Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Tickets now available for Blackpink: The Movie, in Pittsburgh August 4 and 8.


Tickets have gone on sale for Blackpink: The Movie, which will play at several Pittsburgh-area theaters on August 4 and 8. From the distributor:
The girl group beloved by the world, ‘BLACKPINK’ celebrates the 5th anniversary of their debut with the release of BLACKPINK THE MOVIE, it is also a special gift for ‘BLINKs’—BLACKPINK’s beloved fandom—to revisit old memories and enjoy the passionate performances in the festive spirit. BLACKPINK—consisting of JISOO, JENNIE, ROSÉ, and LISA—has been growing explosively ever since they first stepped out into the world on August 8th, 2016, along with its fandom ‘BLINKs.’ As hectic as the past five years have been, all the memories, delights on the stage, and their shining moments have been wrapped ‘like a gift for all the fans’ in BLACKPINK THE MOVIE.
Tickets are currently available for the AMC Loews Waterfront screening on the 4th and the Cinemark Robinson and Cinemark Monroeville screenings on the 4th and 8th, though more dates are likely to be announced.

"Advocating for the Asian and Asian American and Pacific Islander Communities at Pitt," July 29.

The University of Pittsburgh will present a conversation on "Advocating for the Asian and Asian American and Pacific Islander Communities at Pitt" on July 29, part of the 2021 Diversity Forum.
This workshop is intended to help advocates at the University of Pittsburgh understand the specific issues facing the AAPI and Asian communities in Pittsburgh and the country. It consists of a presentation followed by discussion and then a question/answer session. The primary speaker is Sunny Yang (Attorney, an officer and former board member of Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania and a member and former Chair of the Asian Attorneys Committee of the Allegheny County Bar Association), who will be joined by Seung-Hwan Shin (Lecturer in the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures) and Paris Yamamoto (Pitt undergraduate and former president of the campus Japanese Students Association).

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

"AAPI Roundtable Discussion" with AAPI grad students at Pitt, July 1.

The University of Pittsburgh is hosting a roundtable discussion with AAPI grad students on July 1.
Vice-Chancellor of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, Dr. Clyde Pickett, Dean of Students, Kenyon Bonner, and Vice Provost for Graduate Studies, Amanda Godley, invite you and fellow Asian Asian- American Pacific Islander (AAPI) graduate students to participate in a roundtable conversation. This conversation will be centered on challenges impacting the AAPI community and will provide an opportunity to share thoughts, ideas, and recommendations. We look forward to your engagement in this conversation. July 1st, 2021 3-4 pm.
It runs from 3:00 to 4:00 pm on Zoom and registration is required.

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

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 July 7.


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 July 7. 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 the AMC Loews Waterfront, and tickets are available online; please note, some shows are in Japanese with subtitles while others are dubbed in English.

"American Interventionism and its Role in Southeast Asian Deportation," July 28 at Pitt.


The University of Pittsburgh will present "American Interventionism and its Role in Southeast Asian Deportation" as part of its 2021 Diversity Forum on July 28.
When discussing the rise of hate toward East and Southeast Asian Americans, the state sanctioned violence towards these communities -namely Southeast Asians -is often overlooked. These attacks are not individual, but rather institutional, and date back to American interventionism beginning in the former half of the 20th century. Since President Biden’s inauguration 2,886 immigrants have been deported, despite a campaign promise of a 100-day deportation moratorium. These deportations have affected not only the Asian American community, but also the Black and LatinxAmerican communities. In this workshop, we will discuss the theories driving American foreign policy during the 20th century and the effects of American interventionism on Southeast Asian countries to provide a framework for our primary focus on modern state violence towards Southeast Asian Americans in the form of deportations. This workshop aims to educate participants about how this American intervention has led to current refugee populations and the Southeast Asian diaspora, causing the immigration and deportation issues today, as we cannot act before we are informed. We hope this event will build coalitions between the Asian American community and other marginalized populations in order to engage in collective action against systemic oppression. At the end of the event, we will also provide a tool kit to participants with ways to help families affected by deportation and action items to stop this state.
It runs from 10:45 am to 12:00 pm and is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

Shirobako: The Movie (劇場版『SHIROBAKO』) in Pittsburgh, August 10.


