In Chinatown to deliver a baby, Sarah Brandt meets a group of women she might otherwise never have come across: Irish girls who, after alighting on Ellis Island alone, have married Chinese men in the same predicament. But with bigotry in New York from every side, their mixed-race children are often treated badly, by the Irish, the Chinese—even the police. When the new mother’s half-Chinese, half-Irish, 15-year-old niece goes missing, Sarah knows that alerting the constables would prove futile. So she turns to Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy—and together they begin the search themselves. And after they find her, dead in an alley, Sarah and Malloy have ample suspects—from both sides of Canal Street.
It's the year 1949. The war is over. NYC Detective Johnny Vero has been promoted to Lieutenant, . Griff, a Ex ship captain, now smuggles opium and Chinese women into New York's Chinatown. Murders are mounting as suspicions rise. In steps the FBI.
The Mayor of Dupont Street is set in 1901 San Francisco and opens with the discovery of a grave on Market Street filled with dead Chinese men in what looks like a ceremonial ritual.Twelve-year-old Amanda, whose father is Chief of Detectives at the Battery Street police station, is fascinated by crime and criminals. She skips school with her little brother Peter to view the grave and begins an adventure that leads to the disappearance of Peter and a fascinating journey through Chinatown not only to find her brother but to solve the mystery of the dead Chinese men. In the process, she discovers a shocking connection between her family and the dead men and befriends a Chinese boy whose strange sister holds the answer to Peter's fate.
A mesmerizing true story of money, murder, gambling, prostitution, and opium in a "wild ramble around Chinatown in its darkest days." (The New Yorker) Nothing had worked. Not threats or negotiations, not shutting down the betting parlors or opium dens, not house-to-house searches or throwing Chinese offenders into prison. Not even executing them. The New York DA was running out of ideas and more people were dying every day as the weapons of choice evolved from hatchets and meat cleavers to pistols, automatic weapons, and even bombs. Welcome to New York City’s Chinatown in 1925. The Chinese in turn-of-the-last-century New York were mostly immigrant peasants and shopkeepers who worked as laundrymen, cigar makers, and domestics. They gravitated to lower Manhattan and lived as Chinese an existence as possible, their few diversions—gambling, opium, and prostitution—available but, sadly, illegal. It didn’t take long before one resourceful merchant saw a golden opportunity to feather his nest by positioning himself squarely between the vice dens and the police charged with shutting them down. Tong Wars is historical true crime set against the perfect landscape: Tammany-era New York City. Representatives of rival tongs (secret societies) corner the various markets of sin using admirably creative strategies. The city government was already corrupt from top to bottom, so once one tong began taxing the gambling dens and paying off the authorities, a rival, jealously eyeing its lucrative franchise, co-opted a local reformist group to help eliminate it. Pretty soon Chinese were slaughtering one another in the streets, inaugurating a succession of wars that raged for the next thirty years. Scott D. Seligman’s account roars through three decades of turmoil, with characters ranging from gangsters and drug lords to reformers and do-gooders to judges, prosecutors, cops, and pols of every stripe and color. A true story set in Prohibition-era Manhattan a generation after Gangs of New York, but fought on the very same turf.
In the summer of 1909, the gruesome murder of nineteen-year-old Elsie Sigel sent shock waves through New York City and the nation at large. The young woman's strangled corpse was discovered inside a trunk in the midtown Manhattan apartment of her reputed former Sunday school student and lover, a Chinese man named Leon Ling. Through the lens of this unsolved murder, Mary Ting Yi Lui offers a fascinating snapshot of social and sexual relations between Chinese and non-Chinese populations in turn-of-the-century New York City. Sigel's murder was more than a notorious crime, Lui contends. It was a clear signal that attempts to maintain geographical and social boundaries between the city's Chinese male and white female populations had failed. When police discovered Sigel and Leon Ling's love letters, giving rise to the theory that Leon Ling killed his lover in a fit of jealous rage, this idea became even more embedded in the public consciousness. New Yorkers condemned the work of Chinese missions and eagerly participated in the massive national and international manhunt to locate the vanished Leon Ling. Lui explores how the narratives of racial and sexual danger that arose from the Sigel murder revealed widespread concerns about interracial social and sexual mixing during the era. She also examines how they provoked far-reaching skepticism about regulatory efforts to limit the social and physical mobility of Chinese immigrants and white working-class and middle-class women. Through her thorough re-examination of this notorious murder, Lui reveals in unprecedented detail how contemporary politics of race, gender, and sexuality shaped public responses to the presence of Chinese immigrants during the Chinese exclusion era.
The focus of this book is the Chinese settlement of Heinlenville, located in San Jose, California from 1887-1931. The author draws on family records & correspondence, oral interviews with former residents, & newspaper accounts of the period. The story is told against a broad background of information on Chinese immigration & years of federal anti-Chinese legislation that set the stage for discrimination against the Chinese in San Jose & in other cities in California.
Arby's cases are usually pretty mundane, but that changes when Lily Shanghai, a beautiful Chinese woman with a dangerous past, wants to hire him to find her younger sister, Biyu, who is missing from a Chinatown sex slave crib. Arby says no. A white guy rummaging through Chinatown would stand out like a sore thumb. He'd get nowhere.What changes his mind is the collateral damage murder of his lover, Ingrid Ventura, by a Chinatown assassin whose real target was Lilly. Arby's single-minded purpose becomes finding the man responsible for Ingy's death and ripping his heart out. His only hope of doing so is to enter Chinatown's underbelly, find Biyu and work from there to Ingy's killer.But Chinatown doesn't give up its secrets so easily, especially those involving the Civil War being waged on the Chinese mainland. When Arby uncovers a clandestine gunrunning operation, not only is he marked for death by Ingy's killer, but the U.S. War Department sets its sights on him.First book of the Arbutus Halethorpe Mystery Series."The opening of ARBUTUS HALETHORPE AND THE CHINATOWN MURDER is strongand its copious fight scenes and character's banter verge on thrilling...Peake shines in his depictions of the physical confrontationsthat occur throughout the course of Arby's investigation.These scenes have a throbbing rhythm, with bursts of short, punchy sentencesthat drive home the character's actions and their consequences..." - IndieReader
In San Francisco, the brutal murder of a Chinatown businessman sets off a deadly chain reaction that exposes a long dormant blood feud. The spotlight falls on his eldest son Joe Sung, an aspiring folk singer, who must now evade death at the hands of a rival tong. At the same time, his girlfriend Maya gets caught in the crossfire as she digs deep into his family's hidden past.