Jackson Street Boys

Jackson Boyz or Jackson Boys are a San Francisco, California based Asian street gang and Triad society. The gang is composed of Chinese and Vietnamese members, and is centered in San Francisco's Chinatown. However, there are members of the gang in middle schools and high schools in addition to their Chinatown presence. The gang was involved in many criminal acts including the burning of a Chinese restaurant sparked by the owner's debt to the gang. Although the suspects were arrested, they were soon released. The Jackson Boys are also connected with the Seven Stars gang. The Jackson Boys gang is the successor to the Wo Hop To Triad which ruled the streets of San Francisco Chinatown in the 80s and early 90s. The Jackson Street Boys was founded by three brothers; Bobby Tsan, Johnny Tsan and Tommy Tsan. The three brothers were former Wah Ching members who defected to the Wo Hop To. The Wah Ching gang of Southern California was originally based in San Francisco. After the Wo Hop To forced the Wah Ching to head south, the Jackson Street Boys would be able to gain a stronghold in the mid-90s and become the largest Asian criminal organization in the San Francisco Bay Area. Unlike many other Asian street gangs which are composed primarily of American-born or Americanized Asians, the Jackson Boys has a mix of foreign-born and American-born members. The gang is unique in that though some members engage in low-level street crime like stealing cars or drug-dealing, other members also engage in sophisticated money-making schemes such as credit-card fraud, racketeering, illegal gambling, and other white-collar crimes. Slowly, but surely,

the gang has branched out of San Francisco Chinatown and spread out across all the Asian-dominated neighborhoods in San Francisco. In the gang's history, there have also been instances of the gang branching out into other cities, such as nearby Oakland, and even as far as places like Seattle and Denver. These developments have been temporary, however, and their center of operations remains San Francisco. A quick perusal of the San Francisco Chronicles archives will reveal some of the more famous crimes that Jackson Boys members have engaged in. One of the more noted crimes in 1995 involved two factions of the Jackson Street Boys. One faction opened fire on the other on a busy Chinatown street, Stockton Street, during the daytime. Several innocent bystanders were struck, including a pregnant woman. Jackson Boys were also the primary trafficker of illegal fireworks back when fireworks were blatantly sold on the streets of Chinatown. White-collar crime is a financially motivated, nonviolent crime committed for illegal monetary gain. Within the field of criminology, white-collar crime initially was defined by sociologist Edwin Sutherland in 1939 as "a crime committed by a person of respectability and high social status in the course of his occupation". Sutherland was a proponent of symbolic interactionism and believed that criminal behavior was learned from interpersonal interactions. White-collar crime is similar to corporate crime as white-collar employees are more likely to commit fraud, bribery, Ponzi schemes, insider trading, embezzlement, cybercrime, copyright infringement, money laundering, identity theft, and forgery.

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Updated in February 2013