Fang Lin-Shan (ファン・リンシャン, Fan Rinshan) is an immigrant of Chinese descent (half-Chinese, half-British) and a member of Jacuzzi's Gang. After he lost his job as an assistant chef on the Flying Pussyfoot, he became a chef for Eve Genoard. Along with friend and fellow gang member Jon Panel, Fang made it possible for Jacuzzi and his friends to ride the Flying Pussyfoot.
In 1933, Fang was forced by Maria Barcelito to lead her and Tick Jefferson to the rest of the gang, otherwise she would harm Eve. When they find the gang absent, she prepares to harm him with her katana; he is saved at the last moment by Chané Laforet.
Perhaps expected from someone who had 'caused trouble in his community' and a member of a bootlegging gang, Fang is calm under pressure to the point where he is able to joke in the face of those who would do him harm. He is reliable and loyal, not only to Jacuzzi's gang but to Eve, whom he tries to protect when the two of them are taken hostage by Maria Barcelito in The Slash.
1931 - The Flying Pussyfoot Edit
Serving as one of Jacuzzi's insiders for the plan to steal the secret cargo, Fang obtains a job as one of the assistant cooks to Head Chef Gregoire on the Flying Pussyfoot.
After hitman Ladd Russo brutally takes down the Lemures in the dining car (and he his cohorts subsequently leave), the terrified passengers direct their fear towards Fang and Jon, demanding that the two employees stop the train and let them off. Jon and Fang subsequently lock themselves in the kitchen, knowing that anything they could have said or done would have only made things worse due to the discrimination against immigrants.
Mr. Turner (a man who framed Rachel's father) verbally assaults Jon and Fang, calling them vulgar racial and ethnic slurs ("yellow monkey" and "stinking Irish hick") and demanding a refund for his ticket. Isaac and Miria, appalled, jump to the two's defense and tell Turner to leave the train, accusing him of ruining everyone's meal and of being one of 'those' customers who acts all superior and mighty. They shove money at him, saying that they'll refund his ticket, and he'd better get out before Isaac uses his billion guns on him.
Gregoire orders Jon and Fang to throw Turner out of the dining car, and they do so readily. Turner continues to verbally abuse them: "You filthy immigrants! Let go of me! You'll get your grime all over my clothes!" Having had enough, the two threaten him and inform him that if he tries to reenter the dining car, they'll kill him.
Fang tries to convince Isaac and Miria not to leave the dining car. He fails.
When Jacuzzi returns and announces that "this car is now under our control," he tells Jon and Fang that they're now fully in charge of what happens to the dining car. When the Lemures later attempt to regain control of the dining car they are thwarted by the duo, who along with the passengers (that Jon and Fang had armed) ambush the Lemures at gunpoint. However, only Jon and Fang's guns are actually loaded.
After the train reaches New York and the subsequent police investigations conclude, Fang and Jon realize that it's likely they'll be given the boot since they were clearly witnessed in association with Jacuzzi's bootlegging gang and discuss what to do next in the mostly empty dining car. Fang suggests that they work in the speako his sister Lia works at. It is at this point that Gregoire informs them that they indeed have been sacked along with him--because officially the train has never existed. Gregoire is impressed by their skills as cook and bartender and assures them that through his connections he'll arrange for them to be hired by the Genoard family, which is currently looking for a cook and a bartender. As a parting gift he gives them one hundred servings of stew, which the two share with the rest of the gang.
Following the investigation, Fang (accompanied by Jon) heads for his sister's accommodations for a reunion, and is roped unknowingly into the drug problem faced by Edith, Roy Maddock and the Runoratas. Edith, who is friends with Lia, asks her to 'take care' of a black leather case, which unbeknownst to Lia contains the new drug that's been circulating around Gandor territory. (Lia is told that it is a legal drug that a business has been developing). Lia, realizing that since her room has no lock she won't be able to protect the case very well, wonders to whom she can turn to for help when Fang knocks on her door. She gives him the black case.
Fang and Jon head to the Genoard Family manor on Millionaire to start a one-month probationary contract there, with the understanding that if they are good enough they will fill the positions permanently. Samantha and Benjamin go to introduce them to Eve, but they find her room empty and the window wide open, with a ladder leaning on the exterior wall. Fang finds a note which turns out to be a letter from Eve, who explains what has happened and that she appreciates all the care she's received. Samantha and Benjamin resolve to go find Eve--but before they go, Samantha asks about the case Fang is carrying. Fang asks if he can put the case in the Genoard's safe.
Eventually the four arrive at the DD Newspaper Agency and prepare to spend the night there waiting for news of Eve. Once they are informed of what exactly has been going on, and what Henry's role was in it, Benjamin rushes forward and starts to beat Henry up. Fang and Jon pull him away from Henry only to see Samantha pick up where Benjamin left off.
