Smuggled Chinese Paperback – Dec 9 1999
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From Library Journal
For his study, Chin (criminal justice, Rutgers) interviewed 300 illegal immigrants, most of whom live in New York's Chinatown, as well as smugglers of humans ("snakeheads") in various countries. He discusses the immigrants' reasons for leaving China (overwhelmingly for money), their methods, and their lives in the United States. Quoting liberally from the immigrants' statements, Chin creates a poignant picture of the great hardships immigrants have endured in order to pay off debts and send money home to their families. Despite their numbers, he notes, these immigrants have little impact on U.S. social systems or unemployment since they rarely use the medical facilities or schools and usually work in Chinese restaurants and Chinese garment factories. Nevertheless, Chin discusses various government plans to curb illegal immigration, surmising that, in the end, it is almost impossible to stop. Recommended for public and academic libraries.AKitty Chen Dean, Nassau Coll., Garden City, NY
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"Chin creates a poignant picture of the great hardships immigrants have endured in order to pay off debts and send money home to their families...Recommended for public and academic libraries." --Library Journal "Smuggled Chinese explores an important subject that until now has not been investigated fully by scholars. I am confident that it will emerge as a major contribution to the literature." --Michael Welch, Associate Professor, Rutgers University "...pathbreaking. Chin's analysis is grounded in interviews with 300 Chinese, most of whom had been smuggled into the United States between 1988 and 1993... [H]is multifaceted research strategy endows his analysis and conclusions with a high degree of credibility." --American Journal of Sociology "...highly recommend[ed] for anyone interested in the traffic of illegal immigrants." --Journal of American Ethnic History "Chin describes the international network of this flourishing business, lays bare its evil, and also puts a human face on this intractable international problem, showing how flaws in national policies and lax law enforcement perpetuate the cycle of desperation and suffering." --MultiCultural ReviewSee all Product Description
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