Episode 4

French Manicure: The Long Shadow of Shirley Temple

Tales from Vietnamese Manicurist Shops in America—a story of memory and manicuring. Tens of thousands of Vietnamese immigrants work as manicurists in the United States. The Vietnamese immigrants who train to be manicurists not only acquire a new set of professional skills, but a new identity as well.  Sound plays a part in merging into a new life, and preserving in memory what has been left behind. What sounds do you lose when you leave your country? What sounds teach you how to live in a new home? Vietnamese manicurists tell their stories and the soundtracks, lost and found, of their lives.