Signs of Gang Membership By: There is no universal way to determine gang membership or affiliation. Some gang members have many classical gang membership signs, others may only have one or two gang characteristics and others may not display any. Ultimately, gang membership is determined by the behavior and attitude of the individual.
Is gang activity on the rise? A movement to abolish gang databases makes it hard to tell
History[ edit ] The end of the Korean War , Vietnam War and the " Secret Wars " resulted in a new wave of Asian immigrants to America, many of whom were refugees from war-torn countries escaping the brutal political conditions their generations were faced with for most of the late 20th century. Upon being forced to retreat from their home countries, many of these refugee groups emigrated overseas, the larger numbers of whom were admitted into the U. Mental illnesses such as post-traumatic stress disorder and depression were few of many issues affecting their families and communities. Most refugees from Southeast Asia were admitted into the U. In hindsight, Southeast Asian immigrants often found their new environments difficult to adjust to, and is often accounted to their distinctiveness in culture, language, ethnicities and other characteristics.
For some of these, the trauma of involuntary migration and the subsequent necessity to negotiate Vietnamese and American identities did not lead to enriching new experiences or cultural formations. Boom editorial board member Bidhan Chandra Roy sat down with Tin over three meetings to discuss his childhood experiences of fleeing Vietnam as a child in the s, his role in establishing a new wave of Vietnamese street gangs in Southern California in the s, and his hard-fought transformation into the man he is today. Since recording equipment is not allowed in the prison during the interview, Tin wrote up his responses to the questions following the three meetings. Can you tell us about your experiences traveling from Vietnam to California as a child in the s?
The generic use of the word "triads" for all Chinese criminal organizations is imprecise; triad groups are geographically, ethnically, culturally and structurally unique. Triads in Hong Kong are less involved with "traditional" criminal activity and are becoming associated with white-collar crime ; traditional initiation ceremonies rarely take place to avoid official attention. The society was fragmented, and one group known as the Triad and the Ching Gang became a criminal organization. After the People's Republic of China was founded in , secret societies in mainland China were suppressed in campaigns ordered by Mao Zedong. Most Chinese secret societies, including the triads and some of the remaining Ching Gang, relocated to British-controlled Hong Kong, Taiwan, Southeast Asia and overseas countries particularly the US and competed with the Tong and other Chinese secret societies.