Monday, October 31, 2022

New Chinese animated film New Gods: Yang Jian in Pittsburgh, November 4 through 9.


The new Chinese animated film New Gods: Yang Jian will play in Pittsburgh from November 4 through 9. From GKIDS, the distributor:
Thirteen years after Yang Jian (known to some as Erlang Shen) imprisoned his sister beneath a mountain, the once powerful god now scrapes by as a penniless bounty hunter. When a mysterious woman hires him for a new job, Yang Jian soon finds himself chasing down a familiar figure. He must stop Chenxiang, his long-lost nephew, who is in search of the magical lotus lantern that will free his mother, even if it will bring catastrophe. As Yang Jian confronts the actions of his past, he must face a host of dangerous vigilantes seeking the same treasure with the power to alter the balance of their worlds.

This latest entry in the New Gods universe from Light Chaser Animation (White Snake, New Gods: Nezha Reborn) features awe-inspiring action sequences set against breathtaking and wildly imaginative environments. Combining ancient lore with dazzling animation, New Gods: Yang Jian is a timeless adventure of epic proportions featuring one of China’s legendary mythic figures.
It plays locally, in Mandarin with English subtitles, at the AMC Loews Waterfront and tickets are available online.

Sunday, October 30, 2022

Modern Korean Cinema film series at Row House Cinema, November 11 - 17.

Decision to Leave (헤어질 결심)

Row House Cinema will present four Korean films as part of a Modern Korean Cinema film series from November 11 to 17: 2021's Midnight (미드나이트), 2016's Train to Busan (부산행), 2022's Decision to Leave (헤어질 결심), and 2022's Alienoid (외계+인 1부). Tickets are available online. The single-screen theater is located at 4115 Butler Street in Lawrenceville (map).
Alienoid (외계 + 인 1 부)

Mai Khoi & The Dissidents in concert at Alphabet City, November 30.


Mai Khoi & The Dissidents will play a free concert at Alphabet City---and broadcast online---on November 30.
City of Asylum artist-in-residence Mai Khôi presents a concert of brand-new music composed in collaboration with Pittsburgh-based pianist Mark Micchelli.

Khôi founded Mai Khôi and the Dissidents in Vietnam in 2017 as a vehicle to perform her genre-busting songs protesting government censorship and police violence. The band performed secretly at underground shows in Hanoi until threats from the Vietnamese government forced the band to change their name, then ultimately dissolve. Following Khôi’s exile to the United States, she reformed the band with local Pittsburgh musicians while continuing the group’s radical mission.

The American iteration of Mai Khôi and the Dissidents is an eclectic jazz-pop quintet that’s as likely to launch into a noisy protest song or collective improvisation as a lullaby or a love ballad. They have also toured Khôi’s multimedia stage show Bad Activist at high-profile venues in Pittsburgh, New York, and Las Vegas.
The show starts at 7:00 pm at Alphabet City at 40 W. North Ave. on the North Side (map). Tickets are free but registration for the in-person and online performances is required.

2021 Japanese animated movie Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time (シン・エヴァンゲリオン劇場版𝄇) in Pittsburgh, December 6, 8, 11.


The 2021 Japanese animated movie Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time (シン・エヴァンゲリオン劇場版𝄇) will play in Pittsburgh on December 6, 8, and 11. A summary, from Amazon Prime:
The fourth and final installment of the Rebuild of Evangelion. Misato and her anti-Nerv group Wille arrive in Paris, a city now red from core-ization. Crew from the flagship Wunder land on a containment tower.
It is scheduled to play at the AMC Loews Waterfront; the Cinemark theaters in Monroeville, North Hills, and Robinson; and the Chartiers Valley Luxury 14. Tickets are available online.

Friday, October 28, 2022

1934 Korean silent film Crossroads of Youth (청춘의 십자로) with live music and narration, November 5 at Pitt.

The University of Pittsburgh's Asian Studies Center will present the 1934 Korean silent film Crossroads of Youth (청춘의 십자로), accompanied by live music and byeonsa narration, on November 5.
During the silent film era in Korea, movie screenings were accompanied by live music and narrators call Byeonsa. This special screening of Crossroads of Youth invites you to encounter the film just as Korean audiences did in 1934. The Korean Film Archive and director Tae-young Kim have reimagined the traditional Byeonsa theatrical event, bringing together the film, live musicians, actors, and narration for a dynamic multimedia experience.
The screening will be held on the 7th floor of Alumni Hall (map). Tickets are free, though registration is required.

