Tong Wars

Tong Wars
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Author: Scott D. Seligman
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9780399562297
Release: 2016-07-12
Editor: Penguin

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

A mesmerizing true story of money, murder, gambling, prostitution, and opium in a "wild ramble around Chinatown in its darkest days." (The New Yorker) Nothing had worked. Not threats or negotiations, not shutting down the betting parlors or opium dens, not house-to-house searches or throwing Chinese offenders into prison. Not even executing them. The New York DA was running out of ideas and more people were dying every day as the weapons of choice evolved from hatchets and meat cleavers to pistols, automatic weapons, and even bombs. Welcome to New York City’s Chinatown in 1925. The Chinese in turn-of-the-last-century New York were mostly immigrant peasants and shopkeepers who worked as laundrymen, cigar makers, and domestics. They gravitated to lower Manhattan and lived as Chinese an existence as possible, their few diversions—gambling, opium, and prostitution—available but, sadly, illegal. It didn’t take long before one resourceful merchant saw a golden opportunity to feather his nest by positioning himself squarely between the vice dens and the police charged with shutting them down. Tong Wars is historical true crime set against the perfect landscape: Tammany-era New York City. Representatives of rival tongs (secret societies) corner the various markets of sin using admirably creative strategies. The city government was already corrupt from top to bottom, so once one tong began taxing the gambling dens and paying off the authorities, a rival, jealously eyeing its lucrative franchise, co-opted a local reformist group to help eliminate it. Pretty soon Chinese were slaughtering one another in the streets, inaugurating a succession of wars that raged for the next thirty years. Scott D. Seligman’s account roars through three decades of turmoil, with characters ranging from gangsters and drug lords to reformers and do-gooders to judges, prosecutors, cops, and pols of every stripe and color. A true story set in Prohibition-era Manhattan a generation after Gangs of New York, but fought on the very same turf.

Hatchet Men

Hatchet Men
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Author: Richard H. Dillon
Pages: 292
ISBN: 1618090518
Release: 2012-09
Editor: Silverstowe Book

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Story of a handful of well organized Chinese criminals who ruled Chinatown from the 1880's until the earthquake of 1906.

Tong Wars

Tong Wars
Available:
Author: Scott D. Seligman
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9780399562297
Release: 2016-07-12
Editor: Penguin

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

A mesmerizing true story of money, murder, gambling, prostitution, and opium in a "wild ramble around Chinatown in its darkest days." (The New Yorker) Nothing had worked. Not threats or negotiations, not shutting down the betting parlors or opium dens, not house-to-house searches or throwing Chinese offenders into prison. Not even executing them. The New York DA was running out of ideas and more people were dying every day as the weapons of choice evolved from hatchets and meat cleavers to pistols, automatic weapons, and even bombs. Welcome to New York City’s Chinatown in 1925. The Chinese in turn-of-the-last-century New York were mostly immigrant peasants and shopkeepers who worked as laundrymen, cigar makers, and domestics. They gravitated to lower Manhattan and lived as Chinese an existence as possible, their few diversions—gambling, opium, and prostitution—available but, sadly, illegal. It didn’t take long before one resourceful merchant saw a golden opportunity to feather his nest by positioning himself squarely between the vice dens and the police charged with shutting them down. Tong Wars is historical true crime set against the perfect landscape: Tammany-era New York City. Representatives of rival tongs (secret societies) corner the various markets of sin using admirably creative strategies. The city government was already corrupt from top to bottom, so once one tong began taxing the gambling dens and paying off the authorities, a rival, jealously eyeing its lucrative franchise, co-opted a local reformist group to help eliminate it. Pretty soon Chinese were slaughtering one another in the streets, inaugurating a succession of wars that raged for the next thirty years. Scott D. Seligman’s account roars through three decades of turmoil, with characters ranging from gangsters and drug lords to reformers and do-gooders to judges, prosecutors, cops, and pols of every stripe and color. A true story set in Prohibition-era Manhattan a generation after Gangs of New York, but fought on the very same turf.

