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->'''Alden Pyle:''' Let's just look at Phuong... mistress of an older European man. Well, that pretty well describes the whole country, doesn’t it?
-->--''TheQuietAmerican''

She is of Asian origin, he is of Western origin. This is a very common combination for interracial relationships in fiction (as well as in RealLife). A combination that is not only common, but also archetypal, for better or worse. Authors making this combination have a whole history of {{stereotype}}s and prejudices to use or avert.

Sadly, interracial relationships in general are still a [[MalignedMixedMarriage touchy subject]] for many. Sometimes with notions that [[EntitledToHaveYou the women of a certain ethnic group or whatever "belong" to the men of that group, and vice versa]], or that any woman or man who makes intimate alliances outside their group is a [[CategoryTraitor Race Traitor]]. When it comes to the particular case of Asian women with white men, we ''also'' have the whole issue of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orientalism Orientalism]], with its history of stereotypes about "white men rescuing brown women from evil brown men" and with Asian women being portrayed as [[AsianHookerStereotype exotic, submissive and hyper-sexualized]] or just plain [[AsianAirhead stupid and uneducated]].

This trope is almost never [[InvertedTrope inverted]] in Western fiction as the WhiteMaleLead will often function as an AudienceSurrogate. It is common "wisdom" in the Western entertainment industry that the white male audience [[ViewersAreMorons cannot identify with a non-White male character]], especially if said non-White lead hooks up with a white woman.

Compare WhereDaWhiteWomenAt, which is about black guys and white girls hooking up, BlackGalOnWhiteGuyDrama which involves black girls and white guys, and AsianBabymama, where this type of relationship doesn't end well. Contrast LikeGoesWithLike where the Asian man ends up with the Asian woman. If it's on the lower end of the sliding scale above, the gal in the relationship may use AsianSpeekeeEngrish. Like any interracial relationship, this can lead to MalignedMixedMarriage.

