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The Snakehead: An Epic Tale of the Chinatown Underworld and the American Dream
The Snakehead: An Epic Tale of the Chinatown Underworld and the American Dream by Patrick Radden Keefe 0385521308 9780385521307
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The Snakehead: An Epic Tale of the Chinatown Underworld and the American Dream by Patrick Radden Keefe

Cheng Chui Ping slipped into the United States in the early 1980s, part of a huge wave of Chinese immigrants hoping to realize the American Dream. Her path to that dream began with an underground bank for illegal immigrants run out of a noodle shop in New York Citys Chinatown. She became known as Sister Ping and built a global people-smuggling conglomerate that stretched from Chinas Fujian province to Africa, Europe, and South America, relying on one of Chinatowns most violent gangs to protect her power and profits. Sister Pings empire came to light in 1993, when a ship loaded with 300 near-starving immigrants ran aground off Queens. It took New Yorks fabled Jade Squad and the FBI nearly ten years to untangle the criminal network and home in on its mastermind. Sister Pingfinally convicted in 2005is currently in prison. Before her capture she amassed an estimated mind-boggling $40 million. THE SNAKEHEAD is a panoramic tale of international intrigue and an inside look at a remarkably successful illegal enterprise and the undocumented immigrants who both fear and depend on it. It is a story about the conflicted issue of immigration in the United States, and a moving exploration of what it means to beand to becomeAmerican.

Author: Patrick Radden Keefe

Language: English

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 432

Publisher: Doubleday

Publication Date: 2009-07-21

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