Thousands of women who survived the Vietnam War, whose husbands were sent to reeducation camps after working with American military, now live in the US, where nail salons anchor almost every strip mall and flourish inside luxury malls as well. The history of how Vietnamese women came to work in the nail industry and how Americans became accustomed to manicures and pedicures is entwined with the loss of home and landscape.
From the Green of Vietnam to Toes Painted with Nirvana
Susan Straight is an award-winning novelist and essayist from Riverside, California. Her work has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Lannan Prize, and the Kirsch Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Los Angeles Times.
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Susan Straight; From the Green of Vietnam to Toes Painted with Nirvana. Boom 1 December 2016; 6 (4): 10–15. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/boom.2016.6.4.10
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