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[[folder:Advertising]]
* Inverted and parodied in a series of commercials for Australian insurance provider AAMI. The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85ubtVs5n6A first one]] reached [[MemeticMutation memetic levels]] when viewers picked up on the chemistry between Australian woman Rhonda and Balinese Ketut, prompting AAMI to release [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hqUajLr5b04 a follow-up]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4PgjCqlDog and then a]] StupidStatementDanceMix.
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In a strange version of this trope, the Japanese Konoka of ''MahouSenseiNegima'' [[http://www.mangareader.net/209-14848-14/mahou-sensei-negima/chapter-15.html once mentions]] to the Welsh Negi that she has a thing for "foreigners" (i.e. [[PhenotypeStereotype Caucasians]]). It turns out that she likes her half-demon best friend [[SchoolgirlLesbians even more]]... though really, can you ''get'' much more foreign than someone who is ethnically from another dimension on one parent's side without departing from one's own species entirely?
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'': The outrageously gorgeous Kallen Stadtfeld has a Japanese mother and a Britannian father. And her mother is the maid.
** Also inverted in the first season, since Brittanian Princess Euphemia's boyfriend is none other than her personal knight, Suzaku Kururugi (Japanese). He is the lower status individual on pretty nearly every scale, but he kicks ass and likes being told what to do, and she's a total sweetheart, so it's actually pretty well balanced.
* Considering that the [[MoeAnthropomorphism nation-tans]] of ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'' tend to have personalities based on NationalStereotypes, this trope sometimes comes into effect when the fandom pairs an Asian nation with a non-Asian one. It occurs the most frequently with Japan, the [[JapanesePoliteness most]] [[InscrutableOriental stereotypically]] [[AsianAndNerdy Asian]] [[YamatoNadeshiko nation-tan]] whose most common partner in fanworks, Greece, happens to have a clear interest in his culture and language in canon. Even when he's paired up with another Western nation, there's usually an undercurrent of said Western nation being attracted to Japan's 'exotic'-ness.
** However, this is [[TropesAreNotBad not necessarily bad]] as it's usually implied that it works both ways, with Japan being attracted to his Western love interest mainly because of their very Western/nation-based bluntness or easygoing nature, and their focus is often on personality dynamics as opposed to, say, specific Asian fetishes. Plus, many fanworks depict the other Asian nations as Japan's family (even if [[NotBloodSiblings "family" is relative for nations]]), so it's not like he has a lot of romantic prospects outside of Western nations in them.
** Also frequently happens with Hong Kong and England, usually taking place between the Opium Wars and the return of Hong Kong to China. Russia and China might also count; while Russia is not western, he's still European and the dominant member of that relationship, whereas China is the strange, exotic but disadvantaged one who ends up strongly influenced by Russia, i.e. China becoming communist.
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' has Mei from Xing (a FantasyCounterpartCulture of China) who dreams about meeting a tall, handsome white gentleman and is very eager to meet Ed from Amestris (a nation based largely on a mish-mash of 20's-era Europe) for this reason. Unfortunately, it turns out that Ed [[ExpectingSomeoneTaller doesn't fit her expectations of him]]... but luckily for her, his brother Al ''does'' fit her ideal (although you have to take his word for it at that point in time) and they're implicitly paired together in the finale! Admittedly, this is more like the quasi-Asian girl having a specific preference that not all quasi-white men fit, instead of a general preference for white men, but it still kinda fits.
** Extra points for Ed and Al being genetic artifacts of an extinct race on their father's side?
* [[GenderInvertedTrope Gender inverted]] in ''ItazuraNaKiss'', where the Englishwoman Christine "Chris" Robbins has a thing for Japanese men and is GenreSavvy enough to go to Japan ''specifically'' to find one to date and marry. At first she's interested in male lead Naoki, [[spoiler: but ends up marrying Kotoko's former DoggedNiceGuy Kinnosuke. [[BabiesEverAfter They have three kids]], with their dad's features and their mom's eye/hair color scheme.]]
* ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' features a case where an American man was injured and cared for by a Japanese woman, who he ended up falling for. Naturally, this ended badly: [[spoiler:When he left, she asked if he loved her. He left her a note that said "shine" (as in, he hoped to find a shining bride). Unfortunately, the woman could not read English very well (and was already [[BreakTheCutie suffering from depression]] due to [[GoodScarsEvilScars being scarred]] [[AbusiveParents by her father]] and a [[ThereAreNoTherapists lack of anyone who could actually do something about it]]) read it as "shi ne" ("Go kill yourself"). [[DrivenToSuicide She did so]]. When the man comes back three years later, he ends up killing a guy who was badmouthing her and her father (who he believed drove her to it). When he learns the truth about why she did it, [[DespairEventHorizon he loses all will to do... anything]].]]
%% ** Fusae Campbell Kinoshita, Dr. Agasa's UnluckyChildhoodFriend, was the daughter of a Japanese woman and an English man. She herself was the victim of bullying due to her origins and her naturally blond hair.
%% * In ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'', Clow Reed's mother was Chinese, and his father was British... leading to Clow producing an interesting fusion of Eastern and Western magic.
* Sorta genderflipped (in a PG manner) in ''Anime/{{Hamtaro}}''. The transfer student from Brazil, a DarkSkinnedBlond soccer genius named Roberto, is very popular among the girls of Hiroko (Laura)'s school.
** Roberto himself has a slight crush on Hiroko, but in a subversion of the trope it's less because of ethnicity and more because [[LoveAtFirstPunch she actually stood up against him for acting like a jerk]].
* Subverted in ''HaikaraSanGaTooru''. The male lead Shinobu Iijyuin was born from a mixed marriage (Japanese father, German mother), and later one of his love interests is Larissa, a Russian noblewoman and local BrokenBird. [[spoiler: He, however, ends up with his BunnyEarsLawyer Japanese love interest, Benio Hanamura, due to Larissa's death in the series's BittersweetEnding. It does help that he and Benio, despite having been in an ArrangedMarriage, [[PerfectlyArrangedMarriage really liked each other]].]]
** Even further subverted when you look at Shinobu and see that he has blonde hair''and'' blue eyes, having inherited [[PhenotypeStereotype his German mother's looks.]] [[spoiler: Which were shared by Larissa's dead husband... his long-lost maternal half-brother Sasha, whose father was a Russian count.]]
%% * Lilly in ''RainbowNishaRokubouNoShichinin''.
* ''Manga/{{Amakusa 1637}}'': Seika "Mariana" Akishima, one of the {{Time Travel}}ers thrown in the Nagasaki of the XVIII century, catches the eye of Dutch man named Jan who saved her life when she arrived into the past. In a subversion, she doesn't necessarily reciprocate Jahn's feelings for her.
%% * In the shojo manga ''Manga/{{Lady}}'', the main character Lyn Russell (original name, Rin Midorikawa) is the daughter of the Englishman Sir George Russell and his Japanese second wife, Misuzu Midorikawa. (Curiously, she looks ''very'' Western with her blonde hair and green eyes, inherited from her dad.) After Misuzu's death in an accident, Lynn has to live with George and her half-sister Sarah, and faces quite a bit of discrimination.
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* {{Wolverine}} from ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}'' was engaged to Mariko Yashida, a Japanese woman, when he became a samurai. The wedding was canceled at the last moment, however, thanks to villain Mastermind's manipulations. He ''did'' marry the Japanese Itsu, with whom he had a son, Daken. He also had a romance with free-spirited Yukio. The [[WesternAnimation/{{X-Men}} 90s 'toon]] mixes Lady Deathstrike (Yuriko Oyama) with Mariko to create this trope again.(Granted, she wants him dead now)
%% * [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Reed Richards]]' former fianceé Alyssa Moy.
%% * Played with in ''CortoMaltese'': Corto and Shanghai Li develop feelings for each other, but don't act on them as Li turns out to already be married to a Chinese man whom she describes as a NiceGuy, parting ways amiably with Corto. This was also shown in TheMovie.
%% * The OfficialCouple in ''LesInnommables'' is [[UglyGuyHotWife Mac, an American, and Alix, a Chinese girl]].
%% * Two French-Belgian graphic novels that play the trope straight are ''Love Hotel'' and ''Tokyo Est Mon Jardin''. In the first one, a clueless Westerner moves to Japan hoping to start a romantic relationship with his teen-aged pen pal, who turns out to be a contestant in a reality-TV game; he does eventually seduce a Japanese woman. In the second one, the same character settles down with yet another Japanese woman and marries her.
%% ** In real life, FredericBoilet, the author, lives with a Sino-Khmer woman, who is herself a graphic novelist and has depicted their relationship in the sexually explicit ''Fraise Et Chocolat''.
%% * Joel Kent and Mei-Lai in the DCComics {{Elseworld}} ''SupermanAndBatmanGenerations''.
%% * Gender-inverted with [[TheAtom Ryan Choi]] and his white girlfriend, [[TinyGuyHugeGirl Giganta]].
%% * Inverted with the Mandarin (major ComicBook/IronMan villain) and Shang-Chi (Master of Kung Fu and hero): both have Chinese fathers and white mothers.
%% ** Additionally, Shang-Chi is in love with Tarantula, a Hispanic woman.
%% * Doubly inverted with Karate Kid from the ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}; he has a Japanese father and a white American mother, and his girlfriend/wife/widow was Princess Projectra (later Sensor Girl) who's a Caucasian WhiteHairedPrettyGirl.
* ''Charisma Man'', a comic book produced for English-speaking expatriates in Japan. The title character was a dorky Canadian unsuccessful with women in his own country - until he arrives in Japan where he instantly becomes suave and supercool, admired by all the locals and able to pick up any girl he wants. His mortal enemy is "Western Woman", the only one aware of what a loser he really is.
* Inverted in Gene Yang's ''ComicBook/AmericanBornChinese''. Chinese-American Jin develops a crush on his schoolmate Amelia, who's Caucasian. This eventually causes him to reject his Asian heritage outright.
* Completely {{subverted|Trope}} in ScottPilgrim. He does have a Chinese girlfriend at the start of the first volume, but dumps her as soon as [[MysteriousWaif Ramona Flowers]] enters the scene. Knives Chau does try to get him back (and was supposedly to end up with him in TheMovie) but nothing else really comes of it.
** One thing ''does'' come of it; due to her father deciding Scott Pilgrim wasn't that bad, and by extension Knives with a non-Chinese isn't that bad, she ends the series with (no longer called "Young") Neil (who was already noted to basically be a younger and slightly less messed-up Scott).
* In the graphic novel ''Skim'' the half-Japanese protagonist's father was formerly married to her Japanese mother and is now dating another Asian woman. The creators identify him as someone who dates exclusively Asian women in an interview.
* Utterly smashed to pieces in ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'' where the Comedian gets himself a Vietnamese girlfriend during the war but eventually dumps her and shoots her dead as she was pregnant with his child.
%% * Season 8 of ''ComicBook/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' has Satsu, a Japanese Slayer who replaces white guy with white girl, in this case Buffy.
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[[folder:Film]]
* Two versions of this trope in ''MerryChristmasMrLawrence''. The first is the titular character talking about a brief relationship he had with an Asian woman at the outbreak of war. The second is a version of this trope, though it would be better called "Japanese general obssively stalks POW soldier David Bowie who may or may not also fancy him". The first appears to be type 1 but the second type 2, as the director says Yonoi was attracted (along with other factors) by Celliers' blond hair.
* ''TheForbiddenKingdom'': The female lead falls for the only white man in AncientChina.
** Interestingly, many of the Chinese promotional posters and DVD covers put Jackie Chan center-stage. Her and her beau are always off to one side, if they're depicted at all.
%% * An early film example is ''The Wrath of the Gods'' made in 1914, starring Japanese-American silent film idol Sessue Hayakawa (as the dad; not the romantic lead this time, 'natch).
%% * ''DragonballEvolution'', with a white male lead and Asian love interest.
%% * ''House Of Bamboo'': An American military policeman in Japan convinces the widow of a murder victim to pose as his girlfriend, and she eventually falls in love with him.
%% * ''The World Of Suzie Wong'': The title character is a Hong Kong HookerWithAHeartOfGold who becomes a visiting British artist's girlfriend.
* ''The Barbarian And The Geisha'' starring John Wayne as the first American Consul-General in Japan. His Japanese hosts give him a geisha to help make him feel more comfortable, as well as to keep tabs on him.
* Similarly with Glenn Ford in ''The Teahouse of the August Moon'' as a captain of the occupation forces, tasked with Americanizing a Japanese village and ending up romancing the geisha Lotus Blossom, played by Machiko Kyou.
%% * ''TheSandPebbles'': Richard Attenborough saves a Chinese woman from prostitution by buying her debts and marrying her.
%% * ''TheKarateKid'' (The second one.): First time, but not the last, a character played by Tamlyn Tomita falls in love with a Westerner. Then again, her Japanese suitor Chozen is a AxCrazy JerkAss.
%% ** In the remake featuring JackieChan as a Chinese counterpart to Mr. Miyagi, it was Asian Gal With "Black" Guy.
%% * ''Year Of The Dragon'': Stanley White (Mickey Rourke) aggressively courts Tracy Tzu (Ariane Koizumi), and his sexual attraction to her is implied to be a byproduct of a blend of attraction/repulsion towards Asians which he picked up in Vietnam.
* Inverted in ''BigTroubleInLittleChina'' with the BetaCouple, Eddie and Margo.
* [[AuthorAppeal A pattern]] in several novels/scripts/etc. by James Clavell:
** ''Tai-Pan'' (as well as the [[AsianSaga original novel]]), where protagonist Dirk Struan has a fiery mistress named Mei-Mei. The film also reverses it, with a [[FallenPrincess poverty-stricken young Englishwoman]] who makes an extremely good living by prostituting herself to an exclusively Chinese clientèle.
** ''Shogun'', where John "Anjin-san" Blackthorne falls in love with his Japanese language mentor Mariko Buntarou. In fairness, William Adams, the RealLife inspiration for Blackthorne, did marry a Japanese woman, but possibly for social reasons and not love.
** ''Noble House'', where a visiting American businessman in Hong Kong falls in love with a Chinese-Portuguese woman [[HoneyTrap sent by British businessman to seduce him.]]
** ''King Rat'', where flashbacks reveal that the protagonist had been hiding from the Japanese in an Indonesian village for a long time, where he had a native wife. He is also tempted by the daughter of the village elder with whom prisoners do black market deals.
* Almost averted in ''GoodMorningVietnam'': Adrian Cronauer tries to get a relationship started with a local Vietnamese girl, but while the latter eventually warms to him, the relationship remains platonic. Also the girl he goes after is the third (fourth?) one he sees wearing identical white robes and straw hat, and (probably jokingly) thinking she's "following" him, he obsessively goes after her; "Asian Fever" seems oddly appropriate for how he was acting (blaming it on being surrounded by Grecian women, who he claims are hairy).
%% * The Tom Selleck vehicle ''MrBaseball'' is a particularly sad example - their love scene is said to have more or less cost the actress her career.
%% * ''Rising Sun'' with Sean Connery and Tia Carrere.
%% * ''Heaven And Earth'': A GI in Vietnam comes home to the US with a war bride.
%% * ''Chinese Box'': Gong Li has a relationship with Jeremy Irons.
%% * ''Red Corner'': Richard Gere, charged with murder while in China, has his beautiful assigned lawyer Bai Ling fall in love with him. Similar to the ''MrBaseball'' example above as Bai Ling reportedly lost her ''citizenship'' over it.
%% * ''The Breed'' with Bai Ling.
%% * ''Art Of War'' starring Wesley Snipes.
%% * ''Bangkok Dangerous'' (the remake with Nicholas Cage)
%% * ''SnowFallingOnCedars'': Averted, as while the Japanese girl Hatsue is very much in love with the Western guy Ishmael, circumstances force her to marry a fellow Japanese. In the book, however, the relationship between Ishmael and Hatsue wasn't quite that simple.
* ''Three Seasons'': Harvey Keitel is a Vietnam War veteran who had a child with a local girl during his tour of duty, and comes looking for her 30 years later.
** The trope is averted with another character in the movie: a Vietnamese prostitute looking for a potential husband among her Western customers eventually settles with a fellow Vietnamese man.
%% * ''Come See The Paradise'': Dennis Quaid marries a Japanese woman in the late 1930s, only to see her sent to a detention camp along with other Japanese immigrants to the US in the wake of Pearl Harbor.
* ''TheTransporter'': Jason Statham rescues Shu Qi from abduction, and she thanks him with sexual favors.
%% * ''Flypaper'' with Lucy Liu.
%% * ''{{Face}}'' with Bai Ling.
%% * ''Stealth'' the black character (portrayed by Jamie Foxx) has a Thai girlfriend.
%% * ''One Night Stand'' has Wesley Snipes married to Ming-Na Wen.
* ''TheQuietAmerican'' (as well as the original novel by Graham Greene): Michael Caine is an aging British journalist in 1950s Saigon, who, although having a wife back home, has hooked up with a much younger local girl. When Brendan Fraser shows up, he competes with Caine for the girl's attention, but neither man is really interested to know how she feels about the whole thing.
* Despite being a portly washed up ping pong player, the main characters of ''BallsOfFury'' is still mighty enough to get Maggie Q's character.
* ''TheLastSamurai'': A wounded Tom Cruise is cared for by the widow of a samurai he killed, hinting at a budding relationship between them.
%% * ''CharliesAngels'': Lucy Liu's father and boyfriend are played by John Cleese and Matt [=LeBlanc=], respectively, indicating something of a family tradition for this trope.
%% * ''MiamiVice'': GongLi is the mistress of a (white-looking) Latin American drug lord, and has a tryst with Colin Farrell.
%% * ''The Hunted'': Christopher Lambert has a one-night stand with JoanChen.
* ''The Home Song Stories'': Hong Kong bar girl JoanChen marries an Australian sailor and moves with him to Melbourne.
* ''{{Sayonara}}'' (as well as the original novel by James Michener): Marlon Brando, as a member of the US Air Force deployed in Japan, has a buddy who marries a Japanese woman, and he himself falls in love with one.
** This one is sort of arguable on the buddy's part- the buddy definitely went native, and he and his wife were shown to have an extremely loving relationship. A lot of American men did marry Japanese girls at the end of WWII, and there aren't many Asian men to be seen. Except the inversion, the Brando character breaks things off with his white fiancée to be with his Japanese love, which causes her to confess her feelings to the Japanese Kabuki actor she had fallen in love with. This is inverted again, because the Kabuki actor is obviously a white guy in make-up. White guys and Asian women are good, and white girls and Asian men are fine, [[UnfortunateImplications as long as you can tell that he's really white.]]
%% * The French movie ''Augustin Roi Du Kung Fu'' (the title character has a platonic relationship with a Chinese immigrant played by Maggie Cheung, and eventually moves to Beijing where he marries a local woman).
* Another French movie, ''{{Tanguy}}'' (the title character, a doctorate student in Chinese civilization, uses his language skills to pick up Asian girls and eventually, yes, [[spoiler:moves to Beijing where he marries a local woman]])
** The premise of the movie was that Tanguy, aged 30 something, still lived with his parents and couldn't be moved to ... well move out. When he marries the Chinese girl, he moves in with her family and gets them to care for him.
* Yet another French movie, ''Indochine'', about a love triangle in colonial Indochina. The young Vietnamese orphan is seduced by the dashing French navy officer, who had also scored her French adoptive mother.
* However, inverted in another French movie, ''L'Amant'' (''Film/TheLover'', adapted from the eponymous novel by Marguerite Duras): the heroine is a French teenage girl, also in colonial Indochina, who sleeps for money with an older IdleRich Chinese man. And she realizes after leaving back to France that she really loved him.
%% ** Also in a sixth French film, ''Hiroshima Mon Amour''.
%% *** Deconstructed in a ''seventh'' [[TheAdventuresOfAntoineDoinel French film.]]
* Interestingly, avoided in ''Film/LostInTranslation'', in which the protagonist, despite having the obvious profile for it (Westerner in Japan, middle-aged, away from his wife), enters a (platonic) relationship with a younger Western girl, and sleeps with a Western woman of his own age, rather than picking up a local girl. He even, at one point, turns down a Japanese call girl that his producer sent to his hotel room to help him unwind. Granted, she seemed particularly clueless about what turns Western men on.
* Averted in ''The Children of Huang Shi'', where the white, male main character goes for the other Western character rather than Michelle Yeoh.
* Also averted in ''DoctorAkagi'', but the film does play with the idea:
-->'''Tomiko''': Here's some food for the prisoner.
-->'''Sonoko''': So much?
-->'''Tomiko''': Dutchmen are tall, they eat a lot.
-->'''Sonoko''': Oh, he isn't that tall. But he does have a big one.
-->'''Tomiko''': He's a Dutchman all right.
%% * DolphLundgren and Tia Carrere in ''Showdown in Little Tokyo''.
* Inverted in ''MegaSharkVersusGiantOctopus'', as the Asian HotScientist sleeps with the female American HotScientist and doesn't even [[DeathBySex end up being eaten by a giant sea monster]].
* ''Film/{{Highlander}}'' : Ramirez's backstory reveals that he once married a Japanese princess. He was originally Ancient Egyptian, but he IS played by SeanConnery.
* ''DirtyWork'': [[ChrisFarley Jimmy]] and the Saigon whore who bit his nose off.
%% * ''AirAmerica'': The character played by Mel Gibson, an American pilot in 1960s Laos, is married to a local woman.
* ''AustinPowers'' parodies this in ''Goldmember'', with a pair of fangirl [[TwinThreesomeFantasy twins]] willing to do anything for Austin. With [[RefugeInAudacity Punny Names]].
%% * This is a subplot of ''{{Midway}}''. As the main reason for making the girl Japanese is to present the lovers with "difficulties peculiar to 1942" it is more a case of StarCrossedLovers. It is also unclear whether they eventually do marry but implied that they do not.
%% * Inverted in ''Stratosphere Girl'', as the main reason the belgian girl becomes a club hostess in Tokyo is to find and hook up with a young Japanese DJ she met back home.
%% * {{Gender inverted|Trope}} in ''Bridge to the Sun'', based [[RealLife on the autobiographic novel]] of the same name. Gwendolyn "Gwen" Harold (Carol Baker) marries the Japanese diplomat Hidenari "Terry" Terasaki (James Shigeta)... some years before WorldWarTwo. [[BreakTheCutie Needless to say]], it does not end well for them.
* Averted but discussed in ''Film/TheFastAndTheFurious: Tokyo Drift'', where the main character, a white American, is sent to Japan and somehow avoids ending up with a Japanese girl. (instead favoring the only caucasian female around) This is even alluded to by one of the Asian characters in the film.
%% * Subverted in ''The Ramen Girl'', in which the eponymous character falls in love with a Korean man, despite being in Japan.
* In ''TheSocialNetwork'', BrendaSong plays the Asian girl who jumps at the chance to hook up with Facebook co-creator Eduardo Savarin. Also played with by the characters who discuss why they are attracted to the Asian ladies at Harvard ("They're hot, they're smart, they're not Jewish[[note]]These characters are themselves Jewish[[/note]], and they can dance!")
* Played with in ''ForrestGump'': at the end, Lieutenant Dan arrives at Forrest and Jenny's wedding with "new legs" and his fiancée, an Asian woman, suggesting he's beginning to get past his resentment and [[ShellShockedVeteran PTSD]] about the VietnamWar.
%% * A rare non-human example occurs in the [[EasternEuropeanAnimation Hungarian]] animated film CatCity: both the hero Grabowski and his girlfriend Csino-san are anthropomorphic mice, but the former is clearly European or American, and the latter is Japanese.
* Inverted in ''Mao's Last Dancer'', where the Chinese main character falls in love with an American dancer.
%% * Inverted again in ''The Replacement Killers'', courtesy of Chow Yun-Fat and Mira Sorvino.
* Seen in ''ThePaintedVeil'', with the Fanes' neighbour Waddington and his Manchurian lover Wan Xi.
* ''SonOfTheDragon'' is precisely about getting a husband for a beautiful Asian princess. The main character, the only occidental and a foreigner (since he's not Asian), enters the competition for marrying her in order to infiltrate and steal part of the treasure. He ends up falling in love with her and fighting against the other main competitor to defend the castle when that competitor with his army to get the treasure, revealing he was EvilAllAlong and didn't care about the princess.
* In ''Film/FlowersOfWar'', Christian Bale plays a funeral director in Nanking during the Nanking Massacre. He helps Chinese girls hide from Japanese soldiers and has an affair with a Chinese prostitute. This is likely why Bale's character was made into a funeral director posing as a priest rather than an actual priest, which would be more historically accurate.
* [[GenderInvertedTrope Gender-inverted]] in D.W. Griffith's ''Film/BrokenBlossoms'', though the Asian guy is played by a white guy in YellowFace.
* Inverted in the ''Film/HaroldAndKumarGoToWhiteCastle'' films. Korean-American Harold's LoveInterest is technically Colombian, but in ''Film/HaroldAndKumarEscapeFromGuantanamoBay'', Kumar goes for a full inversion.
* ''Pavilion of Women''- the original novel depicts Madame Wu keeping her love for Father Andre to herself, but the film invokes this trope, along with HotForPreacher.
* Disney's ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'' was [[WhatCouldHaveBeen originally intended]] to be a film called ''China Doll'', which would have been about a poor Chinese girl falling in love with a white British man and moving to the west with him.
* In the film ''Love Is A Many-Splendored Thing'', set in Hong Kong, white journalist Mark Elliot (William Holden) and Eurasian doctor Han Suyin (Jennifer Jones) fall in love. Aside from the racial difference, he's married (though estranged from his wife). It is subtly implied that her career will be jeopardized if the relationship continues. They do so anyway, only for him to be killed while on assignment in Korea.
* In ''Row Your Boat'', Jon Bon Jovi (yes, ''that'' BonJovi) plays the ex-convict Jamie Meadows, who falls for the beautiful Chun Hua (Bai Ling) in the middle of his struggle to not fall back into delinquency. [[spoiler: Bad thing, Chun Hua is the trophy wife of a Chinese-American businessman... and in the end, [[TheHeroDies Jamie ends up kicking it]] in an HeroicSacrifice to help her get away.]]
* Subverted in ''Film/DieAnotherDay''. After Bond arrives in Hong Kong and has had a proper shave and some new clothes, it seems like he tries to seduce the Asian masseuse that was sent to his room. Then he takes her gun and reveals her as a Chinese operative. Played straight, however, with Creator/MichelleYeoh in ''Film/TomorrowNeverDies''.
* Old Joe marries a Chinese woman in ''Film/{{Looper}}''.
* GenderInverted in ''SixteenCandles'': Long Duk Dong ends up with [[TinyGuyHugeGirl Marlene]], a tall athletic woman. Their relationship is PlayedForLaughs.
* ''Welcome to Hard Times'' features a subplot with two minor characters, a White man and a Chinese prostitute, falling for each other.
* In the coming-of-age Spanish film ''La lengua de las mariposas'', the child protagonist’s older brother Andres is fascinated with a picture of a Chinese girl in his school text book. Later, he actually meets a beautiful Chinese girl (which would be very unusual in 1930s Spain), but she is unfortunately already married to a much older Spanish man. The girl clearly prefers Andres, but she is powerless to escape.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''Troublemaker and Other Saints'' has one of the daughters of a Chinese family married to a black man; another daughter has a preference for white men and not Asian men.
%% * ''Midnight Sunshine'' a book by Kelvin Reed, has a Filipina marrying a black man.
* Fah Lo Suee, daughter of FuManchu, falls in love with Sir Denis Nayland Smith and [[HighHeelFaceTurn betrays her father]] for him.
* ''Madame Chrysantheme'' by Pierre Loti.
* As mentioned above, ''TheQuietAmerican'' by Graham Greene.
* As mentioned above, ''Sayonara'' by James Michener.
** The ending of the novel read like the Marlon Brando character (I can't remember his name) went back to his American wife.
* As mentioned above, ''Shogun'' and ''Tai-Pan'' from James Clavell's AsianSaga. ''Shogun'' provides some justification, as Mariko-san is the only available translator for Blackthorne (well, the only one who isn't a Jesuit. There's some hard feelings with Blackthorne, there), so the two end up spending all their time together. In fact, Blackthorne, all told, has ''four'' Japanese women: [[ButtMonkey Fujiko]], whom [[MagnificentBastard Toranaga]] orders to to run his household as a consort (with all that the word implies), [[OfficialCouple Mariko his translator]], and, in the end, [[spoiler: he is married to Midori, in order to solidify his standing as samurai and to run his house once Fujiko commits {{seppuku}}, and [[HookerWithAHeartOfGold Kikuchiyo]]'s contract is given to him for -- well, so she'll be attached to someone worthy of her, and so that he'll have someone to delight him for as long as he's imprisoned in Japan]]. Blackthorne's real-life inspiration actually did marry a Japanese woman (although a commoner of the merchant class, not a samurai or a geisha) and have two children by her, so the trope is somewhat {{Justified|Trope}}. Mariko herself is something of an aversion: it's made clear that she finds most Westerners disgusting for their lack of hygiene and eating habits, and she only hooks up with Blackthorne when he has adopted Japanese ways [[spoiler: and been declared an honorary samurai.]]
** Also justified because there are no non-Asian women around. Anjin-san's only human.
** ''Tai-Pan'' takes it much further. Several white men have Asian mistresses, or have kept them at one point, and all three either explicitly have or are implied to have had utterly disastrous marriages back home. Inverted with Mary, who [[spoiler: whores herself out to Chinese men to enjoy some power and pleasure, and she confirms that there is strong attraction on both sides.]]
* ''Literature/TheJoyLuckClub'' by Amy Tan plays with this trope. One of the couples plays the stereotype of white man/Asian woman relationships having a dominant man and submissive woman perfectly straight, but it's strongly implied that the husband cheated ''because'' of his wife's spinelessness.), when she catches her husband in flagrante delicto with a white woman.
* In the Chinese novel ''Shanghai Baby'' by Zhou Weihui, the main character, a Shanghai woman in her 20s, is in a relationship with a caring but sexually impotent Chinese man, and has a steamy affair with a Western expatriate. The latter is depicted as a tall, blond, sexually aggressive German, which incidentally goes to show that the Chinese too think that BlondGuysAreEvil.
%% * Inverted in ''TheKingAndI''.
* Occurs in Gish Jen's novel ''Mona in the Promise Land'', and lampshaded when the Caucasian man, Seth, impersonates a Chinese former romantic interest in order to attract the Chinese-American protagonist's attention. Inverted in a later novel by the same author, ''The Love Wife''.
* Averted in ''SnowFallingOnCedars'' when Hatsue decides to break up with Ishmael even ''before'' her family finds out about their affair. Though she is deeply fond of him, she's simply not ''in'' love with him, and ends up happily married to a Japanese man.
* As already mentioned, Gwen and Hidenari from ''Bridge to the Sun'' [[GenderFlip gender inverted]] this.
* In ''Literature/SixteenThirtyTwo'', Frank Jackson, one of the uptime miners, came back from the VietnamWar with a wife.
* Lynne Reid Banks' ''TheDungeon'' is a dark take on this. [[AntiHero MacLennan]], a Scottish laird embittered by the deaths of his wife and children, buys a Chinese girl named Peony from her parents on a strange impulse. While Peony is far too young to enter a relationship with him and [=MacLennan=] often treats her harshly as only a tea slave to him, there are signs that she's slowly becoming his MoralityPet by reviving the compassion that he's trying to squelch in his quest for revenge against the man who killed his family. [[spoiler:Then [=MacLennan=] becomes incensed when he realizes how much Peony is affecting him, throws her in the dungeon and leaves her there to die, and realizes that he threw away the one thing that could have made him happy again only when it's far too late. In short, ''no one'' gets a happy ending here thanks to the white guy fucking up everything.]]
* From ''Literature/HarryPotter'', we have Cho Chang, who is in a LoveTriangle with two white guys, Harry himself and Cedric Diggory.
* Austin Coates' novel ''City of Broken Promises'' tells the [[BasedOnATrueStory true story]] of Martha, an orphaned Chinese girl in 18th century {{Macau}} who falls in love with Thomas Merop, an English trade official. Merop is initially hesitant about pursuing a relationship with Martha, but is won over and eventually marries her so she can inherit his business interests.
* Mary Jo Putney's ''The China Bride'' features a half-Scottish, half Chinese woman, orphaned by her father in China and living as a male interpreter to survive, falling for a visiting (British?) viscount despite the fiercely segregated environment. The relationship is heavily influenced by the fact that both Troth and Kyle are outsiders; Troth because of her mixed race and Kyle as a foreigner.
%% * {{Inverted}} in classic YA Australian novel ''TomorrowWhenTheWarBegan'', where the Caucasian female lead falls in love with the Asian male lead.
%% * Played straight in Christos Tsiolkas's ''TheSlap'', where the first (Greek-Australian) point-of-view character's wife is an Indian-Australian woman.
%% * Robert Lecter and Lady Murasaki, in ''HannibalRising''.
%% * {{Inverted}} in Kerry Greenwood's PhryneFisher stories, when Phryne becomes involved with Lin Chung. Their relationship continues even after his ArrangedMarriage to another woman goes ahead.
%% * ''TheSecretsOfTheImmortalNicholasFlamel'' inverts this with [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot Irish redheaded vampire ninja war goddess]] Aoife and immortal Japanese swordsman Niten.
%% * Patton Burgess from the ''Literature/{{Fablehaven}}'' series falls in love with a water nymph named Lena, who looks partly Asian but is actually from a pond in Connecticut.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
%%* ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' has Toshiko Sato, who has a thing for Owen Harper. Unfortunately, he's more or less blind to her feelings.
%%** Which is reversed in the episode "Adam". Owen's the one with the thing for Toshiko, which she doesn't notice because she's taken up with the title character. [[spoiler: The title character isn't even a real person, and has been manipulating their memories to stay alive.]]
%% * ''{{Shogun}}'' (as well as the [[AsianSaga original novel]] by James Clavell)
%% * ''HouseOfHarmony''--not only does the Singaporean Chinese female fall in love with a visiting American businessman, but her half-Asian daughter (played by Maggie Q) later falls in love with the adopted son of said businessman.
%% * ''TwinPeaks'': JoanChen is married to an older Westerner, and it is revealed he picked her up in Hong Kong. She also has affairs with other Westerners.
* ''Series/QuantumLeap'' has an episode where the man Sam is currently possessing has recently returned from war with a Japanese wife and dealing with the resulting prejudice.
* ''BrokenTrail'' is about two cowboys (Robert Duvall and Thomas Haden Church) rescuing five Chinese women from indentured prostitution; one of them ends up in a relationship with Church.
* Subverted in ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' when Hiro goes back in time to Ancient Japan and meets his hero Takezo Kensei, only to find out he's a drunken white man named Adam Monroe. In an attempt to preserve the timeline he recalls Hiro tries to turn Monroe into a hero and get him and Princess Yaeko ("the most beautiful girl in Japan") together. However despite - or arguably because of - Hiro's best efforts Yaeko finishes up drawn to him rather than Munroe.
