(NBC NEWS) New York City Council Member Margaret Chin played hooky once a year as a kid growing up in Manhattan's Chinatown. When it was Chin's turn to be a parent, her son did the same — with his mom and dad's consent, of course.
It wasn't exactly hooky; the absence, though still recorded, was excused. For years, Asian-American parents in New York City were forced to choose between keeping their children home to celebrate the first day of Lunar New Year — one of the most important holidays in Asian culture — and tarnishing their kids' public school attendance record.
But that will all change come Feb. 8 as the city, in which one in eight residents is of Asian descent according to the U.S. Census, prepares to ring in the Year of the Monkey as a school holiday.
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