Tong War

Tong War
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Author: Eng Ying Gong,Bruce Grant
Pages: 277
ISBN: UOM:39015005339166
Release: 1930
Editor: Unknown

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The Hatchet Men

The Hatchet Men
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Author: Richard H. Dillon
Pages: 375
ISBN: STANFORD:36105041569596
Release: 1962
Editor: Comstock Book Distributors

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Story of a handful of well organized Chinese criminals who ruled Chinatown from the 1880's until the earthquake of 1906.

Days of the Tong Wars

Days of the Tong Wars
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Author: C. Y. Lee
Pages: 141
ISBN: 0345238028
Release: 1974
Editor: Unknown

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Unemployment and Crime

Unemployment and Crime
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Author: United States. Congress. House. Committee on the Judiciary. Subcommittee on Crime
Pages: 933
ISBN: PURD:32754078862103
Release: 1978
Editor: Unknown

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AsiaTown Cleveland

AsiaTown Cleveland
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Author: Alan F. Dutka
Pages: 158
ISBN: 1626195528
Release: 2014
Editor: History Press

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Explore the vibrant history of the AsiaTown neighborhood in Cleveland.

Criminalization Assimilation

Criminalization Assimilation
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Author: Philippa Gates
Pages: 280
ISBN: 9780813589435
Release: 2019-03-08
Editor: Rutgers University Press

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Criminalization/Assimilation traces how Classical Hollywood films constructed America’s image of Chinese Americans from their criminalization as unwanted immigrants to their eventual acceptance when assimilated citizens, exploiting both America’s yellow peril fears about Chinese immigration and its fascination with Chinatowns. Philippa Gates examines Hollywood’s responses to social issues in Chinatown communities, primarily immigration, racism, drug trafficking, and prostitution, as well as the impact of industry factors including the Production Code and star system on the treatment of those subjects. Looking at over 200 films, Gates reveals the variety of racial representations within American film in the first half of the twentieth century and brings to light not only lost and forgotten films but also the contributions of Asian American actors whose presence onscreen offered important alternatives to Hollywood’s yellowface fabrications of Chinese identity and a resistance to Hollywood’s Orientalist narratives.

Star Wars The Mighty Chewbacca in the Forest of Fear

Star Wars  The Mighty Chewbacca in the Forest of Fear
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Author: Tom Angleberger
Pages: 329
ISBN: 9781368025751
Release: 2018-05-25
Editor: Disney Electronic Content

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

When Chewbacca the Wookiee finds out that a job he thought was just ferrying tooka cats is actually much more, he's excited to have something to do! But when he, a young bounty hunter/librarian, and a droll cargo droid--who, unbeknownst to the others is rebel spy droid K-2SO--land in the middle of a blue forest that emits a fear-causing mist, Chewie realizes the job may be too dangerous for his liking. He and his companions will have to fight off snarlers, sniffers, and their own fears as they try to recover a sacred book--and rescue Han Solo in the process! Perfect for reading before or after seeing Solo: A Star Wars Story in theaters!

The Land of the Golden Mountain

The Land of the Golden Mountain
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Author: C. Y. Lee
Pages: 249
ISBN: STANFORD:36105025463964
Release: 1967
Editor: Unknown

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Seventeen-year-old Chinese girl disguises herself as a boy and accompanies her countrymen who ship out from Canton to the gold fields of California in 1850.

A Good War

A Good War
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Author: Seth Klein
Pages: 444
ISBN: 9781773055916
Release: 2020-09-01
Editor: ECW Press