Thursday, October 27, 2022

2022 Japanese animated movie One Piece Film: Red in Pittsburgh, November 3 - 10.


The 2022 Japanese animated movie One Piece Film: Red will play in Pittsburgh November 3 through 10.
One of the most iconic anime and manga series of all time is about to get even bigger with the upcoming arrival of the big screen adventure, One Piece Film: Red. One Piece Film: Red centers around Uta, the most beloved singer in the world who is renowned for concealing her own identity. Now, for the first time ever, Uta will reveal herself to the world at a live concert.
It plays locally at many local theaters, including: the Cinemark theaters in Monaca, Monroeville, North Hills, and Robinson; the AMC theaters in Mt. Lebanon, South Hills, and Waterfront; and the Pittsburgh Mills Cinema, and tickets are available online. Please note, some shows are dubbed in English while others are in Japanese with English subtitles.

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

2002 movie Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (ゴジラ×メカゴジラ) in Pittsburgh, November 3.


The 2002 movie Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (ゴジラ×メカゴジラ) will play in Pittsburgh on November 3.
A new Godzilla causes the JSDF to construct a cyborg countermeasure from the original monster's remains. The beast's restless soul is discovered to inhabit the machine as the pilot must learn to find value in her own life. For the first time ever in US cinema's Toho Co Ltd and Fathom Events bring 2002's Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla to the silver screen in celebration of Godzilla Day! This limited time screening will feature never before seen on the big screen content direct from Japan along with an exclusive special message for the fans from Toho's Chief Godzilla Officer in Tokyo! Please note: The feature will be subtitled.
It is scheduled to play locally at the AMC Loews Waterfront, the PHoenix Theaters Chartiers Valley Luxury 14, and the Cinemark theater in Robinson, and tickets are available online.

Story Saturday: A Boy Named Isamu: A Story of Isamu Noguchi by James Yang, November 19 at Carnegie Museum of Art.


The Carnegie Museum of Art will present "Story Saturday: A Boy Named Isamu: A Story of Isamu Noguchi by James Yang" on November 19.

Join us in the Ailsa Mellon Bruce Decorative Arts and Design galleries for an in-person story time with curatorial assistant Alyssa Velazquez reading A Boy Named Isamu: A Story of Isamu Noguchi by James Yang followed by an art-making activity for children 12 and under.

Sunday, October 23, 2022

Refractions: Tishan Hsu & Ryan Inouye, November 3 at Carnegie Museum of Art.


The Carnegie Museum of Art will host a discussion with artist Tishan Hsu and Carnegie International associate curator Ryan Inouye on November 3. The event runs from 6:30 to 7:30 pm and is free and open to the public, though registration is required.

Join us for a series of in-person conversation-based readings, artist talks, and performances that position artists in the 58th Carnegie International in conversation with people across disciplines, practice, and geography. Designed to expand the context and experience of the exhibition, these live conversations will ignite the imagination with language, music, histories, cultural reflection, personal narratives, and more. Free, museum admission not required. Registration is encouraged, please register below.

Saturday, October 22, 2022

2022 Park Chan-wook film Decision to Leave (헤어질 결심) at Harris Theater, October 28 through November 10.


The 2022 Park Chan-wook film Decision to Leave (헤어질 결심) will play in Pittsburgh from October 28 through November 10.
After gracing us with his presence six years ago with his sumptuous and sexually-charged period thriller, THE HANDMAIDEN, master filmmaker Park Chan-wook returns with one of his most dizzying and riveting cinematic concoctions yet. During its rapturous reception at the Cannes Film Festival this year, where it netted Park the Best Director Award, the film was likened to VERTIGO and BASIC INSTINCT. While neither of those tantalizing comparisons is completely off the mark, they shortchange a work of furious vision and invention that finds one of the world’s greatest filmmakers operating at the top of his powers. Hotshot Busan detective Hae-jun’s latest case finds him staring deep into the eyes of a dead hiker and then up at the vertiginous cliff from which he fell. Was this an accident or was foul play involved? This is the riddle he must unravel when he interrogates the man’s Chinese wife, Seo-rae, a caretaker who doesn’t seem particularly heartbroken by the tragedy. Hae-jun dives headfirst into the case, but as he looks deep into Seo-rae’s eyes for answers, a different truth is beginning to build within him.
It plays locally at the Harris Theater in downtown's Cultural District (map), and tickets are available online. It plays in Korean and Mandarin with English subtitles. It will then play at the Row House Cinema from November 11 through 17.

"John Bingham's Diplomatic Career in Japan," October 25 at Mt. Lebanon Public Library (and online).

