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Western scholars implicitly assume that the correlates of fear of crime discovered in the extant literature are also applicable to populations of different culture and ethnic backgrounds. The current study investigates whether such an assumption is valid, drawing on survey data of Chinese immigrants in Houston. Among other findings, this study reveals that the effect of age on fear of crime is negative among Chinese immigrants, contrary to the previous research findings on the general population. We discuss the social and cultural process that produces this interesting pattern. The study also finds that consistent with previous research that acculturation is a salient variable in explaining immigrants' fear of crime.

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This is an electronic version of an article published in Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice, 8(2). Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice is available online at: DOI: 10.1080/15377931003760989

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