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Fashion and Beauty in the Time of Asia$
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S. Heijin Lee, Christina H. Moon, and Thuy Linh Nguyen Tu

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781479892150

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479892150.001.0001

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Manicures as Transnational Body Labor

Manicures as Transnational Body Labor

(p.184) 7 Manicures as Transnational Body Labor
Fashion and Beauty in the Time of Asia

Miliann Kang

NYU Press

Based on interviews and participant observations with nail salon owners, workers, customers, and advocates, in addition to analysis of media representations, this chapter expands the concept of “body labor” to explore the dynamics of emerging circuits of “transnational body labor” that connect Asian workers to immigrant niches in the United States, and increasingly forge material and aesthetic ties back to Asia.

Keywords:   nail salons, transnational body labor, body labor, Asian workers

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