檳榔西施變身創業楷模 越南新住民美容師圓夢開店|Vietnamese migrant becomes beautician despite challenges

A Vietnamese new immigrant overcome various challenges in life with extraordinary perseverance and finally realized her dream of becoming a hairdresser. (photo courtesy/ 賴惠華@FB)

22年前遠嫁台灣的越南籍新住民阮理厚,憑著過人的毅力克服人生中的種種挑戰與難關,最終圓夢成功,在上個月於自購新家內開設美容院,成為新住民姐妹創業、邁向獨立的勵志好榜樣。

Nguyen Li Hau (阮理厚), a Vietnamese new immigrant who married a Taiwanese citizen 22 years ago, has overcome various challenges in life with extraordinary perseverance.

She finally realized her dream of becoming a beautician, as she opened a beauty salon in her newly-bought home last month.

Her inspiring story has encouraged many new migrants to become entrepreneurs and financially independent, making her a role model for her fellow compatriots. 

阮理厚從國中就對美容美甲感興趣,然而初嫁來台時,要適應語言、文化差異,學習一度中斷,但她沒有因此被打倒,而是決定專心料理家庭,並善用時間學習中文和台語。之後她又歷經婚姻變故,但她不服輸的個性沒有讓她打退堂鼓,她努力工作賺錢,兼差多份工作,檳榔西施、挑菜員、成衣工廠作業員,甚至建築工人等工地粗活她都做過,目的就是想存錢去實現自己兒時的夢想—當美容師。

Nguyen Li Hau has been interested in beauty care and nail art ever since she was in middle school, however, when she first came to Taiwan, she had to adapt to the language and cultural differences, which interrupted her studies.

She wasn’t defeated but instead decided to focus on taking care of her family and improve her Chinese and Taiwanese language skills.

She later went through marital problems and divorced her husband, however, she wasn’t knocked down by this either.

Her wilful personality kept her going as she worked hard to make money and took on multiple job opportunities, serving as a betel nut girl, a vegetable picker, a garment factory worker, and even a construction worker.

Her purpose was to save enough money to reach her childhood dream of being a beautician. 

她將兼差存到的錢拿去上美容課,還上夜校補修中文,最終考取乙級美容師技術士證照。由於沒有資金開店,她於是從「行動美容院」做起,拖著工具箱到處為顧客提供到府服務,慢慢積累實力與口碑。最終,皇天不負苦心人,在多年的努力打拼下,她為自己賺到一棟房子,並在上個月順利開張「妤麗美容苑」,圓夢成功。

Nguyen Li Hau took the money she saved from her part-time job on beauty courses and studied Chinese at a night school.

Finally, she passed the B-grade beautician technician license.

Due to her limited resources, Nguyen Li Hau started her business in the form of a “mobile beauty salon” as she took her toolbox with her and provided customers with home services. 

Over time, she gradually developed a reputation for her business, and after years of hard work, she finally earned a house for herself and opened “Yu Li Beauty Salon” (妤麗美容苑) last month. 

阮理厚表示,當初嫁來台灣一無所有,是接受許多貴人幫助才能走到今天,她感動的說:「我真的很愛台灣,很感恩幫我的人,未來我也會盡力幫助來台灣的新住民」。

Nguyen Li Hau stated that when she first got married in Taiwan, she had nothing. Due to the help she received from many people, she was able to fulfill her dreams.

She was touched and said: “I really love Taiwan, and I am grateful for the people who have helped me. In the future, I will try my best to help out new immigrants who come to Taiwan.”

阮理厚現在不只擔任美容師,也在社會關懷協會擔任美容職訓講師,並會利用業餘時間到移民署擔任通譯幫助新住民。阮理厚經常鼓勵新住民姐妹們要培養一技之長,她用自己創業成功的故事證明給新住民看:「我可以,妳們一定也可以!」

Now, Nguyen Li Hau is not only a beautician but also a lecturer in cosmetology vocational training at the Social Care Association(社會關懷協會.

She spends her free time working as an interpreter at the National Immigration Agency (移民署) to help new immigrants.

Nguyen Li Hau often encourages other immigrants to develop professional skills, using her own entrepreneurial success story as a proof: “If I can do it, you can do it too!”