Friday, December 31, 2021

Ten most-read posts of 2021.


Here's a look back at the ten most-read Pennsylvasia posts of 2021; seven deal with new restaurants or Asian grocery stores opening in Pittsburgh:
1. Oriental Market moving up the road to Old McKnight Road and the former David's Bridal. [January 9]
2. Oishii Donburi to soft open, March 19. [March 17]
3. 98 K Burger opening in Squirrel Hill. [August 1]
4. Pittsburgh's Chinatown granted State Historical Marker. [March 10]
5. Panda Supermarket (熊猫超市) to open at new location, September 1, with expanded hours. [August 21]
6. African Cuisine moving into old Chaya spot, February 27. [February 16]
7. Sushi Kim 2 opening soon downtown. [July 7]
8. "Four Evenings" discussion with Charles Yu and his 2020 novel Interior Chinatown, October 14 at Pitt. [October 7]
9. New York-based, Chinese-owned fastfood chain 98K coming soon to Squirrel Hill. [September 5]
10. Pittsburgh Chinese Cultural Festival, October 16 at Mellon Park. [September 9]

Let's スケートing at North Park!

A number of Bauer hockey skates at the North Park ice rink have スケート (skate) printed on them in Japanese . . . lest you get the bladed boot confused with another type of footwear.

Thursday, December 30, 2021

Food delivery service Hungry Panda hiring Mandarin-speaking Business Development Specialist for Pittsburgh area.


Hungry Panda is hiring a Mandarin-speaking Business Development Specialist for the Pittsburgh area. As PennsylvAsia noted in Summer 2020, more Chinese delivery options, like Fantuan and Chowbus, are making their way to Pittsburgh.

Job Requirements:

  • Must be fluent in Mandarin and English
  • Educational requirements: Bachelor’s degree and above
  • Experience in business negotiation, sales and marketing management is preferred
  • Working experience in Internet companies is preferred
  • Strong time management and project management skills
  • High sensitivity on market trend, high sensitivity on data
  • Strong commercial acumen and a desire to work with restaurants, not afraid to be refused, have top-notch people skills
  • Excellent teamwork ability, cooperate with different teams to promote business cooperation, and be able to efficiently complete business negotiations independently
  • Have a valid driver licence and a vehicle

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Tickets now available for 2021 Japanese film Drive My Car (ドライブ・マイ・カー) at Harris Theater, January 20 through 27.


Tickets are now available for the acclaimed 2021 Japanese film Drive My Car (ドライブ・マイ・カー), which will play at the Harris Theater from January 20 through 27, 2022. A brief synospis from a December 7 NPR review:
The story follows a middle-aged Tokyo stage actor named Kafuku, superbly played by Hidetoshi Nishijima. He's a calm, mild-mannered guy who's been married for two decades to a screenwriter named Oto. We get a sense of their mutual devotion when we see Kafuku driving around in his bright red Saab, rehearsing his lines by listening to audio tapes that Oto has painstakingly recorded for him.

But their relationship is more complicated than it appears. Years ago, Kafuku and Oto experienced an agonizing loss that has led her to find solace — and perhaps something more — in relationships with other men. Kafuku has deep compassion for his wife, which doesn't make her betrayal any less painful. And then another tragedy strikes when Oto dies suddenly.
It will play at the Harris Theater in downtown's Cultural District (map), and tickets are available online or at the door.

Saturday, December 25, 2021

2001 film Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (カウボーイビバップ 天国の扉) at Row House Cinema, from January 14.


The 2001 film Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (カウボーイビバップ 天国の扉) will play at Row House Cinema from January 14 through 20.
This massively popular anime with fantastic animation and a very cool soundtrack from The Seatbelts is a house favorite. Like the original show, Cowboy Bebop is a sci-fi noir about a Star Wars-esque crew of bounty hunters trying to save a human settlement on Mars.
Tickets are available online. The single-screen theater is located at 4115 Butler Street in Lawrenceville (map).

Thursday, December 23, 2021

Pittsburgh's soul food (ピッツバーグのソウルフード) and Christmas.


Yasuda Women's University in Hiroshima sends cohorts of its English education students overseas each year for additional language training and cultural exchange, and since 2016 a group of students has come to the University of Pittsburgh's English Language Institute each fall and winter. Quick reports of their experirences and exchanges are blogged on Yasuda's Department of English and English/American Literature page. Entries cover Christmas, conversation partners, and Primanti Brothers ("Pittsburgh's soul food"). Program experiences like this are invaluable in helping students experience English as an actual language with real-life speakers, cultures, and meanings, rather than simply a school subject to be memorized and regurgitated.
Decorating a tree with her host family.

