Laszlo offers up the exciting conclusion to the 3-part series introducing the Tong Wars.
In this Part 2 episode the Tong Wars begin in earnest. The first and second Tong Wars are discussed. Continue reading “CHP-172-The Tong Wars of New York Chinatown Part 2”
In this long awaited and oft requested episode Laszlo explains about the Tong Wars of New York’s Chinatown. With the help of Scott Seligman’s latest book, Tong Wars, The Untold Story of Vice, Money and Murder in New York’s Chinatown, we go back to late 19th – early 20th century America and focus on New York’s Chinatown. These were terribly unpleasant days for most citizens of Chinese ancestry and especially for those immigrants who either had not begun the process or lived in the shadows illegally. The Chinese Exclusion Laws tarred these citizens like no other immigrant group in US history. The Tong Wars didn’t happen because of these laws but they were certainly part of the story. With everything Chinese-Americans have done to make America great over the past century it’s interesting to look back at another time when the ordinary law-abiding Chinese and the bloodiest Tong soldier were equally reviled in society that was loathe to accept them.
Laszlo finishes up the story of the Yuan Dynasty, founded in 1271. The parts of China not yet conquered were done in by 1276 and the last holdouts gone by 1279. But the Great Yuan didn’t last long. This episode takes a nice little overview of the dynasty, its slow demise and the legacy they left.
In this long overdue episode with a deceiving title we don’t actually get around to the Yuan Dynasty. However, a nice handy and confusing overview tracing the rise of the Mongol nation is presented which includes a bio on Genghis Khan. We’ll get to rise of Kublai Khan this time and look at the Yuan Dynasty next episode.