Wednesday, October 7, 2015

2014 Korean movie The Admiral: Roaring Currents (명량) at Pitt, October 16.

The University of Pittsburgh's Korean Culture Association will show the 2014 movie The Admiral: Roaring Currents (명량) on October 16. Starring Choi Min-sik, the 2014 movie saw limited theatrical release in the US---it make it to Pittsburgh---but is the highest-grossing film of all time in South Korea. A Los Angeles Times review provides a summary:
Choi Min-sik — the actor best known for "Oldboy," the 2003 Cannes winner remade last year by Spike Lee — assumes the role of legendary Korean Adm. Yi Sun-shin in "The Admiral: Roaring Currents."

The film depicts the storied real-life battle of Myeongnyang in 1597, when Yi led 12 ships to fend off a fleet of 330 from Japan near what is today the South Korean island of Jindo.
The event start at 9:00 pm in the William Pitt Union Kurtzman Room (map).

Japan America Society of Pennsylvania's first "Japanese-English Reading Circle", October 17.

The Japan America Society of Pennsylvania will host its first "Japanese-English Reading Circle" in Shadyside on October 17. An overview, from the event's Facebook page:

"Ask Xing Chinese" beginner class at Carnegie Library - Squirrel Hill, from October 12.

The Carnegie Library in Squirrel Hill will host "Ask Xing Chinese" on the second and fourth Mondays this fall.
Have you ever wanted to learn a new language? Xing has returned for another season to present beginner level Chinese instructions at the Squirrel Hill Library! Class will be held on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month from 6:30PM -7:45PM.
The next session is October 12.

Also on the 12th, the Squirrel Hill library will host the monthly "Storytime: Chinese and English" program from 1:30 to 2:00 pm in the Children's Room.
Celebrate the city's diverse culture as we explore new words through songs, action rhymes and stories in both English and Chinese. For children birth--5 years and their parents or caregivers.
The library is located at 5801 Forbes Ave. (map) and is accessible by buses 61A, 61B, 61C, 61D, 64, and 74.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Boruto: Naruto the Movie at Hollywood Theater, from October 10.

The Hollywood Theater in Dormont is the only theater in Pennsylvania showing Boruto: Naruto the Movie upon its US release this month, with screenings on on October 10, 11, and 13. A brief summary from Wikipedia:
It is part of the larger Start of a New Era Project (新時代開幕プロジェクト Shinjidai Kaimaku Purojekuto) to commemorate the series' 15th anniversary. The film, first teased in the post-credits scene of the previous film, The Last: Naruto the Movie, will tell about the next generation of ninja, in particular Naruto Uzumaki and Hinata Hyuga's son, Boruto, and Sasuke Uchiha and Sakura Haruno's daughter, Sarada, both of whom were introduced in the final chapter of the manga series.
Screenings will be in Japanese with English subtitles. Showtimes and ticket information are available online.

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.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Hair Lin's (名髮廊) coming to Squirrel Hill.

Signage went up recently for Hair Lin's (名髮廊) at 2214 Murray Ave. (map), in what was most recently the Eyetique Lens Lab. It's under the same ownership of Lin's Hair Studio in the Strip District. It will be one of only a few Asian hair salons in the area, besides Min's Jazz Cuts in Oakland and the original Lin's.

Taiwanese film Baby Steps (滿月酒) at ReelQ Film Festival, October 15.

The 2014 Taiwanese film Baby Steps (滿月酒) will play at the Harris Theater on October 15 as part of the ReelQ: Pittsburgh Lesbian & Gay Film Festival. The film's official site tells more about the movie:
Baby Steps is a Taiwan-US co-production, produced by Oscar-winning producer Li-Kong Hsu (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, The Wedding Banquet, Eat Drink Man Woman) and Stephen Israel (Swimming With Sharks, G.B.F., I Do). Baby Steps received Tribeca Film Institute’s All Access production grant in 2014 as well as support from Taiwan Ministry of Culture and the City of Taipei.

Logline: Danny, a Taiwanese-American man, and his boyfriend Tate, long to have a baby, but the journey becomes more complicated by Danny’s well-intentioned but meddlesome mother who wants to control every aspect of the process from Taipei.
The movie starts at 7:30 and will be in English and Mandarin with occasional English subtitles. Tickets are $9 for general admission and $6 for students, and can be purchased online. The ReelQ Film Festival runs from October 9 through 17 at the Harris Theater in Pittsburgh's Cultural District (map).

"Understanding the Global Appeal of Japanese Popular Culture" at Pitt, October 9.

The University of Pittsburgh's Asian Studies Center will host Hendrix College President William M. Tsutsui and his lecture "Understanding the Global Appeal of Japanese Popular Culture" on Friday, October 9.
The rising international prominence of Japanese popular culture—from manga and anime to sushi and Hello Kitty—is something that has been hard to ignore over the past quarter century. But why have global audiences responded so enthusiastically to Japanese entertainment products, and what cultural, social, and economic factors have contributed to the riotous creativity of Japanese pop since World War II?
It is the first event in the Mid-Atlantic Region Association for Asian Studies Conference at the University of Pittsburgh from October 9 through 11. The event is free and open to the public, and guests do not have to be registered for the conference to attend. The lecture runs from 2:00 to 3:30 pm in 1500 Posvar Hall (map).

Thursday, October 1, 2015

OCA Free Medical Clinic (with Chinese language interpretation) at UPMC Montefiore Hospital, October 12.

The Pittsburgh branch of the OCA, formerly known as the Organization of Chinese Americans, is hosting a free medical clinic at UPMC Montefiore Hospital in Oakland (map) on Monday, October 12. According to the event's Facebook page: "The OCA Free Medical Clinic is a screening clinic. We provide free medical consultation and Chinese language interpretation."

"Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language Workshop: Chinese Language Teacher Preparation for the Global Era" at Pitt, October 9.

The University of Pittsburgh's School of Education will host Sue-mei Wu and her workshop "Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language Workshop: Chinese Language Teacher Preparation for the Global Era" on Friday, October 9. Dr. Wu is a Teaching Professor of Chinese Studies at Carnegie Mellon University. The event is free and open to the public in 5130 Posvar Hall (map) from 3:30 to 5:00 pm.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

"Enhancing Chinese EFL Learners’ Awareness of Lexical Style" colloquium at Pitt, October 2.

The University of Pittsburgh's Department of Linguistics will host Dr. Guangwei Chen and his talk "Enhancing Chinese EFL Learners’ Awareness of Lexical Style" on October 2. The talk is free and open to the public in room G-13 of the Cathedral of Learning (map) from 3:00 pm.