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  • Asylum Crackdown

    In her investigation “Chinatown Asylum Crackdown,” NPR’s Ailsa Chang shines a light on a never-before reported aspect of the Trump administration’s clampdown on the asylum system. Much of the news coverage on President Trump’s immigration policies has been focused on the White House’s efforts to turn away asylum-seekers at the border. What Chang reveals in her investigation for NPR’s Planet Money podcast is the Trump administration’s quiet operation to strip asylum status from immigrants who won it years ago. The people targeted in this sweeping review are Chinese immigrants – more than 13,000 of them. Many of them have been living in the U.S. for years with green cards and are now spending thousands of dollars defending their asylum cases in immigration court – years after winning asylum.
  • "The Great Walls of Chinatown"

    In November 2008, approximately three-dozen Chinese workers were evicted from their cramped living quarters in Manhattan's Chinatown. They were living in cubicles, cooking on hot plates and sharing one bathroom. Once evacuated, the tenants were sent to vastly improved temporary living quarters, however, the small community fought for a year to return to their cramped home in Chinatown.
  • With friends like these...A proliferation of powerful outside groups that raise money for city agencies are secretly privatizing public policy.

    According to the article, "On April 29, 1997, a group of well-heeled developers, land-use lawyers, architects, and lobbyists gathered at the New Asia Restaurant in Chinatown. They had coughed up as much as $2,500 a table, which is about the going rate for a major political fundraiser. But this time the influential crowd had not come to support a candidate for mayor or to rub elbows with a powerful politician. The object of everyone's attention was a group of low-profile bureaucrats: the staff of the city Planning Department."
  • Illegal Gambling in Hawaii

    This series of stories contains an "undercover video of illegal gambling casinos. Most such casinos have traditionally been confined to the Chinatown area of Honolulu, heavily secured, difficult to penetrate. But they started spreading in recent years to different areas of town, less rigidly operated. In the course of researching the story, we touched base with the police gambling detail. They asked us to hold off ... for two months. We said that's too long and went with the story. Ten days later, cops and the FBI raided several locations."
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    The Observatory investigates the downfall of organized crime in Chinatown and of Chan Wing-yeung, New York Chinatown's most ruthless organized-crime boss. The story describes how gang leaders carved up the Chinatown area and reigned with a violent hand. (May 27, 1996)
  • My Life as a Chinese Gangster

    New York Magazine reports that "'white boy' Robert McKinney, Stuyvesant High School graduate and pride of his Queens family, who never thought he'd become a key figure in an Asian gang. But that was before he met Peter Lo, a man the government says is one of the most vicious mobsters ever to come out of Chinatown."
  • Asbestos discovery closes grade school in Chinatown

    Daily News (New York) breaks the story of asbestos contamination in New York City public schools, including how asbestos inspections were botched by a fledgling company contracted to watch over the buildings.
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    Willamette Week (Portland) investigates Portland's small but lively Chinatown area, its history and one of its most suspicious characters, a key figure in the resignation of a Portland police chief, July 2, 1986.
  • Paper Dreams

    New York article tells the story behind the collapse of Golden Pacific National Bank, a Chinese American-owned bank that catered to New York's Chinatown community, Oct. 14, 1985.