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Banh mi and omakase join the dictionary. What it says about the Asian cultural influence.

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When Andrea Nguyen was growing up in the 1970s and 80s, banh mi was still an insular Asian experience. Found almost only in Vietnamese refugee enclaves, it was a low-cost community staple – a convenient and portable dish as well as tasty.

But banh mi is now so ubiquitous that it was added to the Merriam-Webster dictionary last week alongside 370 other words. ‘Omakase’, the Japanese chef’s choice meal concept, and ‘maitake’, a mushroom widely eaten in Asia, were also added.

Webster’s Dictionary is known for cementing trending vocabulary into its ranks every year. Banh mi and omakase are introduced alongside words like “herbal”, “grind” and “sus”.

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“Dictionaries reflect how common and popular foods are,” said Nguyen, now a recipe developer and author of “The Banh Mi Handbook.” “Trying to bring Asian food out of the margins is really my overarching goal. It signals that acceptance. Like, ‘No, you’re not a foreigner anymore.’

Nguyen said he has seen banh mi grow in popularity over the decades. As more Vietnamese Americans moved out of ethnic neighborhoods, so did the banh mi. In the 2010s, it was a household name for the customizable sandwich of pâté, pickled vegetables and meat on a baguette, sold almost everywhere in the United States.

With the growing popularity of Asian cuisine, food experts say adding culture-specific words to dictionaries is the only sensible solution.

“The future of American food has strong Asianization,” said Krishnendu Ray, associate professor of food studies at New York University.

“The future of American cuisine has strong Asianization.”

Krishnendu Ray, associate professor of food studies at New York University

When the English language fails to adequately describe something with existing words, that’s when new cultural vocabulary tends to be added, he said.

“These terms met our entry criteria as words an English speaker is likely to encounter,” Merriam-Webster editor Peter Sokolowski told NBC News. “They have shown both widespread and long-term use, and can now be considered English words.”

Although she is enthusiastic about the concept of bringing bahn mi to a wider audience, Nguyen takes issue with the definition provided by Merriam-Webster. In its description, the dictionary refers to banh mi as a “generally spicy sandwich”.

“It doesn’t have to be spicy,” she said. “You can’t have any chili, just salt and pepper on this sandwich. By saying “spicy” I feel like it makes the sandwich even more exotic. »

Ethnic dishes and the terms to describe them have a consistent impact on how Americans talk about food, Ray said. He referred to cuisines like Italian and French, introduced to the North American palate a century ago, which are now inextricably linked to the way we talk about food.

“Why do we use ‘pasta’ as a word?” he said. “We use it because it’s a specific form of food, which in some ways was unfamiliar, unfamiliar and needed to be incorporated into the English language… For banh mi, you can technically call it a sandwich, but it’s not specific enough.”

According to Ray, food words enter society in two main ways: top-down or bottom-up.

French food words, Ray said, were introduced as markers of luxury and fine dining, and eventually became integrated into casual American lingo. Japanese omakase, usually a high-end experience, is incorporated in the same way.

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In cities like New York, Ray sees Japanese cuisine replacing French cuisine as the most elite.

“Omakase is analogous to the word ‘restaurant’ or the word ‘entrance’,” he said. “Standard omakase menus in New York are the most expensive restaurants in New York, around $200.”

On the other hand, banh mis are a low or medium food, which first caught on in lower middle class immigrant communities and worked their way into the mainstream. Nguyen remembers her family running errands as a child and coming home with large grocery bags full of banh mis.

“We came to the United States and people were craving food from their home country,” she said. “And banh mi, you can make it from supermarket bread and it tastes superb… The nature of many Vietnamese dishes is very convenient.”

Often exotic and brush-painted as spicy or hot, the inclusion of Asian food in Webster is a step towards normalization, Nguyen said. Samosa, bibimbap, soju and kimchi were added in previous years.

“Part of me is like, ‘What took you so long?’ “, did she say. “But then the other part of me goes, ‘Hey, that’s great, because there’s still a lot of people out there who need to know what this food is. “”

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Harry Styles and Olivia Wilde makes more memories of midnight.