The Mt. Lebanon Public Library will host historian Sam Kidder on October 25 to discuss his book Of One Blood All Nations: John Bingham: Ohio Congressman's Diplomatic Career in Meiji Japan (1873-1885) on October 25.
Join us for a lecture and book signing with local historian and linguist Sam Kidder. In his book, Of One Blood All Nations: John Bingham: Ohio Congressman's Diplomatic Career in Meiji Japan (1873-1885), Kidder brings a wealth of experience in Japan to bear on exploring the lesser-known role of Ohio Congressman John Bingham. Best known as the father of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which guarantees fundamental rights to all Americans, including those who were formerly enslaved, Bingham was also a key figure in forming the foundational, bilateral ties between the United States and Japan. Though his service occurred from 1873-1885, Bingham remains the longest-serving U.S. chief diplomat in Japan. Kidder’s detailed account of Bingham’s foreign service will be of interest to anyone wanting to know more about early diplomatic and cultural relations between the United States and Japan. Bingham was born and grew up in Mercer, PA and Kidder will discuss his connections to this region. Kidder's book will be available for purchase and signing at the event.

After graduating from Beloit, Kidder served as a Korean linguist in the U.S. Army, then earned his master’s degree in East Asian Studies from Harvard. He did advanced study in Asian history at the University of Washington and as a Fulbright grantee at Yonsei University, Seoul. As a foreign service officer, he had posts in Seoul, Tokyo, and New Delhi, and later served as executive director of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan for eight years. Sam Kidder resides in Mt. Lebanon in Mission Hills.
The event runs from 1:30 to 2:30 pm in Meeting Room A at the Mt. Lebanon Public Library (map); it will also run simultaneously on Zoom. Registration is required and can be completed online.

Friday, October 21, 2022

Soju tasting with Korean film Midnight (미드나이트), November 14 at Row House Cinema.


As part of the upcoming Modern Korean Cinema series, Row House Cinema will host a soju tasting to accompany the November 14 screening of Midnight (미드나이트).
Wi Ha-Jun (star of Squid Game) stars as a brutal serial killer who ruthlessly hunts down a deaf woman through the streets of South Korea after she witnesses his brutal crime in a new thriller that will keep you guessing and leave you breathless.
. . .
Come watch a fantastic new Korean thriller and taste some soju — a Korean liquor made from sweet potatoes or rice. 21+
Tickets are available online. The single-screen theater is located at 4115 Butler Street in Lawrenceville (map).

1997 Wong Kar-wai film Happy Together (春光乍洩) with ReelQ and City of Asylum on October 26.


The 1997 Wong Kar-wai film Happy Together (春光乍洩), originally supposed to play last week as part of the ReelQ Film Festival, will instead play on October 26 at the City of Asylum's Alphabet City on the North Side and online.
One of the most searing romances of the 1990s, Wong Kar Wai’s emotionally raw, lushly stylized portrait of a relationship in breakdown casts Hong Kong superstars Tony Leung Chiu Wai and Leslie Cheung Kwok Wing as a couple traveling through Argentina and locked in a turbulent cycle of infatuation and destructive jealousy as they break up, make up, and fall apart again and again.
The show runs from 7:00 to 8:30 pm, both in person at Alphabet City (map) or online. It's free but registration is required.

Object Lesson: Wen-Ying Tsai, November 1 at University of Pittsburgh.


The University of Pittsburgh's University Art Gallery will host a discussion of a piece by Chinese-American artist Wen-Ying Tsai on November 1.
In 1971, the UAG acquired a work by Wen-Ying Tsai, an innovative Chinese-American artist best known for his cybernetic and light sculpture. The work has rarely been exhibited since that time. Join Prof. Alex Taylor and Vuk Vuković, PhD Student, as they take a closer look at Tsai’s work in the UAG collection. They will discuss Tsai’s work and discuss the special challenges of exhibiting and caring for kinetic sculpture.
The talk runs from 12:15 to 1:00 pm. Space is limited and registration is required.

Bunkasai (文化祭) with Pitt's Japanese Student Association, October 29.


The University of Pittsburgh's Japanese Student Assoication will present its annual Bunkasai (文化祭) celebration on October 29.
Pitt JSA's Bunkasai is coming!! This year's event will be on October 29th from 11am - 2pm in the WPU Assembly Room!! Come join us 👻 This year's theme is Yokai/Folklore so get ready for all the spooky things we have in store 😈 Bunkasai will be a fun filled event with booths, performances, games and FREE FOOD 🍣 You do not have to be in JSA to come, or even a Pitt student! Bunkasai will be open to the public, so bring your friends 👹
The Assembly Room is located on the first floor of the William Pitt Union (map).

