As researchers and a former police officer, Miroslav Nožina and Filip Kraus offer readers a unique lens into the Vietnamese diasporic experience in the Czech Republic (CR) as it relates to crime networks. Drawing on decades of research on the topic, the authors present an analysis that is newly available to an English-speaking audience. They make clear that Vietnamese organized crime does not exist independently. Problems such as poorly managed migration policies in Vietnam, the CR, and the broader European Union, they assert, are responsible for pushing migrants into “socially ostracising, economically over-exploiting or politically excluding” illegal activities (p. 12). Although their focus is the CR, Nožina and Kraus seek to “understand the phenomenon of Vietnamese crime in a wider international context” (p. 3).

The monograph is replete with examples of the legal, illegal, and semilegal dealings of “respectable men” and the mercenaries (bộ đội) who often assist...

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