This stark and unsentimental recollection of childhood and coming of age in the back alleys and bustling streets of San Francisco Chinatown reveals the sinister and pervasive influences of organized crime. "Chinese Playground: A Memoir" traces author Bill Lee’s maturation from innocent child in a troubled family to a street punk, gang member, and college graduate struggling to break free of his involvement in escalating violence. Lee’s personal accounts of two high-profile murder incidents are engrossing. The 1977 Golden Dragon Massacre in San Francisco that left five dead and eleven wounded, was carried out by his blood-brothers who were engaged in the most violent Asian gang war in U.S. history. A decade later, a mad gunman killed seven and injured four at ESL, a high tech firm in Sunnyvale, California where Lee was employed. An unlikely hero emerges as he accepts his fate, employing his street instincts to save coworkers during the murderous rampage. Startling details on both crimes are revealed for the first time. This true story is a provocative read providing valuable insight into Chinese American culture, organized crime, distressed families, at-risk youths, personal recovery, Bay Area history, and Silicon Valley.
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A.Magazine, June/July, 1999 issue:
Chinatown gangsters have long been glamorized on screen for the American imagination. But Bill Lee's Chinese Playground: A Memoir, which exposes the raw underbelly of Chinese American culture, is the real McCoy. ...His scenes dealing with gang warfare are brutal, yet fascinating. ...Deftly written... [it] is a well-formed tale of history and survival.
KPIX-TV, May 30, 1999:
Riveting...the story is told in a refreshingly honest way.
San Francisco Chronicle, Bill Wallace, May 2, 1999:
...offers something that few other volumes on Asian organized crimes and gangs do: a personal, first-hand look at what it is like to grow up in the youth gang subculture. That alone makes it remarkable among recent nonfiction works about the activities of the Chinese underworld, and a worthwhile read...
San Francisco Examiner, Julie Chao, March 9, 1999:
...provides the first insider look into the lethal mix of youthful bravado, cultural maladjustment and turf warfare that culminated in the 1977 shootout at the Golden Dragon restaurant, one of the worst mass killings in San Francisco history.
About.com, Jim Shan, June 16, 1999:
...provides valuable insight into cross-cultural tensions, some factors of driving children to join gangs, and the Chinese underworld. There is an old Chinese saying, 'family's scandal does not go out.' This old saying is deeply rooted in Chinese culture so Chinese usually keep things inside themselves as much as possible. Lee's courage to write such a book to let people know the Chinese underworld is remarkable.
Bill Lee is a second-generation Chinese American who grew up in the underworld of San Francisco Chinatown. He is the author of "Chinese Playground" and "Born to Lose." He has written for the S.F. Chronicle, AsianWeek, and numerous professional journals. Bill graduated with honors in Psychology from San Francisco State University and spent most of his career as a consultant retained by top executives in Silicon Valley. He has been featured on The History Channel, Fox, A&E Network, Spike TV, PBS, and Radio Television Hong Kong. http://chineseplayground.com http://about.me/bill.lee_author http://facebook.com/Bill.Lee.author
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Description du livre CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2014. Paperback. État : Brand New. first paperback edition edition. 302 pages. 9.00x6.00x0.69 inches. This item is printed on demand. N° de réf. du libraire zk1500128503