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Old 05-05-2015, 11:23 PM
 
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I found this an interesting story. It is very noticeable where I live that many salons and nail places are staffed by Vietnamese women.

The Fascinating Story Behind Why So Many Nail Technicians Are Vietnamese

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Most Americans recognize Tippi Hedren for her starring role in Alfred Hitchcock’s horror film The Birds—but among the Vietnamese American community, her reputation is for something a little more serious: being a cornerstone of the immigrant community's economy.

Forty years ago, the Hollywood actor traveled to Hope Village, a Vietnamese refugee camp near Sacramento, California, to meet with a group of women who had recently fled the takeover of South Vietnam by the armed forces of Communist leader Ho Chi Minh. Hedren was aware of the difficulties the refugees had faced and had been trying before her visit to think of a skill or trade she could help the women learn so they could support themselves in their adopted country. When she met with the group, she was surprised to find they were enamored with her manicure.

“We were trying to find vocations for them. I brought in seamstresses and typists—any way for them to learn something,” she told the BBC. “And they loved my fingernails.”
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Old 05-06-2015, 12:55 AM
 
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This is bs, the only reason the US government let anyone in was because they needed CHEAP LABOR.
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Old 05-06-2015, 06:26 AM
 
Location: UpstateNY
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There is a book about this, it's really a fascinating story. I apologize for not knowing the title.
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Old 05-06-2015, 08:14 AM
 
Location: Annandale, VA
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This is bs, the only reason the US government let anyone in was because they needed CHEAP LABOR.
Someone is getting rich. My wife's mani-pedi routine is $100 every two weeks.
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Old 05-06-2015, 08:16 AM
 
Location: Middle Earth
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Well, they were smart because the owners of the nail salons are rich (they are usually Vietnamese owners). They caught on a market that women love and are still willing to spend on even during a down economy, and a service that can't be replaced by computers or outsourced (not yet anyway).
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Old 05-06-2015, 12:31 PM
 
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My wife will get manicures and pedicures and her hair done no matter what. They were smart and carved out a life offering a service that many women want and are willing to pay for.
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Old 05-07-2015, 09:30 PM
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Now it has come back to me! Wow! My mother's friend(63yr old Vietnamese woman) told her this story years ago, but didn't describe in detail about the actress, so i kinda blew off the story....didn't quite believe it actually. Thanks for posting this..
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