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

“This is the roadmap out of climate crisis that Canadians have been waiting for.” — Naomi Klein, activist and New York Times bestselling author of This Changes Everything and The Shock Doctrine • One of Canada’s top policy analysts provides the first full-scale blueprint for meeting our climate change commitments • Contains the results of a national poll on Canadians’ attitudes to the climate crisis • Shows that radical transformative climate action can be done, while producing jobs and reducing inequality as we retool how we live and work. • Deeply researched and targeted specifically to Canada and Canadians while providing a model that other countries could follow Canada needs to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 50% to prevent a catastrophic 1.5 degree increase in the earth’s average temperature — assumed by many scientists to be a critical “danger line” for the planet and human life as we know it. It’s 2020, and Canada is not on track to meet our targets. To do so, we’ll need radical systemic change to how we live and work—and fast. How can we ever achieve this? Top policy analyst and author Seth Klein reveals we can do it now because we’ve done it before. During the Second World War, Canadian citizens and government remade the economy by retooling factories, transforming their workforce, and making the war effort a common cause for all Canadians to contribute to. Klein demonstrates how wartime thinking and community efforts can be repurposed today for Canada’s own Green New Deal. He shares how we can create jobs and reduce inequality while tackling our climate obligations for a climate neutral—or even climate zero—future. From enlisting broad public support for new economic models, to job creation through investment in green infrastructure, Klein shows us a bold, practical policy plan for Canada’s sustainable future. More than this: A Good War offers a remarkably hopeful message for how we can meet the defining challenge of our lives. COVID-19 has brought a previously unthinkable pace of change to the world—one which demonstrates our ability to adapt rapidly when we’re at risk. Many recent changes are what Klein proposes in these very pages. The world can, actually, turn on a dime if necessary. This is the blueprint for how to do it.

Revenge in Chinatown

Revenge in Chinatown
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Author: Joe Bruno
Pages: 178
ISBN: 9798701088922
Release: 2021-01-27
Editor: Unknown

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Snakeheads are the worst human beings known to man.Snakeheads are Chinese gangsters, based both in China and in the United States, who smuggle Chinese immigrants into the United States.The price is not cheap; $50,000 a head. And the process is brutal.Because the Chinese people who yearn for a better life are dirt poor, a small percentage of the smuggling money is paid up front to the Snakeheads. However, the collection of the balance is certain; or bad things happen to the illegal Chinese immigrants: beatings, torture, and sometimes even death.When they arrive in America, the illegal immigrants work in Chinese restaurants, for pennies an hour. They labor in hot kitchens for 12-18 hours a day, and after work, they are chained in a filthy room so they cannot escape.If one of them does manage to escape, their relatives in China are punished instead."Revenge in Chinatown: The New York City Mafia/Tong Wars " is set in Manhattan's Chinatown, where the Italian-American mob tries to horn in on the immense profits generated by the Snakeheads' human smuggling operation. The Italians want their piece of the action, and the Chinese gangsters resist - violently.Thrust into the middle of this warfare is an Italian-America detective, who falls in love with a Chinese businesswoman. Together, they attempt to eradicate the villains who profit on the backs of the poor illegal Chinese immigrants.*****What readers are saying about Joe Bruno's books: GREAT AUTHOR!!"I have read five books by Joe Bruno and I am indeed hooked. I can't wait to read more. One of the best writers ever!""Once again, Joe Bruno kept me glued to my seat...I couldn't stop reading.""If you are interested in the books about gangster, mobs, etc. Joe Bruno is one of the best writers about this subject.""Joe Bruno continues to mine the mob for wild, insane characters, and just absolutely unbelievable stories. All of Bruno's mob books are great reads.""Joe Bruno has demonstrated that no matter how much or how carefully you read the news, you never know the whole story. "Reading Joe Bruno's books is like having a conversation with an old friend.""Joe Bruno is the best at keeping it simple and suspenseful! If you like mob or Mafia stories! This guy is the man!"

Tea That Burns

Tea That Burns
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Author: Bruce Hall
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9780743236591
Release: 2002-01-15
Editor: Simon and Schuster

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

A fourth-generation Chinese American man revisits his heritage, much of which is tied to New York's Chinatown, a place where his grandfather was a beloved bookie.

