Worried in the Womb


Emerson was born with these gray hairs. Six of them. Every Asian relative who visited noticed these hairs within moments of holding her. Unlike most Vietnamese people, most of my relatives are actually in the hair business. They are not nail technicians. That's pretty special, people. Because in America, being a first generation Vietnamese immigrant means you have a 99.9% likelihood of working in and/or owning a nail salon. Dat Phan likes to joke that we Vietnamese are taking over the world, one nail at a time. But in my family, it's one highlight at a time. My mom, aunt, cousin, and her husband, are all hair stylists. Why my hair is such a hot mess on TV is my own fault.