The dragon breathes fire: Chinese organized crime in New York City

Robert J. Kelly, Ko lin Chin, Jeffrey A. Fagan

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Although it is widely acknowledged that Chinese businesses are victims of extortion by Asian youth gangs, there is no reliable information to examine the patterns and social processes of the problem. This paper explores the structure of extortion and other forms of victimization based on surveys of (N=603) Chinese-owned businesses in three Chinatown neighborhoods in New York City. It focuses on the nature of Chinese crime groups, social contexts of gang extortion, social processes of victimization, and merchants' compliance or resistance to gang demands. Finally, the paper discusses the problems and prospects of Chinese criminality in America.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)245-269
Number of pages25
JournalCrime, Law and Social Change
Issue number3
StatePublished - Apr 1993

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • General Social Sciences
  • Law


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