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Kishi Bashi in Pittsburgh, April 2.


Singer, multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter Kishi Bashi will perform at Thunderbird Cafe on April 2, 2022. His website provides an introduction:
Kishi Bashi is the pseudonym of singer, multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter Kaoru Ishibashi. Born in Seattle, Washington, Ishibashi grew up in Norfolk, Virginia where both of his parents were professors at Old Dominion University. As a 1994 graduate of Matthew Fontaine Maury High School, he went on to study film scoring at Berklee College of Music before becoming a renowned violinist. Ishibashi has recorded and toured internationally as a violinist with diverse artists such as Regina Spektor, Sondre Lerche, and most recently, the Athens, Georgia-based indie rock band, of Montreal. He remains based in Athens.
. . .
His latest album, Omoiyari (a Japanese word for the idea of creating compassion toward other people by thinking about them), was released in 2019. He is currently co-directing a feature length documentary of the same name about minority identity and the Incarceration of Japanese Americans in WWII.

In 2020 Kishi Bashi scored the entire soundtrack for the touching Apple TV+ kids show “Stillwater” with composer Toby Chu, and released it as an album featuring 18 tracks of uplifting orchestral tunes.

His new Emigrant EP, a very special companion piece to 'Omoiyari' is out physically and digitally now. Arranged and recorded over the last year, 'Emigrant EP' serves as a time capsule of the 2020 condition and a continuation of the concepts explored in 'Omoiyari'.
Tickets are now available online. The show is 18+ and attendees are required to show proof of vaccination. The Thunderbird Cafe & Music Hall is located at 4023 Butler St. in Lawrenceville (map).

Jasmine Cho named one of City-Paper's Pittsburgh's People of the Year.

Photo by Jared Wickerham.

Baker, author, and activist Jasmine Cho was named one of the Pittsburgh City-Paper's Pittsburgh's People of the Year.
Jasmine Cho’s activism has initiated conversations on race for years. As founder of online bakery Yummyholic and a self-declared “cookie activist,” she paints intricate portraits of Asian Americans with icing to give representation to the historically underrepresented community.

Dr. Freddie Fu named Pittsburgh Magazine's Pittsburgher of the Year for 2021.


The late Dr. Freddie Fu was named Pittsburgh Magazine's Pittsburgher of the Year for 2021.
With his boundless energy and spirited optimism, Dr. Freddie Fu built a world-class sports medicine program that turned Pittsburgh into a go-to international destination not only for surgeons, athletic trainers and physical therapists, but for many of the world’s best banged-up athletes

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Osechi-ryori, Japanese New Year's dishes, n Pittsburgh.


Highland Park's Teppanyaki Kyoto will again offer Osechi-ryori this year, available to order from December 21 through 27.
Hello everyone! As we are approaching the end of 2021, it is time to celebrate the new year's. In Japan, osechi riyori is a traditional dish enjoyed on New Year's day. As a part of the Japanese culture, it is often shared among family members and friends.

This year has been difficult time for small business restaurants like us. Fortunately, we were able to obtain the ingredients to make osechi riyori this year. So order your Osechi riyori before it sells out!

This special will be available to order from December 21 to December 27, pre-order only. Then the Osechi boxes can be picked up on December 30 or 31.

Order your Osechi Box before 12/27 8pm for pickup on 12/30 or 12/31 to enjoy, See the link in our bio. At- https://www.teppanyakikyoto.com/s/stories/traditional-japanese-new-year-food-oseichi-ryori?location=11eb2dced62400c78648ac1f6bbbd01e
Teppanyaki Kyoto is located at 5808 Bryant St. (map).

2003 Korean film Memories of Murder (살인의 추억) at Row House Cinema, from December 26.


Row House Cinema will present the 2003 Korean film Memories of Murder (살인의 추억) from December 26 through January 6 as part of its Staff Picks series.
Bong Joon-ho (Parasite) wrote and directed this fantastic crime thriller based on the real story of Korea’s first known serial killer. It’s widely considered one of the best films to ever come out of Korea and has been a longtime fav of our staff!
Tickets and showtime information is available online. The single-screen theater is located at 4115 Butler Street in Lawrenceville (map).