Fresh off the singer’s historic 15-night performance at Madison Square Garden, he and the Accommodation alum were spotted hugging and kissing outside after a date in New York.

For the Sept. 22 release, Olivia wore blue jeans, a black blazer over a white shirt, and a pair of yellow Adidas sneakers, while the “As It Was” singer wore a white jacket with peaches, dark-colored pants. and a pair of white sneakers.

Their PDA-filled evening comes a day after Harry completed his month-long ‘Love on Tour’ residency at the famous New York venue.

During MSG’s final show, the venue paid tribute to the former A direction singer bringing out the host Gayle King to unveil a massive banner hanging from the rafters, which read: “HARRY STYLES 15 consecutive nights in the garden”.

The garden also presented each spectator with a feather boa, which has become a fashion staple for Harry at shows.

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China underlined its commitment to its claim to Taiwan on Saturday, telling the assembled world leaders that anyone who hinders its resolve to reunite with the self-governing island will be “crushed by the wheels of history”.

The language was forceful but, for Chinese leaders, well within the realm of normal.

“Only when China is fully reunited can there be real peace in the Taiwan Strait,” Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said at the UN General Assembly. He said Beijing would “take the strongest measures to oppose outside interference.”

China regularly and vehemently defends its claim to Taiwan, which broke away from the mainland after a civil war in 1949 and now operates with its own government. A visit last month by US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi sharply increased tensions between Washington and Beijing.

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The language, while pointed, reflected the typical Chinese intensity about the island; its claim is rarely ignored in major international speeches. Taiwan is a central issue in Chinese politics, and Wang’s appearance at the leaders’ meeting – in place of his boss, Chinese leader Xi Jinping – was a signal that the speech was not necessarily meaningful.

“The PRC government is the only government representing all of China,” Wang said, referring to China’s official name, the People’s Republic of China. “The one-China principle has become a fundamental norm in international relations.

He added: “Any attempt to obstruct China’s reunification is bound to be crushed by the wheels of history.

China regularly exerts worldwide pressure on any entity – country, company, cartographer – that even implies that Taiwan might be a separate nation. At the Olympics, for example, Taiwan must compete as “Chinese Taipei”. The mainland’s government muscle has isolated the island’s government, although a few UN members continue to maintain diplomatic relations with Taipei rather than Beijing.

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At the UN meeting on Saturday, a few speakers before Wang, Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Ralph Gonsalves spoke forcefully about allowing Taiwan to raise its profile in international organizations, including the World Health Organization.

“How can we stand sideways, in relative silence and contented inaction, in defiance of Taiwan’s legitimate right to exist in accordance with the wishes and will of the Taiwanese people?” He asked.

Wang’s appearance at the 2022 in-person UN General Assembly came after two years of remote pandemic-era speeches by China’s top leader. Xi did not attend this year’s event, which Russian President Vladimir Putin also skipped. US President Joe Biden spoke on Wednesday.

The United States and China have tough diplomacy and disagree on many fundamental issues. They have been arguing for decades over human rights, most recently over the mistreatment of ethnic Uyghurs in China’s western Xinjiang region. Beijing views US criticism as hypocritical and an act of interference in its internal affairs.

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This is always reflected in the remarks of Chinese leaders. Wang’s speech used lightly coded phrases and references that criticized Washington without coming out and saying it. For example, Wang said, “We strongly oppose attempts to politicize human rights” and “We must uphold fairness and oppose bullying” – both references to the long-standing irritations he has with American politics.

With Taiwan and human rights still hampering China-US relations, Wang and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken met in person on the sidelines of the General Assembly on Friday.

U.S. officials said Blinken stepped up efforts by the Biden administration to pressure China to end provocative actions against Taiwan. China’s Foreign Ministry, in a summary of the meeting, said Wang told his counterpart that “current China-US relations are facing serious impacts, and there are lessons from which the US side must learn lessons”.

He said the two discussed “recent wrongdoings by the US side on the Taiwan issue.” However, he also said: “Both parties believe the meeting was frank, constructive and important, and have agreed to maintain communication.”

