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8/1993--Chicago, USA..Phra Khem, the head monk at Wat  Khemararan, holds onto the front fence of the temple while a young black gang member from a nearby public housing complex walks past. Uptown in the 1980s was a gang infested neighborhood, filled with black and Latino gangs as well as white neo-Nazi groups. It was into this neighborhood that thousands of Cambodian refugees, many poor illiterate farmers, were placed and forced to survive. It wasn't long before Cambodian youth started to form gangs, to protect their neighborhood...All photographs ©2007 Stuart Isett.All rights reserved.This image may not be reproduced without expressed written permission from Stuart Isett.