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READ & DOWNLOAD The Snakehead An Epic Tale of the Chinatown Underworld and the American Dream Patrick Radden Keefe Æ 9 CHARACTERS CHARACTERS í The Snakehead An Epic Tale of the Chinatown Underworld and the American Dream The criminal network and home in on its unusual mastermindTHE SNAKEHEAD is a panoramic tale of international intrigue and a dramatic portrait of the underground economy in which America’s twelve million illegal immigrants live Based on hundreds of interviews Patrick Radden Keefe’s sweeping narrative tells the story not only of Sister Ping but of the gangland gunslingers who worked for her the immigration and law enforcement officials who pursued her and the generation of penniless immigrants who risked death and braved a 17000 mile odyssey so that they could realize their own version of the American dream The Snakehead offers an intimate tour of life on the mean streets of Chinatown a vivid blueprint of organized crime in an age of globalization and a masterful exploration of the ways in which illegal immigration affects us allwwwdoubledaycom A huge book that spans a massive network it helped me comprehend what we talk about when we talk about migration not as much in the human sense but in the gears that grind it along and churn billions of dollars out of it along the way He is so intimate with the subject matter and without knowing any Chinese that it makes sense of it all and is still a page turner A reminder also of how different the dialogue around immigration was even 10 years ago when this book was published in a lot of ways the post 911 immigration world in the US shares in common with the pre 911 immigration world than with now The alliance of The Golden Vision advocacy group just wouldn t happen nowAnd so ends my summer of non fiction The Doctors Dating Bargain panoramic tale of international intrigue and a dramatic The Collection Seasonal Products portrait of the underground economy in which America’s twelve million illegal immigrants live Based on hundreds of interviews Patrick Radden Keefe’s sweeping narrative tells the story not only of Sister Ping but of the gangland gunslingers who worked for her the immigration and law enforcement officials who Whispers of Feathers pursued her and the generation of Mount série tome 3 - L'empire du mal penniless immigrants who risked death and braved a 17000 mile odyssey so that they could realize their own version of the American dream The Snakehead offers an intimate tour of life on the mean streets of Chinatown a vivid blueprint of organized crime in an age of globalization and a masterful exploration of the ways in which illegal immigration affects us allwwwdoubledaycom A huge book that spans a massive network it helped me comprehend what we talk about when we talk about migration not as much in the human sense but in the gears that grind it along and churn billions of dollars out of it along the way He is so intimate with the subject matter and without knowing any Chinese that it makes sense of it all and is still a Entrepreneurial Vernacular Developers' Subdivisions in the 1920s Creating the North American Landscape page turner A reminder also of how different the dialogue around immigration was even 10 years ago when this book was Advanced C Programming by Example published in a lot of ways the After We Collided post 911 immigration world in the US shares in common with the Die Herrenschneiderei pre 911 immigration world than with now The alliance of The Golden Vision advocacy group just wouldn t happen nowAnd so ends my summer of non fiction

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READ & DOWNLOAD The Snakehead An Epic Tale of the Chinatown Underworld and the American Dream Patrick Radden Keefe Æ 9 CHARACTERS CHARACTERS í The Snakehead An Epic Tale of the Chinatown Underworld and the American Dream A mesmerizing narrative about the rise and fall of an unlikely international crime bossIn the 1980s a wave of Chinese from Fujian province began arriving in America Like other immigrant groups before them they showed up with little money but with an intense work ethic and an unshakeable belief in the promise of the United States Many of them lived in a world outside the law working in a shadow economy overseen by the ruthless gangs that ruled the narrow streets of New York’s ChinatownThe figure who came to dominate this Chinese underworld was a middle aged grandmother known as Sister Ping Her path to the American dream began with an unusual business run out of a tiny noodle store on Hester Street From her perch above the shop Sister Ping ran a full service underground bank for illegal Chinese immigrants But her real business a business that ear According to the author a snakehead is someone who charges a huge amount of money to take people out of China and into other countries This book focuses on one of these people Sister Ping who came to the US legally and then proceeded to cash in on every opportunity she could including smuggling human beings into the country for millions in profit It was the wreck of the ship Golden Venture near Rockaway NY in 1993 in which several people died that captured the attention of the Federal Government and set several officials on the trail of Sister Ping But that s not the whole story hereit s also a look at the shifting policies of the Feds on legal and illegal immigration throughout our country s history as well as an examination of why law enforcement often has trouble getting a handle on this very big problem Misinformation lack of funding a staggering amount of asylum reuests and the uestion of who will receive asylum and who will be deported and often corruption on the part of some INS now ICE agents are all factors that the author examines in trying to understand why this woman was able to elude capture for nearly a decade not to mention the closing of ranks within the Chinese communities in the US around someone they considered almost a saintThe story of the Golden Venture is the focal point for examining wider and pertinent issues and while the author examines the impact of human smuggling and illegal immigrants in this country he also makes very clear that many people trying to get their chance at the American dream are willing to take the risks involved with illegal smuggling operations Also he makes the point when the Feds actually manage to capture someone like Sister Ping there are other people waiting in the wingsOverall this was a good read It seemed to go on a bit and probably could have been somewhat condensed but other than that I liked it People on both sides of the issue of illegal immigration will want to read this book

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READ & DOWNLOAD The Snakehead An Epic Tale of the Chinatown Underworld and the American Dream Patrick Radden Keefe Æ 9 CHARACTERS CHARACTERS í The Snakehead An Epic Tale of the Chinatown Underworld and the American Dream Ned an estimated 40 million was smuggling people As a “snakehead” she built a complex and often vicious global conglomerate relying heavily on familial ties and employing one of Chinatown's most violent gangs to protect her power and profits Like an underworld CEO Sister Ping created an intricate smuggling network that stretched from Fujian Province to Hong Kong to Burma to Thailand to Kenya to Guatemala to Mexico Her ingenuity and drive were awe inspiring both to the Chinatown community where she was revered as a homegrown Don Corleone and to the law enforcement officials who could never uite catch her Indeed Sister Ping’s empire only came to light in 1993 when the Golden Venture a ship loaded with 300 undocumented immigrants ran aground off a ueens beach It took New York’s fabled “Jade Suad” and the FBI nearly ten years to untangle Patrick Radden Keefe has uickly become one of my favorite non fiction writers I came to this book after reading his latest Say Anything and I am gobsmacked that not only isare the storystories in Snakehead true but happened where I live albeit before my time here I highly recommend this book and his other work including his New Yorker writings Radden Keefe painstakingly investigates and researches his books for years and it makes the wait to read his work worth it He is an incredible writer and investigates material that is utterly fascinating I can t wait to read his next book A

  • Hardcover
  • 432
  • The Snakehead An Epic Tale of the Chinatown Underworld and the American Dream
  • Patrick Radden Keefe
  • English
  • 18 January 2019
  • 9780385521307