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After Mao Zedong’s communist forces took control of China in 1949, Chiang Kai-shek’s nationalists decamped to Taiwan and maintained their separate government. It was recognized by the United States until 1979, when Washington established relations with Beijing.

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Olympian Kendall Coyne Schofield gives back to hometown Palos Heights with playground project – NBC Chicago

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Olympic gold medalist Kendall Coyne Schofield and her husband, Bears offensive lineman Michael Schofield, are giving back to future generations with a new project – an inclusive park in the southern suburbs.

Thanks to a generous contribution from the couple’s Schofield Family Foundation, the Kendall Coyne Dream Big Park recently opened in the same Palos Heights neighborhood where Kendall grew up.

“They have the opportunity to be active, to have fun and, of course, the name of this park, to dream big,” Kendall said, explaining what the park has to offer kids. “The moment they enter this park, I hope they walk away with a dream bigger than they came.”

Kendall and Michael both want kids to have fun growing up, like they did long before their professional athletic careers.

“I was rollerblading, maybe he was throwing a soccer ball – but we were at the park playing with our siblings, playing with our friends, just enjoying being active, to enjoy the outdoors,” Kendall said.

From smooth rubber ground equipment, Kendall and Michael ensured the park was created for children of all skill levels.

“You don’t want someone not being able to go to the park because of their ability – you want this park to be for everyone and anyone,” Michael said.

Kendall shared a similar post.

“The inclusion of the park – making sure it’s ADA accessible, making sure there’s sensory equipment for the kids as well…I just hope any kid that comes through this park knows that there is something here for me, that this park is for me,” she said.

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Tony La Russa will not return to manage this season, and the Chicago White Sox will address his status for 2023 ‘when it’s appropriate’

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Manager Tony La Russa will not return this season at the direction of his doctors, the Chicago White Sox announced Saturday.

“After undergoing additional testing and medical procedures over the past week, doctors for Tony La Russa have directed him to not return as manager of the Chicago White Sox for the remainder of the 2022 season,” the Sox said in a statement.

Added general manager Rick Hahn at Guaranteed Rate Field: “I did speak to him (Saturday) morning and he had no issue with us letting everybody know that there is a treatment protocol in place that he plans on adhering to. …

“As for the inevitable question, ‘Well, what does that mean for next season?’ We are going to finish up this season first and then address everything when it’s appropriate to turn the page at the end of this year.”

Bench coach Miguel Cairo will remain the acting manager for the rest of the season.

“I talked to him (Friday) night, he’s doing good,” Cairo said of La Russa. “First is health. That’s the most important right now.

“We’ve got a job to do — we’ve got to finish strong. I talked to the players (before Saturday’s game against the Detroit Tigers), I let them know and it’s 11 more games, let’s finish strong.”

The Sox have been without La Russa, 77, since Aug. 30, when they announced less than an hour before a game against the Kansas City Royals that he would not manage that night. The next day the Sox said La Russa was out indefinitely and would undergo further testing with doctors in Arizona.

La Russa received clearance to attend a ceremony for former pitcher Dave Stewart on Sept. 11 in Oakland, Calif.

“Health ain’t nothing to mess with,” La Russa said before the event. “I got checked in Chicago and the reason I flew to Arizona is because that’s been the place since the ‘90s I’ve had physicals. They addressed it, they fixed it, now it’s just a question of regaining strength. Don’t mess with health.”

He told Janie McCauley of the Associated Press he had a pacemaker inserted for his heart.

La Russa flew to Chicago with the team after the A’s game and was in attendance for the next series against the Colorado Rockies, watching from a suite. He did not travel with the team for the ensuing trip to Cleveland and Detroit.

He is in the second season of his second stint with the Sox, who have hovered around .500 most of the season and are on the verge of missing the playoffs. They entered Saturday at 76-75 and eight games behind the first-place Cleveland Guardians in the American League Central.

La Russa is second all time among major-league managers in victories. The 2014 Hall of Fame inductee won World Series titles with the Oakland Athletics (1989) and St. Louis Cardinals (2006, 2011).

