Showing posts with label COVID-19. Show all posts
Showing posts with label COVID-19. Show all posts

Friday, September 4, 2020

September screenings of 2019 Chinese documentary Our Time Machine (时光机) cancelled due to Rangos Giant Cinema's closure.



The 2019 Chinese documentary Our Time Machine (时光机) was to play online via Carnegie Science Center's Rangos Giant Cinema from September 11 but it, and other upcoming events, are cancelled due to the cinema's closure for the foreseeable future.
The Rangos Giant Cinema is closed indefinitely due to the challenging circumstances created by the COVID-19 pandemic.
It will still be available online via dozens of other theaters nationwide from September 11 through 25.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Replay of "A Conversation Too Long Ignored: How COVID-19, Xenophobia and Systemic Racism Disenfranchise the Marginalized Communities of Pittsburgh" from Pitt Diversity Forum 2020 now available.



This year's installment of the annual Pitt Diversity Forum, titled Advancing Social Justice: A Call To Action, featured a number of topics related to Asian-America and xenophobia on July 29. A replay of the livestream of "A Conversation Too Long Ignored: How COVID-19, Xenophobia and Systemic Racism Disenfranchise the Marginalized Communities of Pittsburgh" with Marian M. Lien, Josiah Gilliam, and James Cook is now available:

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Topics on Asian-America, xenophobia at Pitt Diversity Forum 2020, July 28 to 30.



This year's installment of the annual Pitt Diversity Forum, titled Advancing Social Justice: A Call To Action, will feature a number of topics related to Asian-America and xenophobia. It is open to the Pitt community and runs from July 28 to 30. Particularly relevant topics include, on July 29:

A Conversation Too Long Ignored: How COVID-19, Xenophobia and Systemic Racism Disenfranchise the Marginalized Communities of Pittsburgh (Livestream)
Marian M. Lien, Josiah Gilliam, and James Cook

As the pandemic escalated with cases, it also intensified daily impacts of systemic racism on Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). Facilitators at this workshop will discuss local perspectives of how racist and xenophobic incidents including physical and verbal assaults have dramatically increased against the Asian and Asian American populations, and how the pandemic has negatively affected the BIPOC communities who were already experiencing limited access to health care, paid sick leave, economic insecurity, and higher rates of underlying conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and respiratory illnesses that make COVID-10 infections deadly. They will share organizational and community action plans, as well as creating alliances, partnerships, and coalitions to reach a racial equity vision.

Monday, June 29, 2020

Applications for APALA Pittsburgh COVID-19 cash assistance available in English and Chinese (so far).



The Asian Pacific American Labor Association Pittsburgh branchhas opened applications for a COVID-19 cash assistance program for those unable to receive stimulus funds earlier in the year. Application information is available in English and Chinese.
Are you in financial stress because of COVID? Were you ineligible to receive the federal stimulus money? APALA Pittsburgh is taking applications for COVID-19 cash relief! Anyone in Southwestern PA who did not qualify for a federal COVID-19 Economic Impact Payment earlier this year is eligible to apply.

Apply online: http://bit.ly/3ib891K

The application form is currently available in English and Simplified Chinese. We may be adding Vietnamese and Korea. Let us know if you need other language support.

If you have any questions, please DM us, text or leave a voicemail at 412-532-8517, or email apalapgh@gmail.com.

Friday, June 12, 2020

Pittsburgh Magazine profiles Brian Deutsch, of Panda Supermarket and University of Pittsburgh, on working through the pandemic.



The June 2020 Pittsburgh Magazine profiles Brian Deutsch, of Panda Supermarket and the University of Pittsburgh, on working through the pandemic.
The juxtaposition in his employment — one allowing work from home and the other requiring face-to-face contact with coworkers and customers — has also drawn his attention to the divide between those with the luxury to self-quarantine and work from home and those who must continue to work. “I hope that as we move towards reopening and getting back to more familiar routines that we stop and think, how can we make these routines serve us and serve our communities better because like I said, going back to normal isn’t a good thing,” Deutsch says. “So I hope we take some time to figure out how we want our new lives to look.”

Station Square's Kiku Japanese Restaurant reopens, but reservations are required.

Kiku Japanese Restaurant, routinely named among the best sushi places in the city, has reopened for in-person diners, though reservations are required and seating restrictions are in place. Their Facebook page has detailed their new policies and procedures; in short, they are requiring online reservations for guests


Saturday, May 30, 2020

[Pittsburgh City-Paper] At Home With: Jasmine M. Cho.


