Recent weeks have made clear that the United States and China are engaged in a slow-moving yet continually escalating cold war.
Where does this all leave Chinese Americans?
Chinese Americans, and even non-Chinese Asian Americans, have become frequent targets of racist attacks, confrontations, public shaming, and discrimination.
“China hawks,” while deploring racism against Asian Americans, would tell you that such action is absolutely necessary.
Nevertheless, the U.S. government has a duty to ensure that any conflict with the Chinese government does not contort into racist attacks on Chinese Americans or Asian Americans at large.