** Although, it could also be argued that Hiro attempting to get them together went perfectly fine, until Hiro decided to give in to temptation and make out with her. Some fans choose to see her as a manipulative bitch whose choices end up ruining several lives.
* Played straight and then averted in ''Series/ReGenesis'': One of the main characters, Mayko Tran, is a Vietnam-born woman who has relationships with two Caucasian men in turn, one of them her boss. Said man, however, later goes to China and meets a pretty woman doctor without any romantic development resulting (then again, they were in the middle of an epidemic and had other things on their minds).
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' has Dr. Kelso, a Korean War vet who has a serious thing for Asian females. Always goes to Asian massage parlors, sleeps with many Asian girls and has an AsianBabymama.
** A one-shot joke implied that he loved his long-time (no pun intended) mistress more than he did his own wife.
** In his "[[ADayInTheLimelight His Story]]" episode, one of his {{Imagine Spot}}s, when asked what he'd be doing if he was still in the military, was a parody of the ending of ''AnOfficerAndAGentleman'' with an Asian woman in the Debra Winger role, and ''"Up Where We Belong" being sung in Korean''. Then he imagines what it would be like if he were a nurse, and the Asian woman appears in a navy uniform to carry ''him'' away.
** He also reveals that his son has a penchant for Filippino boyfriends, so apparently it runs in the family.
%% * In ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration The Next Generation]]'' and ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine DS9]]'' with Miles and Keiko O'Brien.
%% * An episode of ''Series/{{Lost}}'' flashes back to Jack traveling to Phuket, Thailand, where he enters into a relationship with a local woman. It didn't seem to last very long, though.
* ''Lady Bar'' is a made-for-TV movie by Xavier Durringer about the romantic relationship between a French tourist and a Thai prostitute.
** In the sequel, ''Lady Bar II'', the characters (now married) set up a "matchmaking resort" for single Western men seeking committed relationships with Thai women.
* A ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' skit showed ThomasJefferson chatting up Sally Hemming while his colleagues talk about them behind his back. They mention [[Creator/BenjaminFranklin Benjamin]] [[ReallyGetsAround Franklin]] likes Asians despite never meeting one.
* Inverted in ''FlashForward2009'', with Demetri (played by John Cho) and Zoey (played by Gabrielle Union), but played straight by Bryce and Keiko (she specifically rejects Japanese suitors in his favor).
* ''Red Skies'', a 2002 PilotMovie set in UsefulNotes/LosAngeles, features a Chinese female police officer who teams up up with an FBI task-force. An unspoken but definite mutual attraction develops between her and the white alpha-male of the group.
* Both referenced and averted in the ''Series/ColdCase'' episode "Who's Your Daddy": An overseer blackmails a Cambodian refugee into providing him sexual favors [[spoiler:and later tries to coerce another one, killing her in the process]]; but the consensual interracial relationship is between an Asian woman and an African-American man, who happens to be a Vietnam veteran. Said man is (wrongly) suspected of being a sugar daddy for a teenage Asian girl. One construction worker is heard calling out "Me love you long time" as the Cambodian woman walks past.
* In ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway'', sole Asian player Karen Maruyama is assigned with the role of "A Call Girl" in ''Let's Make A Date'' - and the former TropeNamer was what she had in mind. Considering that it ''was'' a subversion...
* There's an episode of ''ItAintHalfHotMum'' where Sergeant Major Williams wants to marry a local Chinese girl, only for Chinese mafiosi to try to kill him because the girl had previously been engaged to one of them. Sergeant Major eventually ends his relationship with her. In another episode, two of the men fall for Mrs Waddilove-Evans's Burmese maid.
* ''Series/{{Titus}}'': Christopher's younger brother Dave repeatedly lauds the fact that his girlfriend is Asian. According to DVD commentary they got the idea to give him this character quirk because the actor's wife is Asian.
* Appears to be played straight in the Benihana Christmas episode of ''Series/{{The Office|US}}'', where Michael and Andy ask out two attractive waitress and aren't shown being shut down, then somehow end up with two different attractive, college-aged Benihana waitresses at the party, but it turns out this was a [[WTHCastingAgency casting problem]]. The second ones were supposed to be ugly, with the implication the attractive ones turned them down.
* Unavoidable on ''Series/{{Mash}}'', considering that it is about a mostly male military unit in Korea. Every love interest who wasn't a nurse had to be Asian, as well as the war prostitutes.
** Most notably, Klinger ends up marrying a Korean woman, Soon-Li, in the series finale. In another episode, Hawkeye fell in love with a Korean woman much more deeply than for his usual fling, to the point of being in tears when they were forced to part.
%% * In ''NightCourt'', the black Mac Robinson is married to Vietnamese Quon Le.
* {{Gender inverted|Trope}} examples.
** In a first season episode of ''Series/{{Charmed}}'', Piper falls in love with a handsome Chinese-American dude named Mark Chao. [[spoiler: Mark is DeadAllAlong, though, and the girls must help him with two GhostlyGoals: punishing his killer, a Chinese hitman who wanted to fake his own death and murdered the dude for it, and retrieving Mark's lifeless body before the Chinese spirits of death come for his soul. They succeed, and after a tearful goodbye scene, Mark manages to go to the afterlife.]]
** Glenn and Maggie from ''Series/TheWalkingDead''. This rare gender-inverted version is made even more unusual because it is between two major characters.
** ''Series/NewGirl'' in which the white Jess shows interest in an Asian guy. The guy stands her up after being put off by how clingy she was.
** ''Series/{{Castle}}'' when the white female VictimOfTheWeek is revealed to have been in a relationship with the son of a [[TheTriadsAndTheTongs tong]] leader.
** ''{{Bonanza}}'', when Asian cook Hop Sing gets engaged to a white woman.
** ''Series/{{Heroes}}'': White waitress Charlie falls in love with the Asian Hiro.
** In ''Series/TwoBrokeGirls'', Caroline will have a romance with an Asian male web designer.
** In one episode of ''Series/{{MADtv}}'', an Asian man brings home his white girlfriend to meet his adoptive parents, who are white but [[{{Fauxreigner}} pretend]] to be [[{{Yellowface}} Asian]] to help him fit into the family. They proceed to [[HypocriticalHumor hypocritically berate their son]] for dating a white woman.
** {{Inverted}} in Australian kids' drama ''DanceAcademy'', where the female lead develops a crush on Vietnamese-Australian Chris.
** ''GoodnessGraciousMe'' had a recurring sketch about a British Indian man and his white girlfriend. PlayedForLaughs when he and his Asian friends don't care what race she is, but she insists on pretending to be Indian in exaggeratedly stereotypical fashion.
* ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' - Jerry is excited over the prospect of meeting and dating a Donna Chang, then is upset when he finds she's a caucasian girl who appropriated a Chinese name.
* ''Series/{{Bones}}'' has this with Angela, who's an American by birth but of Chinese background, and Hodgins.
* Series three of ''LittleBritain'' featured the white English Dudley and his Thai mail order bride, Ting Tong Macadangdang. [[spoiler: Subverted when Ting Tong turns out to be [[UnsettlingGenderReveal "a ladyboy"]] and, it is implied, [[{{Fauxreigner}} not really Thai.]]]]
* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' had an episode with ''multiple'' incarnations. Several service men had married South Korean women and brought them back to the states. Turns out that they had used the trope to their advantage, as they were actually ''North'' Korean spies/terrorists. However, one really loved her husband (and their child) and killed the others in an attempt to negate the mission and not be detected.
** There's another episode where service men attempted to sneak five or six Asian women overseas in a shipping container, the plan being that one of the men would on the ship to help them. However, none of them were, and all but one woman died in transfer, and she was taking her revenge on the men one by one.
%% ** Jimmy Palmer had a season-long relationship with Agent Michelle Lee.
%% * ''SullivanAndSon'': Sullivan is white and his wife is Korean. Inverted with the son, who seems to have a thing for a white paramedic.
* ''Iron Road'' is a 2009 miniseries in which a Chinese woman disguises herself as a young man named "Little Tiger" to work on the Canadian railroad and falls in love with her boss' white son.
%% * ''Series/{{Elementary}}'': The ex-boyfriend of Joan Watson (Creator/LucyLiu), Ty Morstan, is white.
%% * [[DepravedHomosexual Joel]] [[CloudCuckoolander Godard]] (the character he played, not the real announcer) on [[LateNight Late Night]] with [[Creator/ConanOBrien Conan O'Brien]] had a thing for young asian men.
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[[folder:Music]]
* Inverted like ''whoa'' by US VisualKei and JRock fandoms. The majority of US fans are female, androgynous, or bisexual/gay male. Nevertheless, just ''try'' and find some who aren't interested in [[YaoiFangirl imagining two or more Japanese rockstars together]] and/or actually [[GroupieBrigade becoming sexually involved with one had they the chance.]]
%% * "China Girl" was penned by DavidBowie and IggyPop for the latter's 1977 album ''The Idiot'', though it's Bowie's CoverVersion in 1983 that's better-known. The inspiration for the song comes from Pop's confession of his love for Kuelan Nguyen, so take from that what you will.
* One of BonJovi's two music videos for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FiBEm8p_Paw "This Ain't a Love Song"]] tells [[TearJerker the tragic]] [[StarCrossedLovers love story]] of an American IntrepidReporter and a Vietnamese girl during the VietnamWar. [[spoiler: More than 20 years later, he returns to Vietnam and manages to find his lost love. And their daughter, [[IdenticalGrandson who looks a LOT like her mom when she was young.]] EarnYourHappyEnding with your Asian family, I guess?]]
* {{Gender inverted|Trope}} in the song "Butterfly" by Smile.dk:
-->''I've been searching for a man''
-->''All across Japan''
-->''Just to find, to find my samurai''
-->''Someone who is strong''
-->''But still a little shy''
-->''Yes I need, I need my samurai''
* BruceSpringsteen's hit "Born in the U.S.A.": "I had a brother at Khe Sanh [...] He had a woman he loved in Saigon. / I've got a picture of him in her arms now..."
%% * Weezer's "Pinkerton".
* "La Petite Tonkinoise" is a 1906 hit by French singer Vincent Scotto, about a soldier sent to Vietnam who picks up a local girlfriend.
* Two words: "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwNybYpI868 Yellow Fever]]", by the Bloodhound Gang (NSFW).
* Cold Chisel's 1978 hit "Khe Sanh", about a traumatized Vietnam veteran who tries to fit in after returning from the war. He expresses disillusionment with Western women: "Their legs were often open / But their minds were always closed / And their hearts were held in fast suburban chains". Later in the song, he mentions his preference for Asian women: "There ain't nothing like the kisses / From a jaded Chinese princess / Gonna hit some Hong Kong mattress all night long."
%% * Music/RodStewart's "Every Picture Tells a Story" describes how the singer "Fell in love with a slit-eyed lady / By the light of an Eastern moon".
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[[folder:New Media]]
* The {{Vocaloid}} song with an [[MindScrew extremely]] [[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs trippy]] video, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKiPc-7uWtA "I Fell in Love With Geisha Girl"]] parodies this trope, as well as American stereotypes of the Japanese, and vice versa. It has the English vocaloid "Big Al" speaking in Japanese peppered with English, and Luka as the voice of the geisha.
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[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* Parodied in ''TheWorldOfLilyWong'': The title character, a Hong Kong Chinese woman, is married to a wimpy American expatriate.
* Mike ComicStrip/{{Doonesbury}}, who marries the much younger Vietnam-war orphan Kim.
** Same comic: white mercenary, conman and ambassador "Uncle" Duke has a quite fucked up relation with his secretary/translator/sex slave Honey Huan (chinese).
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[[folder: Professional Wrestling]]
%% * Inverted when it came to Tajiri and Torrie Wilson, and four years later another inversion came when Kenzo Suzuki fell for Torrie.
%% * DanielBryan spurned the advances of the Bella Twins (Latinas) in favour of Asian-Canadian GailKim. This doesn't pop up as much in WWE as you might think given that they love pairing Superstars and Divas as couples. The main reason is GailKim has been the only Asian diva on the roster for years. She was the only Asian diva in her first run back in 2003/2004 and is also again now since 2009.
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[[folder:Stand-up Comedy]]
* This trope gets referenced in several of MargaretCho's routines. In talking about how limited acting roles are for Asian women, she joked that as a little girl she thought to herself "Someday, I could be one of Fonzie's girlfriends on ''HappyDays''! Or I could be a prostitute on ''Series/{{MASH}}''!"
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[[folder:Theatre]]
* Played straight in the opera ''MadameButterfly'' (one of the quintessential examples of the trope), but subverted in ''M Butterfly'', a play by David Henry Hwang later adapted onscreen by DavidCronenberg, in which the stereotypically doll-like Asian woman [[spoiler: [[UnsettlingGenderReveal turns out to be a male spy]] that [[InvokedTrope deliberately played]] into the white man's stereotyped expectations of Asian women to make him fall in love with him. Complete with a scathing commentary on the Western concept of the 'Submissive, Feminine Asia' that will fall for the 'Big Gun, and Big Money Masculine West']]. And it was InspiredBy a true event: look up [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernard_Boursicot Bernard Boursicot]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shi_Pei_Pu Shi Peipu]] for details.
* Played straight in ''MissSaigon'' (which is ''MadameButterfly'' [[SettingUpdate in the]] [[TheVietnamWar Vietnam War]]!). Sure, calling Chris a decent person would be wrong, but that still doesn't change the fact that he's a white person sweeping a Vietnamese girl off her feet the moment he meets her. Is it any ''wonder'' that Thuy's so upset? The producers apparently went to great pains to make him a {{Jerkass}}[[hottip:*: seriously, was the threatened infanticide really necessary? Declaring his intent to kill Tam also made him TooDumbToLive in a sense - seriously, you do ''not'' [[EatsBabies make death threats to a child]] [[MamaBear in the presence of his mother]] [[BerserkButton if you value your life...]]]], and he ''still'' garners some sympathy for being on the wrong side of this trope.
* Played straight in ''SouthPacific.'' A white American guy falls in love with and marries a Tonkinese girl... [[LanguageOfLove even though they don't have any language in common]].
** That's not what happens. He bangs her, falls in love with her, but when her mom suggests that they get married, he's too worried about what his racist family thinks to do anything.
** Also part of Emile's backstory- his children are from his marriage to a Tonkinese woman.
* This was a common theme in 19th-century colonial fiction. Young white man comes to colonial state, has torrid affair with local exotic beauty, but in the end returns back to Western "civilization", marrying a "proper" white woman. In addition to ''MadameButterfly'', opera also had ''Lakme'', the same story set in India.
%% * {{Gender inverted|Trope}} in ''ThoroughlyModernMillie''.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration'' has the blonde, blue-eyed American [[KidSamurai Brooklyn]] "[[InsistentTerminology Bullet]]" [[SuperRobotWarsAlpha Luckfield]] with his Japanese partner/girlfriend [[ShyBlueHairedGirl Kusuha]] [[DistressedDamsel Mizuha]], as well as the German [[SupremeChef Elzam von]] [[MemeticBadass Branstein]] and his late Japanese wife [[YamatoNadeshiko Cattleya Fujiwara]] (though according to the backstory, Elzam's around 1/4 Japanese). Interestingly, most interracial couples in the series actually invert this, with the very Japanese [[TheStoic Kyosuke]] [[SuperRobotWarsCompact2 Nanbu]], [[NoSenseOfDirection Masaki]] [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWars2 Andoh]] and [[IdiotHero Tasuku]] [[SuperRobotWarsAlpha Shinguji]] pairing up with [[ManicPixieDreamGirl Excellen]] [[MsFanservice Browning]], [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Lune]] [[SuperRobotWars3 Zoldark]] and [[BlueBlood Leona]] [[LethalChef Garstein]], respectively ([[{{Mukokuseki}} not that you can really tell...]])
%% * At the end of ''Franchise/ResidentEvil: Dead Aim'', Fong Ling reveals her feelings for Bruce by kissing him.
%% * In ''VideoGame/WingCommander'', one of your female Japanese pilots has a fiancé. Unfortunately, things don't turn out so well.
%% * Inverted in ''[[VisualNovel/TokimekiMemorial Tokimeki Memorial Pocket]]'' : one of the winnable girls, Patricia [=McGrath=], is an {{Eagleland}}er doing a study trip in Japan at the High School you, a Japanese boy, are studying at.
* Also inverted in ''VideoGame/MitsumeteKnight'', ''Tokimeki Memorial'' 's SpiritualSuccessor, but on a larger scale : you're playing as an Asian who come to a country located in the equivalent, in this universe, of the Europe Continent as a mercenary, and during your quest to help said country win its war against its neighbour country, you can score any of the local ladies, who are all from this Continent (most of them from the country you're fighting for, the only two exceptions coming from other countries of the Continent).
* Yet another inversion in ''SakuraTaisen V''. The hero is a Japanese male who travels to the United States. His potential love interests include a fellow Japanese [[WholesomeCrossdresser person]], a [[{{Tsundere}} black woman]], [[PluckyGirl three]] [[IllGirl white]] [[HaremNanny women]], and a [[TokenMiniMoe Mexican girl]].
* Sorta inverted in many DatingSim-like games where one of the girls is often the token foreigner (with a good dose of ForeignFanservice). She's hardly ever the main heroine role though, unless the events happen in her country where there are lots of foreigners who are technically not foreigners.
%% * Possibly inverted in the ''VideoGame/MassEffect'' series if you play a white female Shepard and romance Kaidan Alenko (born in Singapore).
* ''VideoGame/TheSims'':
%% ** Daniel and Mary-Sue Pleasant of ''VideoGame/TheSims 2''. Subverted, as Daniel is having an affair with the (AmbiguouslyBrown) maid, and is scripted to get caught in the act when Mary-Sue gets fired from her job.
** Hank Goddard and Pauline Wan in ''VideoGame/TheSims 3'', who seem to be a somewhat stereotypical embodiment of this trope, in that their relationship is massively shallow (although their attraction is not explicitly based on race or appearance, with a few other superficial factors listed).
%% * [[Franchise/MetalGear Kazuhira Miller]] is the offspring of an American GHQ officer and Japanese woman. However it also gets {{averted|Trope}} as Mei Ling from the same series never gets in a relationship.
* Played with in ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'', of all places. Despite being a Japanese RPG set in a fantasy land, most of the world seems to be inspired from Western traditions; everyone even follows a Catholic-looking church. Sheena Fujibayashi’s hometown Mizuho stands out as looking stereotypically Japanese. Sheena can be perceived as a love interest for either Lloyd Irving or Zelos Wilder, and while she certainly looks exotic and sexy enough to play the part of an evil assassin at the beginning of the game, her actual personality is innocent and idealistic, which make her qualify for this trope despite being a skilled Summoner in her own right.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* This phenomenon is parodied in an Onion article: "[[http://www.theonion.com/content/news/asian_teen_has_sweaty_middle_aged Asian Teen Has Sweaty Middle-Aged Man Fetish]]."
%% * In V3 of ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'', Adam Dodd ends up getting Izzy Cheung, though considering the [[ThereCanOnlyBeOne pre]][[KillEmAll mise]] and the [[BolivianArmyEnding ending]], it's hard to say what really happened next.
* Parodied in WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries episode 15. When Tea and the rest of non-duelist characters are asked identification by Kumo (the hair guy) she tries to distract him saying "Me love you long time?", before Mai's breasts save the day.
* [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] and [[ParodiedTrope parodied]] in "Yellow Fever", a film by Creator/WongFuProductions.
** Briefly discussed again in "Home is Where the Hans Are" in reference to a pair of FlirtyStepsiblings.
* In [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hDy472JCXJY this]] video on Website/YouTube, the Asian women are portrayed as being overtly racist against Asian men while having a fetish for white men. The portrayal makes a firm statement that if a woman wants equality between men and women then this means that she [[StrawFeminist is a mindless brainwashed drone and spoiled entitled brat]].
%% * GenderInverted example: In ''TheGuild'', FeliciaDay's character Cyd Sherman has a brief romance with an Asian guy.
* [[http://creepywhiteguys.tumblr.com/ Creepy White Guys]]: A Tumblr dedicated to white men with yellow fever on dating websites.
** Doctor Nerd Love discusses CWG [[http://www.doctornerdlove.com/2013/02/okcupid-creepers-race-fetishism/#more-3009 here]].
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* Lampshaded in ''Webcomic/MegaTokyo'': both male protagonists develop relationships with local Japanese girls, but suffer pangs of guilt (well, one of them, anyway) at the idea of playing out such a cliché.
** Piro seemed more freaked out by his initial attraction to the high schooler Yuki, as she fulfilled his fantasies of Japanese high school girls. Luckily, his conscience managed to point out that just because anime and manga have conditioned that fetish into him, that doesn't make the 9-year age gap any smaller.
* Inverted in ''[[http://dreamless.keenspot.com/Dreamless Dreamless]]'', the story of an American girl and a Japanese boy in the 1940s who are in telepathic contact with each other in their sleep, and eventually fall in love.
&& * Yuffie and Riku is a subversion of this trope in ''AnsemRetort'': Yuffie has a thing for weak emo boys that don't have the balls to defend themselves, and Riku's starved enough for attention that ''isn't'' abusive beatings that he jumps at the chance with Yuffie. However, the trope name itself is invoked by Red XIII:
-->My water bowl is missing, and I know Little Miss Me-Love-You-Long-Time took it.
* ''{{Tune}}'' lampshades the trope in [[http://www.tunecomic.com/2010/12/28/tune-part01-pg017/ this strip]].
%% * ''OdoriPark'' is about a Japanese woman married to a white American man. It is [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial definately not autobiographical]], even though the author is married to a Japanese woman, taught English in Japan and has a multi-racial child.
%% * David and Ye Thuza Williams (Caucasian and Burmese) in ''Webcomic/SandraAndWoo''. By extension, [[ToyShip inverted with their son Cloud and Sandra]].
%% * In [[KiwisByBeat Ryan Armand's]] webcomic ''Great'', the WhiteMaleLead Lyle marries Yukiko, the daughter of the owner of a Japanese ramen restaurant.
* Mentioned frequently in the (now defunct) webcomic ''Single Asian Female''. The titular protagonist often has to block Caucasian men from trying to date her. Asian characters who date white men are portrayed as naive and shallow. Given the author's strong belief that Asian women should date Asian men, it all comes across with a serious dose of WriterOnBoard.
* ''SomethingPositive'' occasionally has Audrey and PeeJee (both Asian women) comment on white men who expect a perfect, submissive Asian girlfriend:
-->'''Peejee''': I like to burst their dreams. And their kidneys.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' has its cake and eats it too: Ron gets packed off to a Japanese ninja school for a week to hang out with a fawning schoolgirl/ethnic stereotype who very obviously likes him, his replacement in Middleton is Hirotaka, a male student from the same school, who is athletic, rides a cool motorcycle, and all the girls in Middleton fight over him. Including Kim and [[BlackBestFriend Monique]].
* Inverted in ''ClerksTheAnimatedSeries'' where Randal tried to get a mail order bride but ended up with a mail order husband and had to deal with said husband's rather old fashioned (read: sexist) demands. He seems to have enjoyed it, though, and expresses that he misses "Toshiro-san" after the husband transferred back to Japan without him.
* {{Lampshaded}} on ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''; when 'Asian reporter Trisha Takanawa' meets DavidBowie (see below), she starts dry humping his leg and offers to make him fishball soup, and "me love you long time!". Tom Tucker gets a rare moment of noticing the issue: "And thank you, Trisha, for setting your people back a thousand years."
** This is less UnfortunateImplications and more a StealthPun.
* Steve Smith from ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' is attracted to Toshi's Sister Akiko. He got even more turned on when he saw that she was Chun-Li from StreetFighter for Halloween in the Halloween episode.
** Most of the women pictured in his magazine collection are Asian... and pregnant.
** Stan has also expressed interest in Francine's sister Gwen, who ([[TakeOurWordForIt while never seen]]) is apparently a very attractive AsianAirhead. Francine herself is a weird not-really-example, since she's white but was adopted by Chinese-American parents. (One episode calls her a [[OutsideInsideSlur reverse banana]]--white outside, yellow inside.)
** Stan's boss, Avery Bullock, is an "Asian chubby chaser".
%% ** An episode of ''AllGrownUp'' hints that Tommy has a thing for Kira's daughter and Chuckie's stepsister, Kimi.
* The animated series ''WesternAnimation/{{Sidekick}}'' features a Korean girl named Kitty Ko with an almost psychotic crush on geeky protagonist Eric Needles.
* ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' has Wally Beatles/Numbuh 4, an Austrailian-American, who has a crush on his teammate Kuki Sanban/Numbuh 3, a Japanese-American Moe girl.
** Not that his crush is [[EveryoneCanSeeIt one-sided]]...
%% * On ''MissionHill'', Andy and Kevin both fall for Tina, George's older sister - Kevin because she's a fellow sci-fi geek, and Andy because, well, she's hot.
%% * ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'': Terry [=McGinnis=]'s steady girlfriend [[spoiler:and eventual fiancee]] Dana Tan is Asian American. He may have a thing for Asian girls; in one episode he flirts with [[GirlOfTheWeek Irene]], an an Asian [[BubbleBoy Bubble Girl]]. Dana is not amused.
%% * Sometimes Trixie Tang and Timmy Turner from ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents''.
%% * Flip-flopped in ''HeyArnold'' with Phoebe's parents: An Asian father and a white mother.
%% * Jake and Lady Rainicorn from ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime''; he's an anthropomorphic [[VoluntaryShapeshifting shapeshifting]] dog whose first language is English, she's a flying unicorn/rainbow thing who speaks only Korean.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* In the United States, Asian Americans (of both genders) are by far the most likely group to marry outside their own ethnicity. According to a 2007 study by sociologist professors Qian and Lichter, of college graduates alone, nearly 60% of Asian American women and 40% of Asian American men will marry a non-Asian American.
* Disgraced Website/DeviantArt founder Scott Jarkoff constantly spoke of having a Japanese wife. Then again, he's been living in Japan since the 1990's doing work for the U.S. Navy (with DA being a side project), so [[SubvertedTrope it's not like he was in a great melting pot of cultures]].
* In England, there are many cases of men (white, obviously) going to Asian countries with great amounts of poverty, marrying an Asian girl, then coming back to England with them.
* [[WesternAnimation/SouthPark Trey Parker]] was married to a Japanese woman; they later divorced. He's also a noted Japanophile, doing all the Japanese voices for the show, as well as the pidgin Japanese song for fan-favorite, "Good Times With Weapons".
* This Trope page! See evidence: "[[http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e91/Saciel/Loveyoulongtime.jpg here]]."
%% * Happens in the current edition of the New Practical Chinese Reader, a textbook put out by the Beijing Language and Culture University Press. Who gets a little romance subplot revealed through the dialogs? Ma [=DaWei=], the blond American exchange student.
%% ** Also used in ''Integrated Chinese'', in which Gao Wenzhong (an English caucasian) expresses interest in Bai Ying'ai (a Korean). Gender inverted with Wang Peng and Li You, who are respectively Chinese and a red-haired Caucasian.
* In Singapore, the phenomenon is referred to as [[http://www.streetdirectory.com/travel_guide/singapore/expat_guide/543/sarong_party_girl.php Sarong Party Girl]] (SPG for short):
-->''Usually decked out in black, the SPG is typically an attractive Asian girl who sports waist length jet black hair on her petite body, and maintains her brown skin by sun tanning on the beach during the weekends. In a nutshell, she is the complete opposite of a Caucasian woman. She despises local men, and will only go out with you if you are white, rich and well, just white. Many young and beautiful Asian girls have been spotted at pubs canoodling with white men. Never mind that the men are fat, balding, and openly leering. To put it simply, if you are white, you get lucky.''
* A lady journalist working in Thailand [[FridgeBrilliance explained why men of White extraction, from Americans to East Europeans, are sought after]] by South Asian women [[DeconstructedTrope who are not]] [[TheOldestProfession from the prostitution industry]]: despite the common stereotype of the [[PigMan guy who does not care for himself, drinks and has rough sex]], most Westerners of whatever ethnicity have been raised from birth in the spirit of "being a gentleman or at least making people believe you are one", that is, treating the female partner with care and (the semblance of) good manners. While a lot of young South Asian men are by comparison rather careless, spiteful, gamblers, cheapskates - and those who are not are usually well-off and highly educated and seek girlfriends from the same social class as them, despising the poorer girls.
* Azrael (of Blog/GaijinSmash, now Gaijin Chronicles) discusses 'yellow fever' in the context of Japan. Part of the perception of this is that Japanese in general approach foreigners with fewer of the cultural constraints that come between them, and aggressively compared to how foreigners approach each other. So non-Japanese who don't necessarily have 'yellow fever' still find opportunities with Japanese far more prevalent than with other races living there. Az himself eventually married a Japanese woman and, as of the time of this writing, has fathered one child with her.
** Although since Azrael is black (or at least, he's said he is a few times in the blog), he only half-qualifies for the trope.
* The French documentary ''[[http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xbltfq_femmes-asiatiques-femmes-fantasmes_travel Femmes]] [[http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xbltky_femmes-asiatiques-femmes-fantasmes_travel Asiatiques]], [[http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xbltpt_femmes-asiatiques-femmes-fantasmes_travel Femmes]] [[http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xbltsn_femmes-asiatiques-femmes-fantasmes_travel Fantasmes]]'' (''Asian Women, Fantasy Women''), analyses the roots of the Western men fascination towards Asian women, in the past and the present, without shying away from some of its [[{{Squick}} squicky]] sides. Of note is that the female director, who is of Korean descent, was adopted as a child by a French couple, therefore she has Asian looks but doesn't feel Asian at all.
* Though commonly played straight in most adaptations, the actual mutineers of the Bounty did take a number of native Polynesian wives.
* The remarks made in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MX0iRHYTCkg this video]] are supposedly based off the experiences of real Asian American women.
* There's an interesting example related in William Dalrymple's "White Mughals", a chronicle of the British Raj. During the colonial period, there was a sort of Indian Romeo and Juliet tale about an English youth who fell in love with the beautiful daughter of a Hindu shopkeeper, and when he could not marry her, died of heartbreak. Interesting because in this scenario, instead of it being the colonial masters fantasizing about loving and leaving a Hindu girl, it's the Hindus casting an Englishman as the tragic romantic hero.
* This trope is quite common in pornography.
* John Lennon and Yoko Ono.
* {{Facebook}} founder Mark Zuckerberg, known for this preference, married his longtime girlfriend, the Chinese-American Priscilla Chan, in May 2012. Priscilla was cut out of ''TheSocialNetwork'', though other Asian women appeared (see the "Film" folder for more).
* Hardcore anti-feminist groups often suggest to their male members that they should marry foreign women from Asian countries, on the basis of the stereotype that Asian women are submissive. Carries not only sexist implications, but racist ones as well.
* GenderInverted examples:
%% ** BruceLee and his wife Linda.
%% ** Diane Farr of ''{{Numb3rs}}'' and ''RescueMe'' fame married an Asian man.
** Current German Vice-Chancellor Philipp Rösler, who is of Vietnamese origin and is married to a white woman.
** [[http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2010/10/11/2010101100422.html Larissa Riquelme]], a Paraguayan model and actress, once signed up for a service to find a Korean husband.
%% ** [[http://bicoastalbitchin.com/2012/07/19/my-girl-marries-a-chinese-guy/ Anna Chlumsky]] of ''{{Series/VEEP}}'' and ''MyGirl'' married a Chinese guy.
%% ** KINO frontman Music/ViktorTsoi was the son of a Korean man and a Russian woman, and himself married a Russian woman.
** A sort of double inversion with Japanese diplomat Saburo Kurusu. He first came to United States as a consul in Chicago in 1914, where he met and married American Alice nee Little. Kurusu was deeply [[ForeignCultureFetish fascinated with the West]], especially the United States, while Alice was absolutely [[ForeignCultureFetish fascinated with Japan and the Orient]]. When they moved back to Japan, it was Alice who insisted that Kurusu act like a proper Japanese husband. Kurusu later had the unpleasant duty of being the deputy Japanese negotiator in the US for the final negotiations with the US just before Pearl Harbor. Incidentally, Alice acted as a typical Japanese housewife during World War II in Japan, which must have raised some Japanese eyebrows.
** ConjoinedTwins Chang and Eng Bunker married a pair of white sisters. In the pre-AmericanCivilWar DeepSouth.
* In America, this stereotype was very much inverted in the mid 1800's. In New York, Irish immigrant women outnumbered the men, and Chinese immigrants had a shortage of women. So Chinese men and Irish women often married. Many newspapers would mock this. There was also a scare of Chinese men preying on white girls. Keep in mind that this was an era where a White person could lose their citizenship if they married a Chinese. Chinese-Irish relationships happened because 19th century White America discriminated on both groups of immigrants.
* Interestingly, this is common amongst people with [[{{UsefulNotes/AspergersSyndrome}} Asperger's Syndrome]]. Perhaps because ''[[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement they]]'' feel they are a minority group, and perhaps because the other ethnic group has similar values (e.g. common interest, strong work ethic - a common Asian stereotype) or are a BollywoodNerd ('''not''' in the pejorative sense) - some Asperger's individuals will [[TakeThatMe self-deprecate about their "geekness"]], it's fairly common, especially in the United Kingdom, where such things are common, as in areas like London, Kirklees, Manchester etc.
* The subjects of the documentary [[http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/seeking-asian-female/ Seeking Asian Female]].
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->'''Alden Pyle:''' Let's just look at Phuong... mistress of an older European man. Well, that pretty well describes the whole country, doesn’t it?
-->--''TheQuietAmerican''

