Lost and Found Sound: Manicurists

The Kitchen Sisters, Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva, with Laura Folger present a sonic montage that allows Vietnamese immigrant women to tell about their experiences in coming to the United States. Many Vietnamese women work as manicurists; quite a few in the San Francisco area. We hear how the pop music of America trickled into their lives while they were still in their homeland, and how that formed part of there sense of what America would be One woman heard what she called California Dreaming — (it was really If You're Going to San Francisco) — and she wanted to be there with "flowers in my hair" We present voices of Vietnamese immigrants in an impressionist manner without narration and mixed with the sound of an English-language instruction tape for Vietnamese speakers that comments on the mood. We also hear the music and sounds that shape these women's lives. Part two of the Kitchen Sisters' sonic montage of Vietnamese immigrant women telling about their experiences in coming to the United States.



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