Boston Busing Crisis
Teacher on Impact of Boston Busing Crisis in Chinatown

Cynthia Yee, a teacher at the Josiah Quincy School, describes how the 1965 Racial Imbalance Act, which desegregated the public schools in Boston, changed the make-up of her classroom based in Chinatown. Yee describes how the Boston Busing Crisis brought together children from many races: “It was a challenging year because we had to make it all meld. Everybody was new to the situation.” She recalls how some African-American children from Roxbury had never known Chinese people before and how some white families decided to put their children in private schools.

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