the award-winning film Minari on Wednesday May 26, 2021 in honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage month at the Tull Family Theater. Doors open at 6:00 pm. Film starts at 6:30 pm. A limited number of tickets are available.
Registration is required. The Tull Family Theater is located at 418 Walnut St. in Sewickley (map).

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Pittsburgh-based WholeRen Education (美国厚仁教育集团) hiring Mandarin-speaking Educational Consultant (留学咨询顾问)



Pittsburgh-based Chinese education consulting and placement firm WholeRen Education (美国厚仁教育集团) has announced an opening for a Mandarin-speaking Educational Consultant (留学咨询顾问).

美国厚仁教育成立于 2010 年,由匹兹堡公立学区前总监 Brian White 白泊恩博士创建,总部设立于美国第二大教育资源集群地宾州匹兹堡市。美国厚仁教育专注于提供基于美国的教育服务,包括名校转学、开除应对、学术 辅导、融入学术主流、青少年奖项规划、浸入式教育体验,是最了解美中教育差异的专家,指导留美学生成功的 导师。

主要职责:

  • 负责留学产品的市场渠道开拓与销售工作,执行并完成销售目标
  • 与客户保持良好沟通,实时把握客户需求,为客户提供全面的美国院校信息,配合销售专家进行咨询与签约。
  • 参加公司召开的业务培训及例会。
  • 配合团队维护客户,建立良好的客户关系。

2020 Japanese movie Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train (劇場版「鬼滅の刃」 無限列車編) remains in Pittsburgh through May 27.


The 2020 Japanese animated movie Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train (劇場版「鬼滅の刃」 無限列車編), which opened in Pittsburgh on April 22, will remain here through at least May 27. A synopsis of the top-grossing film in Japan last year, from the theaters:
Tanjiro Kamado, joined with Inosuke Hashibira, a boy raised by boars who wears a boar's head, and Zenitsu Agatsuma, a scared boy who reveals his true power when he sleeps, board the Infinity Train on a new mission with the Fire Pillar, Kyojuro Rengoku, to defeat a demon who has been tormenting the people and killing the demon slayers who oppose it!
It will play locally at numerous local theaters, depending on the day, including AMC Loews Waterfront, AMC South Hills Village, Waterworks Cinemas, Cranberry Cinemas, the Cinemark theaters in Monroeville and Robinson, and the Chartiers Valley Luxury 14. Tickets are available online.

2020 Korean-American film Minari remains in Pittsburgh through (at least) May 26.


The 2020 Korean-American film Minari, which opened in Pittsburgh on February 11, will remain here through at least May 26. A synopsis, from the distributor:
A tender and sweeping story about what roots us, Minari follows a Korean-American family that moves to an Arkansas farm in search of their own American Dream. The family home changes completely with the arrival of their sly, foul-mouthed, but incredibly loving grandmother. Amidst the instability and challenges of this new life in the rugged Ozarks, Minari shows the undeniable resilience of family and what really makes a home.
It will continue at the AMC Loews Waterfront each day and Tull Family Theater on the 26th, and tickets are available online.

Monday, May 17, 2021

Celebrate 143 Day (or "I Love You" Day) with Jasmine Cho and special guests, May 23 (online).


Kidsburgh and Remake Learning will present an online cooking event with author, baker, and activist Jasmine Cho on May 23 to mark "I Love You" Day.
Kidsburgh and Remake Learning Days are thrilled to present a series of baking events with Jasmine Cho. In this virtual session, we celebrate the 143rd day of the year which is declared the day of kindness in honor of Fred Rogers. The numbers had special meaning to Mister Rogers as the number of letters reflected his favorite phrase, "I love you."

In this workshop, Jasmine Cho is joined by special guests Gregg Behr and Ryan Rydzewski, the authors of the book "When You Wonder, You're Learning." Playful and practical, this book brings the lessons of Mister Rogers into the digital age, introducing a new generation of families to the lessons of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. Baking extraordinaire Jasmine will teach families how to make a special cookie inspired by this book while Gregg and Ryan will share fun anecdotes from the book for families.

