The Price of Nice Nails

Sarah Maslin Neer, New York Times, May 7, 2015

The women begin to arrive just before 8 a.m., every day and without fail, until there are thickets of young Asian and Hispanic women on nearly every street corner along the main roads of Flushing, Queens.

As if on cue, cavalcades of battered Ford Econoline vans grumble to the curbs, and the women jump in. It is the start of another workday for legions of New York City’s manicurists, who are hurtled to nail salons across three states. They will not return until late at night, after working 10- to 12-hour shifts, hunched over fingers and toes.

On a morning last May, Jing Ren, a 20-year-old who had recently arrived from China, stood among them for the first time, headed to a job at a salon in a Long Island strip mall. Her hair neat and glasses perpetually askew, she clutched her lunch and a packet of nail tools that manicurists must bring from job to job.

Tucked in her pocket was $100 in carefully folded bills for another expense: the fee the salon owner charges each new employee for her job. The deal was the same as it is for beginning manicurists in almost any salon in the New York area. She would work for no wages, subsisting on meager tips, until her boss decided she was skillful enough to merit a wage.

It would take nearly three months before her boss paid her. Thirty dollars a day.

Once an indulgence reserved for special occasions, manicures have become a grooming staple for women across the economic spectrum. There are now more than 17,000 nail salons in the United States, according to census data. The number of salons in New York City alone has more than tripled over a decade and a half to nearly 2,000 in 2012.

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No American metropolitan area rivals New York for nail salons. Los Angeles and San Francisco, the closest, have about half as many salons per capita.

Asian-language newspapers are rife with classified ads listing manicurist jobs paying so little the daily wage can at first glance appear to be a typo. Ads in Chinese in both Sing Tao Daily and World Journal for NYC Nail Spa, a second-story salon on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, advertised a starting wage of $10 a day. The rate was confirmed by several workers.

Lawsuits filed in New York courts allege a long list of abuses: the salon in East Northport, N.Y., where workers said they were paid just $1.50 an hour during a 66-hour workweek; the Harlem salon that manicurists said charged them for drinking the water, yet on slow days paid them nothing at all; the minichain of Long Island salons whose workers said they were not only underpaid but also kicked as they sat on pedicure stools, and verbally abused.

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The juxtapositions in nail salon workers’ lives can be jarring. Many spend their days holding hands with women of unimaginable affluence, at salons on Madison Avenue and in Greenwich, Conn. Away from the manicure tables they crash in flophouses packed with bunk beds, or in fetid apartments shared by as many as a dozen strangers.

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Almost all of the workers interviewed by The Times . . . had limited English; many are in the country illegally. The combination leaves them vulnerable.

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Korean workers routinely earn twice as much as their peers, valued above others by the Korean owners who dominate the industry and who are often shockingly plain-spoken in their disparagement of workers of other backgrounds. Chinese workers occupy the next rung in the hierarchy; Hispanics and other non-Asians are at the bottom.

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In interviews, some owners readily acknowledged how little they paid their workers.

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Many owners said they were helping new immigrants by giving them jobs.

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Jing Ren usually spent days sleeping in her slim pallet a few feet from the bed of her 24-year-old cousin, Xue Sun, also a manicurist. She had no time to make other friends.

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Among the hidden customs are how new manicurists get started. Most must hand over cash–usually $100 to $200, but sometimes much more–as a training fee. Weeks or months of work in a kind of unpaid apprenticeship follows.

Ms. Ren spent almost three months painting on pedicures and slathering feet with paraffin wax before one afternoon in the late summer when her boss drew her into a waxing room and told her she would finally be paid.

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Nail salon workers are generally considered “tipped workers” under state and federal labor laws. Employers in New York are permitted to pay such workers slightly less than the state’s $8.75 minimum hourly wage, based on a complex calculation of how much a worker is making in tips. But interviews with scores of workers revealed rates of pay so low that the so-called tip calculation is virtually meaningless. None reported receiving supplemental pay from their bosses, as is legally required when their day’s tips fall short of the minimum wage. Overtime pay is almost unheard-of in the industry, even though workers routinely work up to 12 hours a day, six or even seven days a week.

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More experienced workers usually earn $50 to $70 per day, sometimes even $80. Their pay, though, still typically amounts to significantly less than minimum wage, given their long hours.

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Salon workers describe a culture of subservience that extends far beyond the pampering of customers. Tips or wages are often skimmed or never delivered, or deducted as punishment for things like spilled bottles of polish. At her Harlem salon, Ms. Cacho said she and her colleagues had to buy new clothes in whatever color the manager decided was fashionable that week. Cameras are regularly hidden in salons, piping live feeds directly to owners’ smartphones and tablets.

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As the throngs of manicurists gather in Flushing, Queens, every morning, the patter of “good mornings” is mostly in Chinese and Spanish, with the occasional snatches of Tibetan or Nepali. Korean is hardly ever heard among these workers heading to salons outside New York City, many of them hours away.

But to the customer settling into the comfort of a pedicure chair in Manhattan, it can seem as if nearly the entire work force is Korean.

The contrast stems from the stark ethnic hierarchy imposed by nail salon owners. Seventy percent to 80 percent of salons in the city are Korean-owned, according to the Korean American Nail Salon Association.

Korean manicurists, particularly if they are youthful and attractive, typically have their pick of the most desirable jobs in the industry–shiny shops on Madison Avenue and in other affluent parts of the city. Non-Korean manicurists are often forced into less desirable jobs in the boroughs outside Manhattan or even farther out from the city, where customers are typically fewer and tips often paltry.