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Modern Korean Cinema film series coming to Row House Cinema, November 11 - 17.


Row House Cinema will present four Korean films as part of a Modern Korean Cinema film series from November 11 to 17: 2021's Midnight (미드나이트), 2016's Train to Busan (부산행), 2022's Decision to Leave (헤어질 결심), and 2022's Alienoid (외계+인 1부). Tickets are available online. The single-screen theater is located at 4115 Butler Street in Lawrenceville (map).

Slam Poetry with Asia Samson, November 15 at Pitt-Johnstown.

The University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown Program Board will present Slam Poetry with Asia Samson on November 15.
Since 2009, The Asia Project has toured over 2000 colleges with an acoustic music poetry act that has amazed audiences all over the country. On the microphone is Asia Samson: writer, poet and part-time ninja. He has been seen on HBO Def Poetry Jam and has shared the stage with such artists as Janelle Monae, Jill Scott, DMX, Mos Def, Dead Prez and KRS-One. Accompanying him on the guitar is his brother-in-law Jollan who uses music to create an atmosphere that brings poetry to emotional levels you would never expect. They have been featured on HBO Def Poetry, Button Poetry, TEDx, NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest, SoFar Sounds, Story Conference, and Entrepreneur’s Organization. They have worked with companies such as the US Military, Nokia, Disney, To Write Love On Her Arms and AEvolve. They have broken college-booking records for the most booked poetry act in the college market garnering them the awards of APCA College Performer of the Year and thrice APCA Spoken Word Artist of the Year.
The event start at 8:00 pm in the Student Union at UPJ, and registration is required.

New Chinese movie Home Coming (万里归途) in Pittsburgh, from October 21.


The 2022 Chinese movie Home Coming (万里归途) will play in Pittsburgh from October 21 through 26.
War broke out in Numia, Dawei Zong (Yi ZHANG), a Chinese diplomat previously stationed in Numia, and Lang Cheng (Junkai WANG), a new attaché in the Chinese Foreign Ministry, are sent to assist in the evacuation of Chinese nationals. Upon completion of the original task, they found out that a group of stranded Chinese led by Hua Bai, the General Manager of Huaxing Company Numia Branch, was heading towards a meeting point at the border for evacuation. Zong and Cheng decided to brave the war zone. The last 100 kilometers of distance saw how these two unarmed diplomats took 125 people through gunfires and desert back home.
It plays locally at the AMC Loews Waterfront, in Mandarin Chinese with English subtitles, and tickets are available online.

2022 Canadian documentary Eternal Spring (长春) in Pittsburgh, from October 21.


The 2022 Canadian documentary Eternal Spring (长春) will play in Pittsburgh from October 21 through 26. From the official site:
In March 2002, a state TV signal in China gets hacked by members of the banned spiritual group Falun Gong. Their goal is to counter the government narrative about their practice.

In the aftermath, police raids sweep Changchun City, and comic book illustrator Daxiong (Justice League, Star Wars), a Falun Gong practitioner, is forced to flee. He arrives in North America, blaming the hijacking for worsening an already violent repression. But his views are challenged when he meets the lone surviving participant to have escaped China, now living in Seoul, South Korea.

Combining present-day footage with 3D animation inspired by Daxiong’s art, Eternal Spring (長春) retraces the event on its 20th anniversary, and brings to life an unprecedented story of defiance told through harrowing eyewitness accounts of persecution and incredible artistry. Eternal Spring is an exhilarating tale of determination to speak up for political and religious freedoms, no matter the cost.
It plays locally at the AMC Loews Waterfront, in Mandarin Chinese with English subtitles, and tickets are available online.

Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Pitt hiring Head, East Asian Library.

The University of Pittsburgh is hiring a Head of its East Asian Library. From the job ad:

The University of Pittsburgh Library System (ULS) is seeking a dynamic librarian and Chinese specialist to head its East Asian Library (EAL) and to promote the services and unique materials that support teaching and research at the University of Pittsburgh. Reporting to the Associate University Librarian for Archives & Special Collections, this position provides strategic leadership in research support, collection building, and innovative, technology-enhanced library services and programming within the EAL. Additionally, the position focuses on primarily supporting Chinese language librarianship in a regional and global context.

