An Analysis of Asian Gangs Essay

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An Analysis of Asian Gangs

Let's say you're by yourself on the subway in New York City. You get on and it's not that crowded, there's a bunch of open seats. As you look around, you notice that the car is filled with mainly high school aged kids, mostly boys. On one side there is a spot next to a bunch of African Americans, on the other side it's a posse of Asians. Okay, so where are you going to sit? Next to the Asian's I bet. What if it was Latino's instead of Blacks, chances are you would still say you'd go towards the Asian's and shy away from the more typical gang looking kids. When most people think of gangs, they don't really think Asian, it's a Black or Hispanic thing right? Well, Asian gangs have been becoming more and
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Asian gangs are a new phenomenon, yet are quickly becoming more and more common within the United States Asian-Americans have often been stereotyped as the "model minority whose values are benign: strong work ethic, low profile, honor students, loyalty of family" (Sigmund, 1995, p.8). "Someone who is quiet, studious, and who plays the violin" (Lee, 1992, p.129) "preserving the sacred worth of human life, religious faith, community spirit and….to be teachers of tolerance hard work, fiscal responsibility, cooperation and love" (Takaki, 1989, p. 474-475). Yet Asian crimes by teens, both individually and in gangs, "have been cropping up like weeds….What has gone wrong?" (Sigmund, 1995, p.8). There seems to be a huge irony here, when one compares popular views of Asian Americans and their admirable work ethic to the increasing incidences of Asian related youth crimes. Upon a second examination, one may begin to question whether the phenomenon of Asian American crimes actually opposes the model minority work ethic, consider crime as an occupation: if the Asian American work ethic focuses on succeeding in the new world, then crime can not be ruled out as a means of attaining financial success. (Sigmund, 1995) The history of Chinese gangs goes back to a mystical religious group formed over three hundred years ago in China. The group, "the Triad Society was made up of Buddhist and Taoist priests opposed the Manchu emperor K'ang His, who reigned from 1662 to 1723"
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