In general, Korean workers earn at least 15 percent to 25 percent more than their counterparts, but the disparity can sometimes be much greater, according to manicurists, beauty school instructors and owners.

Some bosses deliberately prey on the desperation of Hispanic manicurists, who are often drowning under large debts owed to “coyotes” who smuggled them across the border, workers and advocates say.

Many Korean owners are frank about their prejudices. “Spanish employees” are not as smart as Koreans, or as sanitary, said Mal Sung Noh, 68, who is known as Mary, at the front desk of Rose Nails, a salon she owns on the Upper East Side.

{snip}  Ms. Noh said she kept her Hispanic manicurists at the lowest rung of work. “They don’t want to learn more,” she said.

Ethnic discrimination imbues other aspects of salon life. Male pedicure customers are despised by many manicurists for their thick toenails and hair-covered knuckles. When a man comes into the store, almost invariably a non-Korean worker is first draft for his foot bath, salon workers said.

Ana Luisa Camas, 32, an Ecuadorean immigrant, said that at a Korean-owned Connecticut salon where she worked, she and her Hispanic colleagues were made to sit in silence during their entire 12-hour shifts, while the Korean manicurists were free to chat.

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Lhamo Dolma, 39, a manicurist from Tibet who goes by Jackey, recalled a former job at a Brooklyn salon where she had to eat lunch every day standing in a kitchenette with the shop’s other non-Korean workers, while her Korean counterparts ate at their desks.

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A gold pendant embossed with Chinese characters and entwined with red thread hangs on the door of a two-story house in Center Moriches, on Long Island, about an hour’s drive east from where Ms. Ren works in Hicksville. {snip} A Mercedes-Benz sport utility vehicle parks in the driveway.

It is the home of the owner of Nail Love, a salon in a nearby shopping center. The charm on the door invokes financial prosperity for the house’s inhabitants. But the lives of the half-dozen manicurists who bunk in the basement are anything but prosperous.

They are employees of Nail Love. Their dimly lit warren is a barracks provided by the salon’s owner, a common arrangement for workers in salons outside commuting distance from New York City. It saves owners money and sometimes even turns a profit. In some other such situations, workers must pay rent to their bosses.

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Nail salon owners are often the success stories of their immigrant communities. Some owners rose from the ranks of manicurists themselves. In interviews, many owners expressed a vision of themselves as heroic, shouldering the burden of training workers and the risk of employing people who are not legally permitted to work in the United States. Fees extracted from new workers like Ms. Ren are proper compensation for the inconvenience of providing training, they said.

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In an interview, the owner’s wife, who would give only her first name, Hwu, said the salon’s sales exceeded $400,000 a year but there were significant expenses as well, like rent and payroll. Speaking at the salon in February, shortly after her husband dropped her off in their Cadillac S.U.V., she said some of her beginners were not paid $10 a day. She pointed to a male manicurist on his first day on the job: If he did not show promise, she said, he would not be paid at all.

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In rare instances when owners have been found guilty of wage theft, salons have often been quickly sold, sometimes to relatives. The original proprietors vanish, along with their assets, according to prosecutors. Even if they do not, collecting back wages is difficult. Owners can claim they do not have the means to pay, and it is often impossible to prove otherwise, given how unreliable salons’ financial records are.

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When investigators try to interview them, manicurists are frequently reluctant to cooperate, more so than in any other industry, according a Labor Department official involved who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the official was not permitted to talk with reporters. “It’s really the only industry we see that in,” the person said, explaining that it most likely indicated just how widespread exploitation is in nail salons. “They are totally running scared in this industry.”

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  • Hilis Hatki

    All workers are being treated like cogs.

    My mother has the most amazing nails. When she lived in Houston and would go have her nails done the Asian ladies in the salon would go crazy over her fingernails.
    When I misbehaved as a kid she would lock her nails into my arm. It was like trying to back out of a bear trap. They are her superhero power.

    • Mangosteen, $1000 chair

      That’s cool, but nails are SO unsanitary. I’m a terrible woman because mine MUST be kept super short, if I have even a tiny bit of nail I have to cut it. Think of all the things a person touches in a day, and what gets under nails! I used to have fake nails in high school and they were pretty and very easy to maintain (a fill once every 2 weeks) but the sanitary aspect and the all Asian atmosphere drove me away from it. Now I just paint my stubs on occasion and it’s good.

      • Hilis Hatki

        I keep my nails cut super short, below the fingertips, because I like to play the guitar. I have my mother’s nails, thick/shaped, and its a chore to keep them down. To let them grow above my tip has always felt uncomfortable. I look like a man with fake nails so I file them down or use my pocketknife and scrape them down.

  • phillyguy

    The major businesses of rhe Chinese mob.

    • NoMosqueHere

      Americans love their cheap junk at Walmart and cheap labor. It started with slavery and it’s been revitalized for a new generation of ugly Americans.

      • MikeofAges

        You’ve got a point, NMH. Love of cheap labor. During the one era when we did not have cheap labor, 1920-70, things went pretty well, except for that little thing we called the Depression. People forget, in the Postwar, things went pretty well even for black American society, at least in the North. High rates of family formation and intact families. Many men working in union jobs alongside white men. When blacks chose to rebel against segregation. it is significant that their movement, even if insistent and heavily reliant on street action, was relatively peaceful and based in principle on non-violence.

        Not no more. Cheap labor has lot to do with it. So the did the rapid change from a manufacturing economy to a service, financial and knowledge economy which started in 1970.

        • ElComadreja

          A service, financial and knowledge economy is a fiat economy.

          • MikeofAges

            Not arguing. But if you or someone could elaborate on the concept that would be good.

