The Snakehead: An Epic Tale of the Chinatown Underworld

The Snakehead: An Epic Tale of the Chinatown Underworld
    IGNOU books 2019 In Hindi Online PDF Free 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 quite catch her Indeed, Sister Ping s empire only came to light inwhen the Golden Venture, a ship loaded withundocumented immigrants, ran aground off a Queens beach It took New York s fabled Jade Squad and the FBI nearly ten years to untangle the criminal network and home in on its unusual mastermindE 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 , 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 allubleday."/>
  • Hardcover
  • 432 pages
  • The Snakehead: An Epic Tale of the Chinatown Underworld and the American Dream
  • Patrick Radden Keefe
  • English
  • 03 July 2019
  • 0385521308

The Snakehead: An Epic Tale of the Chinatown Underworld and the American Dream[PDF] ✩ The Snakehead: An Epic Tale of the Chinatown Underworld and the American Dream ❤ Patrick Radden Keefe – Essayreview.co.uk A mesmerizing narrative about the rise and fall of an unlikely international crime bossIn the s, a wave of Chinese from Fujian province began arriving in America Like other immigrant groups before the A mesmerizing narrative about the An Epic PDF Æ rise and fall of an unlikely international crime bossIn the s, 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 The Snakehead: Epub / 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 earned an estimatedmillion was smuggling people As a snakehead, she built a Snakehead: An Epic Epub Ù 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 quite catch her Indeed, Sister Ping s empire only came to light inwhen the Golden Venture, a ship loaded withundocumented immigrants, ran aground off a Queens beach It took New York s fabled Jade Squad and the FBI nearly ten years to untangle the criminal network and home in on its unusual mastermindE 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 , 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 allubleday.


About the Author: Patrick Radden Keefe

Patrick Radden Keefe is a An Epic PDF Æ staff writer at The New Yorker and the author of The Snakehead and Chatter His work has also appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Slate, New York, and The New York Review of Books He received the National Magazine Award for Feature Writing, for his story A Loaded Gun, was a finalist for the National Magazine Award for Reporting in and , and is also the recipient of an Eric and Wendy The Snakehead: Epub / Schmidt Fellowship at the New America Foundation and a Guggenheim Fellowship.


10 thoughts on “The Snakehead: An Epic Tale of the Chinatown Underworld and the American Dream

  1. says:

    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 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 requests and the question 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 saint.The 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 wings.Overall, 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

  2. says:

    All of the elements of a thriller are here murder, corruption, double crosses, huge sums of cash, intimidation, among others but it really doesn t read that way Instead it sof a sweeping view of the snakehead trade between Fujian Province, China and Chinatown in Manhattan In particular we learn about a small handful of major players in the late 80s and early 90s.The author writes extremely well and, quite similar to Sebastian Junger, has an informatively digressive style He never gets All of the elements of a thriller are here murder, corruption, double crosses, huge sums of cash, intimidation, among others but it really doesn t read that way Instead it sof a sweeping view of the snakehead trade between Fujian Province, China and Chinatown in Manhattan In particular we learn about a small handful of major players in the late 80s and early 90s.The author writes extremely well and, quite similar to Sebastian Junger, has an informatively digressive style He never gets too far into the details, always giving enough information on the side before returning to the main story The people we meet along the way don t come with excessive baggage or angel s wings, we re left to make our own judgments.I m very surprised I hadn t heard anything about this book before reading it If I hadn t stumbled on it in my library s online inventory I would have never known it existed It deserves a wide audience and would make a great miniseries

  3. says:

