Dear Mayor de Blasio and Chancellor Carranza,I write as a school integration advocate, racial justice activist, public school mother, and a first-generation Japanese-American.
Our position is so complicated, even racial justice activists – including Asians themselves – often do not know how to talk about us.
Let’s not ignore the Asian community when we talk about school integration, and let’s specifically include Asian voices — parents and students — in this discussion about specialized schools and all schools.
Shino Tanikawa is the vice president of District 2’s Community Education Council and a school integration advocate.
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