    • Alden

      Add medicare and medical fraud. The Asian elders get $15.00 per visit from the crooked Asian Drs who then charge medicare thousands for medical care never provided. The elders get transportation to the crooked Drs houses.
      It can cause real problems when they are admitted to hospital and their records show them suffering from every possible disease. That includes pregnancy tests and visits for both women over age 60 and men.

      • phillyguy

        Add in the daily bus loads of recent Asian immigrants, who apply for SSI brought in by crooked asian lawyers and interpreters.

      • pcmustgo

        Seeing as how these women work off the books, they probably get food stamps, etc. As far as the “unpaid internship” portion of this work, many, many, many major corporations use unpaid internships all the time.

        • pcmustgo

          Also, the work flow at these shops can vary… some days they sit around a lot, some times they’re slammed, like around the weekend. Look, these women are CHOOSING to do this. Because it still beats life back in China or Vietnam or Guatemala… I guess it beats working the field all day like the Mexicans.

          • LHathaway

            Notice. . the article says Nothing about Asians with their own business refusing to hire non-asians for ANY job ever, everywhere, with other ethnic groups following close behind on ‘giving back’. Whites, on the other hand, must kowtow to diversity, and then be labeled as the evil ones.

        • Blackfish

          So does the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Foundation.

    • Cheri Rodriguez

      Here in Connecticut, a lot of that underground Chinese money gets pumped into the Indian Casinos i.e. bet and lost at the Pai Gow tables. One sure thing about Asians: they’re degenerate gamblers.

      • Mangosteen, $1000 chair

        Yes! In Charles Town WV’s casino, almost all of the people there when we went were Asian. I’m hopelessly stupid about that kind of thing (and I loathe gambling, it just seems so dumb) but my uncle told me it was all money laundering, just like when we went to the Chinese food place nearby and the cashier rang it up in a way as to avoid taxes somehow. My uncle considered calling the state revenue department, but we knew it wouldn’t go anywhere because they only go after whites. What a world eh?

      • Speedy Steve

        They are extremely superstitious, too.

        • Lexonaut

          “They are extremely superstitious, too.”

          Unlike the 30% of Americans who believe in ghosts.

      • listenupbub

        Chinese might own some of the casinos, too, tbh.

        They own many casinos in other parts of the country.

        • Mangosteen, $1000 chair

          If you want to go to a casino, go to the one at the Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, WV. It’s owned by an American from WV named Jim Justice, and he is a decent guy as far as businessmen go. We need to support our own, he hires local West Virginians, he helps the community so if you want to take a trip, go to the Greenbrier! If you can’t afford to stay there, at least go to the casino or restaurant and stay in Lewisburg or White Sulphur. The tourism is extremely appreciated and there’s tons of cool stuff to do in SE WV!

      • Light from the East

        Asians want to do something that can’t be done in their home countries. If you want to make use of it, design an unfair and hardly noticeable game to let them play, getting money legally.

    • LHathaway

      I’m surprised nail salons or take out weren’t on the list.

    • Michigan Patriot

      — and what is your point ?

      • phillyguy

        My point is , they are a bigger threat to the white race than the blacks and the Mexicans combined

        • Michigan Patriot

          That reply was my sarcasm about the White Christian countries are self-destructing through racial & religious Marxism since the mid-1960’s; taxation without representation ever since; treason !

    • Netbum

      Hacking, identity theft.

  • GeneticsareDestiny

    “Spanish employees” are not as smart as Koreans, or as sanitary, said Mal Sung Noh, 68, who is known as Mary, at the front desk of Rose Nails, a salon she owns on the Upper East Side.

    Ms. Noh said she kept her Hispanic manicurists at the lowest rung of work. “They don’t want to learn more,” she said.

    Funny how that same racial hierarchy (Asians over Hispanics) keeps popping up in every employment field and in every country. It’s almost like there’s a real difference…

    No, can’t be, that’d be racist, which means it’s against the laws of the universe!

    /sarc

    • And Bossman wouldn’t like it!

      • Light from the East

        Is Bossman Hispanic?

        • I call those “Greaseritos y Greateritas”. Some of us us Yanks are mixed European and American Indian, but those were generally a superior version of injun, with most of the worst features diluted out. When one pours a little orange juice into lemonade, one still has lemonade. The Mexes are just Spanish (?) speaking Aztecs. When one poops into lemonade, one has sewage.

          • Light from the East

            Here is racial hierarchy in Latin America:

            Español (fem. española) – white, of European ancestry; a blanket term, subdivided into Peninsulares and Criollos;
            Peninsular – a European born in Spain;
            Criollo (fem. criolla) – a White person with Spanish or European descent born in the Americas;
            Castizo (fem.) castiza) – a person with 3/4 espańol ancestry, 1/4 indio; marriage between a castizo and an español produced an español.
            Mestizo (fem. mestiza) – a person of mixed White European and Amerindian ancestry;
            Indio (fem. india) – someone of pure indigenous ancestry.
            Pardo (fem. parda) – a person of mixed white European, Native American Indian and African Black ancestry;
            Mulato (fem. mulata) – a person of mixed White European and Black African ancestry;
            Zambo – a person of mixed Black African and Native American Indian Ancestry;
            Negro (fem. negra) – a person of African descent;

            Based on this system, anyone with more than 75% of European descent is considered to be Español since the high percentage determines the major genetic characteristics of a man and it is difficult to tell from the appearance without doing genetic test. I am not sure Bossman belongs to which category.

  • Chip Carver

    That this is even a story in this country shows how much destruction has been wrought by the nation wreckers.