The ULS maintains one of the nation’s major East Asian collections with nearly half a million volumes in Chinese, Japanese and Korean studies and over 8,000 electronic resources. While the largest part of the collection is made up of Chinese materials, the growth of the Korean and Japanese areas in recent years has been robust. There are notable strengths in classics, literature, archeology, Ming-Qing and modern history, art history, politics, economic history, linguistics and pedagogy, contemporary religious studies, film studies, medical history, and Japanese woodblock prints (ukiyo-e). The EAL is also particularly known for innovative digital humanities projects, such as the CR/10 Project which comprises over 100 interviews of Chinese men and women who shared their memories of the decade-long Cultural Revolution. EAL subsequently created a feature-length film on the project. Additionally, as the holder of the largest collection of Chinese village gazetteers in North America, the EAL created an innovative database that provides access to detailed economic, historical and socio-political data extracted from the gazetteers.

Monday, October 17, 2022

1934 Korean silent film Crossroads of Youth (청춘의 십자로) with live music and narration, November 5 at Pitt.


via @crossroadofyouth 

The University of Pittsburgh's Asian Studies Center will present the 1934 Korean silent film Crossroads of Youth (청춘의 십자로), accompanied by live music and byeonsa narration, on November 5.
During the silent film era in Korea, movie screenings were accompanied by live music and narrators call Byeonsa. This special screening of Crossroads of Youth invites you to encounter the film just as Korean audiences did in 1934. The Korean Film Archive and director Tae-young Kim have reimagined the traditional Byeonsa theatrical event, bringing together the film, live musicians, actors, and narration for a dynamic multimedia experience.
The screening will be held on the 7th floor of Alumni Hall (map). Tickets are free, though registration is required.

Sunday, October 16, 2022

2001 Japanese film Spirited Away (千と千尋の神隠し) in Pittsburgh, October 30 - November 2.


The 2001 Japanese film Spirited Away (千と千尋の神隠し) will play in Pittsburgh from October 30 through November 2, part of this year's Studio Ghibli Fest. From the distributor:
Winner of the Academy Award® for Best Animated Feature, Hayao Miyazaki’s wondrous fantasy adventure is a dazzling masterpiece from one of the most celebrated filmmakers in the history of animation.

Chihiro’s family is moving to a new house, but when they stop on the way to explore an abandoned village, her parents undergo a mysterious transformation and Chihiro is whisked into a world of fantastic spirits ruled over by the sorceress Yubaba. Put to work in a magical bathhouse for spirits and demons, Chihiro must use all her wits to survive in this strange new place, find a way to free her parents and return to the normal world. Overflowing with imaginative creatures and thrilling storytelling, Spirited Away became a worldwide smash hit, and is one of the most critically-acclaimed films of all time.
It plays locally at the AMC Loews Waterfront; the Cinemark theaters in Monroeville, North Hills, and Robinson; and the Chartiers Valley Luxury 14. Tickets are available online; please note, some shows are in English with Japanese subtitles and some are dubbed in English.

Friday, October 14, 2022

Commonwealth Charter Academy hiring High School World Language- Japanese Teacher for 2022-2023 school year at Homestead Family Service Center.

Commonwealth Charter Academy is hiring High School World Language- Japanese Teacher for 2022-2023 school year. The online position will be based out of Homestead. From the job description:

High School World Language- Japanese Teacher
Position Description
Working from one of our Family Service Centers, the Secondary Teacher will "virtually” manage instructional programs. Through use of the telephone, Internet and various curriculum tools they will consult regularly with learning coaches and students to ensure that each child successfully completes his/her instructional program

1977 Japanese film House (ハウス) at Row House CInema, October 21 through 31.



The 1977 Japanese psychedelic thriller House (ハウス) will play at the Row House Cinema from October 21 through 31 as part of its Row House of Horrors series. "The film," says Wikipedia,
is about a schoolgirl traveling with her six classmates to her ailing aunt's country home, where they come face to face with supernatural events as the girls are, one by one, devoured by the home.
Ticket and showtime information is available online. The single-screen theater is located at 4115 Butler Street in Lawrenceville (map).

Thursday, October 13, 2022

1972 Japanese film Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance (子連れ狼 子を貸し腕貸しつかまつる) at Row House Cinema, November 4 - 10.


he 1972 Japanese film Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance (子連れ狼 子を貸し腕貸しつかまつる) will play in Pittsburgh on November 4 - 10, part of the Row House Cinema's Film Club Picks series.
Do you watch The Mandalorian? Well it’s based on this amazing Japanese film. In this first film of the Lone Wolf and Cub series, adapted from the manga by Kazuo Koike, we are told the story of the Lone Wolf and Cub’s origin. When an official Shogunate executioner is framed for disloyalty by the Yagyu clan, he wages a one-man war against them with only his infant son at his side.
Tickets are available online. The single-screen theater is located at 4115 Butler Street in Lawrenceville (map).