The 2020 Japanese animated film Shirobako: The Movie (劇場版『SHIROBAKO』) will play in Pittsburgh on August 10. A summary of the movie, based on an anime series in turn based on aspects of the anime industry, from the distributor:
Four years after the events of SHIROBAKO the series, Musashino Animation has gone through unprecedented changes and things are looking bleak for the studio. One day, Aoi Miyamori is offered a role managing a new theatrical animation project. With only a few months left before the deadline, can MusAni complete the project in its current state? It’s up to Aoi to work alongside both familiar faces and new to finish the project in time!
It will play at the AMC Loews Waterfront and at the Cinemark theaters in McCandless, Monaca, Monroeville, and Robinson, and tickets are now available online.

Friday, June 25, 2021

Blackpink: The Movie in Pittsburgh, August 4 and 8.


Blackpink: The Movie was just announced for Pittsburgh screenings on August 4 and 8. Rolling Stone summarizes:
The film will showcase scenes that focus on each member of the group — Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé, and Lisa. Segments include “The Room of Memories,” which reflects on their last five years, “Beauty” features shots of each member, and “Exclusive Interviews” houses messages for their fans. It will also highlight performance footage from 2021’s The Show and 2018’s In Your Area alongside hit songs from the group.
It is currently scheduled to play at the Cinemark in Monroeville, though tickets are not yet available until June 30.

Fantuan hiring Mandarin-English bilingual Operations Manager.

Fantuan, a delivery service catering to Asian restaurants and groceries that expanded to Pittsburgh last year, is hiring a Mandarin-English bilingual Operations Manager.

About Us

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

Pitt hiring Managing Editor of The Journal of Asian Studies.


The University of Pittsburgh is hiring a Managing Editor of The Journal of Asian Studies.
The Managing Editor is primarily responsible for coordinating the Journal’s workflow using Editorial Manager, CUP’s online platform, to communicate with authors, associate editors, book review editors, the production team at CUP and staff in the AAS secretariat, especially the digital media manager. Specific responsibilities will extend to supporting the editorial work of the Asian Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh. Seventy-five percent effort will be committed to The Journal of Asian Studies and twenty-five percent to the Asian Studies Center. Applicants must have relevant work experience, well-developed organizational skills, and expertise in communication. Serving as the predominant point of contact for an editor, the employee will need to tactfully utilize his/her technical skills, as well as diplomatic and interpersonal skills, to meet the operational and deadline-driven requirements of the journal with uncompromised high quality. As an administrator of the online review and notification system, the incumbent will assist in assuring that there is accurate and time-critical flow of assignments and correspondence regarding the operation of the journal. Attention to detail is an absolute necessity, as well as evident meticulous organizational skills. Must be able to use judgement to trouble-shoot and problem-solve. Excellent verbal and written communication skills with thorough knowledge of English grammar. Knowledge of Asia and Asian studies is highly recommended but not required. The Managing Editor will have an office with appropriate technology interface at the University of Pittsburgh. Under supervision of the Editor, the editorial team will include the managing editor, a graduate student assistant and undergraduate interns. The team will meet regularly, at least once every week, to review progress, assign work responsibilities and ensure efficient and effective workflow.
More information and application instructions available on the Pitt website.

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

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 28.


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 24. 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 the AMC Loews Waterfront, and tickets are available online; please note, some shows are in Japanese with subtitles while others are dubbed in English.