  • MekongDelta69

    Nail salons are as common today in NYC as candy stores were in NYC when I grew up.

    I’d rather have the candy stores

    • NoMosqueHere

      Many chinese owned massage parlors have opened in many parts of NYC. On one or two blocks of Northern Blvd in Queens I counted around 10. Is this happening in other cities as well?

      • Alden

        It is rife in San Francisco. In some blocks there are rows and rows of massage parlors filled with illegals working off their $40,000 smuggling fee.

        • Speedy Steve

          There was a happy ending massage parlor just a couple of miles from The Wilderness Battlefield. It was run by a Chinese woman. A dime gets you a dollar she paid the fine and simply opened another one nearby.

          • pcmustgo

            I knew a white American girl who worked as a “happy ender”… she was broke and it was good money, she could pay her rent easy…

          • Speedy Steve

            According to this article, it’s cheaper to have foreign technicians do the tip work that most Americans won’t do. I wonder if there are many jobs available in that industry for men like me. Good evening. I’m Steve and I’ll be whacking you off today.

          • TrueNorthFree

            Only if you look like Brad Pitt!

          • Speedy Steve

            I’d be looking for unemployment! Oh the fun I could have if I weren’t working to subsidize slothful tawny animals.

          • John Smith

            In San Fran, I’m sure there are plenty.

      • The Worlds Scapegoat

        There are a lot around the SF Bay Area.
        Most if not all are whore houses.

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        • NoMosqueHere

          There’s very little public commentary about this phenomenon. I think it’s rather remarkable that so many massage parlors have opened so quickly without much push back. And it’s not just in rough neighborhoods. Hardly.

          • The Worlds Scapegoat

            Two opened up next to a friend’s business in Dublin. They were shut down in less than 2 months.

            .

          • Mangosteen, $1000 chair

            The cops and elected officials and people in power love it. Who do you think the customers are? They probably get it all for free too.

          • Blackfish

            Ha! Like police think ther job is to fight crime! They just show up afterwards and fill out paperwork.

          • John Smith

            One of our county officials was trading drugs to hookers in return for some “massage therapy.” At least he’s smarter than Jerry Springer, who paid his hookers by check when he was mayor.

      • John Smith

        Yes, but we also have Eastern Euro “massage therapists” around as well, maybe because the more affluent ‘burbs are nearby..

    • George Moriarty

      Yes, it is exactly the same here in Australian cities. Nail saloons and massage parlours everywhere including unfortunately both legal and illegal brothels. All Chinese or other Asian workers, often owned by Asians and certainly a place of employment for illegal migrants. Fronts for money laundering and drugs? Quite possibly.
      As for the candy store or even a café that serves traditional Australian food, no way, it’s all Asian cuisine or KFC etc.

  • Luca D.

    No doubt these Asians know how to scam the system and accept EBT cards so their black patrons can get their nails done too. It would be traumatic for a Negro-American welfare queen to walk around town without her nails and hair done.

  • Howard W. Campbell

    I had to think for a moment concerning the Morton’s Fork in this story. If white women get their nails done, they are encouraging sweatshop labor. If white women don’t get their nails done then they are denying immigrants a chance at the American dream.

    Amazing how many of these people are turning the U. S. into a nightmare.

    • Exuberant Auditor

      If sweatshop labor means I and the wife get to save some bucks on iPhones and nails so we can afford one more child then I’m all for it. To me, that’s just capitalism working its wonders.

      • Mangosteen, $1000 chair

        We ask ourselves, do we need iPhones and nails? Can we cut our own grass, clean our own house, take care of our own kids?

        • listenupbub

          Better solution, Mangosteen.

          Stop wasting money on dumb crap. Live minimalistically and breed like rabbits.

          • Mangosteen, $1000 chair

            That’s exactly how we live. I read a book that changed my life and made me aware of how we’re being manipulated and sold things we don’t need….once you see things as they really are, you see what’s really important, and it’s not “stuff”.

          • Lexonaut

            Trust me, there is nothing like going through a Chapter 7 business bankruptcy backed by personal guarantees to help you straighten out your life priorities.

      • IstvanIN

        There are some things more important than money and stuff.

        • Exuberant Auditor

          I know. That’s why my ultimate goal is to have as many children as possible. But for that to happen, I need to save as much money as possible. I have to ensure a certain degree of material comfort before I have each child.

  • Lots of these fly by night nail salons in Bell Curve City.

    • The Worlds Scapegoat

      +1 for “Bell Curve City”

      • It’s so clever that Paul Kersey agreed with me that it would make a great title for a book.

        • listenupbub

          That is wonderful.

          • Lexonaut

            Too bad it’s not a bell curve.

  • pcmustgo

    Yeah, once had my nails done by a Korean girl who went crazy and off on a racial rant when I told her I normally go to a Chinese owned salon. She said they’re disgusting, etc. Here in Brooklyn, I can get my nails done for $5. Plus I tip. Pedicure, $8-13 depending. The Chinese owner of the salon does them though, and she has some employees too, but she herself works for those low wages.

    • Exuberant Auditor

      The Chinese owner … herself works for those low wages.

      That’s how the Chinese have made their way up, and still are. Frankly they deserve it.

      • Mangosteen, $1000 chair

        Do you think your family, or yourself, will deserve to compete with those people and live like slaves? Do you want your children to live in those conditions?

        • Exuberant Auditor

          They won’t.

          The only reason I’d be against this is demographic replacement.

          • Mangosteen, $1000 chair

            What makes you, and your family, so special and unique that they won’t be competing against foreigners that will undercut them at every opportunity? You really can’t believe, that in this climate of open and vicious white hatred, that your family will somehow be spared the fate that other whites are experiencing?

