SINGAPORE: Far East Story

The teen-age gangs who swagger about New York's West Side—in the standard uniform of leather jacket, ducktail hairdo and handy switchblade—like to boast that they are the Egyptian Dragons or the Assassins and that they can lick anybody on the street. But they can thank their geography that they have never had a rumble with a gang from the Far East.

In Singapore (pop. 1,500,000), with a degree of organization that makes Manhattan's West Side gangdom seem puny and primitive by comparison, at least 10,000 youths are banded into 360 gangs. Members are mostly Chinese, though Malays, Sikhs, and Eurasians...

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