This event is free! After registration, recipes and the Zoom meeting link will be emailed to you about a week prior to the event. We welcome interaction with kids (and adults!) and happily take questions.
The event runs from 4:00 to 5:00 pm and is free, though registration is required.

"A Thousand Paper Cuts: Microaggressions and Names," May 26 at Pitt with Asian Studies Center and Global Hub.

The University of Pittsburgh's Asian Studies Center and Global Hub will host "A Thousand Paper Cuts: Microaggressions and Names" on May 26.
What are microaggressions? How do microaggressions associated with names affect marginalized groups, and what can we do to ensure that everyone feels respected, supported, and included in our communities? In this workshop, we will discuss how to identify microaggressions and provide tools for how to address them in the context of name pronunciation.
The event runs from 12:00 to 1:00 pm and registration is required.

Friday, May 14, 2021

"Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month: Recognizing and Reckoning with Our Nation’s History of Anti-Asian Racism," May 26 (online) with Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania.


The Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania will host "Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month: Recognizing and Reckoning with Our Nation’s History of Anti-Asian Racism" online on May 26. 

Chengdu Gourmet, Everyday Noodles, Pusadee's Garden, Sakura Teppanyaki and Sushi, and Taiwanese Bistro Cafe 33 among Pittsburgh Magazine's "Best Restaurants in Pittsburgh."


Chengdu Gourmet, Everyday Noodles, Pusadee's Garden, Sakura Teppanyaki and Sushi, and Taiwanese Bistro Cafe 33 made a list of the 31 Best Restaurants in Pittsburgh by Pittsburgh Magazine dining critic Hal B. Klein. The list is notable this year not only for its composition but for its ethics and motivations.
This list is dedicated to everyone who works in the hospitality industry. To that end, I’ve decided not to name executive chefs in each restaurant’s information bubble, as is typical for our list. This isn’t meant to diminish the importance of an executive chef to a restaurant; instead, see it as a reflection of the reality that restaurants are a holistic operation.

To all the dishwashers, servers, bartenders, chefs, line and prep cooks, managers, bussers and hosts, you deserve unyielding esteem. This pandemic exposed much of the dark side of the restaurant world — the parts we’re not supposed to think about when we’re out to dinner. Wage disparities, often stemming from tipped-wage power dynamics, were exacerbated as servers were thrust into the role of teaching a new dining etiquette to a sometimes politicized public. Punishing hours in cramped, poorly ventilated kitchens were always part of the typically unseen working conditions for many back-of-house staff; now those conditions put those workers at a high risk for contracting COVID-19. Lack of healthcare for too many people who work in restaurants, along with an at-will labor policy that left thousands of people without jobs at a moment’s notice, resulted in many feeling anchorless and, frankly, scared. An even brighter spotlight was fixed on the urgency for a long-overdue reckoning with systemic, overt and unconscious forms of racial, gender and sexual discrimination that have for generations plagued the industry.

Tickets now on sale for Japanese animated films Children of the Sea (海獣の子供), Weathering With You (天気の子), Lupin III: The First (ルパン三世), and Promare (プロメア), in Pittsburgh from June through September as part of latest GKIDS series.



Tickets went on sale from today, May 14, for four Japanese animated films that will play in Pittsburgh from June through September as part of a GKIDS series: 


"Speaking Up and Out: A Poetry Reading with Sally Wen Mao," May 19 at Pitt.


The University of Pittsburgh will present "Speaking Up and Out: A Poetry Reading with Sally Wen Mao" on May 19 as part of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.
As part of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, join the Asian Studies Center and the Global Hub for "Speaking Up and Out: A Poetry Reading with Sally Wen Mao."

Sally Wen Mao is the author of two collections of poetry, Oculus (Graywolf Press, 2019), a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and Mad Honey Symposium (Alice James Books, 2014). The recipient of a Pushcart Prize and an NEA fellowship, she was recently a Cullman Fellow at the New York Public Library, a Jenny McKean Moore Writer-in-Washington at the George Washington University, and a Lannan Foundation Resident in Marfa, Texas. She has taught poetry at Cornell University, The George Washington University, Hunter College, Sarah Lawrence College MFA program, Catapult, Poet's House, and the 92 Street Y, among other places. Her poetry and prose have appeared in The Best American Poetry, The Paris Review, Poetry, Harpers Bazaar, The Kenyon Review, The Georgia Review, Guernica, and A Public Space, among others. She is a Kundiman fellow in both fiction and poetry, and most recently, she was a Shearing Fellow at the Black Mountain Institute. You can learn more about Sally's work at https://www.sallywenmao.com/.