Monday, June 21, 2021

beabadoobee announced for Stage AE show, December 11.


beabadoobee announced today she will play Stage AE on December 11. A Pitchfork review of her debut album summarizes:
Inspired by rom-coms and Kimya Dawson, Gen Z songwriter Bea Kristi uses the slanted melodies and flannel-loving aesthetics of ’90s alternative rock in service of massive pop hooks.
She was originally supposed to play the Thunderbird Cafe in March 2020 but the show was cancelled. Tickets for the all-ages show go on sale on June 25.

Sunday, June 20, 2021

Chang Chun Chemical Corporation hiring bilingual Mandarin-English sales assistant.

Chang Chun Chemical Corporation in Wexford is hiring a bilingual Mandarin-English sales assistant.

Chang Chun Group is one of the largest chemical producer in Taiwan. Chang Chun Chemical Corporation (CCCC) is the US branch office 100% owned by Chang Chun Group which is responsible for sales and distribution in North America market. CCCC would like to seek suitably qualified candidates for the following position to join our pioneer team.

Sales Assistant Responsibilities:

  • Communicating with Taipei Headquarter for order processing and shipment arrangement
  • To support sales function such as issuing purchase order, invoice or sales related documents
  • To maintain filling, updating and keeping of records
  • Managing stock inventory and sales operation as instructed by the Sales Manager
  • Handling customers’ enquiries and maintain tip top service to customers.

Thursday, June 17, 2021

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

Fantuan, a delivery service catering to Asian restaurants and groceries that expanded to Pittsburgh last year, is hiring a Mandarin-speaking Marketing Developer.

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, Los Angeles, New York and other metropolitan areas in Canada and the US.

Develop and implement Fantuan products and promotional plans in order to expand and maintain merchants. Increase market occupancy and repurchase rate in the territorial jurisdiction.

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

Wednesday, June 16, 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

2004 Thai film Tropical Malady (Satpralat) with ReelQ and City of Asylum, August 25.


ReelQ and the City of Asylum will present the 2004 Thai film Tropical Malady (Satpralat) on August 25.
‘Winner of the Special Jury Prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival and an official selection of the New York Film Festival, TROPICAL MALADY is the lyrical and mysterious new film by maverick Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Blissfully Yours), one of the most prominent young directors of the Thai New Wave. TROPICAL MALADY chronicles the mystical love affair between a young soldier and the country boy he seduces, soon to be disrupted by the boy’s sudden disappearance. Local legends claim the boy was transformed into a mythic wild beast, and the soldier journeys alone into the heart of the Thai jungle in search of him.
The movie starts at 7:00 pm and will be streamed online. It's free but registration is required.

2020 Japanese animated film Josee, The Tiger and The Fish (ジョゼと虎と魚たち) in Pittsburgh, July 12 and 13.


The 2020 Japanese animated film Josee, The Tiger and The Fish (ジョゼと虎と魚たち) will play in Pittsburgh on July 12 and 13.
In Josee, The Tiger and the Fish, there isn't a magical world to which our protagonist, Kumiko, can escape, aside from her own vibrant imagination. Kumiko prefers to be called Josee, a character from one of her favorite books. Unable to use her legs from birth, Josee, now in her early 20s, is cared for by her loving but controlling grandmother, who forbids her to leave the house except on short walks. It’s on one of these walks that Josee loses control of her wheelchair and careens down a steep hill. Luckily, her fall is stopped by Tsuneo, a university student who lives in the area. The night Tsuneo inadvertently saves Josee, her grandmother offers him a new job with better pay than most: to look after her granddaughter. The two begin to venture from home, to movies, amusement parks, aquariums and even the ocean. Josee begins to emerge from her shell, sharing with Tsuneo her passion for drawing and her ambition to become an artist. Soon Tsuneo begins to understand all the complexities of life without the use of one’s legs, from navigating train lines with a wheelchair to simply cooking a meal at home.
It plays locally at the Cinemark in the North Hills. Tickets are available online; the July 12 screening is in Japanese with English subtitles, and the July 13 screening is dubbed in English.

