San Bernardino Wah Ching
San Bernardino Wah Ching
The Wah Ching have been described as an organized crime group. From its origin in 1966 as a street gang, the Wah Ching has developed into a criminal organization, with alleged multi-international crime connections. During the 1970s and 1980s, the Wah Ching became an organization that controlled most of the criminal vices in San Francisco's Chinatown and Los Angeles' Chinese communities. During that time, there may have been as many as 200 Wah Ching members and 500 criminal associates in California. Although primarily headquartered in San Francisco, they have developed strong associations with Asian organized crime groups and gang members in Los Angeles, Seattle, Vancouver, Toronto, Boston, and New York--along with close ties to the Sun Yee On and the 14K Triad in Hong Kong. Today in Los Angeles, the Bay Area of California, Vancouver, and the rest of the West Coast of North America there are an estimated 3,000 gang members of Wah Ching and an estimated 1,000 more affiliated with the Wah Ching Gang.
Wah Ching first received widespread media attention because of the 1977 Golden Dragon massacre involving another Chinese gang, the Chung Ching Yee (Joe Boys). The event took place at the Golden Dragon Restaurant in San Francisco's Chinatown. The cause of the attack was vandalism by Wah Ching to the graves of several Joe Boy members and a shootout that took place a few months earlier that left one Joe Boy dead and two others wounded.
In the 1990s, a Hong Kong Triad called Wo Hop To set foot in San Francisco to take over all Asian organized crime in the United States. At that time Wah Ching and Wo Hop To became partners in crime activities. Later, they turned into rivals after one of the Wah Ching leaders was gunned down at Purple Onion Restaurant in North Beach by members of the Wo Hop To, and that triggered a war. Soon, bullets were flying in the streets of Chinatown. More and more Wah Chings were being murdered and Wah Ching was run out of San Francisco ever since.
The Wah Ching reorganized in Southern California with the leadership of Tony Young and several other original members from San Francisco including Paul, Sunny, Ken, and the Taiwanese Sunny. These original gangsters formed the four factions in the Southern California Wah Ching organization:Paul side, Sunny side, Ken side, and Taiwanese side. However, with the arrest of several top ringleaders, Paul side disbanded to become Monterey Park Wah Ching, and several sub-groups sprang up, Alhambra Wah Ching, and Ocean Side Wah Ching.
Wah Ching is located in the Northern California Bay Area in some cities such as San Leandro, Antioch, Fremont, Richmond, Hayward, and other cities in the East Bay (the 510 area code). In Southern California they are located in Rowland Heights, Diamond Bar, Torrance, Hacienda Heights, San Gabriel, San Marino, Temple City, Arcadia, Santa Ana, Monterey Park, Alhambra, and as far south as San Diego (the 626 area code). They are also located in Canada. In Vancouver (the 604 area code) and Toronto. There are a number of members in Vancouver and also in many schools both the east and west side. Their main enemies are the Asian Boyz (ABZ) and Vietnamese Boyz (VBZ). Both Wah Ching and Asian Boyz were featured on the television program, America's Most Wanted, following a vicious shooting at a pool hall. The Wah Ching also influence New York by way of Chinatown, Sunset Park, and Flushing.
In recent years, some Wah Ching members as young as 16 have been dabbling in murder. In 2001, a 17 year old Wah Ching member, who actually was an Advanced Placement student at Diamond Bar High School, shot and killed two members of the rival San Gabriel Killas (SGK) while attending a football game. In December 2005, a 20 year old Wah Ching member ran down a Chicano man with unknown gang affiliation (possibly MS 13) in front of his house, and repeatedly backed over the man beyond the point of death, while holding down the car's horn to ensure that neighbors in the area saw the act.
The Wah Ching Gang has an ongoing conflict with another rival Asian gang in LA, the Asian Boyz, who also aligned themselves with the Vietnamese Boyz in opposition to Wah Ching. Wah Ching's move from its original home in the Bay Area to the southern California region is probably one of the sources of the disputes over gang turf.
Since the days of San Francisco Wah Ching is divided into numerous different smaller groups called "sides" As of 2001, the FBI arrested four alleged leaders and eight members of the Wah Ching. The group was allegedly behind one murder and distributed narcotics. So from this it is easy to see that these four sides were active long before 2001. The original sides are. Paul Side, Sonny Side, Ken Side, and T Side (Taiwanese Side) all of Southern California.
Most recently the wah ching has shown mixed ideology, putting in members of non Chinese decent. The gang currently holds a large number of Vietnamese. Even so these non Chinese members are mixed with some type of Asian race. Unlike its enemies South Side Vietnemese Boyz. Who have put two full blood African American members in its gang. There has been an explanation for the wah chings action as that it is the wah ching (chinese youth) gang, and that members working for or fighting for the gang do not have to be of Chinese decent, but of Asian