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SHRIMP BOY   蝦男孩 The Life and Times of Raymond Chow, Chinatown Gangster
I f   anyone   was   born   to   the   gangster   life,   it   is   Raymond   Chow.   Indeed,   the   more   one   looks   at   Raymond   Chow’s background,   the   more   one   can   see   that   he   had   criminal   ties   that   gave   him   much   power,   and   he   knew   how   to wield it. As   Chow   tells   it,   he   committed   his   first   crime   at   age   8,   joined   the   Triads   and   cut   somebody   up   at   age   9,   and   by age   12,   had   sex   with   a   prostitute   for   the   first   time.   In   his   teens,   the   young   hoodlum   was   involved   in   a   slew   of criminal activities, such as gambling, extortion and racketeering. Chow   had   the   swagger   and   style   of   a   big-time   gangster,   but   he   certainly   didn’t   look   like   one,   at   least   at   first glance.   Barely   5’5”   tall,   he   had   a   distinctive   shaved   head,   a   pencil   mustache   and   a   penchant   for   white,   tailor- made suits. One   of   five   brothers,   Raymond   Chow   was   born   in   Hong   Kong   on   December   31,   1959,   as   Chow   Kwok-Cheung.     His   nickname,   “Shrimp   Boy,”   an   obvious   reference   to   his   short   stature,   was   given   to   him   by   his   grandmother   in the belief that evil spirits could not find little children like her Raymond if they did not know their name. Of   Taishanese   Chinese   descent,   Chow’s   family   comes   from   a   coastal   city   in   the   southern   Guangdong   province in   the   People’s   Republic   of   China.   The   number   of   Taishanese   in   China   total   close   to   a   million,   while   another   half million   reside   in   America.   The   Taishanese   count   many   notable   people   among   their   numbers,   including   artists, politicians, movie stars and martial artists. Chow   came   to   live   in   San   Francisco,   a   city   whose   population   includes   150,000   Chinese.   That   number   amounts to   about   22   percent   of   the   population,   which   gives   San   Francisco   the   highest   percentage   of   residents   of   Chinese descent of any major U.S. city.
About The Author 
A   native   of Thunder   Bay,   Canada,   and   based   in   Rock   Hill,   South   Carolina,   Ron   Chepesiuk   is   an   optioned   screen - writer,   award-winning   author,   documentary   producer   and   director,   publisher   ( ), and   radio   host   ( ).      He   has   published   thirty-five   books   and   more   than   4,000 articles that have appeared in 350 plus magazines and newspapers, including the New York Times  and USA Today . He   is   a   two-time   Fulbright   Scholar   to   Bangladesh   and   Indonesia,   a   consultant   to   the   History   Channel’s   Gangland TV   series   and   a   former   instructor   in   UCLA's   Extension   Journalism   program.   Three   of   his   books   have   been optioned   for   movies.   His   documentary   on   the   Frank   Matthews   story   has   been   licensed   for   viewing   by   the   Discov - ery    Channel .        Ron’s    scripts    have    placed     in    the    finals    of    the    Philadelphia    International    Film    Festival,    the Charleston International Film Festival and the Harlem International Film Festival. He   has   appeared   as   an   expert   interviewee   on   several   crime   shows   airing   on   History,   Biography,   Discovery,   ID, Starz and other cable channels.


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