Growing Up American:
        The Challenge Confronting Children of Vietnamese Manicurists in the United States

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        "In a land of immigrants, one was not an alien but simply the latest arrival."
                                                                - Rudolf Arnheim

M-vnailtechs-1.jpg  It is a known fact that Vietnamese immigrants own the majority of nail salons in the United States, especially in California. They have monopolized the business because of their sacrifices and willingness to lower the price on manicures and pedicures. Many of the manicurists have large families and the kids begin to work in the salon when they reach the legal age to work. We can easily read about the hardships that the Vietnamese had to go through during their immigration to the United States. We also can read about the toxins that circulate throughout the nail salons and affect the health and working ability of the manicurists. They are low wageworkers that must sacrifice to make a living.

But what people normally do not consider is how hard the lives are for the children of  Vietnamese manicurists. The children are largely impacted by their parents' low wage job and many work in the nail salons alongside their parents when they are able to work.  In this hypertext, I have given a new perspective on the lives of the kids who work alongside their parents, or just grow up with their Vietnamese manicurists' parents.

 I have interviewed a young woman who grew up working on the weekends and during the summers in her parents' nail salon and I have also interviewed different peers I know who have parents who fled from Vietnam after the fall of Saigon and are now low wage workers in the United States to gain a better sense of what life is like in general for the children of low wage Vietnamese immigrants.
To know why I chose this particular topic for my hypertext, it is important and crucial to read the different pages I have set up.
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