She is of Asian origin, he is of Western origin. This is a very common combination for interracial relationships in fiction (as well as in RealLife). A combination that is not only common, but also archetypal, for better or worse. Authors making this combination have a whole history of {{stereotype}}s and prejudices to use or avert.

Sadly, interracial relationships in general are still a [[MalignedMixedMarriage touchy subject]] for many. Sometimes with notions that [[EntitledToHaveYou the women of a certain ethnic group or whatever "belong" to the men of that group, and vice versa]], or that any woman or man who makes intimate alliances outside their group is a [[CategoryTraitor Race Traitor]]. When it comes to the particular case of Asian women with white men, we ''also'' have the whole issue of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orientalism Orientalism]], with its history of stereotypes about "white men rescuing brown women from evil brown men" and with Asian women being portrayed as [[AsianHookerStereotype exotic, submissive and hyper-sexualized]] or just plain [[AsianAirhead stupid and uneducated]].

This trope is almost never [[InvertedTrope inverted]] in Western fiction as the WhiteMaleLead will often function as an AudienceSurrogate. It is common "wisdom" in the Western entertainment industry that the white male audience [[ViewersAreMorons cannot identify with a non-White male character]], especially if said non-White lead hooks up with a white woman.

Compare WhereDaWhiteWomenAt, which is about black guys and white girls hooking up, BlackGalOnWhiteGuyDrama which involves black girls and white guys, and AsianBabymama, where this type of relationship doesn't end well. Contrast LikeGoesWithLike where the Asian man ends up with the Asian woman. If it's on the lower end of the sliding scale above, the gal in the relationship may use AsianSpeekeeEngrish. Like any interracial relationship, this can lead to MalignedMixedMarriage.