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Tickets now available for 2020 Japanese animated movie Fate/stay night [Heaven’s Feel] III. spring song (劇場版「Fate/stay night [Heaven's Feel]」III.spring song), in Pittsburgh on July 18 and 20.


Tickets are now available for the 2020 Japanese animated movie Fate/stay night [Heaven’s Feel] III. spring song (劇場版「Fate/stay night [Heaven's Feel]」III.spring song), which will play in Pittsburgh July 18 and 20. From the distributor:
The thrilling Fate/stay night [Heaven’s Feel] trilogy comes to its incredible conclusion with the release of the final chapter, Fate/stay night [Heaven’s Feel] III. spring song, on the big screen!

Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle, Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro in Pittsburgh-area theaters, October through December.


Four Japanese animated films will be back in Pittsburgh-area theaters from October through December as part of GHIBLI Fest 2021, an annual showcase of Studio Ghibli movies. 
Tickets and showtime information is not available yet, but the films will likely play at the local Moviescoop and Cinemark theaters, plus other locations, owing to distribution agreements for GKIDS films.

Nanban Asian Soul Food now open in Lawrenceville.

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A new restaurant by Roger Li, Nanban Asian Soul Food, has opened recently in Lawrenceville, taking over the spot that used to hold another of Li's restaurants, Ki Pollo.
The concept of "Nanban" goes back to the 16th and 17th century in Japan when the very first "Westerners" began trading with the locals. It was a period of exploring new culture, and exchanging and above all it translates to "something foreign" which we liked and flipped to represent the Asian soul food that Japanese and Koreans and Chinese have all taken back home and made their own. So our Nanban is an Asian Soul Food Restaurant with the intention of familiarizing the decadent and comforting flavors of our favorite Asian dishes across the board. We use what we know to make delicious, approachable but dynamic food that will warm the soul, tickle your palate, and depending on what you get... numb the mouth!
It's open 12:00 to 8:00 pm Tuesday through Saturday, and a menu is available online. It's located at 4407 Butler St. (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 24.


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 24. 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 Cranberry Cinemas, Waterworks Cinemas, AMC Loews Waterfront, and the Chartiers Valley Luxury 14. Tickets are available online; please note, some shows are in Japanese with subtitles while others are dubbed in English.

Friday, June 11, 2021

Shirobako: The Movie (劇場版『SHIROBAKO』) in Pittsburgh, August 10.


The 2020 Japanese animated film Shirobako: The Movie (劇場版『SHIROBAKO』) will play in Pittsburgh on August 10. A summary of the movie, based on an anime series in turn based on aspects of the anime industry, from the distributor:
Four years after the events of SHIROBAKO the series, Musashino Animation has gone through unprecedented changes and things are looking bleak for the studio. One day, Aoi Miyamori is offered a role managing a new theatrical animation project. With only a few months left before the deadline, can MusAni complete the project in its current state? It’s up to Aoi to work alongside both familiar faces and new to finish the project in time!
Ticket ahd showtime information has not yet been released, but it is likely to play at local Cinemark theaters, due to distribution deals.

Nakama, GetGo not voted Best Sushi in Pittsburgh this time.


Pittsburgh Magazine released the results of its annual Best of Pittsburgh Reader's Poll, and Little Tokyo Restaurant in Mt. Lebanon has been voted Best Japanese/Sushi. Little Tokyo upsets the perennial winner Nakama, which is routinely voted Best Japanese/Sushi in annual readers' polls, ahead of more authentic places like Kiku, Teppanyaki Kyoto, and the recently-departed Chaya. Other relevant local winners include Nicky's Thai Kitchen as Best Thai and Sesame Inn as Best Chinese.

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

"Anti-Asian Racism: An Exploratory Conversation," June 17 at Pitt.

Kaycee Orwig for the Pittsburgh City-Paper.

Several community members at the University of Pittsburgh will present "Anti-Asian Racism: An Exploratory Conversation" online on June 17.
 

