My name is Kingman Wong. I entered on duty 1988 and I retired in 2012 for almost 25 years
in the FBI.
My first office was back to San Francisco. I was processed out of San Francisco and I
was fortunate enough to go back to San Francisco.
And at the time I was told that San Francisco office needed special agents with language
skill, Chinese language skills. So I was able to get back there. Soon after that I became
involved in the Asian Organized Crime Program.
It was a very interesting and challenging program to work because we were dealing with
some dangerous people.
And these organized crime groups, they were involved in murder, extortion, loan sharking,
drug trafficking, running prostitution, forcing people to become prostitutes. Basically they
were doing everything that would make money for the organization.
Therefore we were tasked to go after these organized crime groups because they were at
the same time victimizing the community, especially the Chinese community. So it was a very meaningful
and worthwhile assignment to be going after some of these groups.
And then during the course of the assignment I became involved in undercover operations
where work as an undercover agent, both in San Francisco and in other states in the country
as well as in Hong Kong and also in Thailand. We were working undercover operations, going
after these organized crime groups, the Triads in Asia, the secret societies.
It was a very, very fun assignment but at the same time very challenging.
Having the cultural and language understanding, it did help quite a bit because I was able
to understand the culture, especially with these organized crime groups; they are mainly
primarily ethnic Chinese.
So it was much easier for me to understand them, but at the same time it was easier for
me to recruit them as informants as well.
I mean in terms of infiltrating into these groups, you have to know the culture, you
have to know the language; otherwise they will not trust you, they will not accept you
into these organization and therefore then you cannot gather evidence.
So it would be very difficult if the Bureau sent in a Caucasian agent to try to infiltrate
into some of these organized crime groups. It would almost be impossible for them to
infiltrate into these groups.