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[[folder:Advertising]]
* Inverted and parodied in a series of commercials for Australian insurance provider AAMI. The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85ubtVs5n6A first one]] reached [[MemeticMutation memetic levels]] when viewers picked up on the chemistry between Australian woman Rhonda and Balinese Ketut, prompting AAMI to release [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hqUajLr5b04 a follow-up]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4PgjCqlDog and then a]] StupidStatementDanceMix.
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In a strange version of this trope, the Japanese Konoka of ''MahouSenseiNegima'' [[http://www.mangareader.net/209-14848-14/mahou-sensei-negima/chapter-15.html once mentions]] to the Welsh Negi that she has a thing for "foreigners" (i.e. [[PhenotypeStereotype Caucasians]]). It turns out that she likes her half-demon best friend [[SchoolgirlLesbians even more]]... though really, can you ''get'' much more foreign than someone who is ethnically from another dimension on one parent's side without departing from one's own species entirely?
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'': The outrageously gorgeous Kallen Stadtfeld has a Japanese mother and a Britannian father. And her mother is the maid.
** Also inverted in the first season, since Brittanian Princess Euphemia's boyfriend is none other than her personal knight, Suzaku Kururugi (Japanese). He is the lower status individual on pretty nearly every scale, but he kicks ass and likes being told what to do, and she's a total sweetheart, so it's actually pretty well balanced.
* Considering that the [[MoeAnthropomorphism nation-tans]] of ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'' tend to have personalities based on NationalStereotypes, this trope sometimes comes into effect when the fandom pairs an Asian nation with a non-Asian one. It occurs the most frequently with Japan, the [[JapanesePoliteness most]] [[InscrutableOriental stereotypically]] [[AsianAndNerdy Asian]] [[YamatoNadeshiko nation-tan]] whose most common partner in fanworks, Greece, happens to have a clear interest in his culture and language in canon. Even when he's paired up with another Western nation, there's usually an undercurrent of said Western nation being attracted to Japan's 'exotic'-ness.
** However, this is [[TropesAreNotBad not necessarily bad]] as it's usually implied that it works both ways, with Japan being attracted to his Western love interest mainly because of their very Western/nation-based bluntness or easygoing nature, and their focus is often on personality dynamics as opposed to, say, specific Asian fetishes. Plus, many fanworks depict the other Asian nations as Japan's family (even if [[NotBloodSiblings "family" is relative for nations]]), so it's not like he has a lot of romantic prospects outside of Western nations in them.
** Also frequently happens with Hong Kong and England, usually taking place between the Opium Wars and the return of Hong Kong to China. Russia and China might also count; while Russia is not western, he's still European and the dominant member of that relationship, whereas China is the strange, exotic but disadvantaged one who ends up strongly influenced by Russia, i.e. China becoming communist.
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' has Mei from Xing (a FantasyCounterpartCulture of China) who dreams about meeting a tall, handsome white gentleman and is very eager to meet Ed from Amestris (a nation based largely on a mish-mash of 20's-era Europe) for this reason. Unfortunately, it turns out that Ed [[ExpectingSomeoneTaller doesn't fit her expectations of him]]... but luckily for her, his brother Al ''does'' fit her ideal (although you have to take his word for it at that point in time) and they're implicitly paired together in the finale! Admittedly, this is more like the quasi-Asian girl having a specific preference that not all quasi-white men fit, instead of a general preference for white men, but it still kinda fits.
** Extra points for Ed and Al being genetic artifacts of an extinct race on their father's side?
* [[GenderInvertedTrope Gender inverted]] in ''ItazuraNaKiss'', where the Englishwoman Christine "Chris" Robbins has a thing for Japanese men and is GenreSavvy enough to go to Japan ''specifically'' to find one to date and marry. At first she's interested in male lead Naoki, [[spoiler: but ends up marrying Kotoko's former DoggedNiceGuy Kinnosuke. [[BabiesEverAfter They have three kids]], with their dad's features and their mom's eye/hair color scheme.]]
* ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' features a case where an American man was injured and cared for by a Japanese woman, who he ended up falling for. Naturally, this ended badly: [[spoiler:When he left, she asked if he loved her. He left her a note that said "shine" (as in, he hoped to find a shining bride). Unfortunately, the woman could not read English very well (and was already [[BreakTheCutie suffering from depression]] due to [[GoodScarsEvilScars being scarred]] [[AbusiveParents by her father]] and a [[ThereAreNoTherapists lack of anyone who could actually do something about it]]) read it as "shi ne" ("Go kill yourself"). [[DrivenToSuicide She did so]]. When the man comes back three years later, he ends up killing a guy who was badmouthing her and her father (who he believed drove her to it). When he learns the truth about why she did it, [[DespairEventHorizon he loses all will to do... anything]].]]
%% ** Fusae Campbell Kinoshita, Dr. Agasa's UnluckyChildhoodFriend, was the daughter of a Japanese woman and an English man. She herself was the victim of bullying due to her origins and her naturally blond hair.
%% * In ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'', Clow Reed's mother was Chinese, and his father was British... leading to Clow producing an interesting fusion of Eastern and Western magic.
* Sorta genderflipped (in a PG manner) in ''Anime/{{Hamtaro}}''. The transfer student from Brazil, a DarkSkinnedBlond soccer genius named Roberto, is very popular among the girls of Hiroko (Laura)'s school.
** Roberto himself has a slight crush on Hiroko, but in a subversion of the trope it's less because of ethnicity and more because [[LoveAtFirstPunch she actually stood up against him for acting like a jerk]].
* Subverted in ''HaikaraSanGaTooru''. The male lead Shinobu Iijyuin was born from a mixed marriage (Japanese father, German mother), and later one of his love interests is Larissa, a Russian noblewoman and local BrokenBird. [[spoiler: He, however, ends up with his BunnyEarsLawyer Japanese love interest, Benio Hanamura, due to Larissa's death in the series's BittersweetEnding. It does help that he and Benio, despite having been in an ArrangedMarriage, [[PerfectlyArrangedMarriage really liked each other]].]]
** Even further subverted when you look at Shinobu and see that he has blonde hair''and'' blue eyes, having inherited [[PhenotypeStereotype his German mother's looks.]] [[spoiler: Which were shared by Larissa's dead husband... his long-lost maternal half-brother Sasha, whose father was a Russian count.]]
%% * Lilly in ''RainbowNishaRokubouNoShichinin''.
* ''Manga/{{Amakusa 1637}}'': Seika "Mariana" Akishima, one of the {{Time Travel}}ers thrown in the Nagasaki of the XVIII century, catches the eye of Dutch man named Jan who saved her life when she arrived into the past. In a subversion, she doesn't necessarily reciprocate Jahn's feelings for her.
%% * In the shojo manga ''Manga/{{Lady}}'', the main character Lyn Russell (original name, Rin Midorikawa) is the daughter of the Englishman Sir George Russell and his Japanese second wife, Misuzu Midorikawa. (Curiously, she looks ''very'' Western with her blonde hair and green eyes, inherited from her dad.) After Misuzu's death in an accident, Lynn has to live with George and her half-sister Sarah, and faces quite a bit of discrimination.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* {{Wolverine}} from ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}'' was engaged to Mariko Yashida, a Japanese woman, when he became a samurai. The wedding was canceled at the last moment, however, thanks to villain Mastermind's manipulations. He ''did'' marry the Japanese Itsu, with whom he had a son, Daken. He also had a romance with free-spirited Yukio. The [[WesternAnimation/{{X-Men}} 90s 'toon]] mixes Lady Deathstrike (Yuriko Oyama) with Mariko to create this trope again.(Granted, she wants him dead now)
%% * [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Reed Richards]]' former fianceé Alyssa Moy.
%% * Played with in ''CortoMaltese'': Corto and Shanghai Li develop feelings for each other, but don't act on them as Li turns out to already be married to a Chinese man whom she describes as a NiceGuy, parting ways amiably with Corto. This was also shown in TheMovie.
%% * The OfficialCouple in ''LesInnommables'' is [[UglyGuyHotWife Mac, an American, and Alix, a Chinese girl]].
%% * Two French-Belgian graphic novels that play the trope straight are ''Love Hotel'' and ''Tokyo Est Mon Jardin''. In the first one, a clueless Westerner moves to Japan hoping to start a romantic relationship with his teen-aged pen pal, who turns out to be a contestant in a reality-TV game; he does eventually seduce a Japanese woman. In the second one, the same character settles down with yet another Japanese woman and marries her.
%% ** In real life, FredericBoilet, the author, lives with a Sino-Khmer woman, who is herself a graphic novelist and has depicted their relationship in the sexually explicit ''Fraise Et Chocolat''.
%% * Joel Kent and Mei-Lai in the DCComics {{Elseworld}} ''SupermanAndBatmanGenerations''.
%% * Gender-inverted with [[TheAtom Ryan Choi]] and his white girlfriend, [[TinyGuyHugeGirl Giganta]].
%% * Inverted with the Mandarin (major ComicBook/IronMan villain) and Shang-Chi (Master of Kung Fu and hero): both have Chinese fathers and white mothers.
%% ** Additionally, Shang-Chi is in love with Tarantula, a Hispanic woman.
%% * Doubly inverted with Karate Kid from the ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}; he has a Japanese father and a white American mother, and his girlfriend/wife/widow was Princess Projectra (later Sensor Girl) who's a Caucasian WhiteHairedPrettyGirl.
* ''Charisma Man'', a comic book produced for English-speaking expatriates in Japan. The title character was a dorky Canadian unsuccessful with women in his own country - until he arrives in Japan where he instantly becomes suave and supercool, admired by all the locals and able to pick up any girl he wants. His mortal enemy is "Western Woman", the only one aware of what a loser he really is.
* Inverted in Gene Yang's ''ComicBook/AmericanBornChinese''. Chinese-American Jin develops a crush on his schoolmate Amelia, who's Caucasian. This eventually causes him to reject his Asian heritage outright.
* Completely {{subverted|Trope}} in ScottPilgrim. He does have a Chinese girlfriend at the start of the first volume, but dumps her as soon as [[MysteriousWaif Ramona Flowers]] enters the scene. Knives Chau does try to get him back (and was supposedly to end up with him in TheMovie) but nothing else really comes of it.
** One thing ''does'' come of it; due to her father deciding Scott Pilgrim wasn't that bad, and by extension Knives with a non-Chinese isn't that bad, she ends the series with (no longer called "Young") Neil (who was already noted to basically be a younger and slightly less messed-up Scott).
* In the graphic novel ''Skim'' the half-Japanese protagonist's father was formerly married to her Japanese mother and is now dating another Asian woman. The creators identify him as someone who dates exclusively Asian women in an interview.
* Utterly smashed to pieces in ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'' where the Comedian gets himself a Vietnamese girlfriend during the war but eventually dumps her and shoots her dead as she was pregnant with his child.
%% * Season 8 of ''ComicBook/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' has Satsu, a Japanese Slayer who replaces white guy with white girl, in this case Buffy.
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[[folder:Film]]
* Two versions of this trope in ''MerryChristmasMrLawrence''. The first is the titular character talking about a brief relationship he had with an Asian woman at the outbreak of war. The second is a version of this trope, though it would be better called "Japanese general obssively stalks POW soldier David Bowie who may or may not also fancy him". The first appears to be type 1 but the second type 2, as the director says Yonoi was attracted (along with other factors) by Celliers' blond hair.
* ''TheForbiddenKingdom'': The female lead falls for the only white man in AncientChina.
** Interestingly, many of the Chinese promotional posters and DVD covers put Jackie Chan center-stage. Her and her beau are always off to one side, if they're depicted at all.
%% * An early film example is ''The Wrath of the Gods'' made in 1914, starring Japanese-American silent film idol Sessue Hayakawa (as the dad; not the romantic lead this time, 'natch).
%% * ''DragonballEvolution'', with a white male lead and Asian love interest.
%% * ''House Of Bamboo'': An American military policeman in Japan convinces the widow of a murder victim to pose as his girlfriend, and she eventually falls in love with him.
%% * ''The World Of Suzie Wong'': The title character is a Hong Kong HookerWithAHeartOfGold who becomes a visiting British artist's girlfriend.
* ''The Barbarian And The Geisha'' starring John Wayne as the first American Consul-General in Japan. His Japanese hosts give him a geisha to help make him feel more comfortable, as well as to keep tabs on him.
* Similarly with Glenn Ford in ''The Teahouse of the August Moon'' as a captain of the occupation forces, tasked with Americanizing a Japanese village and ending up romancing the geisha Lotus Blossom, played by Machiko Kyou.
%% * ''TheSandPebbles'': Richard Attenborough saves a Chinese woman from prostitution by buying her debts and marrying her.
%% * ''TheKarateKid'' (The second one.): First time, but not the last, a character played by Tamlyn Tomita falls in love with a Westerner. Then again, her Japanese suitor Chozen is a AxCrazy JerkAss.
%% ** In the remake featuring JackieChan as a Chinese counterpart to Mr. Miyagi, it was Asian Gal With "Black" Guy.
%% * ''Year Of The Dragon'': Stanley White (Mickey Rourke) aggressively courts Tracy Tzu (Ariane Koizumi), and his sexual attraction to her is implied to be a byproduct of a blend of attraction/repulsion towards Asians which he picked up in Vietnam.
* Inverted in ''BigTroubleInLittleChina'' with the BetaCouple, Eddie and Margo.
* [[AuthorAppeal A pattern]] in several novels/scripts/etc. by James Clavell:
** ''Tai-Pan'' (as well as the [[AsianSaga original novel]]), where protagonist Dirk Struan has a fiery mistress named Mei-Mei. The film also reverses it, with a [[FallenPrincess poverty-stricken young Englishwoman]] who makes an extremely good living by prostituting herself to an exclusively Chinese clientèle.
** ''Shogun'', where John "Anjin-san" Blackthorne falls in love with his Japanese language mentor Mariko Buntarou. In fairness, William Adams, the RealLife inspiration for Blackthorne, did marry a Japanese woman, but possibly for social reasons and not love.
** ''Noble House'', where a visiting American businessman in Hong Kong falls in love with a Chinese-Portuguese woman [[HoneyTrap sent by British businessman to seduce him.]]
** ''King Rat'', where flashbacks reveal that the protagonist had been hiding from the Japanese in an Indonesian village for a long time, where he had a native wife. He is also tempted by the daughter of the village elder with whom prisoners do black market deals.
* Almost averted in ''GoodMorningVietnam'': Adrian Cronauer tries to get a relationship started with a local Vietnamese girl, but while the latter eventually warms to him, the relationship remains platonic. Also the girl he goes after is the third (fourth?) one he sees wearing identical white robes and straw hat, and (probably jokingly) thinking she's "following" him, he obsessively goes after her; "Asian Fever" seems oddly appropriate for how he was acting (blaming it on being surrounded by Grecian women, who he claims are hairy).
%% * The Tom Selleck vehicle ''MrBaseball'' is a particularly sad example - their love scene is said to have more or less cost the actress her career.
%% * ''Rising Sun'' with Sean Connery and Tia Carrere.
%% * ''Heaven And Earth'': A GI in Vietnam comes home to the US with a war bride.
%% * ''Chinese Box'': Gong Li has a relationship with Jeremy Irons.
%% * ''Red Corner'': Richard Gere, charged with murder while in China, has his beautiful assigned lawyer Bai Ling fall in love with him. Similar to the ''MrBaseball'' example above as Bai Ling reportedly lost her ''citizenship'' over it.
%% * ''The Breed'' with Bai Ling.
%% * ''Art Of War'' starring Wesley Snipes.
%% * ''Bangkok Dangerous'' (the remake with Nicholas Cage)
%% * ''SnowFallingOnCedars'': Averted, as while the Japanese girl Hatsue is very much in love with the Western guy Ishmael, circumstances force her to marry a fellow Japanese. In the book, however, the relationship between Ishmael and Hatsue wasn't quite that simple.
* ''Three Seasons'': Harvey Keitel is a Vietnam War veteran who had a child with a local girl during his tour of duty, and comes looking for her 30 years later.
** The trope is averted with another character in the movie: a Vietnamese prostitute looking for a potential husband among her Western customers eventually settles with a fellow Vietnamese man.
%% * ''Come See The Paradise'': Dennis Quaid marries a Japanese woman in the late 1930s, only to see her sent to a detention camp along with other Japanese immigrants to the US in the wake of Pearl Harbor.
* ''TheTransporter'': Jason Statham rescues Shu Qi from abduction, and she thanks him with sexual favors.
%% * ''Flypaper'' with Lucy Liu.
%% * ''{{Face}}'' with Bai Ling.
%% * ''Stealth'' the black character (portrayed by Jamie Foxx) has a Thai girlfriend.
%% * ''One Night Stand'' has Wesley Snipes married to Ming-Na Wen.
* ''TheQuietAmerican'' (as well as the original novel by Graham Greene): Michael Caine is an aging British journalist in 1950s Saigon, who, although having a wife back home, has hooked up with a much younger local girl. When Brendan Fraser shows up, he competes with Caine for the girl's attention, but neither man is really interested to know how she feels about the whole thing.
* Despite being a portly washed up ping pong player, the main characters of ''BallsOfFury'' is still mighty enough to get Maggie Q's character.
* ''TheLastSamurai'': A wounded Tom Cruise is cared for by the widow of a samurai he killed, hinting at a budding relationship between them.
%% * ''CharliesAngels'': Lucy Liu's father and boyfriend are played by John Cleese and Matt [=LeBlanc=], respectively, indicating something of a family tradition for this trope.
%% * ''MiamiVice'': GongLi is the mistress of a (white-looking) Latin American drug lord, and has a tryst with Colin Farrell.
%% * ''The Hunted'': Christopher Lambert has a one-night stand with JoanChen.
* ''The Home Song Stories'': Hong Kong bar girl JoanChen marries an Australian sailor and moves with him to Melbourne.
* ''{{Sayonara}}'' (as well as the original novel by James Michener): Marlon Brando, as a member of the US Air Force deployed in Japan, has a buddy who marries a Japanese woman, and he himself falls in love with one.
** This one is sort of arguable on the buddy's part- the buddy definitely went native, and he and his wife were shown to have an extremely loving relationship. A lot of American men did marry Japanese girls at the end of WWII, and there aren't many Asian men to be seen. Except the inversion, the Brando character breaks things off with his white fiancée to be with his Japanese love, which causes her to confess her feelings to the Japanese Kabuki actor she had fallen in love with. This is inverted again, because the Kabuki actor is obviously a white guy in make-up. White guys and Asian women are good, and white girls and Asian men are fine, [[UnfortunateImplications as long as you can tell that he's really white.]]
%% * The French movie ''Augustin Roi Du Kung Fu'' (the title character has a platonic relationship with a Chinese immigrant played by Maggie Cheung, and eventually moves to Beijing where he marries a local woman).
* Another French movie, ''{{Tanguy}}'' (the title character, a doctorate student in Chinese civilization, uses his language skills to pick up Asian girls and eventually, yes, [[spoiler:moves to Beijing where he marries a local woman]])
** The premise of the movie was that Tanguy, aged 30 something, still lived with his parents and couldn't be moved to ... well move out. When he marries the Chinese girl, he moves in with her family and gets them to care for him.
* Yet another French movie, ''Indochine'', about a love triangle in colonial Indochina. The young Vietnamese orphan is seduced by the dashing French navy officer, who had also scored her French adoptive mother.
* However, inverted in another French movie, ''L'Amant'' (''Film/TheLover'', adapted from the eponymous novel by Marguerite Duras): the heroine is a French teenage girl, also in colonial Indochina, who sleeps for money with an older IdleRich Chinese man. And she realizes after leaving back to France that she really loved him.
%% ** Also in a sixth French film, ''Hiroshima Mon Amour''.
%% *** Deconstructed in a ''seventh'' [[TheAdventuresOfAntoineDoinel French film.]]
* Interestingly, avoided in ''Film/LostInTranslation'', in which the protagonist, despite having the obvious profile for it (Westerner in Japan, middle-aged, away from his wife), enters a (platonic) relationship with a younger Western girl, and sleeps with a Western woman of his own age, rather than picking up a local girl. He even, at one point, turns down a Japanese call girl that his producer sent to his hotel room to help him unwind. Granted, she seemed particularly clueless about what turns Western men on.
* Averted in ''The Children of Huang Shi'', where the white, male main character goes for the other Western character rather than Michelle Yeoh.
* Also averted in ''DoctorAkagi'', but the film does play with the idea:
-->'''Tomiko''': Here's some food for the prisoner.
-->'''Sonoko''': So much?
-->'''Tomiko''': Dutchmen are tall, they eat a lot.
-->'''Sonoko''': Oh, he isn't that tall. But he does have a big one.
-->'''Tomiko''': He's a Dutchman all right.
%% * DolphLundgren and Tia Carrere in ''Showdown in Little Tokyo''.
* Inverted in ''MegaSharkVersusGiantOctopus'', as the Asian HotScientist sleeps with the female American HotScientist and doesn't even [[DeathBySex end up being eaten by a giant sea monster]].
* ''Film/{{Highlander}}'' : Ramirez's backstory reveals that he once married a Japanese princess. He was originally Ancient Egyptian, but he IS played by SeanConnery.
* ''DirtyWork'': [[ChrisFarley Jimmy]] and the Saigon whore who bit his nose off.
%% * ''AirAmerica'': The character played by Mel Gibson, an American pilot in 1960s Laos, is married to a local woman.
* ''AustinPowers'' parodies this in ''Goldmember'', with a pair of fangirl [[TwinThreesomeFantasy twins]] willing to do anything for Austin. With [[RefugeInAudacity Punny Names]].
%% * This is a subplot of ''{{Midway}}''. As the main reason for making the girl Japanese is to present the lovers with "difficulties peculiar to 1942" it is more a case of StarCrossedLovers. It is also unclear whether they eventually do marry but implied that they do not.
%% * Inverted in ''Stratosphere Girl'', as the main reason the belgian girl becomes a club hostess in Tokyo is to find and hook up with a young Japanese DJ she met back home.
%% * {{Gender inverted|Trope}} in ''Bridge to the Sun'', based [[RealLife on the autobiographic novel]] of the same name. Gwendolyn "Gwen" Harold (Carol Baker) marries the Japanese diplomat Hidenari "Terry" Terasaki (James Shigeta)... some years before WorldWarTwo. [[BreakTheCutie Needless to say]], it does not end well for them.
* Averted but discussed in ''Film/TheFastAndTheFurious: Tokyo Drift'', where the main character, a white American, is sent to Japan and somehow avoids ending up with a Japanese girl. (instead favoring the only caucasian female around) This is even alluded to by one of the Asian characters in the film.
%% * Subverted in ''The Ramen Girl'', in which the eponymous character falls in love with a Korean man, despite being in Japan.
* In ''TheSocialNetwork'', BrendaSong plays the Asian girl who jumps at the chance to hook up with Facebook co-creator Eduardo Savarin. Also played with by the characters who discuss why they are attracted to the Asian ladies at Harvard ("They're hot, they're smart, they're not Jewish[[note]]These characters are themselves Jewish[[/note]], and they can dance!")
* Played with in ''ForrestGump'': at the end, Lieutenant Dan arrives at Forrest and Jenny's wedding with "new legs" and his fiancée, an Asian woman, suggesting he's beginning to get past his resentment and [[ShellShockedVeteran PTSD]] about the VietnamWar.
%% * A rare non-human example occurs in the [[EasternEuropeanAnimation Hungarian]] animated film CatCity: both the hero Grabowski and his girlfriend Csino-san are anthropomorphic mice, but the former is clearly European or American, and the latter is Japanese.
* Inverted in ''Mao's Last Dancer'', where the Chinese main character falls in love with an American dancer.
%% * Inverted again in ''The Replacement Killers'', courtesy of Chow Yun-Fat and Mira Sorvino.
* Seen in ''ThePaintedVeil'', with the Fanes' neighbour Waddington and his Manchurian lover Wan Xi.
* ''SonOfTheDragon'' is precisely about getting a husband for a beautiful Asian princess. The main character, the only occidental and a foreigner (since he's not Asian), enters the competition for marrying her in order to infiltrate and steal part of the treasure. He ends up falling in love with her and fighting against the other main competitor to defend the castle when that competitor with his army to get the treasure, revealing he was EvilAllAlong and didn't care about the princess.
* In ''Film/FlowersOfWar'', Christian Bale plays a funeral director in Nanking during the Nanking Massacre. He helps Chinese girls hide from Japanese soldiers and has an affair with a Chinese prostitute. This is likely why Bale's character was made into a funeral director posing as a priest rather than an actual priest, which would be more historically accurate.
* [[GenderInvertedTrope Gender-inverted]] in D.W. Griffith's ''Film/BrokenBlossoms'', though the Asian guy is played by a white guy in YellowFace.
* Inverted in the ''Film/HaroldAndKumarGoToWhiteCastle'' films. Korean-American Harold's LoveInterest is technically Colombian, but in ''Film/HaroldAndKumarEscapeFromGuantanamoBay'', Kumar goes for a full inversion.
* ''Pavilion of Women''- the original novel depicts Madame Wu keeping her love for Father Andre to herself, but the film invokes this trope, along with HotForPreacher.
* Disney's ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'' was [[WhatCouldHaveBeen originally intended]] to be a film called ''China Doll'', which would have been about a poor Chinese girl falling in love with a white British man and moving to the west with him.
* In the film ''Love Is A Many-Splendored Thing'', set in Hong Kong, white journalist Mark Elliot (William Holden) and Eurasian doctor Han Suyin (Jennifer Jones) fall in love. Aside from the racial difference, he's married (though estranged from his wife). It is subtly implied that her career will be jeopardized if the relationship continues. They do so anyway, only for him to be killed while on assignment in Korea.
* In ''Row Your Boat'', Jon Bon Jovi (yes, ''that'' BonJovi) plays the ex-convict Jamie Meadows, who falls for the beautiful Chun Hua (Bai Ling) in the middle of his struggle to not fall back into delinquency. [[spoiler: Bad thing, Chun Hua is the trophy wife of a Chinese-American businessman... and in the end, [[TheHeroDies Jamie ends up kicking it]] in an HeroicSacrifice to help her get away.]]
* Subverted in ''Film/DieAnotherDay''. After Bond arrives in Hong Kong and has had a proper shave and some new clothes, it seems like he tries to seduce the Asian masseuse that was sent to his room. Then he takes her gun and reveals her as a Chinese operative. Played straight, however, with Creator/MichelleYeoh in ''Film/TomorrowNeverDies''.
* Old Joe marries a Chinese woman in ''Film/{{Looper}}''.
* GenderInverted in ''SixteenCandles'': Long Duk Dong ends up with [[TinyGuyHugeGirl Marlene]], a tall athletic woman. Their relationship is PlayedForLaughs.
* ''Welcome to Hard Times'' features a subplot with two minor characters, a White man and a Chinese prostitute, falling for each other.
* In the coming-of-age Spanish film ''La lengua de las mariposas'', the child protagonist’s older brother Andres is fascinated with a picture of a Chinese girl in his school text book. Later, he actually meets a beautiful Chinese girl (which would be very unusual in 1930s Spain), but she is unfortunately already married to a much older Spanish man. The girl clearly prefers Andres, but she is powerless to escape.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''Troublemaker and Other Saints'' has one of the daughters of a Chinese family married to a black man; another daughter has a preference for white men and not Asian men.
%% * ''Midnight Sunshine'' a book by Kelvin Reed, has a Filipina marrying a black man.
* Fah Lo Suee, daughter of FuManchu, falls in love with Sir Denis Nayland Smith and [[HighHeelFaceTurn betrays her father]] for him.
* ''Madame Chrysantheme'' by Pierre Loti.
* As mentioned above, ''TheQuietAmerican'' by Graham Greene.
* As mentioned above, ''Sayonara'' by James Michener.
** The ending of the novel read like the Marlon Brando character (I can't remember his name) went back to his American wife.
* As mentioned above, ''Shogun'' and ''Tai-Pan'' from James Clavell's AsianSaga. ''Shogun'' provides some justification, as Mariko-san is the only available translator for Blackthorne (well, the only one who isn't a Jesuit. There's some hard feelings with Blackthorne, there), so the two end up spending all their time together. In fact, Blackthorne, all told, has ''four'' Japanese women: [[ButtMonkey Fujiko]], whom [[MagnificentBastard Toranaga]] orders to to run his household as a consort (with all that the word implies), [[OfficialCouple Mariko his translator]], and, in the end, [[spoiler: he is married to Midori, in order to solidify his standing as samurai and to run his house once Fujiko commits {{seppuku}}, and [[HookerWithAHeartOfGold Kikuchiyo]]'s contract is given to him for -- well, so she'll be attached to someone worthy of her, and so that he'll have someone to delight him for as long as he's imprisoned in Japan]]. Blackthorne's real-life inspiration actually did marry a Japanese woman (although a commoner of the merchant class, not a samurai or a geisha) and have two children by her, so the trope is somewhat {{Justified|Trope}}. Mariko herself is something of an aversion: it's made clear that she finds most Westerners disgusting for their lack of hygiene and eating habits, and she only hooks up with Blackthorne when he has adopted Japanese ways [[spoiler: and been declared an honorary samurai.]]
** Also justified because there are no non-Asian women around. Anjin-san's only human.
** ''Tai-Pan'' takes it much further. Several white men have Asian mistresses, or have kept them at one point, and all three either explicitly have or are implied to have had utterly disastrous marriages back home. Inverted with Mary, who [[spoiler: whores herself out to Chinese men to enjoy some power and pleasure, and she confirms that there is strong attraction on both sides.]]
* ''Literature/TheJoyLuckClub'' by Amy Tan plays with this trope. One of the couples plays the stereotype of white man/Asian woman relationships having a dominant man and submissive woman perfectly straight, but it's strongly implied that the husband cheated ''because'' of his wife's spinelessness.), when she catches her husband in flagrante delicto with a white woman.
* In the Chinese novel ''Shanghai Baby'' by Zhou Weihui, the main character, a Shanghai woman in her 20s, is in a relationship with a caring but sexually impotent Chinese man, and has a steamy affair with a Western expatriate. The latter is depicted as a tall, blond, sexually aggressive German, which incidentally goes to show that the Chinese too think that BlondGuysAreEvil.
%% * Inverted in ''TheKingAndI''.
* Occurs in Gish Jen's novel ''Mona in the Promise Land'', and lampshaded when the Caucasian man, Seth, impersonates a Chinese former romantic interest in order to attract the Chinese-American protagonist's attention. Inverted in a later novel by the same author, ''The Love Wife''.
* Averted in ''SnowFallingOnCedars'' when Hatsue decides to break up with Ishmael even ''before'' her family finds out about their affair. Though she is deeply fond of him, she's simply not ''in'' love with him, and ends up happily married to a Japanese man.
* As already mentioned, Gwen and Hidenari from ''Bridge to the Sun'' [[GenderFlip gender inverted]] this.
* In ''Literature/SixteenThirtyTwo'', Frank Jackson, one of the uptime miners, came back from the VietnamWar with a wife.
* Lynne Reid Banks' ''TheDungeon'' is a dark take on this. [[AntiHero MacLennan]], a Scottish laird embittered by the deaths of his wife and children, buys a Chinese girl named Peony from her parents on a strange impulse. While Peony is far too young to enter a relationship with him and [=MacLennan=] often treats her harshly as only a tea slave to him, there are signs that she's slowly becoming his MoralityPet by reviving the compassion that he's trying to squelch in his quest for revenge against the man who killed his family. [[spoiler:Then [=MacLennan=] becomes incensed when he realizes how much Peony is affecting him, throws her in the dungeon and leaves her there to die, and realizes that he threw away the one thing that could have made him happy again only when it's far too late. In short, ''no one'' gets a happy ending here thanks to the white guy fucking up everything.]]
* From ''Literature/HarryPotter'', we have Cho Chang, who is in a LoveTriangle with two white guys, Harry himself and Cedric Diggory.
* Austin Coates' novel ''City of Broken Promises'' tells the [[BasedOnATrueStory true story]] of Martha, an orphaned Chinese girl in 18th century {{Macau}} who falls in love with Thomas Merop, an English trade official. Merop is initially hesitant about pursuing a relationship with Martha, but is won over and eventually marries her so she can inherit his business interests.
* Mary Jo Putney's ''The China Bride'' features a half-Scottish, half Chinese woman, orphaned by her father in China and living as a male interpreter to survive, falling for a visiting (British?) viscount despite the fiercely segregated environment. The relationship is heavily influenced by the fact that both Troth and Kyle are outsiders; Troth because of her mixed race and Kyle as a foreigner.
%% * {{Inverted}} in classic YA Australian novel ''TomorrowWhenTheWarBegan'', where the Caucasian female lead falls in love with the Asian male lead.
%% * Played straight in Christos Tsiolkas's ''TheSlap'', where the first (Greek-Australian) point-of-view character's wife is an Indian-Australian woman.
%% * Robert Lecter and Lady Murasaki, in ''HannibalRising''.
%% * {{Inverted}} in Kerry Greenwood's PhryneFisher stories, when Phryne becomes involved with Lin Chung. Their relationship continues even after his ArrangedMarriage to another woman goes ahead.
%% * ''TheSecretsOfTheImmortalNicholasFlamel'' inverts this with [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot Irish redheaded vampire ninja war goddess]] Aoife and immortal Japanese swordsman Niten.
%% * Patton Burgess from the ''Literature/{{Fablehaven}}'' series falls in love with a water nymph named Lena, who looks partly Asian but is actually from a pond in Connecticut.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
%%* ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' has Toshiko Sato, who has a thing for Owen Harper. Unfortunately, he's more or less blind to her feelings.
%%** Which is reversed in the episode "Adam". Owen's the one with the thing for Toshiko, which she doesn't notice because she's taken up with the title character. [[spoiler: The title character isn't even a real person, and has been manipulating their memories to stay alive.]]
%% * ''{{Shogun}}'' (as well as the [[AsianSaga original novel]] by James Clavell)
%% * ''HouseOfHarmony''--not only does the Singaporean Chinese female fall in love with a visiting American businessman, but her half-Asian daughter (played by Maggie Q) later falls in love with the adopted son of said businessman.
%% * ''TwinPeaks'': JoanChen is married to an older Westerner, and it is revealed he picked her up in Hong Kong. She also has affairs with other Westerners.
* ''Series/QuantumLeap'' has an episode where the man Sam is currently possessing has recently returned from war with a Japanese wife and dealing with the resulting prejudice.
* ''BrokenTrail'' is about two cowboys (Robert Duvall and Thomas Haden Church) rescuing five Chinese women from indentured prostitution; one of them ends up in a relationship with Church.
* Subverted in ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' when Hiro goes back in time to Ancient Japan and meets his hero Takezo Kensei, only to find out he's a drunken white man named Adam Monroe. In an attempt to preserve the timeline he recalls Hiro tries to turn Monroe into a hero and get him and Princess Yaeko ("the most beautiful girl in Japan") together. However despite - or arguably because of - Hiro's best efforts Yaeko finishes up drawn to him rather than Munroe.
