Visiting the Morecambe Bay Victims’ Families

Hsiao-Hung Pai recounts her visits to family members of the 23 Chinese migrants who drowned in Morecambe Bay in 2004. As well as their grief, many were left with heavy debts incurred to pay “snakeheads” for their...

Book Review: Snakehead by Patrick Radden Keefe

A new book, The Snakehead: An Epic Tale of the Chinatown Underworld and the American Dream, by Patrick Radden Keefe, revisits the arrival of the Golden Venture in New York and examines the history of illegal immigration into the...

Chinese Emigrants in England – Hannah Beech and Jessica Carsen

Time Europe tells the stories of illegal immigrants from China who make it in England, and those who don’t. From “Dreams of Leaving”: Why do so many middle-class Chinese risk a perilous crossing, mountains of debt and years of grueling labor to start over in a strange land? Life in Fujian is not one of […]

The Smugglers’ Due – Alex Kotlowitz

From the New York Times Magazine: I was introduced to Deng Chen through an attorney who had helped him with some legal matters. Her specialty is trafficking, and when I told her I was doing some research on human smuggling and its victims, she cautioned me to be careful about using the word “victim” and, […]

Ralph Blumenthal: Chinese Boy Asks for Stay of Deportation, Citing Fear

From the New York Times: Young Zheng’s first offense was flying into the United States illegally as a 14-year-old boy with phony papers supplied by Chinese human smugglers known as snakeheads. But perhaps his biggest blunder, his lawyers say, was complying with immigration rules after he was apprehended and released, rather than fleeing and working […]



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