Chinatown Gangs: Extortion, Enterprise, and Ethnicity

Paperback | February 16, 2000

byKo-lin Chin

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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 thepervasiveness, 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 lawenforcement 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 solvedin 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 easilyseen--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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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 thepervasiveness, the muscle, the longevity, and the ins...

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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Format:PaperbackPublished:February 16, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195136276

ISBN - 13:9780195136272

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Research Strategies and Methods3. Severity of Gang Victimization4. Patterns of Gang Extortion5. Victim Reactions to Gang Extortion6. Gang Characteristics7. Gang Violence8. The Gang as a Enterprise9. Controlling Chinese Gangs

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"Chin skillfully weaves qualitative and quantitative data into an engagingly written, lucid account of gang activity."--The Annals of the American Academy; Book Department