The nail salon scandal: investigative journalists doing God’s work

Monday, May 11, 2015

Here is a heartening story from the New York Times. I am no fan of our governor, Andrew Cuomo, but this time he really pulled through with the right moves. Huge numbers of women go to the nail salons–I certainly do–but I had absolutely no idea about their pernicious hidden practices. Here is the article about Cuomo’s actions:

There are two original articles, one of them about the manicurists being cheated out of their earnings, and the second one about the dangers posed to their health by the chemicals. You can access these by clicking on the links supplied in the article about Cuomo’s response. I wouldn’t be surprised if they win a Pulitzer. This is the sort of journalism that costs the Times a great deal of money. It must have taken many months to put together. It is not easy to get Asian women on the low rungs to talk, since many of them are accustomed to being meek and submissive.

It is also interesting to read how the Koreans impose an ethnic hierarchy on those below. All things considered, maybe best to go to an all-Korean salon for your own peace of mind…but then what about the abuse of the Vietnamese, the Hispanics, etc. below them? This expose should help, especially with the six-language interviewing process that Cuomo has set up.

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