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Tong Wars

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Om the late 19th century into the early 20th focusing on the Tongs or Chinese societies that extorted protection ran gambling houses early 20th focusing on the Tongs or Chinese societies that extorted protection ran gambling houses also controlled prostitution in the Chinatown section of New York City The author has So we now the basics of the Irish Mob and the Italian Mob back in the day when Prohibition turned honest men bad and drugs made bad men good money However we don t now much about turned honest men bad and drugs made bad men good money However we don t now much about Chinese Mob aka Tongs that existed during the same time period and helped shape Chinatown to the tourist attraction it is today Scott Seligman paints a gritty picture of the Chinese immigrants that made a home for themselves on Mott Street and then expanded their empire across the country Filled with interesting facts and stories this is a part of American history you never read about but will be glad you did I learned that peoplewere murdered in front of thedim sum place I like What comes up in your mind when you hear Chinatown For those in New York City from the 1890s through the 1930s many people associated Chinatown with organized crime It was seen as a hotbed for betting parlors opium dens prostitution and violence Sadly most people during that time associated Chinese people with vice and were seen by the elites in New York and the Newspaper as a bigger problem than other immigrant groups such as the Irish Italians etc As the book agues this picture wasn t accurate and Chinese and Chinatown was not statistically criminal than the rest of the population in New York though their different lifestyles and ways did invite racism and prejudicial serotyping In fact during this was Tammany era New York City and corruption and depravity was all over the city and among politicians and the police Situating things in this context the book focuses largely on Chinese organize crime The author look at secret societies called Tongs which are the Chinese euivalent to the Italian Mafia It is well researched heavily source documented and narrated well I can t put it downI first became interested in the book because I was surprised that when I started to read old pulp comics of the past there s a lot of reference to criminal elements in Chinatown that s presented villains that were esoteric and somewhat mystical and at times occultic I wonder if that s how people at the time think of Chinese and Chinatown Don t get me wrong I m not going woke social justice etc but even as I enjoy pulp heroes like the Shadow and enjoy reading Batman I can t but to notice an interesting perspective on Chinatown Before DC had Batman as their interesting perspective on Chinatown Before DC had Batman as their for their first issue for their famous Detective Comics series there s a portrayal of Chinese that we would be shocked with how politically incorrect and racist it wasGoing back to the book I learned a lot of things from reading it The book delineates various social organizations among Chinese in America and how not all of them are organized crime Even with the infamous On Leong and their leader Tom Lee it was originally meant to be an organization to help its Chinese members legally and in other ways The book. 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 suarely 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 co. Goes over the color character of the two best nown tongs Tom Lee who was the boss of the On Leong was someone who courted officials and politicians and even became the deputy sheriff of New York County in 1880 the first Chinese to hold any office in New York history whether elected or appointed There was also the smiling face Mock Duck of the Hip Sing Tong who was the chief rival of On Leong There s also descriptions of police commissioners police captains and sergeants and majors and judges who were trying to eep the peace and majors and judges who were trying to eep the peace at times were the source of greed and evil themselves I also thought it was interesting on page 120 121 that broke down crime statistics to show how unfair the Chinese was singled out during this time Newspaper were calling for Chinatown to be destroyed Chinese were illegally searched and detained without warrant and later officials even made mass arrest for the deportation of Chinese people that had nothing to do with the Tongs as a way to get back at the Tongs The author stated in the introduction that no other immigrant group had ever been targeted the way the authorities were going after the Chinese Italians and Irish emigres had fought their share of brutal gang was but nobody had ever rounded them up for wholesale expulsion viii ix Going over police records the author noted that surrounding precincts ever rounded them up for wholesale expulsion viii ix Going over police records the author noted that surrounding precincts nearly twice the amount of arrests than that of Chinatown and one precinct outside of Chinatown even had three times as many From police statistics in 1904 there was 334 Chinese arrested in New York compared to 20000 Irishmen 13000 Italians 12000 Russians 11000 Germans etc
