Many believe all Asian Americans study hard, attend good schools and get a white-collar job, but that is not always true as the film shows. Lau spent three years filming two second generation Asian American immigrants and gang members. She points out that there is confusion with identity among the men in the film and in their search for better opportunities. Chung agreed to be interviewed for the film, but was later arrested by the FBI on charges of extortion, drug trafficking and firearms offenses during production in The film illustrates how instability and not being able to assimilate ultimately led these men to gang life and how fellow gang members became their closest family.
Atlanta’s Asian Gangs: New Film Looks At The Struggle To Fit In
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The Suernos began in the s, primarily in prison, as a method of protection against the dominant white inmate population. There is only one shot caller for each jail. Shot callers report to supervisors in prisons across the state, especially those residing in Deuel Vocational Institution near Tracy. As the Modesto Bee notes:. Money made on the outside, such as revenues from trafficking, is taxed and distributed to gang members behind bars, who can use the money for privileges such as books, food, and prescription drugs. Recently, prison officials have begun attempts to reconcile differences between prison gang members by placing rivals in the same cell block, in what is known as the county's "Breaking Barriers" program.
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What began as a documentary on Asian-American gang members has become a universal story about the pain and sacrifice of immigrant families in pursuit of better lives. A-Town Boyz , a new documentary currently in post-production, features the journeys of young Asian Americans in Atlanta, Georgia, whose struggles for acceptance and legitimacy have led them down difficult roads. Through a Korean-American actress Lau met at NYU, in she made her way to Atlanta, a city that has seen a rapid increase in the Asian-American population since the start of the century, and met gang leader Eugene Chung, who agreed to sit down for an interview.
The activity is concerning to the chief who said there are two types gangs in operations currently. There are juvenile gangs with members as young as years-old and there are also adult gangs whose core members are between the ages of 22 and They operate out of a home base located on Joseph E.