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The criminal network and home in on its unusual mastermindTHE 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 17000 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 allwwwdoubledaycom. 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 US immigration policies which appear to be based on 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 pictureSo 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 Cleopatras Daughter the underground economy in which America’s Never Deny a Duke (Decadent Dukes Society, the story not only of Sister Ping but of The Sphinx the gangland gunslingers who worked for her Tidelands (Fairmile the immigration and law enforcement officials who pursued her and Strings that Carnal Sacrifice (Brides of Caralon, they could realize Catch and Release their own version of Devils Paw (Imp, the American dream The Snakehead offers an intimate Canyons of Night (Rainshadow, tour of life on In the Eyes of Crazy (Kontras Menagerie thorough and well researched look at both sides of Tea Environments and Plantation Culture the immigration fence Keefe does a very good job of explaining 50 Hikes in the Adirondack Mountains the political and social complexities Survive by the Team that lie behind American immigration policy Keefe also shows Angels & Demons (Angels & Demons, the constancy of demand for human smuggling and Washington! (Wagons West, the difficulty of combating such smuggling in a modern and increasingly globalized economy Keefe asserts human smuggling exists in a nebulous Celebration! (Wagons West, the book reads accordingly Much of Texas! (Wagons West, the book is spent sussing out I Know What You Bid Last Summer (Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mystery the complexities of US immigration policies which appear Revenge ni Miss Piggy to be based on emotional reactions Breakfast Book to individual events The Librarian and the Spy (Librarian and the Spy Escapade than on any sort of coherent or consistent vision Because of Day of Independence (Bad Men of the West, this many of A Bookmarked Death (Delhi Laine Mystery the characters Keefe describes become secondary just a way of connecting Card Concepts the dots of Emotional Victory this is for your if you re looking for a righteous Still Life with Woodpecker true crime book go elsewhere

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Ned an estimated 40 million was smuggling people As a “snakehead” she built a 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 uite catch her Indeed Sister Ping’s empire only came to light in 1993 when the Golden Venture a ship loaded with 300 undocumented immigrants ran aground off a ueens beach It took New York’s fabled “Jade Suad” and the FBI nearly ten years to untangle. 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 uite 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 Embellish Me ties and employing one of Chinatown's most violent gangs The Snakehead to protect her power and profits Like an underworld CEO Sister Ping created an intricate smuggling network The Book of Ivy (The Book of Ivy, to Hong Kong Truly Wilde to Burma VEGAN ganz anders to Thailand An Infamous Army (Alastair, to Guatemala Score! to Mexico Her ingenuity and drive were awe inspiring both Abela to A Sisters Secret the Chinatown community where she was revered as a homegrown Don Corleone and Arabella / Bath Tangle / The Nonesuch to Butchers Crossing the law enforcement officials who could never uite catch her Indeed Sister Ping’s empire only came Unchained Melanie to light in 1993 when Olivias Luck the Golden Venture a ship loaded with 300 undocumented immigrants ran aground off a ueens beach It Middle Class Problems took New York’s fabled “Jade Suad” and The City of London, Volume 2 the FBI nearly Ainsleys Ultimate Barbecue Bible ten years How We Lived Then to untangle. 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A mesmerizing narrative about the rise and fall of an unlikely international crime bossIn the 1980s 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 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 ear. 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About the Author: Patrick Radden Keefe

Patrick Radden Keefe is a 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 2014 National Magazine Award for Feature Writing for his story A Loaded Gun was a finalist for the National Magazine Award for Reporting in 2015 and 2016 and is also t



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 mil

  2. says:

    The Snake Head by Patrick Radden KeefeThis history of the Chinese smuggling trade into the United States was penned in 2009 While not as popular as his 2019 blockbuster Say Nothing about the violence in Northern Ir

  3. says:

    All of the elements of a thriller are here murder corruption double crosses huge sums of cash intimidation among o

  4. 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 det

  5. says:

    Patrick Radden Keefe has uickly 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 isare the storystories in “Snakehead” true but happened where I live— albeit before my time here I highly recommend this book and his other w

  6. says:

    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

  7. 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

  8. says:

    Truly fascinating Keefe did an awesome amount of research and organized the overlapping stories on different continents so that the

  9. 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

  10. 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 exuisite 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 coas

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