Saturday, December 11, 2021

Pittsburgh-based WholeRen Education (美国厚仁教育集团) hiring Mandarin-speaking Full Time Academic Tutor.



Pittsburgh-based Chinese education consulting and placement firm WholeRen Education (美国厚仁教育集团) has announced an opening for a Full Time Academic Tutor.

Pittsburgh Magazine reviews Squirrel Hill's Yue Bai Wei.

by Laura Petrilla for Pittsburgh Magazine.

Pittsburgh Magazine's Hal B. Klein has a review of Yue Bai Wei, which opened in June.
Smashed eggplant with hot pepper was the first dish I ordered at Yue Bai Wei. On a warm night in June, my pal Keith and I used a miniature pestle to pummel neat stacks of airy, pillowy slabs of eggplant dressed with sesame oil and piled high with fermented hot peppers and chopped scallions. As we tore our way through the intoxicating dish, I had flashbacks.

Everything came full circle when I learned that Yue Bai Wei’s executive chef and co-owner is Zhiyuan Tang. He is the same person who brought Sichuan Gourmet to prominence when he took over as executive chef of that Squirrel Hill restaurant in late 2017. I recall popping in for a snack one day in 2019, and the same dish was so unexpectedly tasty it prompted me to consider reviewing the restaurant. After a broader examination of the menu, I did, praising Tang for the way he improved the decade-old restaurant’s offerings.

Tang excelled in that kitchen but felt too constrained by long-standing customer expectations for a more generalized Chinese and Chinese-American restaurant to fully express his culinary chops, which are among the finest in Pittsburgh. That’s why he, his sister Li Tang and Alice Fu decided to break away from Sichuan Gourmet and open their establishment — Yue Bai Wei, which is located in the former Rose Tea Cafe space on Forbes Avenue.
See also his June write-up shortly after the restaurant rather suddenly opened.

Kagami mochi in Squirrel Hill.

Mini kagami mochi at Panda Supermarket in Squirrel Hill.

Friday, December 10, 2021

2021 Japanese film Drive My Car (ドライブ・マイ・カー) at Harris Theater, January 20 through 27.


The acclaimed 2021 Japanese film Drive My Car (ドライブ・マイ・カー) will play at the Harris Theater from January 20 through 27, 2022. A brief synospis from a December 7 NPR review:
The story follows a middle-aged Tokyo stage actor named Kafuku, superbly played by Hidetoshi Nishijima. He's a calm, mild-mannered guy who's been married for two decades to a screenwriter named Oto. We get a sense of their mutual devotion when we see Kafuku driving around in his bright red Saab, rehearsing his lines by listening to audio tapes that Oto has painstakingly recorded for him.

But their relationship is more complicated than it appears. Years ago, Kafuku and Oto experienced an agonizing loss that has led her to find solace — and perhaps something more — in relationships with other men. Kafuku has deep compassion for his wife, which doesn't make her betrayal any less painful. And then another tragedy strikes when Oto dies suddenly.
It will play at the Harris Theater in downtown's Cultural District (map), though tickets are not yet available.

Carnegie Mellon University hiring Part-time Research Analyst - Engineering and Public Policy; ability to work with data in Chinese preferred.

Carnegie Mellon University is hiring a Part-time Research Analyst - Engineering and Public Policy, with a preference for someone who can work with data in Chinese.

Carnegie Mellon University’s department of Engineering and Public Policy is searching for a part-time Research Analyst. This is an excellent opportunity for someone who thrives in an interesting and challenging work environment. You will contribute to the department by providing vital support by studying the effectiveness of environmental policy in China by analyzing large environmental compliance data sets using the techniques of applied microeconomics.

Thursday, December 9, 2021

Lunar New Year Celebration 2022 at Pitt, February 2.

via traveloriented.

The University of Pittsburgh's Asian Studies Center and Global Hub will host a Lunar New Year Celebration on February 2.
Join the Asian Studies Center and Global Hub for a Lunar New Year celebration in honor of the Year of the Tiger! Come for some light refreshments, crafts, a photobooth, performances, and more.
It runs from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm in the Global Hub on the first floor of Posvar Hall, and is free and open to members of the Pitt community who follow the university's COVID-19 safety protocols.

