Thursday, November 12, 2020

Members of Squirrel Hill's Asian communities sought for participation in teen-produced documentary series on local neighborhoods.

Steeltown is hoping to connect to members of Squirrel Hill's Asian communities for participation in a Days in the Neighborhood documentary series. Those interested in participating should contact

"Craft Beer Connection: Pennsylvania, Japan and the Business of Beer," November 19.

via @bairdbrewing

The Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia and the Pittsburgh-based Japan America Society of Pennsylvania will present "Craft Beer Connection: Pennsylvania, Japan and the Business of Beer" online on November 19.
Over the past decade, craft brewers in the US have exploded onto the beer market. Japan’s craft boom is just starting, but both have become big business. This event will explore the impact and opportunities created by this exciting industry all while sampling their products. Grab a drink and network virtually with us after the panel discussion! The Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia in partnership with the Japan America Society of Pennsylvania will present this program in both Philadelphia and Pittsburgh with support from Pennsylvania Commerce Department and media partner Philadelphia Business Journal.
Tickets are $15 and available online.

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Oishii Donburi, from the team at Oakland's Oishii Bento, coming very soon to Lawrenceville.

via @oishiibento412

Signage is up in Lawrenceville for Oishii Donburi, a new restaurant from the owners of Oishii Bento and Chick'n Bubbly in Oakland. Work began on the the former Design Island and Artisan Harvest spot at 5227 Butler St. (map) last summer. The company purchased the spot back in May 2018.

Design photo via Margittai Architects.

Pusadee's Garden finally coming (back) soon to Lawrenceville.

Pittsburgh Magazine's Hal B. Klein profiles Pusadee's Garden, which is finally coming back to Lawrenceville after nearly three years of renovations.
“There were times when I was starting to wonder if this was ever going to be finished,” says Johnson. “But, in reality, this was a six-year project in the making,” he adds, noting that the new Pusadee’s Garden is the fulfillment of a longstanding vision to bring homestyle Thai cuisine served in an elegant setting to Pittsburgh.

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

More bubble tea coming to Squirrel Hill with Chatea.

Signage recently went up for Chatea in Squirrel Hill. Construction started at 5867 and 5869 Forbes Ave. (map) in July.

New Jackie Chan movie Vanguard (急先锋) in Pittsburgh, from November 20.

The 2020 Jackie Chan film Vanguard (急先锋) will play around Pittsburgh from November 20.
Covert security company Vanguard is the last hope of survival for an accountant after he is targeted by the world's deadliest mercenary organization.
It plays in Mandarin with English subtitles at the Cinemark theaters in McCandless, Monaca, and Monroeville, as well at the Waterworks Cinema. Tickets for the Cinemark shows are available online.

"CHINA Town Hall: Society & Culture with Raymond Chang, Lucas Sin, and Janet Yang," online on November 12.

The University of Pittsburgh's Asian Studies Center is promoting a nationwide China Town Hall on cultural diplomacy between the US and China on November 12.
Starting with ping-pong diplomacy in 1971, cultural diplomacy has played a pivotal role in facilitating mutual understanding between the peoples of the United States and China. This event will gather leading cultural figures to discuss how, despite sometimes turbulent political and economic relations, sports, food, and film continue to reveal our shared humanity and connect us through culture.

Join the National Committee on Thursday, November 12 at 7:00 p.m. EST for a discussion with Raymond Chang (Major League Baseball China), Lucas Sin (junzi kitchen) and Janet Yang (Janet Yang Productions) on the importance, challenges, and future of cross-cultural learning between the United States and China. NCUSCR Public Intellectuals Program fellow Alison Friedman (Performing Arts of West Kowloon Cultural District Authority) will moderate the event.
The event will be held on Zoom from 7:00 to 8:00 pm EST and registration is required.

"Plantations as Battlefields," November 11 (online) at Pitt.

The University of Pittsburgh's Asian Studies Center will host Dr. Michitake Aso and his talk "Plantations as Battlefields" on November 11.
At the beginning of the twentieth century, demand for consumer goods such as tires for bicycles and automobiles grew rapidly. In French Indochina, this demand led to the creation of vast plantations of hevea brasiliensis, a type of tree that produces late that can be used to produce rubber. These plantations did not disappear with the end of colonialism. In fact, they served as key battlefields during the American War in Vietnam, or the Vietnam War as it is known in the United States. Dr. Aso's talk explores the role of rubber plantations during this war and uses these iconic landscapes as a case study of how the environment shaped decolonization and Vietnamese nationalism.
It begins online from 12:00 pm. Registration is required and can be done here.

Filipino-American film Yellow Rose continues in Pittsburgh, through November 12.

The 2019 film Yellow Rose, which opened in Pittsburgh on October 8, will resume playing here through November 12. From the movie's official site:
Rose, an undocumented Filipino girl, dreams of one day leaving her small Texas town to pursue her country music dreams. Her world is shattered when her mom suddenly gets picked up by immigration and Customs Enforcement. Rose, facing this new reality, is forced to flee the scene, leaving behind the only life she knows, and embarks on a journey of self-discovery as she searches for a new home in the honky tonk world of Austin, Texas.
It plays locally now at the Manor Theater in Squirrel Hill and tickets are available online.

Monday, November 9, 2020

Pitt's Korean Student Association hosts Jason Y. Lee (online), November 10.

The Korean Student Association at the University of Pittsburgh will host Jason Y. Lee for an online talk on November 10.
KSA is very excited to announce our speaker event! We are bringing in Jason Y. Lee, who is the CEO of Jubilee Media on YouTube. If you are familiar with video series such as Spectrum, Odd Man Out, or Middle Ground, that is all Jubilee Media! Jason will be talking about his experience of working in Wall Street to starting a media company. There will also be time at the end for Q&A! It will be a very rewarding and relevant event for all of us, so we hope to see you there!

Zoom Meeting Link:

Meeting ID: 947 7261 6288
The online event starts at 8:00 pm.