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 neighbourhoods 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 Chinatowns today are perceived as trading hubs more then anything else.