2021 Japanese animated movie Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time (シン・エヴァンゲリオン劇場版𝄇) in Pittsburgh, December 6, 8, 11.


The 2021 Japanese animated movie Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time (シン・エヴァンゲリオン劇場版𝄇) will play in Pittsburgh on December 6, 8, and 11. A summary, from Amazon Prime:
The fourth and final installment of the Rebuild of Evangelion. Misato and her anti-Nerv group Wille arrive in Paris, a city now red from core-ization. Crew from the flagship Wunder land on a containment tower.
It is scheduled, so far, to play at the AMC Loews Waterfront, though more theaters may be announced later. Tickets are available online.

Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Ansys, in Canonsburg, hiring Mandarin-speaking Sales Development Representative.

Ansys, headquartered in Canonsburg, is hiring a Mandarin-speaking Sales Development Representative.
This position plays a key role in creating and developing opportunities for new business by generating qualified leads for the ANSYS, Inc. sales team. The focus is to nurture leads with the intent of delivering qualified opportunities to sales based on predetermined criteria. In addition to lead generation and development, the Sales Development Representative is responsible for engaging customers during ANSYS event and tradeshows, updating the CRM databases with information gathered with every prospect contact. Lead development responsibilities require significant engagement (i.e. email and tele-prospecting) in a business to business environment and use of internet/internal database resources to identify and profile new customers. The Sales Development Representative is an active team player, fostering sales and marketing collaboration and alignment towards joint goals.

 

Tuesday, October 11, 2022

"The Kimono: From Tradition to High Fashion," October 17 at Pitt.

via AnOther magazine 

The University of Pittsburgh's Asian Studies Center will present Melissa Marra-Alvarez and her talk "The Kimono: From Tradition to High Fashion" on October 17.
Since the opening of Japan’s borders to the West in the late nineteenth century, the kimono has become a dynamic and evolving source of inspiration for global fashion design, particularly in the West. It has had an impact on early haute couture and influenced the “Japanese Fashion Revolution” of the 1980s, as well as the work of contemporary fashion designers. This presentation will examine the kimono as a sophisticated garment that has continually influenced the evolution of fashion.
The talk runs from 3:00 to 4:00 pm in 4130 Posvar Hall, and is free and open to the public. It is part of Pitt's International Week programming.

Monday, October 10, 2022

New(ish) food truck in Oakland: Hundred Miles Crepes.


A food truck serving Chinese crepes, skewers, and sandwiches opened in August in Oakland: Hundred Miles Crepes.

Hal B. Klein of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette profiled the restaurant shortly after it opened:
Hundred Miles Crepes, owned by Gloria Pei and Kevin Gao, is likely Pittsburgh’s first food truck focused on Chinese street food. The specialty of the house is jian bing, a savory breakfast crepe that was created nearly 2,000 years ago in Shandong, a province in northeastern China, and is now widespread throughout the country.

"We are hoping to introduce people who aren’t familiar with these dishes to a whole new style of fast food," says Pei.

Ning Zhao is the food truck's chef. He's worked in Pittsburgh kitchens for more than 10 years, including stints at Chengdu Gourmet in Squirrel Hill and Hunan Bar in Oakland. The tasty crepes are made from a batter of several types of wheat and dried mung bean powder topped with a cracked egg, studded with black sesame seeds and cooked on a griddle. He rolls the crepe with crispy wonton crackers, lettuce and onion, and extra fillings including sausage, Spam, braised meat and shredded pig ear.

"What's nice is that you can have something very simple or you can get it loaded with a bunch of things" Pei says.

The menu also includes a handful of cold appetizers such as shredded potato salad and beef tendon with green onions along with Chinese lamb and pork sandwiches. The owners say they plan on adding a few more items, including meat skewers cooked on a hibachi grill, in the next few weeks.
The truck is parked near the intersection of Fifth and Ruskin Aves., in front of Clapp Hall (map).

Fantuan hiring Mandarin-speaking Business Development Specialist.


Fantuan, a delivery service catering to Asian restaurants and groceries that expanded to Pittsburgh in 2020, is hiring a Mandarin-speaking Business Development Specialist.
Fantuan was founded in Vancouver, Canada in 2014. With the mission of “life made easier,” we are now the largest Asian food service platform in North America. Our goal is to provide a one-stop platform connecting people and their local communities. In addition to food delivery services, our business also includes advertising and promotion, online shopping malls, self-pickup, and other online services. We invite you to explore how Fantuan can help you advance your career and fulfill your goals. Apply online now!

