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Vietnamese Gangs, Cliques, and Delinquents

NCJ Number
Journal of Gang Research Volume: 8 Issue: 2 Dated: Winter 2001 Pages: 1-20
Yoko Baba
Date Published
20 pages
This article examines Vietnamese gangs, cliques, and delinquents.
A study of data from a juvenile detention center attempted to: (1) classify Vietnamese delinquent youths according to status groups; (2) examine the characteristics (i.e., culture conflicts, bonds to parents and schools, and offenses) of each status group; and (3) investigate the differences in characteristics of delinquents and gang members. Gang members had more involvement in substance use and committed more status, nonviolent, and violent offenses than delinquents. However, there were no differences in the culture conflict and social control variables between gang members and delinquents. The study suggests that almost all immigrant youths, whether first or second generation, experience hardships and obstacles and some cannot overcome these hurdles throughout their youth. In the case of immigrant families, parents as well as children require much support and assistance, especially in language, employment, housing, and legal services. Schools cannot always expect Vietnamese parents to understand the American educational system and should work with parents to help young people cope with painful experiences. The study suggests the need for better measurements to assess culture conflicts and bonds to parents and schools. Tables, notes, references, appendix


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