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Chinatown Gangs: Extortion, Enterprise, and Ethnicity (Studies in Crime and
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Chinatown Gangs: Extortion, Enterprise, and Ethnicity (Studies in Crime and Public Policy) Hardcover - 1996

by Chin, Ko-lin


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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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  • Title Chinatown Gangs: Extortion, Enterprise, and Ethnicity (Studies in Crime and Public Policy)
  • Author Chin, Ko-lin
  • Binding Hardcover
  • Edition First Edition
  • Publisher Oxford University Press, New York, NY, U.S.A.
  • Date 1996-04
  • ISBN 9780195102383

About the author


Ko-lin Chin is an Assistant Professor at the School of Criminal Justice, Rutgers University-Newark. He is the author of Chinese Subculture and Criminality (1990), and the co-editor of Handbook of Organized Crime in the United States (1994). Currently, he is studying illegal Chinese immigrants in the
United States.
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