Friday, January 16, 2015

"China's Next Decade: How Scarcity Will Redefine Business Opportunity in the World's Most Important Growth Market" at Pitt, January 22.

The University of Pittsburgh will host Bill Adams and his talk "China's Next Decade: How Scarcity Will Redefine Business Opportunity in the World's Most Important Growth Market" on January 22. Pitt's Asian Studies Center profiles Adams:
Bill Adams, senior international economist for The PNC Financial Services Group, is responsible for forecasting international economic conditions and exchange rates for PNC, covering emerging Asia, the European Union, Canada and Latin America. Adams serves as PNC's principal spokesperson on global economic issues and frequently presents to its clients on the international economic outlook. He joined PNC in July 2011 after serving as resident economist for The Conference Board China Center from 2009 to 2011. In that position he served as spokesman on the Chinese business cycle and was a designer of The Conference Board Leading Economic Index for China®, a widely-followed, market-moving economic indicator. Bill lived in China for five years and is fluent in Mandarin Chinese. He serves as vice president of The Economic Club of Pittsburgh, is a member of the Economics Advisory Council of the Duquesne University Palumbo Donahue School of Business, and is an advisory board member and center associate of the University of Pittsburgh Asian Studies Center. Bill holds a master degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and is a graduate of Harvard College.
The event is free and open to the public and begins at 4:30 in 104 Mervis Hall (campus map).

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Kang signing appears imminent.

via Naver / 국민일보.

The Kukmin Ilbo reports, via ESPN, that shortstop Kang Jung-ho and the Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to a US$16 million contract. The graphics team was hard at work today, though nothing will be official until after Kang's physical on Thursday.

The Pirates won the rights to negotiate with the 27-year-old shortstop in December. If he signs and plays, he will be the second Korean to appear for Pittsburgh in the regular season, after pitcher Chan-ho Park in 2010.

Korean film 10 Minutes (10분) announced as part of 2015 Carnegie Mellon International Film Festival.

The Carnegie Mellon International Film Festival announced today that the 2013 Korean movie 10 Minutes (10분) will be part of its 2015 lineup. A summary from the Busan International Film Festival, where the movie premiered in 2013:
A young man preparing for an exam to work for a broadcasting company starts to work as an intern and a junior government employee. He is only there to make some money before finding a real job, but when his boss tells him that he wants to hire him full-time, he is tempted. After going through the interview and getting congratulated from others in the office, he is shocked that the full-time position is in fact given to someone else. An older co-worker tells him that it was a set-up, and the young man decides to fight the decision. The fight for justice is not as easy as his co-worker says. The film cruelly looks on as the man stoops lower and lower, from an intern loved by both co-workers and managers, to a disgruntled employee. He is at a crossroads. Should he stay a good, social employee, or start anew as a straggler?
The festival will run from March 19 through 28, and April 8 through 11. Showtimes and a complete list of films to follow.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Lectures by Yun-fei Je, Ryoji Ikeda at CMU School of Art this semester.

A 2009 DATA.TRON exhibition, by Liz Hingley.

The Carnegie Mellon University School of Art announced its Spring 2015 Lecture Series today, with Yun-fei Je and Ryoji Ikeda of most relevance to this site. Je is scheduled for February 24, and Ikeda for April 7. The School of Art profiles the former:
Yun-Fei Ji’s art addresses social change and geological climates using the political forum of the scroll, an ancient art form of ink and mineral pigment on silk and paper. In 2002, he made his first reference to the theme of mass displacement and environmental cataclysm in Three Gorges Dam Migration, a series of woodblock-printed hand scrolls depicting flooding and social upheaval triggered by the creation of the Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River.
And the latter, whose installation "DATA.TRON" was in Pittsburgh from July 12 through September 8, 2013:
Ryoji Ikeda focuses on the essential characteristics of sound itself and that of visuals as light by means of both mathematical precision and mathematical aesthetics. He has gained a reputation as one of the few international artists working convincingly across both visual and sonic media. Ikeda elaborately orchestrates sound, visuals, materials, physical phenomena and mathematical notions into immersive live performances and installations. His albums +/- (1996), 0? (1998), and Matrix (2001) have been hailed by critics as the most radical and innovative examples of contemporary electronic music. Currently, Ikeda is working on cyclo, a collaborative project with Carsten Nicolai.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Pitt's Japanese Culture Association New Year's party, January 13.

The Japanese Culture Association at the University of Pittsburgh will host a New Year's party on January 13 from 9:00 pm in room 232 of the Cathedral of Learning.
明けましておめでとう!!Happy New Year!! Come celebrate the new year with us...Japanese style! We will be having red bean soup, mochi, and hot cocoa! Hope to see you there!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Lecture "Korean Art after the Korean War" at Pitt, January 15.

