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Vietnam (Origin of Nail Salon Business) (2/3)

One of research interests is entrepreneurship and self-employment among Asian Americans. In that context, as New American Media reports, one example that has increasingly become prominent in recent years is the dominance of Vietnamese Americans in the nail salon business: These days, [nail salons are] a main source of living for the Vietnamese American community. Drummey, publisher of VietSalon, a bi-monthly magazine, says that nearly 45 percent of the nail salons in the United States employ Vietnamese technicians or are Vietnamese owned. . . . And with that growth has come advancement. Men, for one, are entering the field in huge numbers. And as Vietnamese Americans are becoming more entrenched in the industry, they are investing more funds and technique in their daily work, upgrading their salons with top-of-the-line equipment and first-rate artistry. The article also mentions that apparently, there are now even international competitions on nail art (the intricate designs that are painted onto fingernails). Unfortunately, the article does not mention any challenges that Vietnamese experience in either opening up or operating their nail salons (such as dealing with increasingly stringent health regulations, toxic fumes from the chemicals used, and competition from other Vietnamese salons), nor any issues related to interacting with their clientele that inevitably arise (ie, how customers might get annoyed if employees talk among themselves in Vietnamese rather than

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5 Responses to Vietnam (Origin of Nail Salon Business) (2/3)

  1. msoviet409 May 27, 2009 at 2:17 am #

    Very good and true story.

  2. happymana December 29, 2009 at 9:42 pm #

    Vietnamese flourish, you put them on an empty desert island, and come back 1 year later there will be a little mini Saigon there.

  3. TheDoom13 August 15, 2010 at 6:37 am #

    What’s wrong with doing Nail?? Is that wrong thing to do and illegal?? Every job is a good job as long as u dont hurt people & the communities around u. So u want the Viet to become a bank robber, drug dealer or some other illegal jobs?? Who doesnt want to work in high educated White Collar jobs, but u have to start from somewhere. U people need to put urself into their positions & stop disrespecting the Vietnamese communities, especially the Nail Salon workers!! It is called Survival people!!

  4. BabiiyyToraaa483 March 31, 2011 at 9:00 am #


  5. Vu nam QuocHung July 11, 2012 at 2:23 am #

    ** IRS must put more attention in the Nail Industry, then it must be an important component of the economy. Most Vietnamese in the nail business get pay CASH only, take home 100%.

    Chúng ta US Citizen nên gọi IRS Hot Line 1-800-829-1040 để IRS đặt sự chú ý & điều-tra nhiều hơn trong ngành công nghiệp Nail.

    Thuế là một thành phần quan trọng của nền kinh tế.

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