Sally will read some of her work before a Q&A session. Audience participation is encouraged.
It runs from 7:00 to 8:00 pm and registration is required.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Eriko Hattori, Paul Peng among those featured in Change of Course exhibition, May 13 through June 19 at Brew House Association.

via erikohattori.com

Eriko Hattori and Paul Peng are among the local artists featured in the Change of Course exhibition at the Brew House Association on the South Side from May 13 through June 19.
Presenting the work of six emerging artists, Change of Course orients the viewer towards landscapes of reimagined archetypes, blurred memories, hidden histories, and queer folktales; all against the backdrop of a global pandemic. In a time of profound uncertainty, these artists are radically present with themselves, their work, and each other.

Change of Course features new artworks using tradition materials such as oil paint, plaster, graphite, and pastels. With an experimental attitude around process, the artists have developed their own visual language and nuanced tonalities to explore uncanny worlds of their own design.
Timed tickets are required for the opening weekend, but no reservations are required for the rest of the exhibition. The Brew House Association is located at 711 S. 21st St. #210 (map).

Jet Li movie cancelled for Carrie Carpool Cinema, replaced with Shogun Assassin, May 22.


The 1980 film Shogun Assassin will play outdoors at the Carrie Furnaces as part of Carrie Carpool Cinema on May 22, replacing the originally-scheduled 2006 Jet Li movie Fearless (霍元甲). A TV Guide review provides a summary:
This violent Japanese adventure is surprisingly good, though it doesn't have much of a plot. The focus is on Lone Wolf (Tomisaburo Wakayama), an "official decapitator" running around the country with his young son in tow, seeking revenge on the men who killed his wife. As narrated by Lone Wolf's son, the story becomes a weird sort of near-comic adventure. SHOGUN ASSASSIN was actually edited down from two films in the popular Japanese "Lone Wolf" series, BABY CART AT RIVER STYX and SWORD OF VENGEANCE. The American dubbing is quite good, with voices provided by Mark Lindsay and chanteuse-comedienne Sandra Bernhard. Lindsay was formerly a member of the 1960s rock group Paul Revere and the Raiders, which also provided the soundtrack for the American release.
Doors open at 7:45 pm and the movie starts at 9:15, and tickets are available online. Carrie Blast Furnaces is a designated National Historic Landmark in Rankin (map).

Philippine film The Woman Who Left (Ang Babaeng Humayo) available to stream online via Harris Theater, through May 31.


The Harris Theater is presenting the 2016 Philippine film The Woman Who Left (Ang Babaeng Humayo) online through May 31.
Winner of the Golden Lion at the 2016 Venice Film Festival, Filipino filmmaker Lav Diaz’s epic story of revenge deferred functions as a tale of urban theater and class warfare. After 30 years in prison, a woman discovers that her friend and fellow inmate committed the murder of which she was accused. This leads to her release and subsequent discovery of the man who framed her. Inspired by Tolstoy, THE WOMAN WHO LEFT is a sensitive expression of family and forgiveness.
A portion of the proceeds through this month will go to the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust's Harris Theater.

Vietnamese-American author Viet Thanh Nguyen (online) at Pittsburgh International Literary Festival, May 19.


City of Asylum will host Vietnamese-American author Viet Thanh Nguyen online for its Pittsburgh International Literary Festival on May 19.
Vietnamese-American novelist Viet Thanh Nguyen discusses The Committed, his much-anticipated sequel to his Pulitzer Prize winning novel The Sympathizer. This newest novel is fierce in tone, capacious, witty, sharp, and deeply researched. The Committed marks not just a sequel to its groundbreaking predecessor, but a sum total accumulation of a life devoted to Vietnamese American history and scholarship. It asks questions central to Vietnamese everywhere—and to our very species: How do we live in the wake of seismic loss and betrayal?
The hour-long talk begins at 7:00 pm and is free and open to the public, though registration is required.

