In the global outpouring during the 2020 racial justice protests and coverage of pandemic-related anti-Asian hate, modest forms of engagement such as reading and viewing lists were often suggested as means of fostering sympathy and understanding. This essay argues that combating contemporary Asian American hate requires a more explicit focus on countering invisibility. This objective, necessitated by the ways in which ethnic Asians have been systematically elided and rendered as foreign throughout US history, should focus exclusively on educating Americans about Chinese Exclusion and other facts of America's systemic racism against ethnic Asians. Such an approach acknowledges the very different modes of racialized surveillance by which Asian Americans have historically been othered.

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