** Although, it could also be argued that Hiro attempting to get them together went perfectly fine, until Hiro decided to give in to temptation and make out with her. Some fans choose to see her as a manipulative bitch whose choices end up ruining several lives.
* Played straight and then averted in ''Series/ReGenesis'': One of the main characters, Mayko Tran, is a Vietnam-born woman who has relationships with two Caucasian men in turn, one of them her boss. Said man, however, later goes to China and meets a pretty woman doctor without any romantic development resulting (then again, they were in the middle of an epidemic and had other things on their minds).
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' has Dr. Kelso, a Korean War vet who has a serious thing for Asian females. Always goes to Asian massage parlors, sleeps with many Asian girls and has an AsianBabymama.
** A one-shot joke implied that he loved his long-time (no pun intended) mistress more than he did his own wife.
** In his "[[ADayInTheLimelight His Story]]" episode, one of his {{Imagine Spot}}s, when asked what he'd be doing if he was still in the military, was a parody of the ending of ''AnOfficerAndAGentleman'' with an Asian woman in the Debra Winger role, and ''"Up Where We Belong" being sung in Korean''. Then he imagines what it would be like if he were a nurse, and the Asian woman appears in a navy uniform to carry ''him'' away.
** He also reveals that his son has a penchant for Filippino boyfriends, so apparently it runs in the family.
%% * In ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration The Next Generation]]'' and ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine DS9]]'' with Miles and Keiko O'Brien.
%% * An episode of ''Series/{{Lost}}'' flashes back to Jack traveling to Phuket, Thailand, where he enters into a relationship with a local woman. It didn't seem to last very long, though.
* ''Lady Bar'' is a made-for-TV movie by Xavier Durringer about the romantic relationship between a French tourist and a Thai prostitute.
** In the sequel, ''Lady Bar II'', the characters (now married) set up a "matchmaking resort" for single Western men seeking committed relationships with Thai women.
* A ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' skit showed ThomasJefferson chatting up Sally Hemming while his colleagues talk about them behind his back. They mention [[Creator/BenjaminFranklin Benjamin]] [[ReallyGetsAround Franklin]] likes Asians despite never meeting one.
* Inverted in ''FlashForward2009'', with Demetri (played by John Cho) and Zoey (played by Gabrielle Union), but played straight by Bryce and Keiko (she specifically rejects Japanese suitors in his favor).
* ''Red Skies'', a 2002 PilotMovie set in UsefulNotes/LosAngeles, features a Chinese female police officer who teams up up with an FBI task-force. An unspoken but definite mutual attraction develops between her and the white alpha-male of the group.
* Both referenced and averted in the ''Series/ColdCase'' episode "Who's Your Daddy": An overseer blackmails a Cambodian refugee into providing him sexual favors [[spoiler:and later tries to coerce another one, killing her in the process]]; but the consensual interracial relationship is between an Asian woman and an African-American man, who happens to be a Vietnam veteran. Said man is (wrongly) suspected of being a sugar daddy for a teenage Asian girl. One construction worker is heard calling out "Me love you long time" as the Cambodian woman walks past.
* In ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway'', sole Asian player Karen Maruyama is assigned with the role of "A Call Girl" in ''Let's Make A Date'' - and the former TropeNamer was what she had in mind. Considering that it ''was'' a subversion...
* There's an episode of ''ItAintHalfHotMum'' where Sergeant Major Williams wants to marry a local Chinese girl, only for Chinese mafiosi to try to kill him because the girl had previously been engaged to one of them. Sergeant Major eventually ends his relationship with her. In another episode, two of the men fall for Mrs Waddilove-Evans's Burmese maid.
* ''Series/{{Titus}}'': Christopher's younger brother Dave repeatedly lauds the fact that his girlfriend is Asian. According to DVD commentary they got the idea to give him this character quirk because the actor's wife is Asian.
* Appears to be played straight in the Benihana Christmas episode of ''Series/{{The Office|US}}'', where Michael and Andy ask out two attractive waitress and aren't shown being shut down, then somehow end up with two different attractive, college-aged Benihana waitresses at the party, but it turns out this was a [[WTHCastingAgency casting problem]]. The second ones were supposed to be ugly, with the implication the attractive ones turned them down.
* Unavoidable on ''Series/{{Mash}}'', considering that it is about a mostly male military unit in Korea. Every love interest who wasn't a nurse had to be Asian, as well as the war prostitutes.
** Most notably, Klinger ends up marrying a Korean woman, Soon-Li, in the series finale. In another episode, Hawkeye fell in love with a Korean woman much more deeply than for his usual fling, to the point of being in tears when they were forced to part.
%% * In ''NightCourt'', the black Mac Robinson is married to Vietnamese Quon Le.
* {{Gender inverted|Trope}} examples.
** In a first season episode of ''Series/{{Charmed}}'', Piper falls in love with a handsome Chinese-American dude named Mark Chao. [[spoiler: Mark is DeadAllAlong, though, and the girls must help him with two GhostlyGoals: punishing his killer, a Chinese hitman who wanted to fake his own death and murdered the dude for it, and retrieving Mark's lifeless body before the Chinese spirits of death come for his soul. They succeed, and after a tearful goodbye scene, Mark manages to go to the afterlife.]]
** Glenn and Maggie from ''Series/TheWalkingDead''. This rare gender-inverted version is made even more unusual because it is between two major characters.
** ''Series/NewGirl'' in which the white Jess shows interest in an Asian guy. The guy stands her up after being put off by how clingy she was.
** ''Series/{{Castle}}'' when the white female VictimOfTheWeek is revealed to have been in a relationship with the son of a [[TheTriadsAndTheTongs tong]] leader.
** ''{{Bonanza}}'', when Asian cook Hop Sing gets engaged to a white woman.
** ''Series/{{Heroes}}'': White waitress Charlie falls in love with the Asian Hiro.
** In ''Series/TwoBrokeGirls'', Caroline will have a romance with an Asian male web designer.
** In one episode of ''Series/{{MADtv}}'', an Asian man brings home his white girlfriend to meet his adoptive parents, who are white but [[{{Fauxreigner}} pretend]] to be [[{{Yellowface}} Asian]] to help him fit into the family. They proceed to [[HypocriticalHumor hypocritically berate their son]] for dating a white woman.
** {{Inverted}} in Australian kids' drama ''DanceAcademy'', where the female lead develops a crush on Vietnamese-Australian Chris.
** ''GoodnessGraciousMe'' had a recurring sketch about a British Indian man and his white girlfriend. PlayedForLaughs when he and his Asian friends don't care what race she is, but she insists on pretending to be Indian in exaggeratedly stereotypical fashion.
* ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' - Jerry is excited over the prospect of meeting and dating a Donna Chang, then is upset when he finds she's a caucasian girl who appropriated a Chinese name.
* ''Series/{{Bones}}'' has this with Angela, who's an American by birth but of Chinese background, and Hodgins.
* Series three of ''LittleBritain'' featured the white English Dudley and his Thai mail order bride, Ting Tong Macadangdang. [[spoiler: Subverted when Ting Tong turns out to be [[UnsettlingGenderReveal "a ladyboy"]] and, it is implied, [[{{Fauxreigner}} not really Thai.]]]]
* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' had an episode with ''multiple'' incarnations. Several service men had married South Korean women and brought them back to the states. Turns out that they had used the trope to their advantage, as they were actually ''North'' Korean spies/terrorists. However, one really loved her husband (and their child) and killed the others in an attempt to negate the mission and not be detected.
** There's another episode where service men attempted to sneak five or six Asian women overseas in a shipping container, the plan being that one of the men would on the ship to help them. However, none of them were, and all but one woman died in transfer, and she was taking her revenge on the men one by one.
%% ** Jimmy Palmer had a season-long relationship with Agent Michelle Lee.
%% * ''SullivanAndSon'': Sullivan is white and his wife is Korean. Inverted with the son, who seems to have a thing for a white paramedic.
* ''Iron Road'' is a 2009 miniseries in which a Chinese woman disguises herself as a young man named "Little Tiger" to work on the Canadian railroad and falls in love with her boss' white son.
%% * ''Series/{{Elementary}}'': The ex-boyfriend of Joan Watson (Creator/LucyLiu), Ty Morstan, is white.
%% * [[DepravedHomosexual Joel]] [[CloudCuckoolander Godard]] (the character he played, not the real announcer) on [[LateNight Late Night]] with [[Creator/ConanOBrien Conan O'Brien]] had a thing for young asian men.
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[[folder:Music]]
* Inverted like ''whoa'' by US VisualKei and JRock fandoms. The majority of US fans are female, androgynous, or bisexual/gay male. Nevertheless, just ''try'' and find some who aren't interested in [[YaoiFangirl imagining two or more Japanese rockstars together]] and/or actually [[GroupieBrigade becoming sexually involved with one had they the chance.]]
%% * "China Girl" was penned by DavidBowie and IggyPop for the latter's 1977 album ''The Idiot'', though it's Bowie's CoverVersion in 1983 that's better-known. The inspiration for the song comes from Pop's confession of his love for Kuelan Nguyen, so take from that what you will.
* One of BonJovi's two music videos for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FiBEm8p_Paw "This Ain't a Love Song"]] tells [[TearJerker the tragic]] [[StarCrossedLovers love story]] of an American IntrepidReporter and a Vietnamese girl during the VietnamWar. [[spoiler: More than 20 years later, he returns to Vietnam and manages to find his lost love. And their daughter, [[IdenticalGrandson who looks a LOT like her mom when she was young.]] EarnYourHappyEnding with your Asian family, I guess?]]
* {{Gender inverted|Trope}} in the song "Butterfly" by Smile.dk:
-->''I've been searching for a man''
-->''All across Japan''
-->''Just to find, to find my samurai''
-->''Someone who is strong''
-->''But still a little shy''
-->''Yes I need, I need my samurai''
* BruceSpringsteen's hit "Born in the U.S.A.": "I had a brother at Khe Sanh [...] He had a woman he loved in Saigon. / I've got a picture of him in her arms now..."
%% * Weezer's "Pinkerton".
* "La Petite Tonkinoise" is a 1906 hit by French singer Vincent Scotto, about a soldier sent to Vietnam who picks up a local girlfriend.
* Two words: "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwNybYpI868 Yellow Fever]]", by the Bloodhound Gang (NSFW).
* Cold Chisel's 1978 hit "Khe Sanh", about a traumatized Vietnam veteran who tries to fit in after returning from the war. He expresses disillusionment with Western women: "Their legs were often open / But their minds were always closed / And their hearts were held in fast suburban chains". Later in the song, he mentions his preference for Asian women: "There ain't nothing like the kisses / From a jaded Chinese princess / Gonna hit some Hong Kong mattress all night long."
%% * Music/RodStewart's "Every Picture Tells a Story" describes how the singer "Fell in love with a slit-eyed lady / By the light of an Eastern moon".
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[[folder:New Media]]
* The {{Vocaloid}} song with an [[MindScrew extremely]] [[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs trippy]] video, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKiPc-7uWtA "I Fell in Love With Geisha Girl"]] parodies this trope, as well as American stereotypes of the Japanese, and vice versa. It has the English vocaloid "Big Al" speaking in Japanese peppered with English, and Luka as the voice of the geisha.
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[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* Parodied in ''TheWorldOfLilyWong'': The title character, a Hong Kong Chinese woman, is married to a wimpy American expatriate.
* Mike ComicStrip/{{Doonesbury}}, who marries the much younger Vietnam-war orphan Kim.
** Same comic: white mercenary, conman and ambassador "Uncle" Duke has a quite fucked up relation with his secretary/translator/sex slave Honey Huan (chinese).
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[[folder: Professional Wrestling]]
%% * Inverted when it came to Tajiri and Torrie Wilson, and four years later another inversion came when Kenzo Suzuki fell for Torrie.
%% * DanielBryan spurned the advances of the Bella Twins (Latinas) in favour of Asian-Canadian GailKim. This doesn't pop up as much in WWE as you might think given that they love pairing Superstars and Divas as couples. The main reason is GailKim has been the only Asian diva on the roster for years. She was the only Asian diva in her first run back in 2003/2004 and is also again now since 2009.
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[[folder:Stand-up Comedy]]
* This trope gets referenced in several of MargaretCho's routines. In talking about how limited acting roles are for Asian women, she joked that as a little girl she thought to herself "Someday, I could be one of Fonzie's girlfriends on ''HappyDays''! Or I could be a prostitute on ''Series/{{MASH}}''!"
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[[folder:Theatre]]
* Played straight in the opera ''MadameButterfly'' (one of the quintessential examples of the trope), but subverted in ''M Butterfly'', a play by David Henry Hwang later adapted onscreen by DavidCronenberg, in which the stereotypically doll-like Asian woman [[spoiler: [[UnsettlingGenderReveal turns out to be a male spy]] that [[InvokedTrope deliberately played]] into the white man's stereotyped expectations of Asian women to make him fall in love with him. Complete with a scathing commentary on the Western concept of the 'Submissive, Feminine Asia' that will fall for the 'Big Gun, and Big Money Masculine West']]. And it was InspiredBy a true event: look up [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernard_Boursicot Bernard Boursicot]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shi_Pei_Pu Shi Peipu]] for details.
* Played straight in ''MissSaigon'' (which is ''MadameButterfly'' [[SettingUpdate in the]] [[TheVietnamWar Vietnam War]]!). Sure, calling Chris a decent person would be wrong, but that still doesn't change the fact that he's a white person sweeping a Vietnamese girl off her feet the moment he meets her. Is it any ''wonder'' that Thuy's so upset? The producers apparently went to great pains to make him a {{Jerkass}}[[hottip:*: seriously, was the threatened infanticide really necessary? Declaring his intent to kill Tam also made him TooDumbToLive in a sense - seriously, you do ''not'' [[EatsBabies make death threats to a child]] [[MamaBear in the presence of his mother]] [[BerserkButton if you value your life...]]]], and he ''still'' garners some sympathy for being on the wrong side of this trope.
* Played straight in ''SouthPacific.'' A white American guy falls in love with and marries a Tonkinese girl... [[LanguageOfLove even though they don't have any language in common]].
** That's not what happens. He bangs her, falls in love with her, but when her mom suggests that they get married, he's too worried about what his racist family thinks to do anything.
** Also part of Emile's backstory- his children are from his marriage to a Tonkinese woman.
* This was a common theme in 19th-century colonial fiction. Young white man comes to colonial state, has torrid affair with local exotic beauty, but in the end returns back to Western "civilization", marrying a "proper" white woman. In addition to ''MadameButterfly'', opera also had ''Lakme'', the same story set in India.
%% * {{Gender inverted|Trope}} in ''ThoroughlyModernMillie''.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration'' has the blonde, blue-eyed American [[KidSamurai Brooklyn]] "[[InsistentTerminology Bullet]]" [[SuperRobotWarsAlpha Luckfield]] with his Japanese partner/girlfriend [[ShyBlueHairedGirl Kusuha]] [[DistressedDamsel Mizuha]], as well as the German [[SupremeChef Elzam von]] [[MemeticBadass Branstein]] and his late Japanese wife [[YamatoNadeshiko Cattleya Fujiwara]] (though according to the backstory, Elzam's around 1/4 Japanese). Interestingly, most interracial couples in the series actually invert this, with the very Japanese [[TheStoic Kyosuke]] [[SuperRobotWarsCompact2 Nanbu]], [[NoSenseOfDirection Masaki]] [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWars2 Andoh]] and [[IdiotHero Tasuku]] [[SuperRobotWarsAlpha Shinguji]] pairing up with [[ManicPixieDreamGirl Excellen]] [[MsFanservice Browning]], [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Lune]] [[SuperRobotWars3 Zoldark]] and [[BlueBlood Leona]] [[LethalChef Garstein]], respectively ([[{{Mukokuseki}} not that you can really tell...]])
%% * At the end of ''Franchise/ResidentEvil: Dead Aim'', Fong Ling reveals her feelings for Bruce by kissing him.
%% * In ''VideoGame/WingCommander'', one of your female Japanese pilots has a fiancé. Unfortunately, things don't turn out so well.
%% * Inverted in ''[[VisualNovel/TokimekiMemorial Tokimeki Memorial Pocket]]'' : one of the winnable girls, Patricia [=McGrath=], is an {{Eagleland}}er doing a study trip in Japan at the High School you, a Japanese boy, are studying at.
* Also inverted in ''VideoGame/MitsumeteKnight'', ''Tokimeki Memorial'' 's SpiritualSuccessor, but on a larger scale : you're playing as an Asian who come to a country located in the equivalent, in this universe, of the Europe Continent as a mercenary, and during your quest to help said country win its war against its neighbour country, you can score any of the local ladies, who are all from this Continent (most of them from the country you're fighting for, the only two exceptions coming from other countries of the Continent).
* Yet another inversion in ''SakuraTaisen V''. The hero is a Japanese male who travels to the United States. His potential love interests include a fellow Japanese [[WholesomeCrossdresser person]], a [[{{Tsundere}} black woman]], [[PluckyGirl three]] [[IllGirl white]] [[HaremNanny women]], and a [[TokenMiniMoe Mexican girl]].
* Sorta inverted in many DatingSim-like games where one of the girls is often the token foreigner (with a good dose of ForeignFanservice). She's hardly ever the main heroine role though, unless the events happen in her country where there are lots of foreigners who are technically not foreigners.
%% * Possibly inverted in the ''VideoGame/MassEffect'' series if you play a white female Shepard and romance Kaidan Alenko (born in Singapore).
* ''VideoGame/TheSims'':
%% ** Daniel and Mary-Sue Pleasant of ''VideoGame/TheSims 2''. Subverted, as Daniel is having an affair with the (AmbiguouslyBrown) maid, and is scripted to get caught in the act when Mary-Sue gets fired from her job.
** Hank Goddard and Pauline Wan in ''VideoGame/TheSims 3'', who seem to be a somewhat stereotypical embodiment of this trope, in that their relationship is massively shallow (although their attraction is not explicitly based on race or appearance, with a few other superficial factors listed).
%% * [[Franchise/MetalGear Kazuhira Miller]] is the offspring of an American GHQ officer and Japanese woman. However it also gets {{averted|Trope}} as Mei Ling from the same series never gets in a relationship.
* Played with in ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'', of all places. Despite being a Japanese RPG set in a fantasy land, most of the world seems to be inspired from Western traditions; everyone even follows a Catholic-looking church. Sheena Fujibayashi’s hometown Mizuho stands out as looking stereotypically Japanese. Sheena can be perceived as a love interest for either Lloyd Irving or Zelos Wilder, and while she certainly looks exotic and sexy enough to play the part of an evil assassin at the beginning of the game, her actual personality is innocent and idealistic, which make her qualify for this trope despite being a skilled Summoner in her own right.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* This phenomenon is parodied in an Onion article: "[[http://www.theonion.com/content/news/asian_teen_has_sweaty_middle_aged Asian Teen Has Sweaty Middle-Aged Man Fetish]]."
%% * In V3 of ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'', Adam Dodd ends up getting Izzy Cheung, though considering the [[ThereCanOnlyBeOne pre]][[KillEmAll mise]] and the [[BolivianArmyEnding ending]], it's hard to say what really happened next.
* Parodied in WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries episode 15. When Tea and the rest of non-duelist characters are asked identification by Kumo (the hair guy) she tries to distract him saying "Me love you long time?", before Mai's breasts save the day.
* [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] and [[ParodiedTrope parodied]] in "Yellow Fever", a film by Creator/WongFuProductions.
** Briefly discussed again in "Home is Where the Hans Are" in reference to a pair of FlirtyStepsiblings.
* In [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hDy472JCXJY this]] video on Website/YouTube, the Asian women are portrayed as being overtly racist against Asian men while having a fetish for white men. The portrayal makes a firm statement that if a woman wants equality between men and women then this means that she [[StrawFeminist is a mindless brainwashed drone and spoiled entitled brat]].
%% * GenderInverted example: In ''TheGuild'', FeliciaDay's character Cyd Sherman has a brief romance with an Asian guy.
* [[http://creepywhiteguys.tumblr.com/ Creepy White Guys]]: A Tumblr dedicated to white men with yellow fever on dating websites.
** Doctor Nerd Love discusses CWG [[http://www.doctornerdlove.com/2013/02/okcupid-creepers-race-fetishism/#more-3009 here]].
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* Lampshaded in ''Webcomic/MegaTokyo'': both male protagonists develop relationships with local Japanese girls, but suffer pangs of guilt (well, one of them, anyway) at the idea of playing out such a cliché.
** Piro seemed more freaked out by his initial attraction to the high schooler Yuki, as she fulfilled his fantasies of Japanese high school girls. Luckily, his conscience managed to point out that just because anime and manga have conditioned that fetish into him, that doesn't make the 9-year age gap any smaller.
* Inverted in ''[[http://dreamless.keenspot.com/Dreamless Dreamless]]'', the story of an American girl and a Japanese boy in the 1940s who are in telepathic contact with each other in their sleep, and eventually fall in love.
&& * Yuffie and Riku is a subversion of this trope in ''AnsemRetort'': Yuffie has a thing for weak emo boys that don't have the balls to defend themselves, and Riku's starved enough for attention that ''isn't'' abusive beatings that he jumps at the chance with Yuffie. However, the trope name itself is invoked by Red XIII:
-->My water bowl is missing, and I know Little Miss Me-Love-You-Long-Time took it.
* ''{{Tune}}'' lampshades the trope in [[http://www.tunecomic.com/2010/12/28/tune-part01-pg017/ this strip]].
%% * ''OdoriPark'' is about a Japanese woman married to a white American man. It is [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial definately not autobiographical]], even though the author is married to a Japanese woman, taught English in Japan and has a multi-racial child.
%% * David and Ye Thuza Williams (Caucasian and Burmese) in ''Webcomic/SandraAndWoo''. By extension, [[ToyShip inverted with their son Cloud and Sandra]].
%% * In [[KiwisByBeat Ryan Armand's]] webcomic ''Great'', the WhiteMaleLead Lyle marries Yukiko, the daughter of the owner of a Japanese ramen restaurant.
* Mentioned frequently in the (now defunct) webcomic ''Single Asian Female''. The titular protagonist often has to block Caucasian men from trying to date her. Asian characters who date white men are portrayed as naive and shallow. Given the author's strong belief that Asian women should date Asian men, it all comes across with a serious dose of WriterOnBoard.
* ''SomethingPositive'' occasionally has Audrey and PeeJee (both Asian women) comment on white men who expect a perfect, submissive Asian girlfriend:
-->'''Peejee''': I like to burst their dreams. And their kidneys.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' has its cake and eats it too: Ron gets packed off to a Japanese ninja school for a week to hang out with a fawning schoolgirl/ethnic stereotype who very obviously likes him, his replacement in Middleton is Hirotaka, a male student from the same school, who is athletic, rides a cool motorcycle, and all the girls in Middleton fight over him. Including Kim and [[BlackBestFriend Monique]].
* Inverted in ''ClerksTheAnimatedSeries'' where Randal tried to get a mail order bride but ended up with a mail order husband and had to deal with said husband's rather old fashioned (read: sexist) demands. He seems to have enjoyed it, though, and expresses that he misses "Toshiro-san" after the husband transferred back to Japan without him.
* {{Lampshaded}} on ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''; when 'Asian reporter Trisha Takanawa' meets DavidBowie (see below), she starts dry humping his leg and offers to make him fishball soup, and "me love you long time!". Tom Tucker gets a rare moment of noticing the issue: "And thank you, Trisha, for setting your people back a thousand years."
** This is less UnfortunateImplications and more a StealthPun.
* Steve Smith from ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' is attracted to Toshi's Sister Akiko. He got even more turned on when he saw that she was Chun-Li from StreetFighter for Halloween in the Halloween episode.
** Most of the women pictured in his magazine collection are Asian... and pregnant.
** Stan has also expressed interest in Francine's sister Gwen, who ([[TakeOurWordForIt while never seen]]) is apparently a very attractive AsianAirhead. Francine herself is a weird not-really-example, since she's white but was adopted by Chinese-American parents. (One episode calls her a [[OutsideInsideSlur reverse banana]]--white outside, yellow inside.)
** Stan's boss, Avery Bullock, is an "Asian chubby chaser".
%% ** An episode of ''AllGrownUp'' hints that Tommy has a thing for Kira's daughter and Chuckie's stepsister, Kimi.
* The animated series ''WesternAnimation/{{Sidekick}}'' features a Korean girl named Kitty Ko with an almost psychotic crush on geeky protagonist Eric Needles.
* ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' has Wally Beatles/Numbuh 4, an Austrailian-American, who has a crush on his teammate Kuki Sanban/Numbuh 3, a Japanese-American Moe girl.
** Not that his crush is [[EveryoneCanSeeIt one-sided]]...
%% * On ''MissionHill'', Andy and Kevin both fall for Tina, George's older sister - Kevin because she's a fellow sci-fi geek, and Andy because, well, she's hot.
%% * ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'': Terry [=McGinnis=]'s steady girlfriend [[spoiler:and eventual fiancee]] Dana Tan is Asian American. He may have a thing for Asian girls; in one episode he flirts with [[GirlOfTheWeek Irene]], an an Asian [[BubbleBoy Bubble Girl]]. Dana is not amused.
%% * Sometimes Trixie Tang and Timmy Turner from ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents''.
%% * Flip-flopped in ''HeyArnold'' with Phoebe's parents: An Asian father and a white mother.
%% * Jake and Lady Rainicorn from ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime''; he's an anthropomorphic [[VoluntaryShapeshifting shapeshifting]] dog whose first language is English, she's a flying unicorn/rainbow thing who speaks only Korean.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* In the United States, Asian Americans (of both genders) are by far the most likely group to marry outside their own ethnicity. According to a 2007 study by sociologist professors Qian and Lichter, of college graduates alone, nearly 60% of Asian American women and 40% of Asian American men will marry a non-Asian American.
* Disgraced Website/DeviantArt founder Scott Jarkoff constantly spoke of having a Japanese wife. Then again, he's been living in Japan since the 1990's doing work for the U.S. Navy (with DA being a side project), so [[SubvertedTrope it's not like he was in a great melting pot of cultures]].
* In England, there are many cases of men (white, obviously) going to Asian countries with great amounts of poverty, marrying an Asian girl, then coming back to England with them.
* [[WesternAnimation/SouthPark Trey Parker]] was married to a Japanese woman; they later divorced. He's also a noted Japanophile, doing all the Japanese voices for the show, as well as the pidgin Japanese song for fan-favorite, "Good Times With Weapons".
* This Trope page! See evidence: "[[http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e91/Saciel/Loveyoulongtime.jpg here]]."
%% * Happens in the current edition of the New Practical Chinese Reader, a textbook put out by the Beijing Language and Culture University Press. Who gets a little romance subplot revealed through the dialogs? Ma [=DaWei=], the blond American exchange student.
%% ** Also used in ''Integrated Chinese'', in which Gao Wenzhong (an English caucasian) expresses interest in Bai Ying'ai (a Korean). Gender inverted with Wang Peng and Li You, who are respectively Chinese and a red-haired Caucasian.
* In Singapore, the phenomenon is referred to as [[http://www.streetdirectory.com/travel_guide/singapore/expat_guide/543/sarong_party_girl.php Sarong Party Girl]] (SPG for short):
-->''Usually decked out in black, the SPG is typically an attractive Asian girl who sports waist length jet black hair on her petite body, and maintains her brown skin by sun tanning on the beach during the weekends. In a nutshell, she is the complete opposite of a Caucasian woman. She despises local men, and will only go out with you if you are white, rich and well, just white. Many young and beautiful Asian girls have been spotted at pubs canoodling with white men. Never mind that the men are fat, balding, and openly leering. To put it simply, if you are white, you get lucky.''
* A lady journalist working in Thailand [[FridgeBrilliance explained why men of White extraction, from Americans to East Europeans, are sought after]] by South Asian women [[DeconstructedTrope who are not]] [[TheOldestProfession from the prostitution industry]]: despite the common stereotype of the [[PigMan guy who does not care for himself, drinks and has rough sex]], most Westerners of whatever ethnicity have been raised from birth in the spirit of "being a gentleman or at least making people believe you are one", that is, treating the female partner with care and (the semblance of) good manners. While a lot of young South Asian men are by comparison rather careless, spiteful, gamblers, cheapskates - and those who are not are usually well-off and highly educated and seek girlfriends from the same social class as them, despising the poorer girls.
* Azrael (of Blog/GaijinSmash, now Gaijin Chronicles) discusses 'yellow fever' in the context of Japan. Part of the perception of this is that Japanese in general approach foreigners with fewer of the cultural constraints that come between them, and aggressively compared to how foreigners approach each other. So non-Japanese who don't necessarily have 'yellow fever' still find opportunities with Japanese far more prevalent than with other races living there. Az himself eventually married a Japanese woman and, as of the time of this writing, has fathered one child with her.
** Although since Azrael is black (or at least, he's said he is a few times in the blog), he only half-qualifies for the trope.
* The French documentary ''[[http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xbltfq_femmes-asiatiques-femmes-fantasmes_travel Femmes]] [[http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xbltky_femmes-asiatiques-femmes-fantasmes_travel Asiatiques]], [[http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xbltpt_femmes-asiatiques-femmes-fantasmes_travel Femmes]] [[http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xbltsn_femmes-asiatiques-femmes-fantasmes_travel Fantasmes]]'' (''Asian Women, Fantasy Women''), analyses the roots of the Western men fascination towards Asian women, in the past and the present, without shying away from some of its [[{{Squick}} squicky]] sides. Of note is that the female director, who is of Korean descent, was adopted as a child by a French couple, therefore she has Asian looks but doesn't feel Asian at all.
* Though commonly played straight in most adaptations, the actual mutineers of the Bounty did take a number of native Polynesian wives.
* The remarks made in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MX0iRHYTCkg this video]] are supposedly based off the experiences of real Asian American women.
* There's an interesting example related in William Dalrymple's "White Mughals", a chronicle of the British Raj. During the colonial period, there was a sort of Indian Romeo and Juliet tale about an English youth who fell in love with the beautiful daughter of a Hindu shopkeeper, and when he could not marry her, died of heartbreak. Interesting because in this scenario, instead of it being the colonial masters fantasizing about loving and leaving a Hindu girl, it's the Hindus casting an Englishman as the tragic romantic hero.
* This trope is quite common in pornography.
* John Lennon and Yoko Ono.
* {{Facebook}} founder Mark Zuckerberg, known for this preference, married his longtime girlfriend, the Chinese-American Priscilla Chan, in May 2012. Priscilla was cut out of ''TheSocialNetwork'', though other Asian women appeared (see the "Film" folder for more).
* Hardcore anti-feminist groups often suggest to their male members that they should marry foreign women from Asian countries, on the basis of the stereotype that Asian women are submissive. Carries not only sexist implications, but racist ones as well.
* GenderInverted examples:
%% ** BruceLee and his wife Linda.
%% ** Diane Farr of ''{{Numb3rs}}'' and ''RescueMe'' fame married an Asian man.
** Current German Vice-Chancellor Philipp Rösler, who is of Vietnamese origin and is married to a white woman.
** [[http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2010/10/11/2010101100422.html Larissa Riquelme]], a Paraguayan model and actress, once signed up for a service to find a Korean husband.
%% ** [[http://bicoastalbitchin.com/2012/07/19/my-girl-marries-a-chinese-guy/ Anna Chlumsky]] of ''{{Series/VEEP}}'' and ''MyGirl'' married a Chinese guy.
%% ** KINO frontman Music/ViktorTsoi was the son of a Korean man and a Russian woman, and himself married a Russian woman.
** A sort of double inversion with Japanese diplomat Saburo Kurusu. He first came to United States as a consul in Chicago in 1914, where he met and married American Alice nee Little. Kurusu was deeply [[ForeignCultureFetish fascinated with the West]], especially the United States, while Alice was absolutely [[ForeignCultureFetish fascinated with Japan and the Orient]]. When they moved back to Japan, it was Alice who insisted that Kurusu act like a proper Japanese husband. Kurusu later had the unpleasant duty of being the deputy Japanese negotiator in the US for the final negotiations with the US just before Pearl Harbor. Incidentally, Alice acted as a typical Japanese housewife during World War II in Japan, which must have raised some Japanese eyebrows.
** ConjoinedTwins Chang and Eng Bunker married a pair of white sisters. In the pre-AmericanCivilWar DeepSouth.
* In America, this stereotype was very much inverted in the mid 1800's. In New York, Irish immigrant women outnumbered the men, and Chinese immigrants had a shortage of women. So Chinese men and Irish women often married. Many newspapers would mock this. There was also a scare of Chinese men preying on white girls. Keep in mind that this was an era where a White person could lose their citizenship if they married a Chinese. Chinese-Irish relationships happened because 19th century White America discriminated on both groups of immigrants.
* Interestingly, this is common amongst people with [[{{UsefulNotes/AspergersSyndrome}} Asperger's Syndrome]]. Perhaps because ''[[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement they]]'' feel they are a minority group, and perhaps because the other ethnic group has similar values (e.g. common interest, strong work ethic - a common Asian stereotype) or are a BollywoodNerd ('''not''' in the pejorative sense) - some Asperger's individuals will [[TakeThatMe self-deprecate about their "geekness"]], it's fairly common, especially in the United Kingdom, where such things are common, as in areas like London, Kirklees, Manchester etc.
* The subjects of the documentary [[http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/seeking-asian-female/ Seeking Asian Female]].
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* Disgraced DeviantArt founder Scott Jarkoff constantly spoke of having a Japanese wife. Then again, he's been living in Japan since the 1990's doing work for the U.S. Navy (with DA being a side project), so [[SubvertedTrope it's not like he was in a great melting pot of cultures]].