“I learned so much, I’ve been learning so much, I’m still learning because every day you learn something else,” Cairo said. “I always double check with him. What he would do different in that situation and he’s very straightforward to me. Sometimes, ‘OK, I didn’t think about that.’ It’s a learning experience that I’m enjoying. I learn from the best, I’m learning from the best still.

“We reflect on games, reflecting on a move or reflecting on innings that happen. Of course when you lose you’re going to second-guess yourself on everything. When you win, sometimes you’re going to do stuff that’s out of the book and works and sometimes you go by the book and it don’t work. As long as you go with the information and your gut together, that balance, you’re going to give your players a chance to succeed.”

The Sox entered Saturday 13-10 since Cairo took over Aug. 30.

“(Cairo) and the coaches have done a very fine job,” Hahn said. “We’ve seen at various stretches, unfortunately not over the last four days (all four losses), but for extended stretches over the last few weeks, this team showing flashes of playing at the level we thought was capable over the course of the entire season. It’s a little too little too late over the course of the year. But I think those guys deserve a lot of credit for what was thrust upon them on the fly and the way they responded, both in the coaches room and in the clubhouse.

“I feel that in many ways they haven’t missed a beat, which they deserve a lot of credit for. The focus has been on the games and the series right in front of them as opposed to any uncertainty. At the same time Tony is in their thoughts and there has been communication with Tony and well wishes passed along. In no way do I feel the club has been distracted despite the circumstances. Very professional response.”

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It’s heartbreaking realizing that the man you’ve been living with for years has a sidepiece at his workplace who handles his travel plans, including your own travels. Nia Long must be going through hell now—knowing that her man Ime Udoka cheated on her with one of his staff members.

But what can Nia do? Leave his cheating a**? TMZ Sports has given some updates about Ime Udoka‘s romantic relationship with his staff member—and according to the updates, this sidepiece handled his travel arrangements including Nia Long’s recent relocation to Boston. Well played!!!

The Celtics employee with whom Ime Udoka had an affair helped make all his travel arrangements … and that job sometimes included organizing travel for his fiancee, Nia Long.

Sources connected to the couple and the NBA franchise tell TMZ … one of the staffer’s duties included planning Udoka’s team-related travel, and we’re told she was also involved in booking travel for Nia to come to Boston or to road games.

Perhaps most upsetting for Nia is that the employee had a hand in Nia’s arrangements to move to Boston permanently, according to our sources.

The public still does not know who this woman is but according to the juicy updates, Nia Long has been told about this woman her man f***ed so why’s she not calling this b***ch out?

The Celtics are not releasing the name of the employee, but we’re told Nia has been told who she is.

Team President Brad Stevens got choked up Friday during a news conference … saying the scandal had been particularly upsetting for all their female employees — due to speculation about who had the affair with Udoka.

As we’ve reported, the team suspended its head coach for the entire 2022-23 season after what it says was a months-long investigation into his conduct.

Ime Udoka and Nia Long’s relationship will never be the same after this whole cheating scandal goes to sleep. A trust has been BROKEN!!!

Here is how Twitter is reacting to Ime Udoka’s cheating scandal:

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Authorities say that three people were arrested and booked on suspicion of murder after investigators responding to a 911 call early Saturday morning in Inver Grove Heights found a man dead inside the home.

According to a press release, shortly after 2 a.m. police went to the 2100 block of 78th Court East after someone called 911 and hung up. When they arrived they found a man on the floor who was unresponsive and later determined to be deceased.

Officers responding to the 911 call stopped a vehicle leaving the area with three adults who were detained, questioned and then booked on suspicion of murder.

Authorities say the following people were booked at the Dakota County Jail:

• Logan David Slack, 25, of Minneapolis, is being held on suspicion of first-degree murder and first-degree burglary.
• Fotini Anest West, 25, of Minneapolis, is being held on suspicion of first-degree murder and first-degree burglary.
• Sean Richard Lumley, 30, of Monticello was booked on suspicion of aiding and abetting murder in the first degree and then released.

Police say the death was not a random incident and that there is no danger to the public.

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s office will release the victim’s name and cause of death at a later date.

Investigators ask anyone with information about this crime to leave a message on the police tip line at 651-450-2530.

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