    Snakehead is a term for people who bring foreigners into a country illegally, outside of immigration laws Mostly through the book the storyline follows a particularly successful snakehead, Sister Ping The book details Sister Ping and other snakeheads smuggling Chinese citizens to the US, as well as their plentiful helpers from many different countries For human smuggling, you could say it takes a village Law enforcement in the US is also examined here, with profiles of a few of the people th Snakehead is a term for people who bring foreigners into a country illegally, outside of immigration laws Mostly through the book the storyline follows a particularly successful snakehead, Sister Ping The book details Sister Ping and other snakeheads smuggling Chinese citizens to the US, as well as their plentiful helpers from many different countries For human smuggling, you could say it takes a village Law enforcement in the US is also examined here, with profiles of a few of the people that took charge of investigations and prosecutions Also included are many different examples of people entering the country with the help of snakeheads The personal stories of so many involved was well done I most appreciated the descriptions of how the snakeheads figured out how the immigration control system was changing, and changed their tactics to keep a step ahead of the law For instance, for a few years a sure way to enter the US was to fly on a fake passport, aided by bribed airport personnel in a foreign country, then flush the passport in the arrival airport, which was usually JFK When that procedure was shut down, the snakeheads just looked for new ways, and always found them Sister Ping and the others were quite enterprising And when caught by law enforcement, they were generally lightly punished Overall, an interesting take on true crime , and a sorry perspective on the holes in the US immigration law enforcement This compares well to many pop business business strategy books I ve read, focusing on pivoting your operations when your market or environment changes, and the book may appeal to fans of those kinds of books

  4. says:

    Patrick Radden Keefe has quickly 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 is are the story stories 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 incredib Patrick Radden Keefe has quickly 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 is are the story stories 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

  5. says:

    The Snakehead provides a thorough and well researched look at both sides of the immigration fence Keefe does a very good job of explaining the political and social complexities that lie behind American immigration policy Keefe also shows the constancy of demand for human smuggling and the difficulty of combating such smuggling in a modern and increasingly globalized economy Keefe asserts human smuggling exists in a nebulous territory between illegality and socially acceptable behavior and the The Snakehead provides a thorough and well researched look at both sides of the immigration fence Keefe does a very good job of explaining the political and social complexities that lie behind American immigration policy Keefe also shows the constancy of demand for human smuggling and the difficulty of combating such smuggling in a modern and increasingly globalized economy Keefe asserts human smuggling exists in a nebulous territory between illegality and socially acceptable behavior and the book reads accordingly Much of the book is spent sussing out the complexities of U.S immigration policies, which appear to be basedon emotional reactions to individual events than on any sort of coherent or consistent vision Because of this, many of the characters Keefe describes become secondary, just a way of connecting the dots of the overall picture.So if you re looking for an interesting book about a complicated and salient issue this is for your if you re looking for a righteous true crime book go elsewhere

  6. says:

    Truly fascinating Keefe did an awesome amount of research, and organized the overlapping stories on different continents so that the pacing was right Epic in scope and mouth dropping in detail, these interlocked stories touch so many lives and so many parts of the world, it must have been difficult to know where to begin The characterizations are rich, however, and Keefe gives us a human scaled drama What struck me at the end was how persons of every ethnicity, political stripe, and religiou Truly fascinating Keefe did an awesome amount of research, and organized the overlapping stories on different continents so that the pacing was right Epic in scope and mouth dropping in detail, these interlocked stories touch so many lives and so many parts of the world, it must have been difficult to know where to begin The characterizations are rich, however, and Keefe gives us a human scaled drama What struck me at the end was how persons of every ethnicity, political stripe, and religious persuasion could find justification in these stories for holding a particular view about immmigration Let it also be said that people who usually react one way on immigration turned 180 degrees when it came to a boatload of Fujian refugees dumped on Rockaway beach Political arch enemies joined hands to save these folks, most of whom undoubtedly had absolutely no clue why anyone was trying to help them Law sy, I d like to see a film made of this

  7. says:

    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 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 9 11 immigration world in the US sharesin common with the pre 9 11 immigration world than with now The alliance of The Golden Vision advocacy group just wouldn t happen now.And so ends my summer of non fiction