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* Disgraced DeviantArt Website/DeviantArt founder Scott Jarkoff constantly spoke of having a Japanese wife. Then again, he's been living in Japan since the 1990's doing work for the U.S. Navy (with DA being a side project), so [[SubvertedTrope it's not like he was in a great melting pot of cultures]].
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* The subjects of the documentary [[http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/seeking-asian-female/ Seeking Asian Female]].
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%% * VideoGame/GabrielKnight and Grace Nakimura - eventually subverted. Although Gabriel's (non-reciprocal) initial attraction to Grace follows the pattern of the same casual flirtation he has with every woman he meets, by the second instalment they obviously have a strong regard and affection for one another; [[spoiler: and by the end of the third game it's heavily implied that they're in love, although due to an unfortunate misunderstanding Grace leaves before they get the chance to tell one another.]]
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* [[DepravedHomosexual Joel]] [[CloudCuckoolander Godard]] (the character he played, not the real announcer) on [[LateNight Late Night]] with [[Creator/ConanOBrien Conan O'Brien]] had a thing for young asian men.

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%% * [[DepravedHomosexual Joel]] [[CloudCuckoolander Godard]] (the character he played, not the real announcer) on [[LateNight Late Night]] with [[Creator/ConanOBrien Conan O'Brien]] had a thing for young asian men.



* "China Girl" was penned by DavidBowie and IggyPop for the latter's 1977 album ''The Idiot'', though it's Bowie's CoverVersion in 1983 that's better-known. The inspiration for the song comes from Pop's confession of his love for Kuelan Nguyen, so take from that what you will.

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%% * "China Girl" was penned by DavidBowie and IggyPop for the latter's 1977 album ''The Idiot'', though it's Bowie's CoverVersion in 1983 that's better-known. The inspiration for the song comes from Pop's confession of his love for Kuelan Nguyen, so take from that what you will.



* Weezer's "Pinkerton".

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%% * Weezer's "Pinkerton".



* Music/RodStewart's "Every Picture Tells a Story" describes how the singer "Fell in love with a slit-eyed lady / By the light of an Eastern moon".

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%% * Music/RodStewart's "Every Picture Tells a Story" describes how the singer "Fell in love with a slit-eyed lady / By the light of an Eastern moon".



* Inverted when it came to Tajiri and Torrie Wilson, and four years later another inversion came when Kenzo Suzuki fell for Torrie.
* DanielBryan spurned the advances of the Bella Twins (Latinas) in favour of Asian-Canadian GailKim. This doesn't pop up as much in WWE as you might think given that they love pairing Superstars and Divas as couples. The main reason is GailKim has been the only Asian diva on the roster for years. She was the only Asian diva in her first run back in 2003/2004 and is also again now since 2009.

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%% * Inverted when it came to Tajiri and Torrie Wilson, and four years later another inversion came when Kenzo Suzuki fell for Torrie.
%% * DanielBryan spurned the advances of the Bella Twins (Latinas) in favour of Asian-Canadian GailKim. This doesn't pop up as much in WWE as you might think given that they love pairing Superstars and Divas as couples. The main reason is GailKim has been the only Asian diva on the roster for years. She was the only Asian diva in her first run back in 2003/2004 and is also again now since 2009.



* {{Gender inverted|Trope}} in ''ThoroughlyModernMillie''.

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%% * {{Gender inverted|Trope}} in ''ThoroughlyModernMillie''.



* ''SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration'' has the blonde, blue-eyed American [[KidSamurai Brooklyn]] "[[InsistentTerminology Bullet]]" [[SuperRobotWarsAlpha Luckfield]] with his Japanese partner/girlfriend [[ShyBlueHairedGirl Kusuha]] [[DistressedDamsel Mizuha]], as well as the German [[SupremeChef Elzam von]] [[MemeticBadass Branstein]] and his late Japanese wife Cattleya Fujiwara (though according to the backstory, Elzam's around 1/4 Japanese). Interestingly, most interracial couples in the series actually invert this, with the very Japanese [[TheStoic Kyosuke]] [[SuperRobotWarsCompact2 Nanbu]], [[NoSenseOfDirection Masaki]] [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWars2 Andoh]] and [[IdiotHero Tasuku]] [[SuperRobotWarsAlpha Shinguji]] pairing up with [[ManicPixieDreamGirl Excellen]] [[MsFanservice Browning]], [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Lune]] [[SuperRobotWars3 Zoldark]] and [[BlueBlood Leona]] [[LethalChef Garstein]], respectively ([[{{Mukokuseki}} not that you can really tell...]])
** It's never stated if any of them prefer foreigners, though. Kusuha was even Ryuseii's UnluckyChildhoodFriend before she moved on to Bullet.
* At the end of ''Franchise/ResidentEvil: Dead Aim'', Fong Ling reveals her feelings for Bruce by kissing him.
* In ''VideoGame/WingCommander'', one of your female Japanese pilots has a fiancé. Unfortunately, things don't turn out so well.
* Inverted in ''[[VisualNovel/TokimekiMemorial Tokimeki Memorial Pocket]]'' : one of the winnable girls, Patricia [=McGrath=], is an {{Eagleland}}er doing a study trip in Japan at the High School you, a Japanese boy, are studying at.

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* ''SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration'' has the blonde, blue-eyed American [[KidSamurai Brooklyn]] "[[InsistentTerminology Bullet]]" [[SuperRobotWarsAlpha Luckfield]] with his Japanese partner/girlfriend [[ShyBlueHairedGirl Kusuha]] [[DistressedDamsel Mizuha]], as well as the German [[SupremeChef Elzam von]] [[MemeticBadass Branstein]] and his late Japanese wife [[YamatoNadeshiko Cattleya Fujiwara Fujiwara]] (though according to the backstory, Elzam's around 1/4 Japanese). Interestingly, most interracial couples in the series actually invert this, with the very Japanese [[TheStoic Kyosuke]] [[SuperRobotWarsCompact2 Nanbu]], [[NoSenseOfDirection Masaki]] [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWars2 Andoh]] and [[IdiotHero Tasuku]] [[SuperRobotWarsAlpha Shinguji]] pairing up with [[ManicPixieDreamGirl Excellen]] [[MsFanservice Browning]], [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Lune]] [[SuperRobotWars3 Zoldark]] and [[BlueBlood Leona]] [[LethalChef Garstein]], respectively ([[{{Mukokuseki}} not that you can really tell...]])
** It's never stated if any of them prefer foreigners, though. Kusuha was even Ryuseii's UnluckyChildhoodFriend before she moved on to Bullet.
%% * At the end of ''Franchise/ResidentEvil: Dead Aim'', Fong Ling reveals her feelings for Bruce by kissing him.
%% * In ''VideoGame/WingCommander'', one of your female Japanese pilots has a fiancé. Unfortunately, things don't turn out so well.
%% * Inverted in ''[[VisualNovel/TokimekiMemorial Tokimeki Memorial Pocket]]'' : one of the winnable girls, Patricia [=McGrath=], is an {{Eagleland}}er doing a study trip in Japan at the High School you, a Japanese boy, are studying at.



* Possibly inverted in the ''VideoGame/MassEffect'' series if you play a white female Shepard and romance Kaidan Alenko (born in Singapore).

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%% * Possibly inverted in the ''VideoGame/MassEffect'' series if you play a white female Shepard and romance Kaidan Alenko (born in Singapore).



** Daniel and Mary-Sue Pleasant of ''VideoGame/TheSims 2''. Subverted, as Daniel is having an affair with the (AmbiguouslyBrown) maid, and is scripted to get caught in the act when Mary-Sue gets fired from her job.
** Also Hank Goddard and Pauline Wan in ''VideoGame/TheSims 3'', who seem to be a somewhat stereotypical embodiment of this trope, in that their relationship is massively shallow (although their attraction is not explicitly based on race or appearance, with a few other superficial factors listed).
* [[Franchise/MetalGear Kazuhira Miller]] is the offspring of an American GHQ officer and Japanese woman. However it also gets {{inverted|Trope}} as Mei Ling from the same series never gets in a relationship.
* VideoGame/GabrielKnight and Grace Nakimura - eventually subverted. Although Gabriel's (non-reciprocal) initial attraction to Grace follows the pattern of the same casual flirtation he has with every woman he meets, by the second instalment they obviously have a strong regard and affection for one another; [[spoiler: and by the end of the third game it's heavily implied that they're in love, although due to an unfortunate misunderstanding Grace leaves before they get the chance to tell one another.]]
* Played with in ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'', of all places. Despite being a Japanese RPG set in a fantasy land, most of the world seems to be inspired from Western traditions; everyone even follows a Catholic-looking church. Sheena Fujibayashi’s hometown Mizuho stands out as looking stereotypically Japanese. Sheena can be perceived as a love interest for either Lloyd Irving or Zelos Wilder, and while she certainly looks exotic and sexy enough to play the part of an evil assassin at the beginning of the game, her actual personality is innocent and idealistic. After the characters look past her “exotic” exterior, race becomes a minimal factor in their romances.

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%% ** Daniel and Mary-Sue Pleasant of ''VideoGame/TheSims 2''. Subverted, as Daniel is having an affair with the (AmbiguouslyBrown) maid, and is scripted to get caught in the act when Mary-Sue gets fired from her job.
** Also Hank Goddard and Pauline Wan in ''VideoGame/TheSims 3'', who seem to be a somewhat stereotypical embodiment of this trope, in that their relationship is massively shallow (although their attraction is not explicitly based on race or appearance, with a few other superficial factors listed).
%% * [[Franchise/MetalGear Kazuhira Miller]] is the offspring of an American GHQ officer and Japanese woman. However it also gets {{inverted|Trope}} {{averted|Trope}} as Mei Ling from the same series never gets in a relationship.
%% * VideoGame/GabrielKnight and Grace Nakimura - eventually subverted. Although Gabriel's (non-reciprocal) initial attraction to Grace follows the pattern of the same casual flirtation he has with every woman he meets, by the second instalment they obviously have a strong regard and affection for one another; [[spoiler: and by the end of the third game it's heavily implied that they're in love, although due to an unfortunate misunderstanding Grace leaves before they get the chance to tell one another.]]
* Played with in ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'', of all places. Despite being a Japanese RPG set in a fantasy land, most of the world seems to be inspired from Western traditions; everyone even follows a Catholic-looking church. Sheena Fujibayashi’s hometown Mizuho stands out as looking stereotypically Japanese. Sheena can be perceived as a love interest for either Lloyd Irving or Zelos Wilder, and while she certainly looks exotic and sexy enough to play the part of an evil assassin at the beginning of the game, her actual personality is innocent and idealistic. After the characters look past idealistic, which make her “exotic” exterior, race becomes qualify for this trope despite being a minimal factor skilled Summoner in their romances.her own right.



* In V3 of ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'', Adam Dodd ends up getting Izzy Cheung, though considering the [[ThereCanOnlyBeOne pre]][[KillEmAll mise]] and the [[BolivianArmyEnding ending]], it's hard to say what really happened next.

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%% * In V3 of ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'', Adam Dodd ends up getting Izzy Cheung, though considering the [[ThereCanOnlyBeOne pre]][[KillEmAll mise]] and the [[BolivianArmyEnding ending]], it's hard to say what really happened next.



* GenderInverted example: In ''TheGuild'', FeliciaDay's character Cyd Sherman has a brief romance with an Asian guy.

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%% * GenderInverted example: In ''TheGuild'', FeliciaDay's character Cyd Sherman has a brief romance with an Asian guy.



* Yuffie and Riku is a subversion of this trope in ''AnsemRetort'': Yuffie has a thing for weak emo boys that don't have the balls to defend themselves, and Riku's starved enough for attention that ''isn't'' abusive beatings that he jumps at the chance with Yuffie. However, the trope name itself is invoked by Red XIII:

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&& * Yuffie and Riku is a subversion of this trope in ''AnsemRetort'': Yuffie has a thing for weak emo boys that don't have the balls to defend themselves, and Riku's starved enough for attention that ''isn't'' abusive beatings that he jumps at the chance with Yuffie. However, the trope name itself is invoked by Red XIII:



* ''{{Misfile}}'': While Missi's Chinese ethnicity isn't an important part of her relationship with Ash (and everyone knows that Ash will end up with non-Asian Emily in the end, anyway), one strip has a thug leer at her and say, "Don't fret, baby. I can have me some yellow fever tonight."



* ''OdoriPark'' is about a Japanese woman married to a white American man. It is [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial definately not autobiographical]], even though the author is married to a Japanese woman, taught English in Japan and has a multi-racial child.
* David and Ye Thuza Williams (Caucasian and Burmese) in ''Webcomic/SandraAndWoo''. By extension, [[ToyShip inverted with their son Cloud and Sandra]].
* In [[KiwisByBeat Ryan Armand's]] webcomic ''Great'', the WhiteMaleLead Lyle marries Yukiko, the daughter of the owner of a Japanese ramen restaurant.

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%% * ''OdoriPark'' is about a Japanese woman married to a white American man. It is [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial definately not autobiographical]], even though the author is married to a Japanese woman, taught English in Japan and has a multi-racial child.
%% * David and Ye Thuza Williams (Caucasian and Burmese) in ''Webcomic/SandraAndWoo''. By extension, [[ToyShip inverted with their son Cloud and Sandra]].
%% * In [[KiwisByBeat Ryan Armand's]] webcomic ''Great'', the WhiteMaleLead Lyle marries Yukiko, the daughter of the owner of a Japanese ramen restaurant.



* ''AmericanDragonJakeLong'', Jake (a Chinese American hapa) pursues Rose (Blonde-haired, blue-eyed white girl). With Jake bring a dragon and Rose a slayer, ethnicity wasn't much (if any) of a factor. Jake's father is a white dude married to a Chinese woman (whose father's objections came from Jake's father's lack of magic)... His grandfather goes out with the high school principal who is white... and a mermaid.
* TheLifeAndTimesOfJuniperLee has the black guy version with the Asian-American main character having a crush on fellow classmate Marcus, with [[ShipTease strong hints of it being reciprocal]] but not gone into detail because they're only eleven and in elementary school. Race isn't really an issue, anyway, since the show is mostly about June [[WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld fighting monsters and demons while being a young girl]]. In a more traditional (and hilarious) version of the trope, June's friend Roger gets a crush on Juniper's grandmother when she's de-aged during one episode and has to attend school with her grandaughter.



* In ''{{Rugrats}}'', Chaz ended up being HappilyMarried to a Japanese woman, from France, named Kira. No UnfortunateImplications, and it's rather cute.
** An episode of ''AllGrownUp'' hints that Tommy has a thing for Kira's daughter and Chuckie's stepsister, Kimi.

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* In ''{{Rugrats}}'', Chaz ended up being HappilyMarried to a Japanese woman, from France, named Kira. No UnfortunateImplications, and it's rather cute.
%% ** An episode of ''AllGrownUp'' hints that Tommy has a thing for Kira's daughter and Chuckie's stepsister, Kimi.



* On ''MissionHill'', Andy and Kevin both fall for Tina, George's older sister - Kevin because she's a fellow sci-fi geek, and Andy because, well, she's hot.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'': Terry [=McGinnis=]'s steady girlfriend [[spoiler:and eventual fiancee]] Dana Tan is Asian American. He may have a thing for Asian girls; in one episode he flirts with [[GirlOfTheWeek Irene]], an an Asian [[BubbleBoy Bubble Girl]]. Dana is not amused.
* Sometimes Trixie Tang and Timmy Turner from ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents''.
* Flip-flopped in ''HeyArnold'' with Phoebe's parents: An Asian father and a white mother.
* Jake and Lady Rainicorn from ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime''; he's an anthropomorphic [[VoluntaryShapeshifting shapeshifting]] dog whose first language is English, she's a flying unicorn/rainbow thing who speaks only Korean.

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%% * On ''MissionHill'', Andy and Kevin both fall for Tina, George's older sister - Kevin because she's a fellow sci-fi geek, and Andy because, well, she's hot.
%% * ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'': Terry [=McGinnis=]'s steady girlfriend [[spoiler:and eventual fiancee]] Dana Tan is Asian American. He may have a thing for Asian girls; in one episode he flirts with [[GirlOfTheWeek Irene]], an an Asian [[BubbleBoy Bubble Girl]]. Dana is not amused.
%% * Sometimes Trixie Tang and Timmy Turner from ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents''.
%% * Flip-flopped in ''HeyArnold'' with Phoebe's parents: An Asian father and a white mother.
%% * Jake and Lady Rainicorn from ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime''; he's an anthropomorphic [[VoluntaryShapeshifting shapeshifting]] dog whose first language is English, she's a flying unicorn/rainbow thing who speaks only Korean.



* Happens in the current edition of the New Practical Chinese Reader, a textbook put out by the Beijing Language and Culture University Press. Who gets a little romance subplot revealed through the dialogs? Ma [=DaWei=], the blond American exchange student.
** Also used in ''Integrated Chinese'', in which Gao Wenzhong (an English caucasian) expresses interest in Bai Ying'ai (a Korean). Gender inverted with Wang Peng and Li You, who are respectively Chinese and a red-haired Caucasian.

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%% * Happens in the current edition of the New Practical Chinese Reader, a textbook put out by the Beijing Language and Culture University Press. Who gets a little romance subplot revealed through the dialogs? Ma [=DaWei=], the blond American exchange student.
%% ** Also used in ''Integrated Chinese'', in which Gao Wenzhong (an English caucasian) expresses interest in Bai Ying'ai (a Korean). Gender inverted with Wang Peng and Li You, who are respectively Chinese and a red-haired Caucasian.



** BruceLee and his wife Linda.
** Diane Farr of ''{{Numb3rs}}'' and ''RescueMe'' fame married an Asian man.

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%% ** BruceLee and his wife Linda.
%% ** Diane Farr of ''{{Numb3rs}}'' and ''RescueMe'' fame married an Asian man.



** [[http://bicoastalbitchin.com/2012/07/19/my-girl-marries-a-chinese-guy/ Anna Chlumsky]] of ''{{Series/VEEP}}'' and ''MyGirl'' married a Chinese guy.
** KINO frontman Music/ViktorTsoi was the son of a Korean man and a Russian woman, and himself married a Russian woman.

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%% ** [[http://bicoastalbitchin.com/2012/07/19/my-girl-marries-a-chinese-guy/ Anna Chlumsky]] of ''{{Series/VEEP}}'' and ''MyGirl'' married a Chinese guy.
%% ** KINO frontman Music/ViktorTsoi was the son of a Korean man and a Russian woman, and himself married a Russian woman.
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* [[DepravedHomosexual Joel]] [[CloudCuckoolander Godard]] (the character he played, not the real announcer) on [[LateNight Late Night]] with [[ConanOBrien Conan O'Brien]] had a thing for young asian men.

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* [[DepravedHomosexual Joel]] [[CloudCuckoolander Godard]] (the character he played, not the real announcer) on [[LateNight Late Night]] with [[ConanOBrien [[Creator/ConanOBrien Conan O'Brien]] had a thing for young asian men.
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* {{Inverted}} in classic YA Australian novel ''TomorrowWhenTheWarBegan'', where the Caucasian female lead falls in love with the Asian male lead.
* Played straight in Christos Tsiolkas's ''TheSlap'', where the first (Greek-Australian) point-of-view character's wife is an Indian-Australian woman.
* Robert Lecter and Lady Murasaki, in ''HannibalRising''.
* {{Inverted}} in Kerry Greenwood's PhryneFisher stories, when Phryne becomes involved with Lin Chung. Their relationship continues even after his ArrangedMarriage to another woman goes ahead.
* ''TheSecretsOfTheImmortalNicholasFlamel'' inverts this with [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot Irish redheaded vampire ninja war goddess]] Aoife and immortal Japanese swordsman Niten.
* Patton Burgess from the ''Literature/{{Fablehaven}}'' series falls in love with a water nymph named Lena, who looks partly Asian but is actually from a pond in Connecticut.