Pennsylvania seeking Request for Proposals for PA Japan Investment Representative position.


The State of Pennsylvania is seeing Requests for Proposals until February 4, 2022 for a PA Japan Investment Representative position.
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) seeks an experienced consultant or consultancy to serve as an authorized representative, to be based in and focused on Japan. The consultant will be expected to contribute to the growth and strength of the Commonwealth’s economy through the attraction of foreign direct investment to Pennsylvania and the creation of quality jobs, thus increasing the opportunities for economic prosperity for all Pennsylvanians.

The Consultant, in joint effort with DCED’s Office of International Business Development (OIBD), will be responsible for development of programs to attract investors to Pennsylvania. The consultant will have extensive contacts with the region’s government officials, industry associations, business communities, the U.S. Foreign Commercial Service (U.S. Department of Commerce), chambers of commerce, and other organizations (private and public) that will further the Commonwealth’s investment goals and objectives of the region.

New Japanese animated movie Sword Art Online the Movie Progressive: Aria of a Starless Night (劇場版 ソードアート・オンライン プログレッシブ 星なき夜のアリア) stays in Pittsburgh through December 15.


The 2021 Japanese animated movie apanese animated movie Sword Art Online the Movie Progressive: Aria of a Starless Night (劇場版 ソードアート・オンライン プログレッシブ 星なき夜のアリア), which opened in Pittsburgh on December 3, will stay here through at least December 15. A synopsis of the film that, based on a manga series:
Return to the death game where it all began—Sword Art Online. In this new Aincrad Arc by original creator Reki Kawahara, the story is seen through Asuna’s eyes. What at first seems like a dream come true quickly becomes a nightmare when newbie gamer Asuna Yuuki learns the only way to escape the virtual world of Aincrad is to beat all 100 levels—but “Game Over” means you die in the real world.
It will play locally at the AMC Loews Waterfront, and tickets are available online. Please note, some shows are in Japanese with English subtitles while others are dubbed in English.

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Wild Ninja Asian Grill opening in Oakland, December 9.


Wild Ninja Asian Grill will hold its grand opening on December 9. It's located at located at 210 Oakland Ave. (map) in what was formerly Uncle Sam's Gourmet Subs. Work has been been underway at the space since December 2019.

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

2003 Korean film Memories of Murder (살인의 추억) at Row House Cinema, from December 26.


Row House Cinema will present the 2003 Korean film Memories of Murder (살인의 추억) from December 26 through January 6 as part of its Staff Picks series.
Bong Joon-ho (Parasite) wrote and directed this fantastic crime thriller based on the real story of Korea’s first known serial killer. It’s widely considered one of the best films to ever come out of Korea and has been a longtime fav of our staff!
Tickets and showtime information is available online. The single-screen theater is located at 4115 Butler Street in Lawrenceville (map).

Macross Plus Movie Edition (マクロスプラス MOVIE EDITION) in Pittsburgh, December 14.


The Japanese animated film Macross Plus Movie Edition (マクロスプラス MOVIE EDITION), a threatrical cut of a 1994-1995 four-volume series, will play in Pittsburgh on December 14. From the distributor:
From the minds of vision creator Shoji Kawamori and co-director Shinichiro Watanabe, and featuring renowned composer Yoko Kanno, MACROSS PLUS MOVIE EDITION is an action-packed animated masterpiece made for the big screen!

In the year 2040, on the distant planet Eden, former childhood friends Isamu Dyson and Guld Bowman find themselves pitted against each other as test pilots of rival teams in a competition to decide the next generation of variable mecha fighters. The two must also deal with their own unresolved history with mutual love interest, Myung Fang Lone, who has returned as the manager of Sharon Apple, the AI pop star (virturoid) and the galaxy’s biggest singing sensation. When Sharon’s advanced artificial intelligence gains consciousness, Isamu, Myung, and Guld must face their turbulent past and come together as Sharon Apple becomes self-aware and takes control of the Macross battlefortress itself!
It will play locally at the AMC Loews Waterfront and the Cinemark Theaters in McCandless, Monaca, Monroeville, and Robinson. Tickets are available online.

Thursday, December 2, 2021

Pittsburgh Opera presents world premiere of In A Grove, based on short story by Ryūnosuke Akutagawa, from February 19.