            It only started with the working class whites, because they were an easy target. The “right” kind of whites were too busy laughing at the hicks and their misery to ever think it could happen to them. What a shame that people still don’t see it.

          • Exuberant Auditor

            Everyone will compete to an extent with cheap labor, not just whites. But history suggests that this has always been the case. This has always been the case in America since day one.

            Yes, with more people, there’s more competition in jobs, but there’s also more consumer, therefore more production and more opportunity to invest and create other jobs. That’s how things have been running for centuries now.

          • Mangosteen, $1000 chair

            I don’t necessarily see that as a good thing. Infinite growth is not desirable to me, or many people. How many McMansions do we need? Do you really want every available acre of land to be covered with strip malls and nail places? We are destroying farmland at an alarming rate, and who will grow our food? We are only given one country, and do we want it to look like China,
            where the smog is so thick because corporations are allowed to pollute
            with no repercussions? Do you really want raw sewage leaking into the
            oceans, lakes and streams, making them unusable? Do you really trust
            corporations to do anything but blindly chase profit??

            I’m from a coal mining family so “cheap labor” is not something you want to hear when your loved ones are working in dangerous conditions for slave wages. Workers deserve rights and protection. Human beings are not interchangeable cogs in a corporate machine, I thought we had established this after Blair Mountain and child labor and company stores, why are we forgetting how human being should be treated? And for what? Cheap products? Are White Americans worth less than an iPhone, for God’s sake??

            I am not saying that big government is the answer, because it isn’t. The answer is involved citizenry that refuse to be taken advantage of and are good stewards of our land, heritage, culture and race. The corporations MUST seek another way to profit that doesn’t involve destroying our country, and planet, so people can have acrylic nails and GMO food and endless and disposable plastic trinkets.

            What do you want for your descendants?

          • American Tax Payer

            He’s probably asian. They’re used to being overpopulated. Jefferson was huge on keeping America mostly agricultural. They warned us about immigration, corporations, trade and everything else you’d ever need to know in order to run a healthy country.

          • H-1B visas have harmed STEM workers, so to some extent everyone “gets it”. Our self-appointed “elites” still say we have a “shortage”.

            Welcome to the new plantation!

    • SentryattheGate

      Why aid the Third World invasion of the US? Especially for something as frivolous as manicures and pedicures!!!! These ruthless Chinese could care less about their own, much less us someday—when they are our bosses or our kids’ bosses!

    • My version of a pedicure involves nail-clippers, sometimes using those to perform a wedge resection of a nail when it becomes ingrown, followed by pulling the then-separated part out with a pair of needlenosed pliers. If I had access to chemicals again, I could use phenol dissolved in rubbing alcohol to prevent that part growing back.

      I suppose – yet again – I picked the right Disqus avatar. No, I am not going to try battery acid. It would be to thick and syrupy to get down in where it’s most needed, anyway.

  • Alden

    I’m glad to see an article about crooked cheating Asian business people instead of the usual worship of Asian programmers, engineers and business people of this Asian worshipping site.

    • this Asian worshipping site

      Pardon?

      • The Worlds Scapegoat

        Engleman.

        And there are quite a few articles on this site praising Asians over whites.

        .

        • Tim_in_Indiana

          Funny, I’ve been here or years and I don’t recall any. You must have this site confused for another one.

        • Ultimate187

          There are no articles here that specifically praise Asians over whites. Any positive view of Asians around here is mostly because they’re not black.

          • Who Me?

            “[T]hey’re not black”
            ***********************
            Which is a plus for any and every non-black person on this planet! Not to be confused with “Asian worship”. Just because we’d rather have Japanese neighbors rather than black or Guatemalan neighbors doesn’t mean we “worship” the Japanese or Chinese, or want to be replaced by them. It just means we like living a relatively safe, less-stressful life. Any neighborhood infested with blacks especially, or even “Hispanics” of whatever flavor is hardly safe, or quiet, or restful, or in any other way compatible with White American life. Also try selling your house if the people next door are Asians, and try selling the same place with blacks living next door. We all know this, so why call this site “Asian-worshipping”?

      • Tom in MI

        Some people on this site are Asian worshipping fools. America has already taken in way too many Asians. Sorry if that offends you, but this website is dedicated to the preservation of people of European descent.

        • Jared Taylor is not an “Asian worshiping fool.” Asian worship is not our editorial bias.

          • Lexonaut

            He’s talking about me, I suspect.

          • Rob

            He is not Asian worshipping, but admires Asian work ethic. But sadly this website worships our enemies like the likes of Ruth Bader and her family.

          • The Worlds Scapegoat

            Ruth Bader is Asian. She may not be slant eyed east Asian, but she is from a country that is in Asia – just like Pakistanis and Indians are Asians.

            en[dot]wikipedia[dot]org/wiki/Asia

            .

          • Rob

            Yes her origins. I agree!

          • John Smith

            I’d say the “Asian” worship here is mostly reserved for persons of Ms. Ginsburg’s stripe.

      • listenupbub

        Correction:

        Asian worshiping comment section

    • “Help! Soyent Tso’s chicken is made out of people!!!”

    • Speedy Steve

      They busted a Chinese restaurant in Stafford VA for selling dog and cat meat a couple of years ago.

