January 5, 2015

Why do so many Vietnamese work at nail salons?

When I was a kid, I had coolest colours on my nails. My go-to rotation of colours were Sun of a Peach, Neon & On & On, and Thistle Do Nicely. Sometimes I'd feel adventurous and go for Vant to Bite My Neck? or Teal the Cows Come Home. Thanks to my parents and their small nail salon in Halifax, my nails were never just "pink" or "red" or "purple." What boring names! But beyond just being cool, Vietnamese-owned nail salons have a fascinating history and culture (yes, there is actually a reason(s) so many Vietnamese refugees in Canada and the United States made mani-pedis their livelihood). I wrote a feature about this for WORN Fashion Journal, which was published in December in the very last issue ever #sadface. I hope you will buy a copy online. Otherwise, I used the powers of PDF slicing to give you, cheap readers, a copy of the story so you can read it RIGHT HERE AND RIGHT NOW, FOR FREE