Pittsburgh Opera will present In A Grove, based on short story by Ryūnosuke Akutagawa, from February 19.
Music by Christopher Cerrone, libretto by Stephanie Fleischmann, based on the short story by Ryūnosuke Akutagawa

A silent, expectant grove. A violent encounter between a man, a woman, and a notorious brigand.

Seven testimonies, each proposing a different perspective on the crime. Akutagawa’s classic short story “In a Grove,” which inspired the plot of Kurosawa’s renowned film Rashomon, offers a searing investigation into the impossibility and elusiveness of truth.

Epic and intimate, timeless and devastatingly timely, the story’s structure lends itself powerfully to music’s ability to conjure—via repetition and variation—how human perception, memory, and desire are fallible, imprecise, and subject to interference.

Join us for this unique world-premiere experience in a place where the ground shifts beneath your feet—a space of ambiguity and clarity, of beauty and menace, and of fragility and strength.
Performances are on February 19, 22, 25, and 27, and March 1 and 3, 2022. Tickets are now available. The theater is located at 2425 Liberty Ave. in the Strip District (map).

"The Chinese Laundrymen of Squirrel Hill" presentation by Squirrel Hill Historical Society, February 8.

Tom Yee Laundry in Homestead, circa 1925.

The Squirrel Hill Historical Society will present Tammy Hepps and her discussion on "The Chinese Laundrymen of Squirrel Hill" on February 8.
Homestead Jewish historian Tammy Hepps, homesteadhebrews.com, will discuss the traumatic dispersion of Chinese laborers after the transcontinental railroad was built, examining their lives as laundrymen in context the microcosm of Squirrel Hill and Homestead.
For much more information on early Chinese residents in the area, and the context, see this well-researched article from the Homestead Hebrews website, whence the photograph of Tom Yee Laundry in Homestead comes.

The talk begins at 7:30 pm and is tentatively planned for the Church of the Redeemer at 5700 Forbes Ave. (map), though recent discussions have just been held over Zoom.

Concert film Monsta X: The Dreaming in Pittsburgh, December 9 and 11.


The concert film Monsta X: The Dreaming will play in Pittsburgh on December 9 and 11.
Is it the knowingIs it the seeingOr Is It The DreamingBest known for their powerful, iconic, and superb performances, K-pop and pop band MONSTA X is loved by -and devoted to -their countless fans around the world.As a gift to their fandom, this brand-new film gives an intimate look at their rigorous journey over the past six years including exclusive one-on-one interviews with each individual member, personal stories from their time in America, and a special concert clip exclusively for MONBEBE. This unmissable cinema event also includes high-energy musical performances of their chart-topping hits along with an exclusive first-look at their upcoming album. Challenge, evolve, and dream. Celebrate the magnificent achievements and the stunning tomorrow of MONSTA X.
It plays locally at the AMC Loews Waterfront and the Cinemark theaters in Monroeville and Robinson, and tickets are avaiable online.

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

1988 film My Neighbor Totoro (となりのトトロ) in Pittsburgh, December 5, 6, 9.


The 1988 Studio Ghibli film My Neighbor Totoro (となりのトトロ) will play in Pittsburgh on December 5, 6, and 9, as part of Ghibli Fest 2021. From the distributor:
From the legendary Studio Ghibli, creators of Spirited Away and Ponyo, and Academy Award®-winning director Hayao Miyazaki, comes a classic tale of magic and adventure for the whole family.

When Satsuki and her sister Mei move with their father to a new home in the countryside, they find country life is not as simple as it seems. They soon discover that the house and nearby woods are full of strange and delightful creatures, including a gigantic but gentle forest spirit called Totoro, who can only be seen by children. Totoro and his friends introduce the girls to a series of adventures, including a ride aboard the extraordinary Cat Bus, in this all-ages animated masterpiece featuring the voices of Tim Daly, Lea Salonga, and real-life sisters Dakota and Elle Fanning, in early roles.
It plays locally at the AMC Loews Waterfront and the Cinemark theaters in Monroeville, North Hills, and Robinson. Tickets are available online, but please note that the December 5 and 9 shows are in English while the December 6 show is in Japanese with English subtitles.

Chinese, Korean, Japanese language kits available for check-out at Hampton Community Library.


Hampton Community Library has unveiled media and language kits for families, with Chinese, Japanese, and Korean packs among those offered.
Kits are designed to spark engagement between children & families. Use your library card to investigate, create, sing, dance, listen, speak & read!