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Kusama: Infinity available to stream via Harris Theater, through May 31.


The 2018 documentary Kusama: Infinity is available to stream online via the Harris Theater through May 31.
Now the top-selling female artist in the world, Yayoi Kusama overcame impossible odds to bring her radical artistic vision to the world stage. For decades, her work pushed boundaries that often alienated her from both her peers and those in power in the art world. Kusama was an underdog with everything stacked against her: the trauma of growing up in Japan during World War II, life in a dysfunctional family that discouraged her creative ambitions, sexism and racism in the art establishment, mental illness in a culture where that was particularly shameful and even continuing to pursue and be devoted to her art full time on the cusp of her 90s. In spite of it all, Kusama has endured and has created a legacy of artwork that spans the disciplines of painting, sculpture, installation art, performance art, poetry and literary fiction. After working as an artist for over six decades, people around the globe are experiencing her installation Infinity Mirrored Rooms in record numbers, as Kusama continues to create new work every day.
Actually, the film is always available to stream via its official site, but through the 31st some proceeds will go to support the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust's Harris Theater.

Chinese film My Love (你的婚礼) remains in Pittsburgh through May 17.


The 2021 Chinese movie My Love (你的婚礼), which opened in Pittsburgh on May 7, will remain here through May 17. A synopsis, from the distributor:
This is a romance and lovely story for over 15 years between a boy and a girl. Back in high school, Zhou Xiaoqi (Xu Guanghan) was a student with swimming speciality. You Yongci (Zhang Ruonan) was a transfer student of the same high school. At the first sight, Zhou fell in love with You. Before Zhou expressed his true feelings, You left without saying goodbye. Zhou holds and protects this young and ignorant pure love inside his heart for over 15 years…
It plays locally at the AMC Loews Waterfront (map), and tickets are available online.

2020 Japanese movie Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train (劇場版「鬼滅の刃」 無限列車編) remains in Pittsburgh through May 20.


The 2020 Japanese animated movie Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train (劇場版「鬼滅の刃」 無限列車編), which opened in Pittsburgh on April 22, will remain here through at least May 20. A synopsis of the top-grossing film in Japan last year, from the theaters:
Tanjiro Kamado, joined with Inosuke Hashibira, a boy raised by boars who wears a boar's head, and Zenitsu Agatsuma, a scared boy who reveals his true power when he sleeps, board the Infinity Train on a new mission with the Fire Pillar, Kyojuro Rengoku, to defeat a demon who has been tormenting the people and killing the demon slayers who oppose it!
It will play locally at numerous local theaters, depending on the day, including AMC Loews Waterfront, AMC South Hills Village, Waterworks Cinemas, Cranberry Cinemas, the Cinemark in Monroeville, and the Chartiers Valley Luxury 14. Tickets are available online.

2020 Korean-American film Minari remains in Pittsburgh through (at least) May 26.


The 2020 Korean-American film Minari, which opened in Pittsburgh on February 11, will remain here through at least May 26. A synopsis, from the distributor:
A tender and sweeping story about what roots us, Minari follows a Korean-American family that moves to an Arkansas farm in search of their own American Dream. The family home changes completely with the arrival of their sly, foul-mouthed, but incredibly loving grandmother. Amidst the instability and challenges of this new life in the rugged Ozarks, Minari shows the undeniable resilience of family and what really makes a home.
It will continue at the AMC Loews Waterfront and Tull Family Theater, and tickets are available online.

Zhang Yimou film Cliff Walkers (悬崖之上) remains in Pittsburgh through (at least) May 18.


The 2021 Zhang Yimou film Cliff Walkers (悬崖之上), which opened in Pittsburgh on April 30, will remain here through at least May 18. A brief summary from Asian Movie Pulse:
Based on a script by Quan Yongxian, the previously known as “Impasse” film focuses on four communist party special agents, Zhang, Lan, Yu and Chiuliang, who arrive in Manchukuo in 1931, after training in Russia, in order to carry out a secret mission codenamed “Utrenya”. The operation is to take place in Harbin, where a witness to a Japanese massacre is hiding. The four of them decide to split, although Lan and her husband are rather reluctant to separate. Before they do, however, they promise each other that, whoever survives, should find their children, who have been left behind before their training begun.
It will play locally at the AMC Loews Waterfront (map) and tickets are available online.