"Resistance Auntie" cookie, via jasminemcho.com 

The Pittsburgh City-Paper profiles baker, artist, author, and activist Jasmine M. Cho in its latest "At Home With" installment. She talks quarantine, census cookies, and theraputic baking.
I started questioning the value of my craft and was grappling with the sense of limbo I was in and the rising anti-Asian racism and violence I was constantly seeing in the news. May, being Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM), completely shifted everything again for me. I had several work opportunities return that allowed me to share my cookie art in creative projects that not only helped me combat the emotional low I was in but also gave me a chance to encourage the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities at large. It's given me enough momentum and reconnection with my work to keep me creating regularly through this pandemic.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

"BurghMeetsWorld: Addressing Anti-Asian Racism and Building Solidarity," (online) with The Global Switchboard, May 28.



The Global Switchboard presents "BurghMeetsWorld: Addressing Anti-Asian Racism and Building Solidarity" online on May 28.
Join us for a community conversation on addressing anti-Asian racism and building solidarity during COVID-19.

The COVID-19 crisis has intensified the racism and xenophobia that have always pervaded our society and systems. Since the outbreak of the pandemic, we have witnessed heightened anti-Asian racism, hate, and violence across the world. Black, LatinX, indigenous, and newcomer communities have been impacted disproportionately by the pandemic, forced to bear higher health and economic costs. How do we bridge the divide between and within our communities to stand in collective solidarity, both during and beyond the pandemic?

BurghMeetsWorld serves as an outlet for people to share their experiences and connect with each other in Pittsburgh and across the world. Our goal is to create a safe space for communities to come together to discuss their experiences and concerns around racism and xenophobia, to think collectively through the ways we can stand in solidarity, and take action to combat racial injustices.
The talk runs from 6:00 to 7:30 pm on the 28th. The event takes place on Zoom and those interested should register in order to receive the link.

Monday, May 25, 2020

North Oakland's TW Kitchen to reopen for takeout orders, June 1.



Oakland's TW Kitchen, a Taiwanese restaurant that temporarily closed on March 21, announced tonight it will reopen for takeout orders from June 1.
Hello everyone! We are happy to announce that we will be reopening our business on June 1, for takeout only. We will be limiting walk-ins to 3 customers at a time and require that everyone entering must wear a mask.

大家好,我們很高興將在6月1日重新開張, 歡迎舊語新知惠顧。 為了大家的安全,一次將只最多容許3人進入,並請你配戴口罩。謝謝合作!
TW Kitchen opened in March 2019 and is located at 192 N. Craig St. (map).

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Asian clothing boutique Ehua Fashion reopens.



Ehua Fashion, a Chinese-owned clothing boutique in Squirrel Hill that closed due to COVID-19 in March, has reopened. Ehua first opened in 2016 at 5865 Forbes Ave. (map) and now asks its customers to wear marks in the store and practice social distancing.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Many More Asian Market reopens its doors.


via @ManyMoreAsianMarket

Many More Asian Market has opened its doors to the public today after switching to pick-up only on March 24.
We are ready!! Today will be the first day we “re-open” to the public! Mask must be wore at all time, and please try the best to practices 6 feet social distance~ glove will also be provided if needed! There will be a queue policy in effect also... we will be limiting on how many people are at the store at the same time. Please be patient with us since there will be a lot of uncertainty going on. Thank you and sorry for any inconvenience it caused!
The Asian grocery is located at 3050 Smallman St., at the northeastern end of the Strip District (map).

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Many More Asian Market eyes reopening.


via @manymoreasianmarket

Many More Asian Market, which has been closed to customers (but open for pick-up and personal shopping) since March 24, is planning to reopen its doors soon. A recent Facebook post shows the construction of a protected cash register area. The Asian grocery is located at 3050 Smallman St., at the northeastern end of the Strip District (map).

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

"BurghMeetsWorld: Addressing Anti-Asian Racism and Building Solidarity," (online) with The Global Switchboard, May 28.



The Global Switchboard presents "BurghMeetsWorld: Addressing Anti-Asian Racism and Building Solidarity" online on May 28.
Join us for a community conversation on addressing anti-Asian racism and building solidarity during COVID-19.

The COVID-19 crisis has intensified the racism and xenophobia that have always pervaded our society and systems. Since the outbreak of the pandemic, we have witnessed heightened anti-Asian racism, hate, and violence across the world. Black, LatinX, indigenous, and newcomer communities have been impacted disproportionately by the pandemic, forced to bear higher health and economic costs. How do we bridge the divide between and within our communities to stand in collective solidarity, both during and beyond the pandemic?