    • pcmustgo

      I know a Guatemalan nail shop run by them and all their own people employees…. they are just as good as the Chinese. These are lower end shops for more working class women in a Middle class hood in Brooklyn, not a rich yuppie one. So I think there is some mixed news in this nail report. Are there exploited workers, yes? But there’s also Guatemalan women opening their own business and employing 5 people and spending the whole day laughing and joking in Spanish while doing nails and waxing. Waxing is WAY better than shaving, as a woman,. Almost a necessity. 1 month of bare legs with minimal hair growth vs. like one day with shaving. Huge time saver too.

  • The Worlds Scapegoat

    This is a pathetic country. It imports people from other countries promising them wealth, then treats them like poop. They have been doing that for over 200 years: English, Irish, french, German, etc.

    Above everything else, we don’t need any newcomers. We have plenty of workers if someone is willing to pay a good wage.

    .

    • Exuberant Auditor

      • Nice snark on the part of whoever made this meme, but the inconvenient truth is that Old Kingdom Egypt of the Fourth Dynasty was nowhere close to an imperial power and therefore was not able to curate slaves. This was a job that Egyptians did do, not a job that Egyptians didn’t want to do.

        • Exuberant Auditor

          Yes, it was mainly Egyptians that did it. But the hard work was done by people at the lowest strata of the hierarchy, and I’m pretty sure their wages weren’t very competitive, if they had any. So there is some truth to it.

          The other inconvenient truth the Socialists like to ignore is that none of that would’ve been possible if there weren’t someone to invest and plan the whole thing at the top. Labor in itself is worthless without the money, the knowhow, and good management.

          • Lexonaut

            Inside the Grand Gallery of the Great Pyramid is a slab bearing an inscription that says, if I recall correctly, “This slab laid by the Red Gang. Nobody beats us.”

            Those workers weren’t slaves, they were at the top of their profession, working on a project that was the Ancient Egyptian equivalent of our space program.

            All of Ancient Egypt was about 600,000 people, by the way. It must have been an incredibly prosperous society to be able to afford such public works on a ten percent in-kind income tax base.

      • Speedy Steve

        I like the one that says POTENTIAL not everybody grows up to be an astronaut.

  • Exuberant Auditor

    It seems that hierarchy is inescapable in nature. In that particular field, Koreans come out on top by virtue of being richer and smarter.

    But seriously, what did the Hispanics expect by entering the country illegally other than working for cheap wages? If they accept this as a better alternative than living in their home countries, or as an upgrade, then it’s a win-win.

    • Lexonaut

      “Koreans come out on top by virtue of being richer and smarter.”

      Isn’t it odd how those two things so often go together. But then that’s what the liberals have been telling us for years — wealth causes high IQ, which makes it impossible for blacks to compete.

  • Race Heretic

    This is disgusting. Another great reason to crack down on illegal immigration – prevent this exploitation.

    • cherrie greenbaum123

      Well, it’s hugely popular for some people, and not necessarily the Korean owners. Who do you suppose collects all that high rent in Manhattan and Greenwich?

      • Race Heretic

        Finnish landowners?

  • Rob

    They always do.

  • tickyul

    Curious, I have always managed to cut my own fingernails and toenails?

    • Anglo

      Same here. I do my own manicures and pedicures. I don’t believe in subsidizing this foreign labor either.

    • Clippers and a nail brush are not exactly major investments.

    • Mangosteen, $1000 chair

      You’re not missing anything. You won’t get essentially incurable nail fungus from home manicures either.

      • tickyul

        YES, great point!

  • Anna Tree

    Our weaknesses are as bad as our enemies’s strengths.The white women who pay for those manicure instead of doing their own, the business owners who hired those non-whites for less, the culture of consumerism etc etc

    Our descendants may not have their own country and may live in reserves if lucky, among other reasons, because of nails. So sad and shameful.

    I never went for a manicure and after reading this article, I now I have more reasons not to do so.

    • Veritas

      Third world business practices for a soon to be third world country. Why not? It’s a nice fit.

    • pcmustgo

      It’s very hard to do a manicure as nicely, neatly and accurately as they do. They trim the cuticles, file them and shape them perfectly… scrape your feet smooth with a razor tool and scrub… it’s almost hygenic.

      • Anna Tree

        I presume I don’t enjoy those things or think I wouldn’t really, and don’t have the time for it. Additionally, I prefer not to spend my money on such things. Mostly I prefer to work less and be with my family than to work more to pay for things like this.
        But I admit it’s a personal choice (and I am more a simple/natural kind of person). But the article pushed a button, sorry.

        • SentryattheGate

          We need more women like you to save our race! I too am a simple country woman, not the high-maintainence snooty type. And we deserve to be honored and occasionally spoiled for being humble.

      • My cuticles have never regrown since my work as a laboratory chemist, 15 years ago.

        • Earl P. Holt III

          You have lived a very interesting — albeit risky — life…!

        • cherrie greenbaum123

          Trimming cuticles is very bad for them. The “ick” factor alone of a manicurist, who uses the same tools (sterilized?? really??? and that was after you just worked on LaShondra??? I don’t think so, pet. ) As with most useless crap sold to women, they buy it up faster than it’s crapped out. One thing that unfortunately hasn’t changed in the last 50 years.

    • MikeofAges

      Theater of the grotesque, in that case.

