Gangs in New York's Chinatown. Betty Lee Sung.

Gangs in New York's Chinatown

Washington DC: Office of Child Development, Dept. of Health, Education & Welfare, 1977. 1st Edition. Quarto, publisher's illustrated stiff paper wraps.

"My mother always said that my heart was restless. She used to tell me to cut it out but I couldn’t. I was intoxicated by the streets." Comprehensive ethnography examining the burgeoning gang activity in New York City's Chinatown in the mid-1970s, by activist, author, and leading authority on Asian-American studies Betty Lee Sung. Sung presents eight interviews in her study with policemen, new and reformed "hard core" gang members, social workers, and a Chinatown civic leader, as well as immigration figures and arrest statistics to create a multifaceted, thorough, and intimate cultural portrait of a social issue that, as Sung demonstrates, is irresolvable from a single approach. Concludes with recommendations for remedying the issue addressed to the judicial system, police, schools, parents, and peers, along with a chronological bibliography culled from Sung's own newspaper clippings over the course of a decade. Light edgewear only, else fine. Item #1953


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