BurghMeetsWorld serves as an outlet for people to share their experiences and connect with each other in Pittsburgh and across the world. Our goal is to create a safe space for communities to come together to discuss their experiences and concerns around racism and xenophobia, to think collectively through the ways we can stand in solidarity, and take action to combat racial injustices.
The talk runs from 6:00 to 7:30 pm on the 28th. The event takes place on Zoom and those interested should register in order to receive the link.

"Xenophobia and COVID-19: Strategies to Support Asian American Communities," May 20 (online) at Pitt.



The Center on Race and Social Problems at the University of Pittsburgh will present "Xenophobia and COVID-19: Strategies to Support Asian American Communities" on May 20 with Dr. Richard Lee of the University of Minnesota. The talk starts at 12:00 pm and registration can be completed online.

Friday, May 15, 2020

20% off orders of $20 or more at Shadyside's Kawaii Gifts.


Daiso products, Splatoon plushies, via @KawaiiBuzz

Kawaii Gifts in Shadyside, specializing in cute Japanese products and collectibles, is offering 20% off orders of $20 or more with the promo code 2020sucks. The store is located at 738 Coplenad St. (map) but its physical location has been closed since March 14.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Garfield's Soju to reopen for take-out orders on May 14.



Soju, the Korean fusion restaurant in Garfield, will reopen for take-out orders on Thursday, May 14.
Takeout starting Thursday! Pickup available between 4pm-8pm. Call 412-956-7699 to order.
Soju closed temporarily on March 16. It is located at 4923 Penn Ave. (map).

Monday, May 11, 2020

Squirrel Hill's Panda Supermarket to open its doors again to customers, from May 15.

Following from the state's planned shift to yellow status, Squirrel Hill's Panda Supermarket will again open its doors to customers from May 15. The Asian grocery on Forbes Avenue shifted to online orders and pick-up from March 23 and had not been permitting customers to enter. It will maintain its abbreviated hours of 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm but will be open seven days a week and will eliminated online ordering and pick-up service. It has also implemented the following guidelines:
1. Masks are to be worn by Panda employees and all customers; those without a mask will not be permitted to enter. (By order of the governor, all staff and customers in Pennsylvania stores are required to wear masks or face coverings).

2. Gloves are worn by staff at all times.

3. Increased cleaning and sanitation of carts will be implemented.

4. The number of shoppers at one time will be limited to 10; as shoppers leave, others may enter.

5. Customers are required to practice safe social distancing and remain six feet away from each other and from staff.

Thank you for your continued support and patience through this trying time. We look forward to your feedback as we navigate these unprecedented* public health challenges.

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Live origami workshops for kids, part of online Children's Theater Festival, May 17.



An online version of the cancelled Children's Theater Festival will present origami workshops with Kuniko Yamamoto on May 17.
Kuniko Yamamoto is an origami master! In this video you will become an origami master too! You will see how origami--the art of paper folding-transforms paper into the shape of flowers and animals such as a panda, an elephant, a puppy, a cat, a daisy, or a rose. Anything is possible with origami including reaching for the stars! NASA and universities are incorporating origami with today's technology and changing the world. Kuniko will share her origami and storytelling, and together, you will fold a few simple origami models.

Materials needed:

Paper: 5 sheets of notebook paper or letter size (8 1/2 x 11), or origami paper Printer to print advance instructions.
This content was created specifically for the EQT Children's Theater Festival. Visit the artist's website to learn more about their work!
There is a live workshop for kids aged 5 to 7 from 11:00 am and a workshop for kids 8 and up from 1:00 pm. Registration is required to attend.

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Sumi's Cakery reopens for pick-up orders.



Sumi's Cakery, a Korean bakery in Squirrel Hill, as reopened for pick-up orders after temporarily closing due to the public health crisis. Says the new sign on the door:
Mask Required!
Max. 2 customers.
Please DO NOT touch pastries!
Kindly let us know and We will get them for you!  Thank you
Sumi's Cakery is located at 2119 Murray Ave. in Squirrel Hill (map). It is open 11:00 am to 7:00 pm Tuesday through Friday, 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm on Saturdays, and 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm on Sundays.

Friday, May 1, 2020

Squirrel Hill's Chengdu Gourmet reopens for takeout.



Squirrel Hill's Chengdu Gourmet, which temporarily closed in early April, has reopened for take-out and delivery. The number is (412) 521-2088 and business hours are 11:00 am to 9:00 pm. Located at 5840 Forward Ave. (map), Chengdu Gourmet is routinely named among the best Chinese restaurants in the city, and in February its chef, Wei Zhu, was again a semi-finalist for a James Beard Award for Best Chef in the Mid-Atlantic.