Tong Wars

Tong Wars

Tong Wars

A mesmerizing true story of money, murder, gambling, prostitution, and opium in a "wild ramble around Chinatown in its darkest days." (The New Yorker) Nothing had worked. Not threats or negotiations, not shutting down the betting parlors or opium dens, not house-to-house searches or throwing Chinese offenders into prison. Not even executing them. The New York DA was running out of ideas and more people were dying every day as the weapons of choice evolved from hatchets and meat cleavers to pistols, automatic weapons, and even bombs. Welcome to New York City’s Chinatown in 1925. The Chinese in turn-of-the-last-century New York were mostly immigrant peasants and shopkeepers who worked as laundrymen, cigar makers, and domestics. They gravitated to lower Manhattan and lived as Chinese an existence as possible, their few diversions—gambling, opium, and prostitution—available but, sadly, illegal. It didn’t take long before one resourceful merchant saw a golden opportunity to feather his nest by positioning himself squarely between the vice dens and the police charged with shutting them down. Tong Wars is historical true crime set against the perfect landscape: Tammany-era New York City. Representatives of rival tongs (secret societies) corner the various markets of sin using admirably creative strategies. The city government was already corrupt from top to bottom, so once one tong began taxing the gambling dens and paying off the authorities, a rival, jealously eyeing its lucrative franchise, co-opted a local reformist group to help eliminate it. Pretty soon Chinese were slaughtering one another in the streets, inaugurating a succession of wars that raged for the next thirty years. Scott D. Seligman’s account roars through three decades of turmoil, with characters ranging from gangsters and drug lords to reformers and do-gooders to judges, prosecutors, cops, and pols of every stripe and color. A true story set in Prohibition-era Manhattan a generation after Gangs of New York, but fought on the very same turf.

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Genre : History
Author : Scott D. Seligman
Publisher : Penguin
Release : 2016-07-12
Total Pages : 352 Pages
ISBN : 9780399562297


Organizing Crime In Chinatown

Organizing Crime In Chinatown

More than a century ago, organized criminals were intrinsically involved with the political, social, and economic life of the Chinese American community. In the face of virulent racism and substantial linguistic and cultural differences, they also integrated themselves successfully into the extensive underworlds and corrupt urban politics of the Progressive Era United States. The process of organizing crime in Chinese American communities can be attributed in part to the larger politics that created opportunities for professional criminals. For example, the illegal traffic in women, laborers, and opium was an unintended consequence of "yellow peril" laws meant to provide social control over Chinese Americans. Despite this hostile climate, Chinese professional criminals were able to form extensive multiethnic social networks and purchase protection and some semblance of entrepreneurial equality from corrupt politicians, police officers, and bureaucrats. While other Chinese Americans worked diligently to remove racist laws and regulations, Chinatown gangsters saw opportunity for profit and power at the expense of their own community. Academics, the media, and the government have claimed that Chinese organized crime is a new and emerging threat to the United States. Focusing on events and personalities, and drawing on intensive archival research in newspapers, police and court documents, district attorney papers, and municipal reports, as well as from contemporary histories and sociological treatments, this study tests that claim against the historical record.

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Genre : Social Science
Author : Jeffrey Scott McIllwain
Publisher : McFarland
Release : 2014-10-01
Total Pages : 260 Pages
ISBN : 0786481277


Hatchet Men

Hatchet Men

Story of a handful of well organized Chinese criminals who ruled Chinatown from the 1880's until the earthquake of 1906.

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Genre : Social Science
Author : Richard H. Dillon
Publisher : Silverstowe Book
Release : 2012-09
Total Pages : 292 Pages
ISBN : 1618090518


Criminalization Assimilation

Criminalization Assimilation

Pt. 1. Hollywood's Chinese America -- Introduction -- Yellow peril, protest, and an orientalist gaze: Hollywood's constructions of Chinese/Americans -- Pt. 2. Chinatown crime -- Imperilled imperialism: Tong wars, slave girls, and opium dens -- The whitening of Chinatown: action cops and upstanding criminals -- Pt. 3. Chinatown melodrama -- The perils of proximity: white downfall in the Chinatown melodrama -- Tainted blood: white fears of yellow miscegenation -- Pt. 4. Chinese American assimilation -- Assimilation and tourism: Chinese American citizens and Chinatown rebranded -- Assimilating heroism: the Chinese American as American action hero -- Epilogue

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Genre : Performing Arts
Author : Philippa Gates
Publisher : Rutgers University Press
Release : 2019-03-08
Total Pages : 305 Pages
ISBN : 9780813589411


The Crooked Ladder

The Crooked Ladder

Ethnic organized crime is a phenomenon that has been largely ignored by social scientists and historians. "The Crooked Ladder" represents a groundbreaking attempt to describe how some members of ethnic minorities have utilized organized crime as one vehicle of upward mobility, advancing from lower-class status to middle-class power and respectability.

