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The World of the Vietnamese Diaspora in the CR

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Part of the Crime Prevention and Security Management book series (CPSM)

Abstract

The chapter focuses on the social structure of the Vietnamese diaspora in the CR, its everyday life and the role of parallel power structures in the diaspora. Within the diaspora, two components can be identified, the legal and the illegal one. The Czech and Vietnamese criminal undergrounds live in a specific symbiosis with the legal part of the diaspora, where legal and illegal activities are frequently merged together. This symbiosis is the result of the transplantation of the traditional Vietnamese mentality and cultural patterns to the environment of emigrant communities living in the Western cultural space. It is sometimes very difficult to separate the two parts on the basis of European social and legal norms.

As in many other countries, strong Vietnamese criminal networks with specific structures and modi operandi were established in the Czech Republic. They can generally be divided into three categories according to their size. Criminal bosses, who frequently merge legal and illegal activities, are at the top of the hierarchy.

Keywords

Vietnamese Diaspora Social Organization Legal Component Ilegal Component Criminal Bosses Gangs 

Abbrevations of Confidential Sources

Interviews with members of Vietnamese community, employees of institutions and internal unpublished documents of institutions are quoted under abbreviations in the text because of confidentiality.

MI

Ministry of Interior of the Czech Republic (Ministerstvo vnitra České republiky)

PCR-FPS

Police of the Czech Republic-Foreign Police Service (Policie České republiky—Služba cizinecké policie)

PCR-NCAOC

National Centre Against Organised Crime of the Criminal Police and Investigation Service, Police of the Czech Republic (Národní centrála proti organizovanému zločinu Služby kriminální policie a vyšetřování PolicieČeské republiky / NCOZ SKPV PČR)

PCR-NDH

National Anti-Drug Headquarters of the Criminal Police and Investigation Service, Police of the Czech Republic (Národní protidrogová centrála Služby kriminální policie a vyšetřování Policie České republiky / NPC SKPV PČR)

PCR-OCDU

Organised Crime Detection Unit of the Criminal Police and Investigation Service, Police of the Czech Republic (Útvar pro odhalování organizovaného zločinu Služby kriminální policie a vyšetřování Policie České republiky / UOOZ SKPV PČR)

VCS

Vietnamese community sources

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of International RelationsPrahaCzech Republic
  2. 2.Sinophone Borderlands - Interaction at the Edges, Department of Asian StudiesFaculty of Arts, Palacky UniversityOlomoucCzech Republic

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