This impression was corroborated by a former captain of the police precinct that includes Chinatown. “John [meaning the average Chinese]minds his own business … and give us very little trouble. We make fewer arrests among the Chinese than among any other foreign nationality in proportion to their numbers. They settle most of their disputes among themselves” (Campbell 551). While Chinatown itself was considered quite crowded and busy and illegal activities were known to occur there, by contrast with its immediate surroundings, Chinatown emerges as a model of respectable society. Despite the relatively sedate nature of this segment of town, as Clark hinted, Chinatown still contained its criminal element. One article, written in 1910, details the attempted robbery of a Chinese restaurant establishment in terms of absolute terror on the part of the customers, yet comprising of a simple attempt to steal money from the register near the front door. “According to Ming, the man rushed upon him at the cash register, shoved him aside and pulled out the cash drawer. Ming shoved it back and grappled with him” (Thieves Beaten 1). No one was killed in the incident and only the suspects, the owner of the restaurant and one other employee was injured. . New Yorks Chinatown Description.
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