Mieko Kawakami (online) at Pittsburgh International Literary Festival, May 18.


Japanese author Mieko Kawakami will appear with translators Sam Bett and David Boyd online as part of the Pittsburgh International Literary Festival on May 18.
Mixing wry humor and riveting emotional depth, Mieko Kawakami is one of Japan’s most important and best-selling contemporary writers. She exploded onto the cultural scene first as a musician, then as a poet and popular blogger, and is now an award-winning novelist. Her first novel to be published in English, Breast and Eggs, was rated one of Time Magazine’s 10 best books of 2020. The novel is a radical and intimate portrait of contemporary working class womanhood in Japan, recounting the heartbreaking journeys of three women in a society where the odds are stacked against them. Hear from Mieko Kawakami and her translators live to discuss Breast and Eggs and celebrate the launch of Kawakami’s next, highly anticipated English release, Heaven. LitFest 2021 marks the novel’s debut event—an evening not to be missed!
The one-hour talk starts at 8:00 pm; it is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

Monday, May 10, 2021

Pitt hiring bilingual Mandarin-English Research Support Specialist for two Hillman Library collections.

The University of Pittsburgh is hiring a bilingual Mandarin-English Research Support Specialist for two collections in Hillman Library.
Archives and Special Collections - Pennsylvania-Pittsburgh - (21003189) The Research Support Specialist will support both the Archives & Special Collections Department (Hillman Library location) and the East Asian Library as a shared position. Incumbent will work regularly-scheduled hours in EAL or A&SC at the reference desk providing reference services to library users in a face-to-face, phone, or online setting. Incumbent will offer high quality directional/policy and explanatory reference and refer requests for customized or expert reference and research services to the appropriate specialist, manage the EAL Gateway Document Delivery Service and assist EAL librarians on instruction and projects. Duties also include managing the Aeon (A&SC content management system) request and activity queues to oversee all materials in use at A&SC Hillman and facilitate the transfer of library materials to/from various departments and libraries. The Shared Position will coordinate the hiring, interviewing, orientation, and supervising of student assistants and conduct collection maintenance activities for A&SC (Hillman) and EAL. Candidates will be expected to recognize, respect, and work effectively with individuals and groups with diverse perspectives and backgrounds in all aspects of their work and take initiative in learning about issues relating to equity, diversity, and inclusion.
Position requires a B.A. In lieu of degrees, person should have a minimum of four years experience in an academic research library and demonstrate a working knowledge of research collections in order to have an understanding of the academic research process. Requires fluency in the English and Chinese languages. Requires fluency in the English and Chinese languages.
More information on Pitt's job website.

Combating Hate against Asian Communities - Allyship and Advocacy: Responses to Xenophobia and Hate Crimes, May 11 at Pitt.


The University of Pittsburgh's Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion will present "Allyship and Advocacy: Responses to Xenophobia and Hate Crimes" on May 11.
Join the Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion as we welcome Professor Sheila Velez Martinez who will lead the discussion, Allyship and Advocacy: Responses to Xenophobia and Hate Crimes Targeting Asian Communities. This discussion will address how the Pitt community can increase advocacy and support members of the Asian community. Professor Velez Martinez is the Jack and Lovell Olender Professor of Asylum Refugee and Immigration Law, the Co-Director for the Center for Civil Rights and Racial Justice, and the Director of the Immigration Law Clinic for the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Law.

We encourage you to share this invitation with your networks and we look forward to your participation.
The online event runs from 2:00 to 3:00 pm and registration is required.

Asian American Heritage Month Celebration with Jasmine Cho and Allegheny County Bar Association, May 26.


The Allegheny County Bar Association will host Jasmine Cho for an online Asian American Heritage Month Celebration on May 26.
All members are invited to join the ACBA Asian Attorneys Committee to celebrate Asian American Heritage month with special guest Jasmine Cho, a Pittsburgh-based artist, author and “cookie activist”. She is most known for using portrait cookies to elevate representation for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. She is also a Food Network Champion (“Christmas Cookie Challenge” Season 3, Episode 8) and the Founder of Yummyholic. During this networking session, Cho will discuss and demonstrate her work. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required here.
The event starts at 5:30 pm and registration is required.

