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Tenement Talks – The Snakehead

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Tonight's talk at the Tenement Museum features author Patrick Radden Keefe discussing his recent book, The Snakehead: An Epic Tale of the Chinatown Underworld and the American Dream. It's the story of Sister Ping, a grandmother with a noodle store on Hester
Street, who made an estimated $40 million smuggling Chinese people to
the United States. The Snakehead started as an article about Sister Ping in The New Yorker in 2006. Keefe writes, "When Sister Ping was finally captured by the FBI and went on trial in New York City, (I) became fascinated by the powerful snakehead—her business acumen, her underground network, and the respect and affection she commanded in Chinatown even as prosecutors charged her with being the kingpin of a vast and often violent criminal enterprise". Tenement Talks are FREE, 6:30pm at 108 Orchard St.

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