Xenophobic racism and violence directed at Asian and Asian Pacific Islander communities have increased during COVID. This session is designed to facilitate an initial dialogue to understand better the challenges facing our Asian and Asian American colleagues and students, and to explore ways to address and eliminate anti-Asian racism at the University of Pittsburgh.
Those interested in attending this session will be encouraged to:
  • share experiences with and observations about anti-Asian racism.
  • offer insights and ideas to create a University environment where everyone is safe and feels that they belong.
  • suggest specific topic areas related to anti-Asian racism for future programming.
Panelists:
  • Judy Chang, Associate Professor, School of Medicine
Dial-In Information
SEATING IS LIMITED. Please register to attend. You will receive an email with the Zoom meeting link.
Please contact workshops@teaching.pitt.edu for any questions.

The event is free though space is limited and registration is required.

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Yue Bai Wei Sichuan Restaurant opens in Squirrel Hill, replacing Rose Tea Cafe.


Squirrel Hill's Rose Tea Cafe has recently closed and has been replaced by Yue Bai Wei Sichuan Restaurant. The new restaurant is located at 5874 Forbes Ave. (map). A menu is available online, though it's not working at the time of this post.

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 17.


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 17. 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 Cranberry Cinemas, Waterworks Cinemas, AMC Loews Waterfront, and the Chartiers Valley Luxury 14. Tickets are available online; please note, some shows are in Japanese with subtitles while others are dubbed in English.

2019 Japanese animated film Children of the Sea (海獣の子供) in Pittsburgh, June 13 and 15.


The 2019 Japanese animated film Children of the Sea (海獣の子供) will play in Pittsburgh on June 13 and 15 as part of this year's GKIDS series. A synopsis from the distributor:
When Ruka was younger, she saw a ghost in the water at the aquarium where her dad works. Now she feels drawn toward the aquarium and the two mysterious boys she meets there, Umi and Sora. They were raised by dugongs and hear the same strange calls from the sea as she does. Ruka’s dad and the other adults who work at the aquarium are only distantly aware of what the children are experiencing as they get caught up in the mystery of the worldwide disappearance of the oceans’ fish.
It will play locally at the AMC Loews Waterfront and the Cinemark theaters in McCandless, Monroeville, and Robinson, and tickets are available online. The June 13 show is dubbed in English while the June 15 show is in Japanese with English subtitles.

Sunday, June 6, 2021

"Inside Out" with Bento Boombox, August 19 at Carnegie Museum of Art.

Illustration by Christina Lee.

The Carnegie Museum of Art is hosting a series of "Inside Out" outdoors music events this summer, and the August 19 installment will feature Bento Boombox, "a dance party focused on the fusion of American and Asian hip hop, electronic, and high energy dance music."
On Thursday, August 19, enjoy happy hour in the museum's outdoor sculpture courtyard with a DJ set emphasizing Asian hip-hop and electronic music by Bento Boombox.

Bring your appetite, too! Regional food trucks and a bar created by Café Carnegie offering custom snacks, kid-friendly treats, local beers, delicious wines, and more will be on-site.

While you’re at Inside Out, participate in art-making activities for all ages.

Inside Out events are FREE, open to all ages, have limited capacity, and are available on a first-come-first-serve basis. Make a day of it and reserve your timed tickets to visit the museum before or after you enjoy Inside Out!
It runs from 4:00 to 8:00 pm and is free and open to the public. The museum is located at 4400 Forbes Ave. in Oakland (map), accessible by buses 28X, 58, 61A, 61B, 61C, 61D, 67, 69, 71B, 71D, 75, and P3.

Wild Illuminations, preview of Asian Lantern Festival, August 13 at Pittsburgh Zoo.


The Pittsburgh Zoo will host "Wild Illuminations" on August 13, a preview of the Asian Lantern Festival that will open on August 14th.
Illuminating the Pittsburgh skyline with the glow of colossal animal-themed lantern installations, the Zoo will shine a light on conservation during the Wild Illuminations Soiree. Celebrate in wild style at this exclusive preview party to our Asian Lantern Festival.

