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  1. DECKER-SIDE 213 The first Chinese in Los Santos reportedly arrived in 1850 following the San Andreas Gold Rush. Seeking to make their fortune, thousands of Cantonese people native to Guangdong province made the arduous journey across the Pacific to settle in the United States. They, however, did not solely come for the illustrious prospect of gold - Newly immigrated Chinese helped construct the Transcontinental Railroad, as well as assisting in establishing San Andreas' agricultural and fishing industries. Many also fled to the West Coast during the Taiping Rebellion, further cementing a trend of Chinese immigration to Los Santos and the wider state. From the onset of their arrival, these newly arrived Chinese immigrants were faced with overt racism, discrimination and prejudice from their settled European neighbours. Several massacres and pogroms forced the Chinese to settle in enclaves dubbed Chinatowns. Several laws were made to restrict them, including extortionate taxing and marriage restriction. These Sinophobic acts helped create a sense of otherness which in turn fueled the rise of tongs. A tong, which translates to hall or gathering place, were essentially organisations that operated as 'benevolent associations'. They provided services for immigrants, including but not limited to; employment; housing opportunities and language schooling. Many of these organisations, however, lacked the funding to adequately fund community welfare ordinances and support members. As a result, many tongs began to operate gambling houses, prostitution rings and partake in the dealing of opium, while ostensibly operating as charitable groups. The term tong hence became unfavorably associated with these acts of criminal activity, and these secret societies often fought each other in Chinatown for control. The Suey Sing Tong (SST) was one of these many organisations. Originally formed in San Fierro by immigrants from the Pearl River Delta, several of its members splintered to form their own association in Los Santos whilst retaining the same name. The Los Santos Suey Sing Tong were located in the Old Chinatown in Simmet Alley, catering to the then dominant Hong Kongese and Taiwanese community. They would come in droves after the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965. However, following the arrival of an even larger wave of Fuzhounese immigrants, overcrowding and tensions between the three communities drove the Tong's operations to the neighbourhood of Little Seoul. There they operated in a small enclave, catering to the minority Chinese-American community in Koreatown (as they continue to do so today). They delved in criminal activity like many of its counterparts, but lacked the necessary muscle in order to protect their illegal smuggling drug trafficking operations, which were coming under threat from local Hispanic and Korean cliques. Hence, like many other tongs of the day, the SST presided over a group of young Chinese-Americans who had begun to operate as a crew of street thugs; they called themselves Decker-Side 213. Founded in 1979, Decker-Side was led by a small, fluid crew centred around Nicky Nei Wong. Wong’s outfit rapidly grew in membership - banging the colours red due to its significance in Chinese culture. They participated mainly in violent, unsophisticated crimes; the SST taking the mantle of more organised and calculated racketeering. This included kidnapping, assault, extortion, robbery, drug dealing and murder - of which Decker-Side committed numerous in the late eighties and early nineties. This aggressive expansion, however, would draw the ire of opposing street gangs whilst also attracting considerable law enforcement attention. This attention was unrelenting. In 2016, Johnny Wo, then leader of Decker-Side, was targeted for arrest over the 2014 murder of Alan Yoo; a Korean bookmaker who had reportedly owed him a substantial sum that Yoo had repeatedly refused to pay. Wo’s paranoia and unwillingness to spend the rest of his life behind bars led to him turning state’s witness, and, through a culmination of evidence provided by him and through the gang’s own lack of subtlety, Decker-Side was quickly rendered defunct. The SST, however, were left relatively unscathed, instead choosing to remain under the radar for several years. These several years were spent strengthening connections with crime figures in Hong Kong, and mending the historical schism with the San Fierro Suey Sing Tong. The two organisations merged, although due to the Los Santos’ branch’s lesser status, it has essentially been transformed into a satellite of its San Fierran neighbour. This rejuvenation extended to Decker-Side. The third generation - as local figures call the newest iteration of the street gang - has dropped the colour banging and unwritten restriction on Vietnamese and Southeast Asian membership. They engage in largely the same category of crimes, however, with ever increasing sophistication and vigour.
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