Once Eve is safely ensconced back at the family villa, Fang cooks her food to cheer her up. She finds the food delicious.
By September 1933, Jon and Fang have firmly secured their positions at the New York manor, and have petitioned Eve (preparing to return to the manor in New Jersey) to allow some of their friends to stay in the manor and house-sit (they argue that the manor is too big for two men to maintain alone). She agrees. About one half to two thirds (twenty people or so) of Jacuzzi's gang thus take up residence in the mansion, as the manor can't house them all.
Ensuing events lead to Jacuzzi's gang hiding in an abandoned factory near the Hudson river. Meanwhile, Tick Jefferson and Maria Barcelito arrive at Millionaires' Row and upon ringing the doorbell to the Genoard Manor are greeted by Eve, who confuses them for Fang's friends. Maria lies and says they are indeed Fang's friends. Eve invites them inside and calls out to Fang, who has just returned from grocery shopping to find the mansion empty, much to his and Eve's confusion. Fang does not recognize either Tick and Maria, which Maria takes as her cue to put Murasámia (her katana) to Eve's throat. With this leverage, Maria interrogates Fang, asking him if he knows Jacuzzi Splot. Before he can reply, Eve recognizes Maria as one of Luck Gandor's associates, as she and Maria had briefly encountered each other during the 1932 Gustavo/Runorata/Gandor incident.
With her katana never leaving Eve's throat, Maria orders Fang to lead them to Jacuzzi and the four - Tick, Eve, Maria and Fang - make their way through the torrential rain to the factory. Fang tries to convince Maria to 'point that sword at [him]' instead, but to no avail. As Maria puts it, "not happening, amigo. I get the feeling this is keeping you more honest than that would." Eve tries to convince Fang to run, but he refuses at once, imagining what the rest of the gang would do to him if he did.
(Back in Soho, Dallas Genoard leads Jacuzzi and co. to Tim's office, and a talk ensues. Jon suddenly looks visibly upset, and when Jacuzzi asks him what's wrong, Jon replies that he's just realized they forgot Fang).
Upon reaching the factory, Fang and the others find that it is empty. Maria accuses him of lying to her and Fang frantically denies her claims. Maria raises her sword and prepares for retribution when Tick stops her. Maria continues to advance in Fang's direction when Chané Laforet suddenly appears, furious and poised to defend Fang, her friend, at all costs. A minute later, Claire Stanfield shows up and recognizes Eve from the 1932 incident (she, on the other hand, doesn't recognize him, as he'd been in disguise). Fang explains to "Mr. Felix" that Eve is the owner of the house the gang is borrowing. Finally, Jacuzzi shows up and informs them that the Lamia is planning on storming the Mist Wall.
Fang (along with Tick, Claire, Chané, Maria and Eve) reaches the Mist Wall, where Dallas, Eve has learned, currently is. Fang and Eve head to the building opposite the Mist Wall to wait there while the events inside the building play out.
Time passes. Eve realizes that the rain slicking down the walls of the Mist Wall appears to be tinted red, which she fears is blood. Fang attempts to cheer her up, but his attempts are for naught when just as he tells her not to worry a "gigantic cloud of scarlet fire [billows] outward from the Mist Wall's top floor."
On the top floor, as people regenerate and recover from the explosion, Dallas, filled with murderous rage towards Tim for threatening Eve, charges toward him intending to kill him. It is Tick who stops him, and informs Dallas that he cannot allow him to murder Tim, who he reveals is his (Tick's) younger brother, and proceeds to drive numerous scissors into Dallas' skin while maneuvering him towards the edge of the destroyed wall. He then nudges him off and over the side.
At the same moment, Fang is trying to stop Eve from entering the building to look for her brother. She settles down, and thirty seconds later they see something a body fall from the top floor. Fang cries out and embraces Eve to shield her from the sight.
In February 1935, Fang heads to the Genoard villa's kitchen to make breakfast and notices a group of youngsters crowded in the middle of the hall. He walks over to see what the matter is, and is surprised to see several fashionable brand-new tuxedos, dress coats, and dresses made of the highest quality neatly arranged in the hallway. He quickly spots Jacuzzi huddled in a corner, and the gang immediately begins interrogating him on the situation. Once Nice arrives, Jacuzzi explains that the clothing is a "gift" from Ronny Schiatto of the Martillo Family, and that the gang is supposed to wear them and gamble at a mafia casino.
- His father was British, his mother Chinese.
- Apparently he had been kicked out of Chinatown for causing some sort of unspecified trouble. His sister was subsequently also exiled because of her familial ties with him. She was then 'picked up by the Italians.'
- According to Jacuzzi, Fang's food is delicious.
- His last name has been translated as "Linshan" and "Lianshan" by fans in previous years, but the official Yen Press translation of The Rolling Bootlegs lists his sister's surname as Lin-Shan.