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In June, Mayor Bill de Blasio proposed changing the admissions policies of the city’s specialized high schools in an effort to integrate them.

In response, many in the city’s Asian-American community, which is represented in lopsided numbers in the city’s specialized high schools, rose in protest.

All of a sudden, they see one too many Chinese and they say, ‘Hey, it isn’t right.’”The outrage surrounding De Blasio’s plan also prompted some difficult questions: If racial integration is essential to educational equality, as many education experts believe, then are Asian-Americans an obstacle to that equality?

And, more broadly, where do Asian-Americans fit in this city’s minority politics?

“When I was researching high schools I would be like, ‘Hey mom there’s this good high school that’s not specialized,’” Lam said.

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