Responsibilities:

· Formulate marketing strategies and complete strategic goals based on the development needs of the platform.

· Develop promotional plans to increase brand awareness.

· Build relationships with target groups, including schools, professional associations, and other potential partners.

· Understand customer needs and carry out marketing activities.

· Actively expand business partners and maintain relations with existing partners.

· Achieve the monthly sales and order number targets.

· Formulate user manual to help customers register, install and use company products.

· Organize Offline promotion of company products

· Travel to, visit, and conduct sales activities with customers.

· Analysis of sales data,Manage sales activities and results.

Sunday, October 9, 2022

2016 Japanese animated movie A Silent Voice (聲の形) in Pittsburgh, at Waterfront and Monroeville, October 12.



The 2016 Japanese animated movie A Silent Voice (聲の形 will play in Pittsburgh on October 12. From the distributor:
Based on the best-selling manga series by Yoshitoki Ōima, A SILENT VOICE is the poignant and moving story of Shōya Ishida, a school bully, and Shōko Nishimiya, a young girl with a hearing disability. Their story begins in sixth grade when Shōko transfers to Shōya’s elementary school and quickly finds herself bullied and isolated. Years later, the tables turn, and Shōya finds himself isolated and alone. A SILENT VOICE depicts the struggles and challenges of adolescence alongside coming-of-age outside the norm.
It plays locally at the Cinemark theater in Monroeville and the AMC Loews Waterfront, and tickets are available online.

Saturday, October 8, 2022

2022 Park Chan-wook film Decision to Leave (헤어질 결심) in Pittsburgh, October 28 through November 10.


The 2022 Park Chan-wook film Decision to Leave (헤어질 결심) will play in Pittsburgh from October 28 through November 10.
After gracing us with his presence six years ago with his sumptuous and sexually-charged period thriller, THE HANDMAIDEN, master filmmaker Park Chan-wook returns with one of his most dizzying and riveting cinematic concoctions yet. During its rapturous reception at the Cannes Film Festival this year, where it netted Park the Best Director Award, the film was likened to VERTIGO and BASIC INSTINCT. While neither of those tantalizing comparisons is completely off the mark, they shortchange a work of furious vision and invention that finds one of the world’s greatest filmmakers operating at the top of his powers. Hotshot Busan detective Hae-jun’s latest case finds him staring deep into the eyes of a dead hiker and then up at the vertiginous cliff from which he fell. Was this an accident or was foul play involved? This is the riddle he must unravel when he interrogates the man’s Chinese wife, Seo-rae, a caretaker who doesn’t seem particularly heartbroken by the tragedy. Hae-jun dives headfirst into the case, but as he looks deep into Seo-rae’s eyes for answers, a different truth is beginning to build within him.
It plays locally at the Harris Theater in downtown's Cultural District (map), and tickets are available online. It plays in Korean and Mandarin with English subtitles.

Tuesday, October 4, 2022

2021 Taiwanese film Moneyboys (金錢男孩MONEYBOYS) at 2022 Reel Q Film Fest, October 8.


The 2021 Taiwanese film Moneyboys (金錢男孩MONEYBOYS) will play in Pittsburgh on October 8 as part of the 2022 Reel Q Pittsburgh LGBT Film Festival.
Fei works illegally as a hustler in order to support his family, yet when he realizes they are willing to accept his money but not his way of life, there is a major breakdown in their relations. Through his relationship to the headstrong Long, Fei seems able to find a new lease on life, but then he encounters Xiaolai, the love of his youth, who confronts him with the guilt of his repressed past.
It plays on the 8th at the Row House Cinema in Lawrenceville (map), and tickets are available online.

2022 Japanese animated movie One Piece Film: Red in Pittsburgh, November 3 - 10.


The 2022 Japanese animated movie One Piece Film: Red will play in Pittsburgh November 3 through 10.
One of the most iconic anime and manga series of all time is about to get even bigger with the upcoming arrival of the big screen adventure, One Piece Film: Red. One Piece Film: Red centers around Uta, the most beloved singer in the world who is renowned for concealing her own identity. Now, for the first time ever, Uta will reveal herself to the world at a live concert.
It plays locally at the Cinemark theaters in Monaca and Monroeville, and tickets are available online. Please note, some shows are dubbed in English while others are in Japanese with English subtitles.