Stroll through the Zoo delighting in the glow of the lanterns. Dine on delectable Asian-inspired dishes from the region’s premier restaurants and the Zoo’s catering company, Taste. Celebrate Asian culture while enjoying performances and artisans from the Organization of Chinese Americans and the Japan America Society of Pennsylvania.

Purchase tickets during our pre-sale now through June 7 for a special price of $150 per ticket. Food and beverage tickets included in event price. Event is not black-tie; dress attire is summer chic with a tropical flair. All guests must be 21 years or older to attend and proper ID will be required. Additional COVID restrictions may apply, based upon local and state mandates.
The event runs from 6:30 to 11 pm. Tickets are available at $150 per person through the 7th, and $200 per person after.

Friday, June 4, 2021

Asian grocery chain (no, not H-Mart) among possible new tenants for Hill District's vacant Shop n' Save space.


The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writes Fresh International Market is among the new tenants interested in the Hill District's vacant Shop n' Save space.
Fresh International Market is believed to be one of the two groceries that submitted a proposal to the Pittsburgh Urban Redevelopment Authority to operate a store in the Hill, the Post-Gazette has learned.

The chain operates stores in Michigan, Illinois and Indiana and has others in the works in Raleigh, N.C., and St. Louis.

On its website, Fresh International Market bills itself as an “authentic Asian grocery for the most passionate food explorer.”

Virtual Poetry Reading: "Cleave" by Tiana Nobile w/ Diana Khoi Nguyen ("Ghost Of"), June 11 (online) with White Whale Bookstore.


White Whale Bookstore presents Virtual Poetry Reading: "Cleave" by Tiana Nobile w/ Diana Khoi Nguyen ("Ghost Of") on June 11.
We’re excited and grateful to be on Tiana Nobile’s virtual tour for her collection of poems, Cleave (Hub City Press)! She’ll be joined by local poet and professor, Diana Khoi Nguyen (Ghost Of, Omnidawn) for a reading.

Both poets’ books are available on our Bookshop.org list for recent and upcoming events. Check out our curated lists and picks on our main Bookshop.org affiliate page, or use the search bar in the upper center-right to look for any book. (Using the book's ISBN usually works best.)

"In Tiana Nobile's wonderful Cleave, the condition of the Korean-American adoptee is that of a wandering orbitless moon. The speaker fills the absence of her birth mother with aching questions of home, motherhood, and selfhood. Using the scant documentation she has with her deeply felt imagination, Nobile obsessively revisits the mystery of her birth until she creates her own mythic origin story that is beautiful, melancholic and powerful. Tiana Nobile is a bright new talent." —Cathy Park Hong, author of Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning
The event starts at 7:00 pm. Tickets are available until 6:30 pm on the 11th at free and pay-what-you-can pricepoints.

Thursday, June 3, 2021

CMU student recruiting (paid) participants for Japanese Word-Guessing Study.

Christine Shi, a PhD student in Carnegie Mellon University's Second Language Acquisition program is recruiting participants in a Japanese Word-Guessing Study. Participants will be compensated $20 per hour; to be eligible, they: must be 18 years old; must be native English speakers, must not have any knowledge of Korean, Vietnamese, or Chinese; must not be non-heritage Japanese learners; and must have studied Japanese for more than two semesters.

2020 Japanese animated movie Fate/stay night [Heaven’s Feel] III. spring song (劇場版「Fate/stay night [Heaven's Feel]」III.spring song) in Pittsburgh, July 18 and 20.


The 2020 Japanese animated movie Fate/stay night [Heaven’s Feel] III. spring song (劇場版「Fate/stay night [Heaven's Feel]」III.spring song) will play in Pittsburgh July 18 and 20. From the distributor:
The thrilling Fate/stay night [Heaven’s Feel] trilogy comes to its incredible conclusion with the release of the final chapter, Fate/stay night [Heaven’s Feel] III. spring song, on the big screen!

