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NCJ Number: 156318 Find in a Library
Title: Tongs, Gangs, and Triads: Chinese Crime Groups in North America
Author(s): P Huston
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 280
Sponsoring Agency: Paladin Press
Boulder, CO 80301
Publication Number: ISBN 0-87364-835-8
Sale Source: Paladin Press
7077 Winchester Circle
Gunbarrel Tech Center
Boulder, CO 80301
United States of America
Type: Historical Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This book explores the Chinese tradition of tongs, triads, and secret societies and their frequent involvement in organized crime, as well as their more recent and growing collusion with Chinatown street gangs.
Abstract: The first chapter provides an overview of the key factors that are important in understanding Asian behavior with regard to law enforcement, crime, and similar matters. This is followed by chapters on the social role of secret societies, the overseas Chinese and their history in North America, and Chinatowns in North America. A chapter on Chinese gangs considers the history and development of Chinese gangs in North America, the solidification of the tong/gang relationship in the 1970's, tong- affiliated gangs, transplanted Asian gangs, the United Bamboo Gang, the Big Circle Boys, and common characteristics of gang members. Other chapters focus on weapons and strategies of secret societies and gangs, common Chinese organized crime activities, Chinese crime problems unrelated to gangs, illegal immigration, drugs and drug smuggling, the underground economy and the future of gangs, other Asian gangs, and special law enforcement considerations in dealing with Chinese crime. A 250-item selected bibliography
Main Term(s): Asian gangs
Index Term(s): Alien criminality; Asian Americans; Cultural influences; Organized crime; Weapons
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