Snakehead An Epic Tale of the Chinatown Underworld and the American Dream

ISBN-10: 0385521308
ISBN-13: 9780385521307
Edition: 2009
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Description: A mesmerizing narrative about the rise and fall of "the Don Corleone" of Chinatown. Cheng Chui Ping slipped into the United States in the early 1980s, part of a huge wave of Chinese immigrants hoping to realize the American Dream. Her path to that  More...

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List price: $27.50
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 7/21/2009
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 432
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 1.584
Language: English

A mesmerizing narrative about the rise and fall of "the Don Corleone" of Chinatown. Cheng Chui Ping slipped into the United States in the early 1980s, part of a huge wave of Chinese immigrants hoping to realize the American Dream. Her path to that dream began with an underground bank for illegal immigrants run out of a noodle shop in New York City's Chinatown. She became known as Sister Ping and built a global people-smuggling conglomerate that stretched from China's Fujian province to Africa, Europe, and South America, relying on one of Chinatown's most violent gangs to protect her power and profits. Sister Ping's empire came to light in 1993, when a ship loaded with 300 near-starving immigrants ran aground off Queens. It took New York's fabled "Jade Squad" and the FBI nearly ten years to untangle the criminal network and home in on its mastermind. Sister Pingfinally convicted in 2005is currently in prison. Before her capture she amassed an estimated mind-boggling40 million. THE SNAKEHEAD is a panoramic tale of international intrigue and an inside look at a remarkably successful illegal enterprise and the undocumented immigrants who both fear and depend on it. It is a story about the conflicted issue of immigration in the United States, and a moving exploration of what it means to beand to becomeAmerican.

Dramatis Personae
Map of Chinatown
Pilgrims
Leaving Fujian
Eighteen-Thousand-Dollar Woman
Dai Lo of the Fuk Ching
Swiftwater
Year of the Snake
Mombasa
The Phantom Ship
The Teaneck Massacre
Mutiny in the Atlantic
A Well-founded Fear
The Fat Man
Freedom Birds
The Goldfish and the Great Wall
Parole
Snakeheads International
Catching Lilly Zhang
The Mother of All Snakeheads
Epilogue
Acknowledgments
A Note on Sources
Notes
Index

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