"Faces of Pittsburgh: Cookie Decorating Workshop" with Jasmine Cho, June 12 in Hazelwood.


Hazelwood Local will host Jasmine Cho on June 12 for an in-person "Faces of Pittsburgh: Cookie Decorating Workshop."
Get to know your neighborhood’s history in the most creative--and delicious way ever: cookies!
Start your Saturday morning off like a champ with a talk and cookie workshop highlighting Hazelwood native Herb Douglas led by local artist and author Jasmine M. Cho.
Internationally recognized for her cookie art that focuses on elevating the histories of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Jasmine will share her personal story and journey into cookie activism and then teach attendees how to paint their own cookies.
Attendees will each receive their own champion-themed cookie kit featuring a portrait cookie of Herb Douglas. Join us to paint, learn, and snack your way into the weekend!
Light bites and refreshments will be available.
The event is family-friendly and RSVP is required as space is limited.
The event runs from 10:00 to 12:00 pm at The Woods House (map). It's free but pre-registration is required.

Fundraiser underway for bronze marker for Pittsburgh's historic Chinatown.


The Organization of Chinese Americans is holding an online fundraiser for the purchase of a bronze plaque to mark Pittsburgh's Chinatown, which was recently awarded a state historical marker.
After 12 long years and 4 separate attempts, non-profit OCA Asian Pacific American Advocates of Pittsburgh has finally succeeded in getting official Pennsylvania historical landmark status for Downtown’s old Pittsburgh Chinatown! You can help us complete this project! We need $5000 to complete the bronze plaque made to the state’s specifications describing the designation. We hope to have a celebratory event this September in person!

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

"Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Cook-Along: Building Power One Meal at a Time," June 5.


APALA Pittsburgh will present the second of a two-part Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Cook-Along with local AAPI chefs, online June 5.
Chef Teodora Schipper ran restaurants in both Pittsburgh and Palawan before she retired. Teodora did cooking shows for Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood, Carnegie Science Center with Lyn Parucci and The Anne Devlin Show on the WTAE channel.

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 for the 6pm is required and the events is free, though donations are encouraged.

OCA Pittsburgh eyes Pittsburgh Chinatown Designation Event in September.


The Pittsburgh chapter of the Organization of Chinese Americans is aiming for a celebration event in September to mark Pittsburgh's Chinatown's receipt of a state historical marker in March.

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 June 10.


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 10. 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 Cranberry Cinemas, Waterworks Cinemas, AMC Loews Waterfront, and the Chartiers Valley Luxury 14. Tickets are available online; please note, some shows are in Japanese with subtitles while others are dubbed in English.

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

2020 Korean-American film Minari remains in Pittsburgh through (at least) June 9.


The 2020 Korean-American film Minari, which first opened in Pittsburgh on February 11, will remain here through at least June 9. 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.

2019 Japanese animated film Children of the Sea (海獣の子供) in Pittsburgh, June 13 and 15.


The 2019 Japanese animated film Children of the Sea (海獣の子供) will play in Pittsburgh on June 13 and 15 as part of this year's GKIDS series. A synopsis from the distributor:
When Ruka was younger, she saw a ghost in the water at the aquarium where her dad works. Now she feels drawn toward the aquarium and the two mysterious boys she meets there, Umi and Sora. They were raised by dugongs and hear the same strange calls from the sea as she does. Ruka’s dad and the other adults who work at the aquarium are only distantly aware of what the children are experiencing as they get caught up in the mystery of the worldwide disappearance of the oceans’ fish.
It will play locally at the AMC Loews Waterfront and the Cinemark theaters in McCandless, Monroeville, and Robinson, and tickets are available online. The June 13 show is dubbed in English while the June 15 show is in Japanese with English subtitles.