Chinese-American organized crime in Los Santos is always a contentious subject, some deny that it even exists in 2018 and others say it has never been so great, a prominent group on the Chinese-American criminal sphere is Wah Ching. Wah Ching, Chinese Youth in English, started off as a street gang, America experienced a high number of Hong Kong immigrants after the handover of Hong Kong, although the gang was formed long before this, it certainly faced a resurgence as a result. A lot of the Asian immigrants faced a lot of adversity, being on the receiving end of harassment and bullying from other communities and banded together in groups in order to defend themselves, one of these groups was Wah Ching.
After the decades that followed Wah Ching's formation during the early 1960s, it experienced several different transitions. In the 90s after the handover of Hong Kong, it was bolstered significantly by Cantonese influence and established ties with the triads operating in the US. The group went from a gang to a loose version of a triad in a number of years. After asserting itself in the criminal underworld, it was decimated by arrests and a lot of the members championing the more organized approach were ousted and a new generation came in. Now Wah Ching, although still more organized than other tradition street gangs like Bloods or Crips, is a shadow of its former self, reports have even shown that the group has a mixed ideology, accepting other Asians such as Vietnamese despite the group being named Wah Ching, Chinese Youth.
In spite of this new status, there is still a clear hierarchy and the upper echelon of the operation operates much like a modern triad, and has direct influence over the different branches of Wah Ching. Although there has been reports of certain variations of Wah Ching going their own way, most of the subsections fall in line with the San Francisco headquarters. The upper echelon composed of former gang members sanctions deals and expansions, acting as a form of commission likened to the American Mafia. Though is it suggested the leaders of the gangs have more freedom, and further reported that some sets or "sides" do not have a centralised leader.
Recently, it is reported that the Wah Ching leaders have sanctioned an expansion to Los Santos. In a move that is reminiscent of their expansion to Southern California which sparked a gang war with the Vietnamese Boyz (VBZ). It is also speculated that the expansion has received the backing of the 14K Triad Society, which has a chequered history of operating in the area. The expansion, supposedly headed by Charles Mak, a gang member originating from the Bay Area, has family ties to the 14k Triad back in Hong Kong.
After many decades of bad publicity and arrests, the benevolent societies of old, the Tongs have had to change with a new generation of gangsters such as Charles Mak paving the way. Today's generation of Wah Ching are commonly referred to as "parachute kids", kids who, at a young age, were left in the hands of family members living in the states while the actual parents remained in China. This new breed of gangster has international ties. Ties that in some cases extend to the triads that dominate the Asian Peninsula. With the Tongs turning to solely legitimate business practises, a void has been left in the Chinese-American underworld. Much of the crime has gone underground, with many Chinatowns trying to reinvent and open their doors to new populations of people. The nature of Chinese crime has changed.