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A Salon Story

Synopsis: The mention of nail salons often evokes images of acrylic nails, and heating lamps, neon signs and nail polish. The Vietnamese salon worker has also become synonymous within this industry. But who are these salon workers and what are their stories? this documentary was produced under the direction of robert nakamura, gena hamamoto and tad nakamura in conjunction with the center for ethnocommunications.

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9 Responses to A Salon Story

  1. orcaartist October 31, 2009 at 3:35 am #

    Great work! I’m actually writing a small research paper on Vietnamese nail salons. This has proven a great insight on the business. It’s incredible how so many have immigrated into the US and managed to survive on something that so many of us don’t think twice about. The Vietnamese women and men that have treated my nails are the sweetest. It’s been a real pleasure to have gotten to know them a little and their families.

  2. theaznvideos November 9, 2009 at 12:23 am #

    sad but true i guess

  3. thatscool9 December 2, 2009 at 2:56 am #


  4. Fonsalcry December 4, 2009 at 2:19 am #

    i’ve seen this on a magazine. it saids somebody posted on youtube. cool story
    and they’re chinese not vietnamese.

  5. MsKissablez December 5, 2009 at 5:37 pm #

    Actually you are wrong, the people in this video are vietnamese. I speak and understand the language fluenly, and they are speaking vietnamese.

  6. nkhang12a4ntb December 6, 2009 at 9:16 pm #

    she is Chinese-Vietnamese. she was born in Vietnam. same as me. lol. from her name and her accent i could say that. she is very beutiful and very nice. i can feel from her voice… lol lol

  7. Fonsalcry December 7, 2009 at 12:19 am #

    my friend said she could barely speak vietnamese b/c she used to speak chinese frequently.

  8. duckfluff06 December 7, 2009 at 4:31 am #

    First off, thank you to everyone who has watched this and for all your warm comments. Secondly, I would like to clear up this misunderstanding about her being Vietnamese or Chinese. She is Sino-Vietnamese, meaning an individual of Chinese decent who was born or lived/ live in Vietnam. She, however, has never spoken or even knows how to speak Chinese. She was born in Vietnam and lived her life in Vietnam before immigrating to the States.

  9. duckfluff06 December 7, 2009 at 4:38 am #

    Thus, it would not be incorrect to consider her as Vietnamese. However, it would also be correct to consider her Chinese. But the issue of her ethnic and national background is beyond the point. The point of the video was to illuminate one of the many ethnic enclave economies that Asian Americans, specifically the newer South East Asian refugees have occupied. The video is suppose to humanize these individuals and present them beyond and apart from just their service.

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