Minari with Tull Family Theater and Pitt's Asian Studies Center, May 26.


The University of Pittsburgh's Asian Studies Center will present a screening of Minari at the Tull Family Theater on May 26.
Join us for a special screening of the award-winning film Minari on Wednesday May 26, 2021 in honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage month at the Tull Family Theater. Doors open at 6:00 pm. Film starts at 6:30 pm. A limited number of tickets are available.
Registration is required. The Tull Family Theater is located at 418 Walnut St. in Sewickley (map).

Thursday, May 6, 2021

1991 Hong Kong film Center Stage (阮玲玉) continues online via Row House Cinema through May 8.


The 1991 Hong Kong film Center Stage (阮玲玉), starring Maggie Cheung, will continue playing online via Row House Cinema two extra days, through May 8.
Hong Kong New Wave master Stanley Kwan’s unconventional biopic tells the tragic story of “Greta Garbo of China” — Ruan Lingyu, played by Maggie Cheung. Praised for her moving and emotive onscreen presence, Ruan’s private life, which was frequent fodder for the vicious Shanghai tabloids, began to mirror the melodramas which brought her fame, culminating in her suicide at age 24. Kwan and Cheung paint a kaleidoscopic yet intimate portrait of the ill-fated actress, deftly blending lush period drama, archival footage, and metatextual documentary sequences of Cheung reflecting on Ruan’s legacy. The result is, much like the films of Ruan Lingyu themselves, “tender, vivid and almost overwhelmingly moving” (Time Out)
Tickets are available online.

Virtual Screening and Discussion: Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom, May 12 at Pitt.


The University of Pittsburgh's Asian Studies Center will present Virtual Screening and Discussion: Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom, a discussion around a 2019 Bhutanese film, on May 12.
A young teacher in modern Bhutan shirks his duties while planning to go to Australia to become a singer. As a reprimand, his superiors send him to the most remote school in the world, a glacial Himalayan village called Lunana, to complete his service. He wants to quit and go home, but he begins to learn of the hardship in the lives of the beautiful children he teaches, and begins to be transformed through the amazing spiritual strength of the villagers.
Register here for a virtual screening of LUNANA: A YAK IN THE CLASSROOM (Pawo Choyning Dorji, 2019).
Event will be broadcast live digitally. Before the screening, a link will be sent to the email account provided below.
The event starts at 6:30 pm and is free and open to the public, though registration is required.

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Work still underway on Wild Ninja Asian Grill in Oakland.


Signage recently went up at 210 Oakland Ave. (map) for Wild Ninja Asian Grill. Work on the restaurant has been underway at the former Uncle Sam's Gourmet Subs since December 2019. The sandwich placed closed in September 2018 after numerous health department infractions.

"Speaking Up and Out: A Poetry Reading with Sally Wen Mao," May 19 at Pitt.


The University of Pittsburgh will present "Speaking Up and Out: A Poetry Reading with Sally Wen Mao" on May 19 as part of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.
As part of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, join the Asian Studies Center and the Global Hub for "Speaking Up and Out: A Poetry Reading with Sally Wen Mao."

Sally Wen Mao is the author of two collections of poetry, Oculus (Graywolf Press, 2019), a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and Mad Honey Symposium (Alice James Books, 2014). The recipient of a Pushcart Prize and an NEA fellowship, she was recently a Cullman Fellow at the New York Public Library, a Jenny McKean Moore Writer-in-Washington at the George Washington University, and a Lannan Foundation Resident in Marfa, Texas. She has taught poetry at Cornell University, The George Washington University, Hunter College, Sarah Lawrence College MFA program, Catapult, Poet's House, and the 92 Street Y, among other places. Her poetry and prose have appeared in The Best American Poetry, The Paris Review, Poetry, Harpers Bazaar, The Kenyon Review, The Georgia Review, Guernica, and A Public Space, among others. She is a Kundiman fellow in both fiction and poetry, and most recently, she was a Shearing Fellow at the Black Mountain Institute. You can learn more about Sally's work at https://www.sallywenmao.com/.