    • SentryattheGate

      I heartily agree with you, and add that these workers will probably sue in the future re. the health risks (and miscarriages) of the chemicals involved. Note, in the following article, all the talk of pregnancies, miscarriages, handicapped kids (getting disability) and children left behind in their home countries, on a manicurist’s salary(????).See: http://www.nytimes(DOT)com/2015/05/11/nyregion/nail-salon-workers-in-nyc-face-hazardous-chemicals.html?action=click&contentCollection=Politics&module=MostEmailed&version=Full&region=Marginalia&src=me&pgtype=article

  • Mangosteen, $1000 chair

    Those nail salons are NOT sanitary and anyone going to one is asking for trouble. The “sanitizer” is usually just blue colored water, or off-brand Chinese chemicals. They do not properly sanitize or autoclave their metal tools, the foot baths are not cleaned (the water circulates in there and it goes into the jets through tubes, and it’s never cleaned correctly), they talk trash about the customers right in front of their face in their language, they’re often rude and their technique is usually shoddy. People that go to those places often end up with nail fungus and all sorts of other disgusting issues caused by their corner-cutting mindset, and why should they care? Look at how they behave in their own countries, and people here think it’s a good idea to allow them to touch them?

    • One friend of the family got nail fungus from one of those places. It was devilishly difficult to cure, and did permanent damage to her nail beds.

      • Mangosteen, $1000 chair

        Yep! I used to work in the regulatory industry (state) and I knew some of the inspectors. I rarely ever eat out, or go to salons or anything like that. I know too much. Not that I’d trust foreigners to do the right thing regardless, I guess I know too much about them too.

        • John Smith

          The dirtiest restaurants in this area are Chinese, by health dept. stats.

          • The dirtiest restaurant I’ve ever been to was northeast of Nanjing, China. The food was excellent, but I nicknamed the place “Hepatitis Cafe”.

            The restroom was beneath description.

      • Speedy Steve

        I see ads on my computer for treatment of nail fungus. Maybe an investigation is in order. Big Pharma assists in smuggling Asian nail salon workers ….

  • Katherine McChesney

    Many of these shops are unhygienic and nail fungus is a very real possibility.

  • LHathaway

    I know I stopped reading after the first paragraph or so. My take? someone goes out of their way to ensure these women have a job (one that they may not deserve) and the take away is that they are victims in or of America, from sun up to sun down?

  • MBlanc46

    How many of these women are legal residents of the US? Those who aren’t should be arrested and deportd.

    • Rob

      All of them should be deported.

  • listenupbub

    One reality about Asians in general that Amreners seem to ignore is the competitive nature.

    Europeans uniquely evolved away from the human norm of extreme competitiveness in the Pleistocene when we developed a monogamous culture based on males traveling long distances to chase the few animals alive in the rapidly freezing environment. They could only support one woman, and many of them died while hunting, so being competitive with other males for female mates did nothing for them. In fact, cooperation was more crucial in this barren environment.

    (Most of the above fits in with established opinion of many anthropologists)

    Most other cultures have had strong male competition and polygamy. China has recently had the Mandarin system, as well. These cultural practices strongly affect the direction of the evolution of the race.

    The extremely competitive nature of Chinese people is what drives them to do be such shysters. It is a fact of the race. It follows them everywhere they go. Even Chinese-American college students are like ten times more likely to cheat. I suppose the same is true for other Asians, I have just had little experience with them.

    • Ultimate187

      The competitive nature that you’re describing doesn’t sound much different from what’s commonly seen amongst new immigrants. Hard work and motivation to succed is necessary to establish roots, especially for those building from scratch without the benefit of having prior generations in this country. I don’t think Europeans “evolved away” from extreme competitiveness. It just might be less apparent because their circumstances are generally better.

      • listenupbub

        Hmmm…I do not recognize your name….are you new?

        I imagine you have a little but of time before you explore race-realism. I will not beat it into your head. You will find out soon enough.

  • Michigan Patriot

    Where is our race conscience ( people of color only matter ) government ? What percentage are White ? Owners ? No concern by our anti-White ,racist, communist government since LBJ in ‘ 64 !

  • Capt_Kirk

    Anyone critical of this corrupt structure is a racist and intolerant of other cultures.
    Diversity must be celebrated under every circumstance.

  • American Tax Payer

    This is a fine example of why I’m Anti-Asian. They just take over and take everything and leave nothing for the host. They exploit us and they exploit their own. No one can persuade me that these people mean no harm.

    • Mangosteen, $1000 chair

      You can’t convince me that all the exotic Asian species that are destroying our ecosystem weren’t sent here purposely by the Asians.

    • My then-girlfriend wrote to me while I was locked up and eventually married me. I was told later on by a Filipino co-worker that Sayaka isn’t really “Asian”, but is just a white gal with slanty eyes.

      • American Tax Payer

        I suppose it’s ‘each to their own’ but I don’t consider asians to be white at all. They’re not white. They’re asian. They’re from clean across the globe!

        • Some of my own ancestors walked here from Siberia, so I’m calling that one “good”. I’d probably be loathed if I had married a white gal. I pass for white, but am 3/16 American Indian. This makes me a “Castizo” or something like that. If it helps any, I didn’t ask for it.

          • American Tax Payer

            We’ve never traced our family back to those days. How do you even find something like that out? How did you find the recordings? I mean, did they record family histories back then?

            Well now, we don’t want you to have to “loathe”! And none of us asked for it. We’re born into the skin we have and that’s it. I just don’t like watching town after town, get “diversified” to death.

  • MikeofAges

    Would they take my with my onychomycosis? Darn those toes!

  • RaySist27

    This article, in my opinion, demonstrates that ‘racism’ is natural to every race on earth, including animals. It’s a survival mechanism. Unfortunatly for us, there’s only one race that feels guilty about it.

  • Lexonaut

    And the children of these contemptible illegal immigrant manicurists, who hope to become former manicurists like their employers, instead become engineers and surgeons. Isn’t that strange. It’s almost as if this is the reason these folks come here — to give their kids the kind of opportunity that they never had. The immigrants of previous generations — your own ancestors — would not understand this.

