How a Minnesota-born actress/activist helped launch the Vietnamese-American nail salon industry

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Jim Walsh How did nail salons, and the fine art of giving pedicures and manicures, become one of the main industries of Vietnamese-Americans in the Twin Cities and beyond? Here’s An Nguyen, nail technician at the two-year-old V-Star Nails salon in South Minneapolis, with the origins:“Long time ago after the [Vietnam] war, people come here and they don’t have a job or know how to make money, so I think like American white lady teach Vietnamese people to do the nails and to find a job and make money,” said Nguyen between clients last week. “After that, they opened a nail salon and their relatives came here and they teach them to do nails and now a lot of Vietnamese do nails. I think that woman was an actress. I’m not sure if it’s right...

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