AsiaTown Cleveland

AsiaTown Cleveland
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Author: Alan F. Dutka
Pages: 160
ISBN: 9781625850867
Release: 2014-10-28
Editor: Arcadia Publishing

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

For years, Cleveland's Chinese residents struggled to find a secure place in the city. Immigrants came with dreams of building a better life, but without English proficiency, prospects dimmed, and emigres often earned poor pay for long hours of strenuous work. In 1925, Cleveland police responded to an especially brutal outbreak of the tong war violence ravaging the community by arresting every Chinese person in the city, creating an international scandal. In spite of the anti-Asian sentiment of the time, the community persevered and paved the way for its current entrepreneurial success. Today, Clevelanders and tourists travel to the growing AsiaTown neighborhood to enjoy authentic Asian dinners, shop at Asian-owned stores and enjoy Asian-themed karaoke nights in newly built malls and century-old former residential homes. Alan F. Dutka vividly portrays one of the oldest and most culturally diverse neighborhoods in the city.

The Chinese in Mexico 1882 1940

The Chinese in Mexico  1882 1940
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Author: Robert Chao Romero
Pages: 272
ISBN: 9780816508198
Release: 2011-06-29
Editor: University of Arizona Press

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

An estimated 60,000 Chinese entered Mexico during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, constituting Mexico's second-largest foreign ethnic community at the time. The Chinese in Mexico provides a social history of Chinese immigration to and settlement in Mexico in the context of the global Chinese diaspora of the era. Robert Romero argues that Chinese immigrants turned to Mexico as a new land of economic opportunity after the passage of the U.S. Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882. As a consequence of this legislation, Romero claims, Chinese immigrants journeyed to Mexico in order to gain illicit entry into the United States and in search of employment opportunities within Mexico's developing economy. Romero details the development, after 1882, of the "Chinese transnational commercial orbit," a network encompassing China, Latin America, Canada, and the Caribbean, shaped and traveled by entrepreneurial Chinese pursuing commercial opportunities in human smuggling, labor contracting, wholesale merchandising, and small-scale trade. Romero's study is based on a wide array of Mexican and U.S. archival sources. It draws from such quantitative and qualitative sources as oral histories, census records, consular reports, INS interviews, and legal documents. Two sources, used for the first time in this kind of study, provide a comprehensive sociological and historical window into the lives of Chinese immigrants in Mexico during these years: the Chinese Exclusion Act case files of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service and the 1930 Mexican municipal census manuscripts. From these documents, Romero crafts a vividly personal and compelling story of individual lives caught in an extensive network of early transnationalism.

The Gangs Of New York

The Gangs Of New York
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Author: Herbert Asbury
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9781786259691
Release: 2016-07-26
Editor: Pickle Partners Publishing

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Herbert Asbury presents here a vivid and startling account of New York gangdom from its beginning in Revolutionary times to comparatively recent days. Here are the stories of the great gangs which terrorized the city and at times menaced its very existence—from the Bowery Boys and the Dead Rabbits to the Gophers and the Eastmans. Kid Dropper, Dopey Benny, Gyp the Blood and Owney Madden are a few of the gangster luminaries described, not to mention such female evildoers as Gallus Mag and Sadie the Goat. Nor have the underworld’s lesser lights been overlooked; for these pages are crowded with a host of gang warriors, pickpockets, tong leaders, murderers, politicians, gamblers, prostitutes, dive-keepers and a few would-be reformers. Mr. Asbury has created such a rich, factual background for this chronicle of crime and gangsterism that the book gains considerable stature as a revealing picture of New York City’s history through a century of frenzied growth and expansion. Whether you read it as such or merely for amusement, it is a swift, exciting experience.