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ethnically ranked second to bottom of police arrests While not the main focus of the book I also love learning about a Chinese American World War One veteran name Sing Kee who won the second highest medal for valor the Distinguished Service Cross He was welcomed home by both Tongs in celebration of American pride There s also the interesting stories of Christians who tried to stop crimes and vices in the book that I thought was interesting ranging from missionaries temperance groups and also Chinese American Christians Fascinating for myself as an American pastor of Asian descentI highly recommend the book Marginalized by native New Yorkers into a low paying jobs and at the mercy of mistrustful or crooked cops Chinese immigrants self segregated into the community nown as Chinatown These migrant workers unwilling and after the Chinese Exclusion Act unable to bring their families over to them turned to societies or clubs for camaraderie and a place to belong Such a group was called a chamber in English and in Chinese Tong With few prospects of bettering their lives through legitimate means one such Tong the On Leong turned to vice But as money started to flow in from the gambling prostitution and the opium trade others wanted in on the action With money territory and face at risk the On Leong Tong and the Hip Sing Tong began to clash in increasingly violent and public conflicts which the newspapers named Tong Wars. Rrupt 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 tu.
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Reading between the lines it would seem that there was so much rich history behind The Tong Wars and the life of the Chinese in that era somehow the book plods along as a dry regurgitation of events chronologically Cold blooded Friendfluence killings gambling vice brothels and opium bring non stop action to this chilling and thorough account of a littlenown set of gang wars in New York City s Chinatown between 1900 and 1930 In the era of gang bosses Tom Lee and Mock Duck and their nefarious accomplices and hired guns terror and mayhem ruled Mott Street and Pell Street in Lower Manhattan Seligman s thoroughly researched book gives readers a lively account of how America s early Chinese immigrants lived lives almost unimaginable to today s well behaved studious immigrants This would make a great movie Highly recommended Having visited the Museum of the Chinese in America recently and stayed in Chinatown DURING A RECENT STAY IN NEW YORK I FOUND a recent stay in New York I found book an interesting read The story was not particularly compelling as an organized crime documentary but was fascinating from its uniue perspective on race relations and economic power in the early 20th century in America Even in describing organized crime it was a set of stories of how the Chinese in America made a community in lower Manhattan given all of the constraints and the overt racism involved in the Chinese exclusion act These tongs were gangs but they were also fraternal organizations initiated to help out fellow immigrants and the author s care in not villianizing but giving a fair shake to their stories is commendable There s word that this might become a series directed by Wong Kar Wai lets hope they don t can t Matt Damon Emma Stone or Scarlett Johannson as leads I learned uite a bit reading TONG WARS I was totally unaware of the treatment of Chinese in the USA from the late 1800 s into the 1930 s This book takes place primarily in New York City in the Tammany era This book is an eye opening account for anyone interested in American Chinese at the time TONG WARS is a fascinating read The book covers the rise of Chinese gangs they started out as social clubs but in reality were gangs working alongside Tammany Hall from 1870 1940 in NY s Chinatown Part of the issue was our own laws Against Immigrants What I Hear immigrants what I hear that prevented the Chinese from assimilating and thus they remained their own Chinese society NYC corruption of course also assimilating and thus they remained their own Chinese society NYC corruption of course also a hand In the end the book is interesting but I think it falls flat in that there s no big conclusion the Depression pretty much did the gangs in because there was no money and no jobs for the Chinese and by then the children had been born here for 1 2 generations and were assimilating anyway The book peters out just like the subject material It becomes of a narrative of a timeline of Chinese murders over 50 years Could it become a good TV series You bet your firecrackers Hey Netflix Look at this one But as a book it s good but not stunning An interesting and well documented account of the Chinese immigrant population of New York fr. A mesmerizing true story of money murder gambling prostitution and opium the Chinese gang wars that engulfed New York’s Chinatown from the 1890s through the 1930sNothing 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 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.