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To take this path, we must escape the trap of growing anti-China nationalism in the United States.

Chinese Americans have a key role to play in confronting anti-Chinese racism and undermining the hardening boundary between American identity and Chinese identity.

We can flip the racist tendency to equate Chinese Americans with China—the assumptions made no matter what our real relationships are to that country—and use our unique position to promote solidarity instead.

There are divisions between recent immigrants, and Chinese Americans whose families have lived here for generations.

And then there are the Chinese Americans who, perhaps in reaction to American racism, identify with the Chinese state and subscribe to Chinese nationalism—a warped mirror image of American nationalism, and every bit as destructive to progressive goals and international solidarity.

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