Chinese-American Gangs in the 20th Century

From Psych to Sons of Anarchy to Iron Fist, Chinese-American gangs have been depicted in our fiction media as a mysterious, martial-arts based criminal enterprise. Unfortunately, Asian-American gangs have not been as intensely studied as Hispanic or African-American gangs, especially due to their lack of prevalence in modern day America. Today, Asians are considered “model minorities,” as they presently have a reputation for low crime rates in the United States. However, a century ago, the “Yellow Peril” was one of the most feared of the minority groups both in fictional and news media.