Gung Hei Fat Choi, New York Public Schools

Jun 25, 2015 by

Apparently there is yet another accomplishment New York City mayor Bill De Blasio can place under his belt: Public schools in New York City will be taking a break during the course of Chinese New Year from 2016 onwards. The news arrived on twitter abruptly on the evening of June 22nd, written in Chinese, English, as well as Korean.

The idea of bringing Lunar New Year celebration toward New Yorkers isn’t such a new idea. In fact, it was first pictured in 2005, during which former assemblyman Jimmy Meng brought it up the table, according to the World Journal.

But it wasn’t solely mayor De Blasio’s effort. In fact, it perhaps wasn’t because of him at all in the first place: The senate first passed the bill on June 9th, and the House of Representatives is extremely likely to pass the bill as well. “De Blasio just wouldn’t let governor Andrew Cuomo ‘force’ him into accepting the bill”, said an anonymous officer of New York state.

However, the Asian American community did not react as enthusiastically as De Blasio might have projected. For many residents, the decision was way overdue. “Public schools have a notoriously complex calendar, and help from elected officials and the education department was vital,” explained Democratic New York City Council representative Margaret Chin.

“I am certain that he understands the importance and would really like to resolve the issue as soon as he may do so,” Chin emphasized .


Source: Gung Hei Fat Choi, New York Public Schools – New America Media

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