In Traditional Chinese Medicine the eyes are described as the window to the inner workings of the body, for in TCM the eyes are connected to all of the internal organs
Manhattan’s Chinatown is one of nine Chinatown neighborhoods in New York City and one out of twelve in the New York metropolitan area, counting the largest ethnic Chinese population outside of Asia. The early days of Chinatown were dominated by Chinese “tongs” (now sometimes rendered neutrally as “associations”), which were a mixture of clan associations, landsman’s associations, political alliances (Kuomintang Nationalists vs. the Communist Party of China), and more secretly, crime syndicates.
The associations started to give protection from harassment due to anti-Chinese sentiment. While this is still true China-towns in general are today perceived as trading hubs more then anything else. In Downtown Manhattan the trading aspect clearly dominates but there are also other commercially and culturally relevant fields such as medical services as well as the hospitality and restaurant industry.
For New York residents as well as visitors it’s that colorful mix which makes Chinatown so attractive. You can find retailers offering an unseen product variety in their special field which draws shoppers from all over the tri-state-area. Before the internet this was a huge advantage for both the shop owners as well as customers. Famous examples include Pearl Paint, Industrial Plastics, Canal Foam & Rubber, Church Street Surplus and Hai Leng Jewellery Corporation.