Dr. Joo-eun Lee of Konkuk University in Seoul will present a lecture "Korean Art after the Korean War" at the University of Pittsburgh on January 15. The University Center for International Studies provides a summary:
This lecture aims to investigate the direction of Korean art of the past half century, through observing the trends in modern Korean history. It will briefly cover the social and artistic background of Korea in the 1960s to 2010s. The core issue that is pursued by the art of today is ‘communication.’ The reason behind the popularity of artworks that carry the meaning of breaking barriers between artistic genres, overcoming prejudices among people, and destructing regional boundaries is all for the sake of smoothening out communication. By introducing some influential Korean artists of these days that turned to the everyday culture after experiencing epic changes on a national level, what the present era is trying to express, as well as the situation it is facing, is discussed.
The talk begins at 2:00 pm in 4130 Posvar Hall (campus map).

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Tadao Arimoto.

"Alter Table for a Chapel ----- walnut, bent laminated walnut" by Pittsburgh-based woodworking artist Tadao Arimoto. Arimoto, who moved to Pittsburgh in 1976, was honored as a Master Visual Artist in 2013 by the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Rei Chikaoka's "Release" is part of a touring exhibition titled Emerge/Evolve at the Pittsburgh Glass Center in Garfield (map) through January 18. Writes the City Paper today:
With just over a dozen artists and typically one work from each, Emerge/Evolve provides only a quick glimpse into contemporary glass work. But it's a glimpse intriguing enough to lead the viewer to search out more and give a longer, closer look.

Friday, January 2, 2015

The Search for General Tso at Hollywood Theater in Dormont, from January 9.

The Hollywood Theater in Dormont will show the 2014 documentary The Search for General Tso from January 9 through January 12 and on January 14. The Search for General Tso, says the official site,
is a feature-length documentary tracing the origins of Chinese American food through what is arguably America’s most popular takeout meal––General Tso’s Chicken.

Anchoring the film is an upbeat quest, through small towns and big cities across America and beyond, to understand the origins and popularity of Chinese American food and its top-selling dish. Who was General Tso? And why do nearly fifty thousand restaurants serve deep-fried chicken bearing his name?

Using this Americanized dish and its mysterious mastermind as a lens onto a larger story of immigration, adaptation, and innovation, the film follows a lighthearted journey, grounded in cultural and culinary history, through restaurants, Chinatowns, and the American imagination. Visits to present-day Chinese restaurants spark forays into the past, guided by chefs, scholars, and the occasional opinionated customer. The film’s lively soundtrack and shadow-puppet animations contribute both whimsy and momentum, as viewers find they’re on a search to answer a deeper question: how did America’s Chinese food become so… American?
The theater is located at 1449 Potomac Ave. in Dormont (map), and is accessible by Pittsburgh's subway/LRT at a block south of Potomac Station. Showtimes and tickets are available at the theater's website.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Free language courses at Carnegie Library in Oakland resume this week.

As the new year begins, a reminder that the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh has free Korean, Japanese, and Chinese classes at its Oakland branch (map). Depending on the class and the particular volunteer teacher, the sessions range from a period of casual free talking to more rigorous class with workbooks and chalk-and-talk instruction on grammar and usage.

Here's a look at what's coming up, in order of proficiency level:

* Chinese for Beginners (next meeting: January 11). Held the second and fourth Sunday of the month from 3:30 to 4:30 in the Large Print Room.
* Chinese II (next meeting: January 4). Held the first and third Sunday of the month from 3:30 to 4:30 in the Large Print Room.
* Chinese Conversation Club (next meeting: January 8). Held the second and fourth Thursday of each month from 6:00 to 7:00 in the Large Print Room. For intermediate and advanced learners.

* Japanese for Beginners (next meeting: January 12). Second and fourth Monday of the month from 6:30 to 7:30 in Classroom A.
* Japanese II (next meeting: January 13). Second and fourth Tuesday of the month from 6:30 to 7:30 in Classroom A. "Japanese II is geared toward those who already have a basic understanding of Japanese and are interested in increasing proficiency," says the library website. "Ability to read and write hiragana is required to take this class."
* Japanese Conversation Club (next meeting: January 6). Held on the first and third Tuesday of the month from 6:00 to 7:00 in the Large Print Room. For intermediate and advanced learners.

* Korean for Beginners (next meeting: January 3). Every Saturday from 1:00 to 2:30 in the Large Print Room. Focuses on reading Hangeul and producing basic phrases.
* Korean II (next meeting: January 3). Every Saturday from 11:00 to 12:30 in the Large Print Room.

Students may join the class at any time of the year, though registration is now required for many of the classes. This can be done online by clicking on the class and submitting your name and email address. For more information about the courses, and to register for one, visit the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh homepage, click events, and search for Chinese, Japanese, or Korean.