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Author of the Month

Asia Organized Crime and Gangs in the US

John Wang, Professor, Criminal Justice

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Published in English in June by the Press of China Public Security University, Asia Organized Crime and Gangs in the US is considered the first book on such a topic. Published in hard and soft cover, Asian Organized Crime features 13 articles written by Wang for various refereed journals in the U.S. from 1993-2005. The 13 articles cover a variety of subjects ranging from Triads, Asian gang affiliation patterns, bank robbery, and illegal immigration to Laotian/Hmong gangs. Wang demonstrates his application of 10 research approaches such as trend study, contextual study, survey (quantitative analysis), interview (qualitative analysis), theory testing, theory and policy construction, modus operandi analysis, content analysis, cases study, and field work.  In the appendix section, Wang provides a list of journals, abstract, indexes and online Web sites on criminal justice and criminology by category and alphabetic order. Wang argues the increase of transnational crime is related to the growth of electronic and digital technology, the lag time between crime and the laws, and the rise of international business. “Today’s Asian criminals have moved from street crimes to high tech crimes,” he said. “The technology like Internet, cyberspace, laser printer, and international telephone cards is readily available. Plus, we need to improve our laws and plug the loopholes. The law needs to catch up with criminals before it can catch them.” Further, the growing number of international travelers has made more and more people into citizens of the world, Wang believes. “There are big language and cultural barriers to overcome as part of transnational business and that relates to transnational crime as well,” he said. “The solution to fighting against such crimes effectively is a better understanding of both sides of our world. A transnational crime task force could be formed between the East and the West to make that fight more effective in the future.” Using his sabbatical leave this spring, Wang finished this Asian Organized Crime book and has completed the draft of another book entitled Essentials of Forensic Science.