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Organizing Crime in Chinatown Race and Racketeering in New York City, 1890-1910

ISBN-10: 0786416262

ISBN-13: 9780786416264

Edition: 2004

Authors: Jeffrey Scott McIllwain

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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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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 1/8/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 260
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Race and the American Underworld
Alien Conspiracy, Yellow Peril and the "Threat" Posed by "Non-Traditional" Organized Crime
Social Networks and the Organization of Crime
Social Networks and the Institutionalizing of Guanxi
Organizing Crime on Gold Mountain
The Four Vices and the Bachelor Society
Chinese Syndicates: Prostitution and Opium
Chinese Power Syndicates: Gambling and Muscle
New York, New York
New York After Chinatown
Chinatown Vice and "The Bowery! The Bowery!"
Setting the Stage for a Tong War
The Gloves Come Off
"The Dead Dove of Peace"
Organized Crime and the American Experience
Rethinking the Gangster Image
Comments on Literature, Sources, and Methodology
Chapter Notes