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‘This only happened because people organized.’ Nail salon workers speak out after NYT exposé

Sukjong Hong

한국어로 읽기 (Link to Korean-language version)

Earlier this year, Sarah Maslin Nir’s New York Times exposé on working conditions in nail salons ignited a firestorm of outrage and debate over industry practices. Sukjong Hong, the creator of this graphic journalism piece, counts many salon workers among members of her community. Having taken part in a salon worker’s wage recovery campaign, Hong provides a look at ongoing organizing efforts for better conditions, as well as nail workers’ responses to the Times report. No actual names of nail salons were used in this piece.

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Sukjong Hong is a freelance writer and artist working in journalism and graphic novels. See more of her work on her website or follow her on Twitter.

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