Chinatown Balks at School Busing

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Chinatown Balks at School Busing by Joann Lublin Wall Street Journal, Friday September 3, 1971 The schools in Chinatown were generally poor and overcrowded, to the point that some classes were being held in storage rooms and recess would be spent on roofs. Although this was the case for most of the Chinese-American parents’ children the majority of them vehemently opposed San Francisco’s new busing plan. The protesting that took place in San Francisco resembled that of the Southern and Northern school systems’ court-ordered desegregation turmoil, with sometimes violent protesting by white parents. This plan was designed to aid them due to their legacy of deep discrimination in housing, education and jobs. According to the Chinese parents they feel this plan will disrupt their community life. They want to preserve the Chinese culture/heritage, and to do that their children should stay in their neighborhood schools. There was a city wide anti-busing coalition known as WALK (We All Love
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