Sally will read some of her work before a Q&A session. Audience participation is encouraged.
It runs from 7:00 to 8:00 pm and registration is required.

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Spang & Company hiring bilingual Mandarin-English Customer Service Representative for O'Hara Township office.

Spang & Company, with an office at RIDC park, is hiring a bilingual Mandarin-English Customer Service Representative.

The Magnetics division is a leading supplier of precision soft magnetic components. We specialize in the research, design and production of a broad range of high-quality powder cores, ferrite cores and strip wound cores for a variety of applications in the electronics industry.

The main functions of this position will be to assure customer contact with Sales Department is as professional and efficient as possible and to cover all areas of customer service from prompt phone and emails coverage to completion of order.

New Chinese film My Love (你的婚礼), currently atop China's box office, in Pittsburgh from May 7.


The new Chinese movie My Love (你的婚礼) will play in Pittsburgh from May 7. A synopsis, from the distributor:
This is a romance and lovely story for over 15 years between a boy and a girl. Back in high school, Zhou Xiaoqi (Xu Guanghan) was a student with swimming speciality. You Yongci (Zhang Ruonan) was a transfer student of the same high school. At the first sight, Zhou fell in love with You. Before Zhou expressed his true feelings, You left without saying goodbye. Zhou holds and protects this young and ignorant pure love inside his heart for over 15 years…
My Love debuted atop the Chinese box office last weekend. It plays locally at the AMC Loews Waterfront (map), and tickets are available online.

Zhang Yimou film Cliff Walkers (悬崖之上) remains in Pittsburgh through (at least) May 12.


The 2021 Zhang Yimou film Cliff Walkers (悬崖之上), which opened in Pittsburgh on April 30, will remain here through at least May 12. A brief summary from Asian Movie Pulse:
Based on a script by Quan Yongxian, the previously known as “Impasse” film focuses on four communist party special agents, Zhang, Lan, Yu and Chiuliang, who arrive in Manchukuo in 1931, after training in Russia, in order to carry out a secret mission codenamed “Utrenya”. The operation is to take place in Harbin, where a witness to a Japanese massacre is hiding. The four of them decide to split, although Lan and her husband are rather reluctant to separate. Before they do, however, they promise each other that, whoever survives, should find their children, who have been left behind before their training begun.
It will play locally at the AMC Loews Waterfront (map) and tickets are available online.

2020 Japanese movie Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train (劇場版「鬼滅の刃」 無限列車編) remains in Pittsburgh through May 12.


The 2020 Japanese animated movie Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train (劇場版「鬼滅の刃」 無限列車編), which opened in Pittsburgh on April 22, will remain here through at least May 12. A synopsis of the top-grossing film in Japan last year, from the theaters:
Tanjiro Kamado, joined with Inosuke Hashibira, a boy raised by boars who wears a boar's head, and Zenitsu Agatsuma, a scared boy who reveals his true power when he sleeps, board the Infinity Train on a new mission with the Fire Pillar, Kyojuro Rengoku, to defeat a demon who has been tormenting the people and killing the demon slayers who oppose it!
It will play locally at numerous local theaters, depending on the day, including AMC Loews Waterfront, Waterworks Cinemas, Cranberry Cinemas, the Hollywood Theater in Dormont, the Chartiers Valley Luxury 14, and the Cinemark theaters in Monroeville, North Hills, and Robinson. Tickets are available online.

2020 Korean-American film Minari remains in Pittsburgh through (at least) May 12.


The 2020 Korean-American film Minari, which opened in Pittsburgh on February 11, will remain here through at least May 12. A synopsis, from the distributor:
A tender and sweeping story about what roots us, Minari follows a Korean-American family that moves to an Arkansas farm in search of their own American Dream. The family home changes completely with the arrival of their sly, foul-mouthed, but incredibly loving grandmother. Amidst the instability and challenges of this new life in the rugged Ozarks, Minari shows the undeniable resilience of family and what really makes a home.
It will continue at the AMC Loews Waterfront and Tull Family Theater, and tickets are available online.