According to Americans, I traveled for a week on a sinking boat to Brazil, Mexico and across the Mexico-Californian border to steal their jobs, rob them of their riches and to spread communism. I’m a no-good rat only out to cause trouble. Become a drug addict. Rob white people.
I came to the United States because I fell in love with the glamorous ladies. Because there were big, elegant American cars driving around the streets— nice houses and cartoons. Americans fought for their freedom, and I admired that. I wish people would do the same here. But a fisherman in China, always a fisherman in China.
The first few years in the United States, I shared a bunk bed with three other people that worked different shifts. I spent my days working and afterward in the gambling parlors. But I was soothed by the idea that I could one day be successful.
I tried to learn a profession. Try to become a car mechanic, help out at a law firm, work at a factory. But I got “no” all the time because they thought I wouldn’t fit in there. I don’t have to fit in. I just want to work hard and make some money. And I could work harder than any white man.
When I had no more money and a debt I owed to the Snakeheads, I had nobody to turn to. Americans abandoned me. I had to make money in a different way. Not for success anymore, but to survive. I had to make bad choices, but there was no other way. Now, everybody knows me. I have a lot of money, a nice car, and nobody will fuck with me. It took a few people, but here I am.
Where were the Americans when I needed them?
Super Wok Explosion is a unique animated web-series about Chinese organized crime. The project is funded entirely by its audience. On this website, animator Tony Cheuk likes to share information about Asian organized crime—and world-building of the universe of the series, Chinese tongs and triads. If you're interested in learning more about the project, you can click here.