  8. says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Starts as a true crime story June 6, 1993 On Rockaway beach New York about 250 Chinese wash ashore A few strong swimmers have dry clothes in a plastic bag taped to their legs get dressed and walk away Eventually 10 bodies are counted Half the reminder are moved to a prison in York, Pennsylvania The immigrants moved have asylum cases and need legal representation Page 227 Craig Trebilcock, a young litigator was asked to do a favor and represent some of the Chinese Craig was previously an a Starts as a true crime story June 6, 1993 On Rockaway beach New York about 250 Chinese wash ashore A few strong swimmers have dry clothes in a plastic bag taped to their legs get dressed and walk away Eventually 10 bodies are counted Half the reminder are moved to a prison in York, Pennsylvania The immigrants moved have asylum cases and need legal representation Page 227 Craig Trebilcock, a young litigator was asked to do a favor and represent some of the Chinese Craig was previously an army lawyer in Germany just before the wall came down After the wall came down, he noticed the West Germans were gregarious, relaxed and generally optimistic The East Germans seemed to just shuffle along, eyes in their shoe tips, always a little fearful of what the future held in store Not a political person, the faces of the East Germans had that look instilled in him an abiding conviction about the oppressive toll that a Communist system could have on the human spirit And four years later, as he sat facing Pin Lin in the York County Prison, he recognized that look again Page 310 In China, a human life isn t worth ten pennies Ten thousand people come and 100 die Bad luck If they make it, their families get rich Their villages get rich.Page 188 With 1 5 of the worlds population, some 900 million of whom are peasants, China has a way of dousing any humanitarian assumptions with a colder demographic reality There is a famous story about Deng Xiaopings visit in Jan 1979, when Jimmy Carter scolded him about China s restrictions on the freedom of departure the right to emigration and suggested thatpeople should be permitted to leave China Deng fixed Carter and said, Why, certainly, President Carter How many million would you like Interesting explanations on international banking without banks, taking advantage the loopholes in international shipping..And it s all true

  9. says:

    At a time when illegal immigration again tops the US news, this book is a timely, detailed, and fascinating behind the scenes look at the world of human trafficking, specifically the smuggling of illegal immigrants from China into the USA In exquisite detail the author traces the smuggling route from the south China coast to its rugged southwest, into the jungles of Burma and Thailand, then to Kenya and finally the US east coast and Manhattan Chinatown, from the viewpoints of those fleeing Chin At a time when illegal immigration again tops the US news, this book is a timely, detailed, and fascinating behind the scenes look at the world of human trafficking, specifically the smuggling of illegal immigrants from China into the USA In exquisite detail the author traces the smuggling route from the south China coast to its rugged southwest, into the jungles of Burma and Thailand, then to Kenya and finally the US east coast and Manhattan Chinatown, from the viewpoints of those fleeing China, those managing the operation, and the law enforcement officers who struggled to fit all the pieces together.It s an impressive feat of research, considering the types of unsavory and elusive characters the author managed to interview Speaking of characters, most of the actors in the story are masterfully presented neither as villains nor heroes, but as deeply rendered human beingsall except for central character Sister Ping She was apparently such a master at hiding in plain sight, that her enigmatic qualities come across that way there isn t much personality to show.I liked this book very much Though it covers events from twenty years ago, I m sure that the exact same human trafficking business model is still going on today from Latin America to the North African coast

  10. says:

    There was a lot of great information in this book It is a great work of journalism, but it just read like a few dozen long magazine articles stapled together with no real cohesion There isn t much in it that propels you forward I found the same true in Patrick Radden Keefe s book about the Troubles in Ireland.I have been trying hard to research the Chinese community where I live in Spain, but it s almost impossible to find the thinnest shred of information There is NEVER anything in the pres There was a lot of great information in this book It is a great work of journalism, but it just read like a few dozen long magazine articles stapled together with no real cohesion There isn t much in it that propels you forward I found the same true in Patrick Radden Keefe s book about the Troubles in Ireland.I have been trying hard to research the Chinese community where I live in Spain, but it s almost impossible to find the thinnest shred of information There is NEVER anything in the press about the 10,000 or 20,000 or who knows how many Chinese people live in Valencia In all of my years here, I could count on the fingers of one hand the journalism pieces I have read about Chinese immigrants here I put that word in quotations because I don t believe that they are immigrants in the true sense, butlike economic colonists doing the bidding for the Chinese mainland government halfway across the globe

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