There is some truth to the saying that we usually overlook the commonplace to study that which is out of the ordinary. Things that we do everyday -- things that we see -- places that we go everyday -- escape our fancy. We walk into a street corner to board a bus, little do we realize the organization that is behind such a system of transportation. We walk into an automat and our hunger is subsequently satisfied, little do we think of the striking workers parading back and forth in front of the store. Still less do we think of why these workers are on strike. We walk into a Chinese restaurant to eat, little do we know of its dynamic character.
Louis H. Chu, The Chinese Restaurants in New York City, February 1939