A nail salon owner casually calls it simply “a business decision.” But Asian Americans in Dallas say she’s delivering a racist message–that they’re not as American as European Americans.
The Dallas Observer reports a chic salon in Dallas has posted a huge sign on its window that reads, “American owned. American staffed.” The nail industry is dominated by Asian Americans, especially Vietnamese Americans and other Southeast Asians.
Ed Thayer who adopted four Vietnamese girls confronted the salon about the sign.
“I said, ‘This sign here implies that the other salons around here that are owned by Asian-Americans are less American than you,'” Thayer told WFAA.
You can find out how the salon is responding to the criticism and what some of its customers are saying in the Dallas Observer.