Cold War Cities

Cold War Cities
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Author: Richard Brook,Martin Dodge,Jonathan Hogg
Pages: 324
ISBN: 9781351330640
Release: 2020-12-18
Editor: Routledge

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This book examines the impact of the Cold War in a global context and focuses on city-scale reactions to the atomic warfare. It explores urbanism as a weapon to combat the dangers of the communist intrusion into the American territories and promote living standards for the urban poor in the US cities. The Cold War saw the birth of ‘atomic urbanisation’, central to which were planning, politics and cultural practices of the newly emerged cities. This book examines cities in the Arctic, Europe, Asia and Australasia in detail to reveal how military, political, resistance and cultural practices impacted on the spaces of everyday life. It probes questions of city planning and development, such as: How did the threat of nuclear war affect planning at a range of geographic scales? What were the patterns of the built environment, architectural forms and material aesthetics of atomic urbanism in difference places? And, how did the ‘Bomb’ manifest itself in civic governance, popular media, arts and academia? Understanding the age of atomic urbanism can help meet the contemporary challenges that cities are facing. The book delivers a new dimension to the existing debates of the ideologically opposed superpowers and their allies, their hemispherical geopolitical struggles, and helps to understand decades of growth post-Second World War by foregrounding the Cold War.

White Devil

White Devil
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Author: Bob Halloran
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9781940363899
Release: 2016-01-12
Editor: BenBella Books, Inc.

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

The amazing true story of the only white man to rise to the top of the Chinese mafia. In August 2013, “Bac Guai” John Willis, also known as the “White Devil” because of his notorious ferocity, was sentenced to 20 years for drug trafficking and money laundering. Willis, according to prosecutors, was “the kingpin, organizer and leader of a vast conspiracy,” all within the legendarily insular and vicious Chinese mafia. It started when John Willis was 16 years old . . . his life seemed hopeless. His father had abandoned his family years earlier, his older brother had just died of a heart attack, and his mother was dying. John was alone, sleeping on the floor of his deceased brother’s home. Desperate, John reached out to Woping, a young Chinese man Willis had rescued from a bar fight weeks before. Woping literally picks him up off the street, taking him home to live among his own brothers and sisters. Soon, Willis is accompanying Woping to meet his Chinese mobster friends, and starts working for them. Journalist Bob Halloran tells the tale of John Willis, aka White Devil, the only white man to ever rise through the ranks in the Chinese mafia. Willis began as an enforcer, riding around with other gang members to “encourage” people to pay their debts. He soon graduated to even more dangerous work as a full-fledged gang member, barely escaping with his life on several occasions. As a white man navigating an otherwise exclusively Asian world, Willis was at first an interesting anomaly, but his ruthless devotion to his adopted culture eventually led to him emerging as a leader. He organized his own gang of co-conspirators and began an extremely lucrative criminal venture selling tens of thousands of oxycodone pills. A year-long FBI investigation brought him down, and John pleaded guilty to save the love of his life from prosecution. He has no regrets. White Devil explores the workings of the Chinese mafia, and he speaks frankly about his relationships with other gang members, the crimes he committed, and why he’ll never rat out any of his brothers to the cops. Told to Halloran from Willis’s prison cell, White Devil is a shocking portrait of a man who was allowed access into a secret world, and who is paying the price for his hardened life.

The Rape Of Nanking

The Rape Of Nanking
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Author: Iris Chang
Pages: 360
ISBN: 9780465028252
Release: 2014-03-11
Editor: Basic Books

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The New York Times bestselling account of one of history's most brutal -- and forgotten -- massacres, when the Japanese army destroyed China's capital city on the eve of World War II In December 1937, one of the most horrific atrocities in the long annals of wartime barbarity occurred. The Japanese army swept into the ancient city of Nanking (what was then the capital of China), and within weeks, more than 300,000 Chinese civilians and soldiers were systematically raped, tortured, and murdered. In this seminal work, Iris Chang, whose own grandparents barely escaped the massacre, tells this history from three perspectives: that of the Japanese soldiers, that of the Chinese, and that of a group of Westerners who refused to abandon the city and created a safety zone, which saved almost 300,000 Chinese. Drawing on extensive interviews with survivors and documents brought to light for the first time, Iris Chang's classic book is the definitive history of this horrifying episode. "Chang vividly, methodically, records what happened, piecing together the abundant eyewitness reports into an undeniable tapestry of horror." - Adam Hochschild, Salon !--[if !supportAnnotations]-- !--[if !supportAnnotations]-- !--[endif]--