Sitting at my breakfast table holding a copy of The New York Times, I was filled with jealousy. It was May 10, the newspaper published the first of its two-part 7,000-word investigative story about the exploitation of workers in New York’s nail salons. The stories had a big impact including lawmakers tightening regulations on the industry.
But to me, the main question was why hadn’t the nail salon stories we wrote had that impact. The Chinese language newspapers in New York have been writing about labor conflicts in Chinese-owned nail salons for the past decade. I personally interviewed and wrote about disgruntled nail salon workers as a junior reporter for Sing Tao Daily when I joined the newspaper in the early years of the last decade, before passing the story onto newer colleagues. Read more