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Genre : Social Science
Author : James M. O'Kane
Publisher : Transaction Publishers
Release : 1992
Total Pages : 196 Pages
ISBN : 9781412836418


Unemployment And Crime

Unemployment And Crime

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Genre : Unemployment and crime
Author : United States. Congress. House. Committee on the Judiciary. Subcommittee on Crime
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Release : 1978
Total Pages : 933 Pages
ISBN : PURD:32754078862103


Asian Americans

Asian Americans

Asian Americans adopts the unique approach of examining the issues, and often obstacles, specific to Asian immigrants into the United States, such as occupational and economic adjustment, intermarriage and settlement patterns. The Second Edition has been updated to include information derived from the 2000 US Census.

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Genre : Social Science
Author : Pyong Gap Min
Publisher : Pine Forge Press
Release : 2006
Total Pages : 358 Pages
ISBN : 1412905567


Closing The Golden Door

Closing The Golden Door

The immigration station at New York's Ellis Island opened in 1892 and remained the largest U.S. port for immigrant entry until World War I. In popular memory, Ellis Island is typically seen as a gateway for Europeans seeking to join the "great American melting pot." But as this fresh examination of Ellis Island's history reveals, it was also a major site of immigrant detention and exclusion, especially for Chinese, Japanese, and other Asian travelers and maritime laborers who reached New York City from Europe, the Americas and the Caribbean, and even within the United States. And from 1924 to 1954, the station functioned as a detention camp and deportation center for a range of people deemed undesirable. Anna Pegler-Gordon draws on immigrants' oral histories and memoirs, government archives, newspapers, and other sources to reorient the history of migration and exclusion in the United States. In chronicling the circumstances of those who passed through or were detained at Ellis Island, she shows that Asian exclusion was both larger in scope and more limited in force than has been previously recognized.

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Genre : History
Author : Anna Pegler-Gordon
Publisher : UNC Press Books
Release : 2021-10-28
Total Pages : 344 Pages
ISBN : 9781469665733


Tea That Burns

Tea That Burns

A fourth-generation Chinese American man revisits his heritage, much of which is tied to New York's Chinatown, a place where his grandfather was a beloved bookie.

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Genre : Biography & Autobiography
Author : Bruce Hall
Publisher : Simon and Schuster
Release : 2002-01-15
Total Pages : 320 Pages
ISBN : 9780743236591


Chinatown Gangs

Chinatown Gangs

In Chinatown Gangs, Ko-lin Chin penetrates a closed society and presents a rare portrait of the underworld of New York City's Chinatown. Based on first-hand accounts from gang members, gang victims, community leaders, and law enforcement authorities, this pioneering study reveals the pervasiveness, the muscle, the longevity, and the institutionalization of Chinatown gangs. Chin reveals the fear gangs instill in the Chinese community. At the same time, he shows how the economic viability of the community is sapped, and how gangs encourage lawlessness, making a mockery of law enforcement agencies. Ko-lin Chin makes clear that gang crime is inexorably linked to Chinatown's political economy and social history. He shows how gangs are formed to become "equalizers" within a social environment where individual and group conflicts, whether social, political, or economic, are unlikely to be solved in American courts. Moreover, Chin argues that Chinatown's informal economy provides yet another opportunity for street gangs to become "providers" or "protectors" of illegal services. These gangs, therefore, are the pathological manifestation of a closed community, one whose problems are not easily seen--and less easily understood--by outsiders. Chin's concrete data on gang characteristics, activities, methods of operation and violence make him uniquely qualified to propose ways to restrain gang violence, and Chinatown Gangs closes with his specific policy suggestions. It is the definitive study of gangs in an American Chinatown.

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Genre : Social Science
Author : Ko-lin Chin
Publisher : Oxford University Press on Demand
Release : 2000
Total Pages : 233 Pages
ISBN : 9780195136272