Same Same, a collection of short stories that chronicle the life of a Vietnamese nail salon worker.
Same Same is a collection of short stories that chronicle the life of a Vietnamese nail salon worker in San Francisco. There are thousands of immigrants from Viet Nam who continue to be pointed towards the path of becoming a nail salon worker. Their rich and complex life stories are often untold but these women exist in urban landscapes where they service the hands and feet of others.
I spent a total of five years writing these stories that capture parts of my own life. I spent most of my adolescence working alongside my mom at her salon in San Francisco. There are elements from my personal experience but the stories fictionalize life events of other nail salon workers I’ve known throughout my life. The six stories will give the audience an intimate look into the triumphs and struggles of one Vietnamese immigrant.
Rather than locking away this short story collection like some of my other work, I decided that this story is important to tell. It’s personal for me and I believe that it will resonate with others whether they have a family member who works in the industry or they are a client of a nail salon. I’m asking for support in order to publish this collection and share these untold stories. Your support will help make this book available in paperback and e-format.
Her nail salon was sandwiched between the Hong Kong Wok and the Rancho Burger Joint. We were located in ”The Avenues,” which people considered to be the good part of Geary Street—a long strip that ran from Ocean beach to downtown. Our little area of San Francisco saw sunshine in the afternoon after the fog rolled out. Even with the brisk weather, our neighborhood was vibrant with Asian and Russian immigrants. It was one of the few neighborhoods where someone could buy chow mein, homemade piroshkis, and matzo ball soup in a one-block radius.
Our grand opening was celebrated like it was Tet, the Vietnamese New Year. Dad delivered two kumquat trees decorated with red ribbon outside the front door. His aunt brought a roast pig and noodles for good luck. It seemed that every single Vietnamese person my parents knew came out to the opening. Mom was laughing and had a glow in her face as if she finally freed herself from the past.
It is inspired by parts of my mother's life and the life of other nail salon workers I've met in my life.
I'm trying my hand at self publishing and marketing it myself. Of course I would love for it to become a best selling e book and be picked up by an independent publishing house. The most important thing to me is that these stories come to life and as many people read it. I don't plan on become famous or be dealt a million dollar advance.
I'm aiming for somewhere in between the end of the year of the rabbit and beginning of the year of the dragon. Early 2012, maybe earlier if things go smoothly.
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