Okay, first: mitts off the phrase The Vietnamese Nail Hegemony because it's going to be the name of my noise-rock band. Some day. But second, apparently actress Tippi Hedren (Hitchcock's The Birds, Melanie Griffith's mom) is responsible for The Vietnamese Nail Hegemony? As in, she's the progenitor of Vietnamese dominance of the $6 billion dollar industry?
Take a look at this report from CNN:
Fascinating story, though a bit along the lines of Al Gore Inventing the Internet. But let's say Tippi Hedren did invent The Vietnamese Nail Hegemony. Doesn't that mean, according to the laws of physics, she's also responsible for inadvertently inventing "The Vietnamese Nail Lady"?
Meanwhile, in related news, Vietnamese nail workers have worse problems than bad, racist impressions -- they face the highest exposure to dangerous chemicals, and the government is doing very little to help them.