    And another thing that bothers me. The author is effectively saying that they would rather work for a pittance than try to game the system the way illegal immigrants from, say, Guatemala are doing. Who do they think they are, these Koreans, being stuck up like that.

    Finally, I’m here to tell you that 50+ years ago my sister, who is a white native born American, for several years in a row waited tables on New York’s Fire Island without ever being paid a dime. Not one dime. In fact, she usually had to pay the restaurant owner several hundred early 60s dollars to get hired. This sob story article really should have been written about her. I’ll never understand why she let herself be exploited this way.

    • Rob

      And why did she allow herself to be exploited that way? Did you ask her???

      • Lexonaut

        I was being facetious, Rob. I know it’s difficult for you to reason things out for yourself so let me help you …

        It was worth it to pay hundreds of dollars each season for a job that paid nothing because she earned several thousands of dollars in tips each season.

        • Rob

          Well you and your family have some strange ways.

          • Lexonaut

            No. It’s called being entrepreneurial and self reliant. However, I can see how you might find it strange if all you’ve ever done is flip burgers at the local McDonald’s.

            Did you know that your barber is paid nothing by his barbershop and in fact has to rent his chair from the shop owner? Almost always he’s an independent contractor who gets a portion of what the barbershop charges you, with the addition that any tips he receives are his and his alone — just like these poor downtrodden unpaid Korean nail salon workers.

          • Rob

            Never flipped a burger in my life. You accuse others of being nasty, but you are the one with all the vitriol

          • Lexonaut

            Okay, I withdraw the burger flipping remark and apologize for it. The rest of my post stands.

          • Rob

            Well good. Thanks for showing your humane side.

          • The Korean gal who cuts my hair lives in the back of her shop. I installed the garbage disposal in her sink.

          • Lexonaut

            It’s amazing what good people will do to avoid being poor, isn’t it? I hope she has a son who will become a terrific engineering manager, earn a high salary, and take care of her in her old age.

  • Light from the East

    New York Times – Anti-white Slimes

  • Who Me?

    My doctor prescribed that I get a pedicure every 6-7 weeks because I don’t have the flexibility or dexterity to care for my own toenails on the left side, and I’d rather pay $45 to get a pedicure than the $125+ to a podiatrist, (not covered by our insurance) which is the only other option. The little shop I patronize has all White workers, and they sterilize everything they use. They are skilled and have taken special courses on diabetic foot care. For my fingernails, I cut and file them myself. and put a coat of clear polish on once a week or so if I happen to think about it. I do a LOT of cooking and baking, and having long nails, or nails covered with an opaque color just doesn’t seem hygienic, no matter how much the hands are washed and use a nail brush, plastic gloves, etc. (It’s like people cooking without wearing an apron or not having their hair covered or fastened back. eech!)

    • John Smith

      Around here, they do massages also and the salons are fronts for prostitution.

  • WR_the_realist

    Who is the biggest advocate of the illegal immigration that makes this exploitation possible? The New York Times, and its innumerable allies in the mass media.

    I’ve noticed that in general illegal immigrants are immune to our laws. Their kids work in fields in violation of our child labor laws. They don’t have to follow local zoning laws. Minimum wage laws don’t apply to them. So when the 14th Amendment says, “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States..” it is not referring to the children of illegal immigrants. They clearly aren’t subject to the jurisdiction of the United States.

  • Earl P. Holt III

    It has always mystified me how fat, ugly and smelly 250-pound black women could think that manicured nails somehow mitigate their butt-ugliness: They could have their nails done by Michelangelo or Bernini, and it wouldn’t make an iota of difference…

  • AndrewInterrupted

    African women have a deeper, booming, more violent sounding day-long yack. While doing field service at a fairly loud factory recently, two Bantu women could be heard shucking and booming from the other side of the building. I asked one of the distressed looking white guys: “What is that god-awful racket?” He pointed across the way to the entitled silverbacks and said, “Big mouth–and bigger mouth”.
    .

    • Jason Lewis

      You trying to scare us with that picture?

      • John Smith

        It worked.

      • AndrewInterrupted

        The “Just Jared” origins I found to be more than a little ironic. <:-)

    • A friend and I once heard a bunch of them over interstate traffic during a thunderstorm in June 2000. He got down on his hands and knees on the wet asphalt, put his ear to the ground, and said “N*****s, Kimosabe!”

      • AndrewInterrupted

        “….of the Bantu–wait–no—the Dindu….”
        .

  • Light from the East

    That’s a rare kind for AR readers. He holds the opposite view about the race realism, which is one of the foundation of AR.

    • Nobody can help being what they are. I love vegetable gardening. I ended up lucky with the south-facing townhouse I bought in 1996, but the men in in my mother’s side of my family also always loved growing vegetables. When I was house-shopping, I wanted a two-car garage and an unfinished basement, because I had two vehicles and lots of machine tools. I ended up getting a place that faced south. In my case, growing a nice kitchen garden was 50-50 luck, but also genetics.

    • BlueSonicStreak

      He has a problem with the “realism” part.

  • ElComadreja

    Alternatively they can stay in their home countries.

  • Dale McNamee

    Where are the “slavery/race card ” players on
    this issue ?

    Nowhere to be found …

  • Alex Williamson

    Why is it that chinkies have come to dominate the global nail care industry? I just can’t figure that one out.

  • Kit Ingoldby

    And I care about the ‘hardships’ of unskilled illegal immigrants because?

  • Shadrach

    Even if Whites are no where mentioned, we are still the bad guys by the media.

  • adplatt126

    I thought only whites could be racist…