Monday, October 3, 2022

Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program Information Session, October 19 at Pitt.

The University of Pittsburgh's Asian Studies Center will hold its annual Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program Information Session on October 19.
Please join us at this information session to learn more about the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) program in room 4130 Posvar Hall, on the 4th floor of W. Wesley Posvar Hall.
The hybrid event starts at 6:00 pm and registration is required.

Sunday, October 2, 2022

Many More Asian Market to move to new location closer to Strip District.


Many More Asian Market, currently located at 3050 Smallman St. near the border of Lawrenceville and the Strip District (map), will soon move to a location a few blocks southwest. It will be located at 2767 Liberty Ave (map). There is no timetable for the move, but information about the project is available from the City of Pittsburgh Department of City Planning. Many More Asian Market opened in October 2013.

芋见BAO / Meet Bao opening Craig St. location soon.


The second location for Oakland restaurant 芋见BAO, formally known as Meet Bao is set to open soon a few blocks away on Craig St. Signage is up for its soft opening, and the restaurant was cleared to open recently by the Allegheny County Health Department. It will be located at 400 S. Craig St. (map) which was home to Yumwok / Lulu's Noodles for several decades before closing in June.

Saturday, October 1, 2022

The Peking Acrobats featuring The Shanghai Circus, October 12 in Pittsburgh.


The Peking Acrobats featuring The Shanghai Circus will perform downtown at the PNC Theatre on October 12.
This event is presented in partnership with the Pittsburgh Chinese Cultural Center. This attraction has been called "incredible," "breathtaking," "stunning," and "quite unbelievable," to quote but a few of the critics. As a special treat for fans of THE PEKING ACROBATS, this all new production now features performers from THE SHANGHAI CIRCUS to create a very special Chinese Acrobatic extravaganza unlike any other! The amalgamation of THE PEKING ACROBATS and THE SHANGHAI CIRCUS offers the unique talents and the very best of both shows.

For the last thirty one years,THE PEKING ACROBATS have redefined audience perceptions of Chinese acrobatics. They perform daring maneuvers atop a precarious pagoda of chairs and display their technical prowess at such arts as trick-cycling, precision tumbling, juggling, somersaulting, and gymnastics. They push the limits of human ability, defying gravity with amazing displays of contortion, flexibility, and control.THE PEKING ACROBATS are often accompanied by live musicians who skillfully play traditional Chinese instruments; the time-honored Chinese music coalesces with high-tech special effects and awe-inspiring acrobatic feats, creating an exuberant entertainment event with the festive pageantry of a Chinese Carnival.

THE PEKING ACROBATS are part of a time-honored Chinese tradition, rooted in centuries of Chinese history and folk art. Tradition demands that each generation of acrobats add its own improvements and embellishments; because of this, high honor is conferred upon those skilled enough to become acrobats. THE PEKING ACROBATS seek to uphold this rich and ancient folk art tradition, bringing it to new technical heights while integrating twenty-first century technology.

“THE PEKING ACROBATS [are] pushing the envelope of human possibility,” combining agility and grace in remarkable feats of “pure artistry.”—Clive Davis of the New York Post
Tickets for the 7:00 pm show are available online. The PNC Theatre is located at 350 Forbes Ave. (map).

2016 Japanese animated movie A Silent Voice (聲の形) in Pittsburgh, October 12.



The 2016 Japanese animated movie A Silent Voice (聲の形 will play in Pittsburgh on October 12. From the distributor:
Based on the best-selling manga series by Yoshitoki Ōima, A SILENT VOICE is the poignant and moving story of Shōya Ishida, a school bully, and Shōko Nishimiya, a young girl with a hearing disability. Their story begins in sixth grade when Shōko transfers to Shōya’s elementary school and quickly finds herself bullied and isolated. Years later, the tables turn, and Shōya finds himself isolated and alone. A SILENT VOICE depicts the struggles and challenges of adolescence alongside coming-of-age outside the norm.
It plays locally at the Cinemark theater in Monroeville, though more theaters may be announced later, and tickets are available online.

U Had To Be There: K-Pop DJ Night, October 8 at Hard Rock Cafe Pittsburgh.


U Had To Be There will present a K-Pop DJ Night on October 8 at the Hard Rock Cafe Pittsburgh.
U Had To Be There: K-Pop DJ Night

featuring a night of DJ curated K-Pop music from BTS, Blackpink, Big Bang, EXO and more!
The show is 21+ and starts at 7:00 pm, and tickets are available online. The Hard Rock Cafe is located at 230 W. Station Square Drive (map) in Station Square.