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NCJ Number: 78507 Find in a Library
Title: Chinese Youth Gangs - An Investigation of Their Origins and Activities in Vancouver Schools
Author(s): D Joe; N Robinson
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 25
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Language: English
Country: Canada
Annotation: This study investigated the origins and activities of Chinese youth gangs in the northeast section of the city of Vancouver, Canada, over a 3-year period between 1975 and 1978.
Abstract: Specifically, the study attempted to identify and document the existence of several youth gangs that were believed to be operating in the schools and community, to collect data on their origins and activities, and to consider ways of overcoming some of the school and societal problems caused by the gangs. Structured interviews were conducted with 13 gang members and with individuals in schools and in the community who had some contact with them. There were four gangs operating in Chinatown and its environs at that time. They were composed of recently arrived Hong Kong teenagers between 13 and 19 years of age. The learning problems that this group of Chinese youths experienced gave rise to behavior problems in schools. There were many community problems caused by the gangs. These included shoplifting, theft from automobiles, pickpocketing, and others. This study also makes comparisons between the Chinese youth gangs studied and gangs studied earlier by other researchers. Recommendations are made for the improvement of educational provisions for Chinese youths. Nineteen references are provided.
Index Term(s): Asian Americans; Canada; Ghettos; Immigrants/Aliens; Juvenile/Youth Gangs
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