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%% * {{Inverted}} in classic YA Australian novel ''TomorrowWhenTheWarBegan'', where the Caucasian female lead falls in love with the Asian male lead.
%% * Played straight in Christos Tsiolkas's ''TheSlap'', where the first (Greek-Australian) point-of-view character's wife is an Indian-Australian woman.
%% * Robert Lecter and Lady Murasaki, in ''HannibalRising''.
%% * {{Inverted}} in Kerry Greenwood's PhryneFisher stories, when Phryne becomes involved with Lin Chung. Their relationship continues even after his ArrangedMarriage to another woman goes ahead.
%% * ''TheSecretsOfTheImmortalNicholasFlamel'' inverts this with [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot Irish redheaded vampire ninja war goddess]] Aoife and immortal Japanese swordsman Niten.
%% * Patton Burgess from the ''Literature/{{Fablehaven}}'' series falls in love with a water nymph named Lena, who looks partly Asian but is actually from a pond in Connecticut.



* ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' has Toshiko Sato, who has a thing for Owen Harper. Unfortunately, he's more or less blind to her feelings.
** Which is reversed in the episode "Adam". Owen's the one with the thing for Toshiko, which she doesn't notice because she's taken up with the title character. [[spoiler: The title character isn't even a real person, and has been manipulating their memories to stay alive.]]
* ''Series/{{Glee}}'': In Season 1, Artie and Tina begin a relationship. Subverted in Season 2 when Tina and Artie break up because Artie treats her poorly and Tina chooses the [[TokenMinorityCouple fellow Asian Mike Chang]].
* ''{{Shogun}}'' (as well as the [[AsianSaga original novel]] by James Clavell)
* ''HouseOfHarmony''--not only does the Singaporean Chinese female fall in love with a visiting American businessman, but her half-Asian daughter (played by Maggie Q) later falls in love with the adopted son of said businessman.
* ''TwinPeaks'': JoanChen is married to an older Westerner, and it is revealed he picked her up in Hong Kong. She also has affairs with other Westerners.

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* %%* ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' has Toshiko Sato, who has a thing for Owen Harper. Unfortunately, he's more or less blind to her feelings.
** %%** Which is reversed in the episode "Adam". Owen's the one with the thing for Toshiko, which she doesn't notice because she's taken up with the title character. [[spoiler: The title character isn't even a real person, and has been manipulating their memories to stay alive.]]
* ''Series/{{Glee}}'': In Season 1, Artie and Tina begin a relationship. Subverted in Season 2 when Tina and Artie break up because Artie treats her poorly and Tina chooses the [[TokenMinorityCouple fellow Asian Mike Chang]].
%% * ''{{Shogun}}'' (as well as the [[AsianSaga original novel]] by James Clavell)
%% * ''HouseOfHarmony''--not only does the Singaporean Chinese female fall in love with a visiting American businessman, but her half-Asian daughter (played by Maggie Q) later falls in love with the adopted son of said businessman.
%% * ''TwinPeaks'': JoanChen is married to an older Westerner, and it is revealed he picked her up in Hong Kong. She also has affairs with other Westerners.



* Tommy Gavin's dad in ''RescueMe'' marries a (rich) Korean woman younger than him (which is not saying much, considering he's 82) in season 2, apparently while in Ireland. This confuses Tommy more than anything else.
* In ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration The Next Generation]]'' and ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine DS9]]'' with Miles and Keiko O'Brien.
* An episode of ''Series/{{Lost}}'' flashes back to Jack traveling to Phuket, Thailand, where he enters into a relationship with a local woman. It didn't seem to last very long, though.

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* Tommy Gavin's dad in ''RescueMe'' marries a (rich) Korean woman younger than him (which is not saying much, considering he's 82) in season 2, apparently while in Ireland. This confuses Tommy more than anything else.
%% * In ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration The Next Generation]]'' and ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine DS9]]'' with Miles and Keiko O'Brien.
%% * An episode of ''Series/{{Lost}}'' flashes back to Jack traveling to Phuket, Thailand, where he enters into a relationship with a local woman. It didn't seem to last very long, though.



* Sid from ''Series/{{Skins}}'', ahem, reads a magazine called Asian Fanny Fun religiously. The use of "Asian" in the UK usually refers to people of South Asian descent (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka) rather than East or South-East Asian as this trope usually implies.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' has the running gag of Dean habitually reading the magazine Busty Asian Beauties. There's a website as well, much to Sam's annoyance.



* Basil Fawlty from ''Series/FawltyTowers'' sometimes alludes to having had an affair with a local woman while serving in the Korean War.
* Nikita and Michael in the CW's show ''Nikita'' spend most of the first season flirting and refusing to kill each other before finally getting their RelationshipUpgrade. Their love has nothing to do with skin color but rather having saved each others' lives on a consistent basis.
* In ''NightCourt'', the black Mac Robinson is married to Vietnamese Quon Le.

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* Basil Fawlty from ''Series/FawltyTowers'' sometimes alludes to having had an affair with a local woman while serving in the Korean War.
* Nikita and Michael in the CW's show ''Nikita'' spend most of the first season flirting and refusing to kill each other before finally getting their RelationshipUpgrade. Their love has nothing to do with skin color but rather having saved each others' lives on a consistent basis.
%% * In ''NightCourt'', the black Mac Robinson is married to Vietnamese Quon Le.



** Jimmy Palmer had a season-long relationship with Agent Michelle Lee.
* ''SullivanAndSon'': Sullivan is white and his wife is Korean. Inverted with the son, who seems to have a thing for a white paramedic.
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'': When Ross went to China he hooked up with Julie. After they broke up, Julie hooked up with Russ a (white) guy Rachel was dating.

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%% ** Jimmy Palmer had a season-long relationship with Agent Michelle Lee.
%% * ''SullivanAndSon'': Sullivan is white and his wife is Korean. Inverted with the son, who seems to have a thing for a white paramedic.
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'': When Ross went to China he hooked up with Julie. After they broke up, Julie hooked up with Russ a (white) guy Rachel was dating.
paramedic.



* ''Series/{{Elementary}}'': The ex-boyfriend of Joan Watson (Creator/LucyLiu), Ty Morstan, is white.

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%% * ''Series/{{Elementary}}'': The ex-boyfriend of Joan Watson (Creator/LucyLiu), Ty Morstan, is white.
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* ''SnowFallingOnCedars'': Averted, as while the Japanese girl Hatsue is very much in love with the Western guy Ishmael, circumstances force her to marry a fellow Japanese. In the book, however, the relationship between Ishmael and Hatsue wasn't quite that simple.

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%% * ''SnowFallingOnCedars'': Averted, as while the Japanese girl Hatsue is very much in love with the Western guy Ishmael, circumstances force her to marry a fellow Japanese. In the book, however, the relationship between Ishmael and Hatsue wasn't quite that simple.



* ''Come See The Paradise'': Dennis Quaid marries a Japanese woman in the late 1930s, only to see her sent to a detention camp along with other Japanese immigrants to the US in the wake of Pearl Harbor.

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%% * ''Come See The Paradise'': Dennis Quaid marries a Japanese woman in the late 1930s, only to see her sent to a detention camp along with other Japanese immigrants to the US in the wake of Pearl Harbor.



* ''Flypaper'' with Lucy Liu.
* ''{{Face}}'' with Bai Ling.
* ''Stealth'' the black character (portrayed by Jamie Foxx) has a Thai girlfriend.
* ''One Night Stand'' has Wesley Snipes married to Ming-Na Wen.

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%% * ''Flypaper'' with Lucy Liu.
%% * ''{{Face}}'' with Bai Ling.
%% * ''Stealth'' the black character (portrayed by Jamie Foxx) has a Thai girlfriend.
%% * ''One Night Stand'' has Wesley Snipes married to Ming-Na Wen.



* Messed around with in ''BallsOfFury''.

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* Messed around with in ''BallsOfFury''.Despite being a portly washed up ping pong player, the main characters of ''BallsOfFury'' is still mighty enough to get Maggie Q's character.



* ''CharliesAngels'': Lucy Liu's father and boyfriend are played by John Cleese and Matt [=LeBlanc=], respectively, indicating something of a family tradition for this trope.
* ''MiamiVice'': GongLi is the mistress of a (white-looking) Latin American drug lord, and has a tryst with Colin Farrell.
* ''The Hunted'': Christopher Lambert has a one-night stand with JoanChen.

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%% * ''CharliesAngels'': Lucy Liu's father and boyfriend are played by John Cleese and Matt [=LeBlanc=], respectively, indicating something of a family tradition for this trope.
%% * ''MiamiVice'': GongLi is the mistress of a (white-looking) Latin American drug lord, and has a tryst with Colin Farrell.
%% * ''The Hunted'': Christopher Lambert has a one-night stand with JoanChen.



* The French movie ''Augustin Roi Du Kung Fu'' (the title character has a platonic relationship with a Chinese immigrant played by Maggie Cheung, and eventually moves to Beijing where he marries a local woman).

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%% * The French movie ''Augustin Roi Du Kung Fu'' (the title character has a platonic relationship with a Chinese immigrant played by Maggie Cheung, and eventually moves to Beijing where he marries a local woman).



* However, inverted in a fifth French movie, ''L'Amant'' (''Film/TheLover'', adapted from the eponymous novel by Marguerite Duras): the heroine is a French teenage girl, also in colonial Indochina, who sleeps for money with an older IdleRich Chinese man. And she realizes after leaving back to France that she really loved him.
** Also in a sixth French film, ''Hiroshima Mon Amour''.
*** Deconstructed in a ''seventh'' [[TheAdventuresOfAntoineDoinel French film.]]

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* However, inverted in a fifth another French movie, ''L'Amant'' (''Film/TheLover'', adapted from the eponymous novel by Marguerite Duras): the heroine is a French teenage girl, also in colonial Indochina, who sleeps for money with an older IdleRich Chinese man. And she realizes after leaving back to France that she really loved him.
%% ** Also in a sixth French film, ''Hiroshima Mon Amour''.
%% *** Deconstructed in a ''seventh'' [[TheAdventuresOfAntoineDoinel French film.]]



* DolphLundgren and Tia Carrere in ''Showdown in Little Tokyo''.

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%% * DolphLundgren and Tia Carrere in ''Showdown in Little Tokyo''.



* ''AirAmerica'': The character played by Mel Gibson, an American pilot in 1960s Laos, is married to a local woman.
* ''AustinPowers'' parodies this in ''Goldmember'', with twins. With [[RefugeInAudacity Punny Names]].
* This is a subplot of ''{{Midway}}''. As the main reason for making the girl Japanese is to present the lovers with "difficulties peculiar to 1942" it is more a case of StarCrossedLovers. It is also unclear whether they eventually do marry but implied that they do not.
* Inverted in ''Stratosphere Girl'', as the main reason the belgian girl becomes a club hostess in Tokyo is to find and hook up with a young Japanese DJ she met back home.
* {{Gender inverted|Trope}} in ''Bridge to the Sun'', based [[RealLife on the autobiographic novel]] of the same name. Gwendolyn "Gwen" Harold (Carol Baker) marries the Japanese diplomat Hidenari "Terry" Terasaki (James Shigeta)... some years before WorldWarTwo. [[BreakTheCutie Needless to say]], it does not end well for them.

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%% * ''AirAmerica'': The character played by Mel Gibson, an American pilot in 1960s Laos, is married to a local woman.
* ''AustinPowers'' parodies this in ''Goldmember'', with twins.a pair of fangirl [[TwinThreesomeFantasy twins]] willing to do anything for Austin. With [[RefugeInAudacity Punny Names]].
%% * This is a subplot of ''{{Midway}}''. As the main reason for making the girl Japanese is to present the lovers with "difficulties peculiar to 1942" it is more a case of StarCrossedLovers. It is also unclear whether they eventually do marry but implied that they do not.
%% * Inverted in ''Stratosphere Girl'', as the main reason the belgian girl becomes a club hostess in Tokyo is to find and hook up with a young Japanese DJ she met back home.
%% * {{Gender inverted|Trope}} in ''Bridge to the Sun'', based [[RealLife on the autobiographic novel]] of the same name. Gwendolyn "Gwen" Harold (Carol Baker) marries the Japanese diplomat Hidenari "Terry" Terasaki (James Shigeta)... some years before WorldWarTwo. [[BreakTheCutie Needless to say]], it does not end well for them.



* Subverted in ''The Ramen Girl'', in which the eponymous character falls in love with a Korean man, despite being in Japan.

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%% * Subverted in ''The Ramen Girl'', in which the eponymous character falls in love with a Korean man, despite being in Japan.



* A rare non-human example occurs in the [[EasternEuropeanAnimation Hungarian]] animated film CatCity: both the hero Grabowski and his girlfriend Csino-san are anthropomorphic mice, but the former is clearly European or American, and the latter is Japanese.

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%% * A rare non-human example occurs in the [[EasternEuropeanAnimation Hungarian]] animated film CatCity: both the hero Grabowski and his girlfriend Csino-san are anthropomorphic mice, but the former is clearly European or American, and the latter is Japanese.



* Inverted again in ''The Replacement Killers'', courtesy of Chow Yun-Fat and Mira Sorvino.

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%% * Inverted again in ''The Replacement Killers'', courtesy of Chow Yun-Fat and Mira Sorvino.



* ''SonOfTheDragon'' is precisely about getting a husband for a beautiful asian princess. The main character, the only occidental and a foreigner (since he's not Asian), enters the competition for marrying her in order to infiltrate and steal part of the treasure. He ends up falling in love with her and fighting against the other main competitor to defend the castle when that competitor with his army to get the treasure, revealing he was EvilAllAlong and didn't care about the princess.

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* ''SonOfTheDragon'' is precisely about getting a husband for a beautiful asian Asian princess. The main character, the only occidental and a foreigner (since he's not Asian), enters the competition for marrying her in order to infiltrate and steal part of the treasure. He ends up falling in love with her and fighting against the other main competitor to defend the castle when that competitor with his army to get the treasure, revealing he was EvilAllAlong and didn't care about the princess.



* ''Midnight Sunshine'' a book by Kelvin Reed, has a Filipina marrying a black man.

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%% * ''Midnight Sunshine'' a book by Kelvin Reed, has a Filipina marrying a black man.



* [[RunningGag As mentioned above,]] ''Literature/TheJoyLuckClub'' by Amy Tan.
** Subverted at one point, where one of the wives catches her husband in flagrante delicto with a white woman. (Interestingly, despite stereotypes of white man/Asian woman relationships having a dominant man and submissive woman, it's strongly implied that the husband cheated ''because'' of his wife's spinelessness.)

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* [[RunningGag As mentioned above,]] ''Literature/TheJoyLuckClub'' by Amy Tan.
** Subverted at one point, where one
Tan plays with this trope. One of the wives catches her husband in flagrante delicto with a white woman. (Interestingly, despite stereotypes couples plays the stereotype of white man/Asian woman relationships having a dominant man and submissive woman, woman perfectly straight, but it's strongly implied that the husband cheated ''because'' of his wife's spinelessness.)), when she catches her husband in flagrante delicto with a white woman.



* Inverted in ''TheKingAndI''.

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%% * Inverted in ''TheKingAndI''.
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* ''BarefootGen'': A girl who has been raped by American soldiers decides to prostitute herself to them in order to support her younger sister.



** Probably applies to Izumi and her husband Sig. While the is no official mention of her ethnicity, her name and features suggest an Asian background.



** Fusae Campbell Kinoshita, Dr. Agasa's UnluckyChildhoodFriend, was the daughter of a Japanese woman and an English man. She herself was the victim of bullying due to her origins and her naturally blond hair.
* In ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'', Clow Reed's mother was Chinese, and his father was British... leading to Clow producing an interesting fusion of Eastern and Western magic.

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%% ** Fusae Campbell Kinoshita, Dr. Agasa's UnluckyChildhoodFriend, was the daughter of a Japanese woman and an English man. She herself was the victim of bullying due to her origins and her naturally blond hair.
%% * In ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'', Clow Reed's mother was Chinese, and his father was British... leading to Clow producing an interesting fusion of Eastern and Western magic.



* In ''OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' Tamaki Suou's parents are a genderflip of this trope. Tamaki's father Yuzuru is Japanese and his mother Anne-Sophie is French. This is like the first of the six listed scenarios above where race has nothing to do with their interest in each other. It produced a blond kid who believed every single weird stereotype about Japan before he actually came to live there, and for a while afterward, but he gets away with being insane and half-foreign because he's richer than God. (And pretty. The Japanese love pretty foreigners and look down on the rest.)



* Lilly in ''RainbowNishaRokubouNoShichinin''.

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%% * Lilly in ''RainbowNishaRokubouNoShichinin''.



* In the shojo manga ''Manga/{{Lady}}'', the main character Lyn Russell (original name, Rin Midorikawa) is the daughter of the Englishman Sir George Russell and his Japanese second wife, Misuzu Midorikawa. (Curiously, she looks ''very'' Western with her blonde hair and green eyes, inherited from her dad.) After Misuzu's death in an accident, Lynn has to live with George and her half-sister Sarah, and faces quite a bit of discrimination.

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%% * In the shojo manga ''Manga/{{Lady}}'', the main character Lyn Russell (original name, Rin Midorikawa) is the daughter of the Englishman Sir George Russell and his Japanese second wife, Misuzu Midorikawa. (Curiously, she looks ''very'' Western with her blonde hair and green eyes, inherited from her dad.) After Misuzu's death in an accident, Lynn has to live with George and her half-sister Sarah, and faces quite a bit of discrimination.



* [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Reed Richards]]' former fianceé Alyssa Moy.
* Played with in ''CortoMaltese'': Corto and Shanghai Li develop feelings for each other, but don't act on them as Li turns out to already be married to a Chinese man whom she describes as a NiceGuy, parting ways amiably with Corto. This was also shown in TheMovie.
* The OfficialCouple in ''LesInnommables'' is [[UglyGuyHotWife Mac, an American, and Alix, a Chinese girl]].
* Two French-Belgian graphic novels that play the trope straight are ''Love Hotel'' and ''Tokyo Est Mon Jardin''. In the first one, a clueless Westerner moves to Japan hoping to start a romantic relationship with his teen-aged pen pal, who turns out to be a contestant in a reality-TV game; he does eventually seduce a Japanese woman. In the second one, the same character settles down with yet another Japanese woman and marries her.
** In real life, FredericBoilet, the author, lives with a Sino-Khmer woman, who is herself a graphic novelist and has depicted their relationship in the sexually explicit ''Fraise Et Chocolat''.
* Joel Kent and Mei-Lai in the DCComics {{Elseworld}} ''SupermanAndBatmanGenerations''.
* Gender-inverted with [[TheAtom Ryan Choi]] and his white girlfriend, [[TinyGuyHugeGirl Giganta]].
* Inverted with the Mandarin (major ComicBook/IronMan villain) and Shang-Chi (Master of Kung Fu and hero): both have Chinese fathers and white mothers.
** Additionally, Shang-Chi is in love with Tarantula, a Hispanic woman.
* Doubly inverted with Karate Kid from the ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}; he has a Japanese father and a white American mother, and his girlfriend/wife/widow was Princess Projectra (later Sensor Girl) who's a Caucasian WhiteHairedPrettyGirl.

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%% * [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Reed Richards]]' former fianceé Alyssa Moy.
%% * Played with in ''CortoMaltese'': Corto and Shanghai Li develop feelings for each other, but don't act on them as Li turns out to already be married to a Chinese man whom she describes as a NiceGuy, parting ways amiably with Corto. This was also shown in TheMovie.
%% * The OfficialCouple in ''LesInnommables'' is [[UglyGuyHotWife Mac, an American, and Alix, a Chinese girl]].
%% * Two French-Belgian graphic novels that play the trope straight are ''Love Hotel'' and ''Tokyo Est Mon Jardin''. In the first one, a clueless Westerner moves to Japan hoping to start a romantic relationship with his teen-aged pen pal, who turns out to be a contestant in a reality-TV game; he does eventually seduce a Japanese woman. In the second one, the same character settles down with yet another Japanese woman and marries her.
%% ** In real life, FredericBoilet, the author, lives with a Sino-Khmer woman, who is herself a graphic novelist and has depicted their relationship in the sexually explicit ''Fraise Et Chocolat''.
%% * Joel Kent and Mei-Lai in the DCComics {{Elseworld}} ''SupermanAndBatmanGenerations''.
%% * Gender-inverted with [[TheAtom Ryan Choi]] and his white girlfriend, [[TinyGuyHugeGirl Giganta]].
%% * Inverted with the Mandarin (major ComicBook/IronMan villain) and Shang-Chi (Master of Kung Fu and hero): both have Chinese fathers and white mothers.
%% ** Additionally, Shang-Chi is in love with Tarantula, a Hispanic woman.
%% * Doubly inverted with Karate Kid from the ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}; he has a Japanese father and a white American mother, and his girlfriend/wife/widow was Princess Projectra (later Sensor Girl) who's a Caucasian WhiteHairedPrettyGirl.



* Gender inverted as well in the ComicBook/{{Empowered}} comics, where the title character has an Asian boyfriend called Thugboy.



* In season 8 of ''ComicBook/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' the white (American) Oz is in a steady relationship with the Tibetan Bayarmaa. Race is not shown to a be a factor at all; they have instead bonded over [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent other things]].
** This is the same series that gives us Satsu, a Japanese Slayer who replaces white guy with white girl, in this case Buffy.

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%% * In season Season 8 of ''ComicBook/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' the white (American) Oz is in a steady relationship with the Tibetan Bayarmaa. Race is not shown to a be a factor at all; they have instead bonded over [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent other things]].
** This is the same series that gives us
has Satsu, a Japanese Slayer who replaces white guy with white girl, in this case Buffy.



* An early film example is ''The Wrath of the Gods'' made in 1914, starring Japanese-American silent film idol Sessue Hayakawa (as the dad; not the romantic lead this time, 'natch).
* ''DragonballEvolution'', with a white male lead and Asian love interest.
* ''House Of Bamboo'': An American military policeman in Japan convinces the widow of a murder victim to pose as his girlfriend, and she eventually falls in love with him.
* ''The World Of Suzie Wong'': The title character is a Hong Kong HookerWithAHeartOfGold who becomes a visiting British artist's girlfriend.

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%% * An early film example is ''The Wrath of the Gods'' made in 1914, starring Japanese-American silent film idol Sessue Hayakawa (as the dad; not the romantic lead this time, 'natch).
%% * ''DragonballEvolution'', with a white male lead and Asian love interest.
%% * ''House Of Bamboo'': An American military policeman in Japan convinces the widow of a murder victim to pose as his girlfriend, and she eventually falls in love with him.
%% * ''The World Of Suzie Wong'': The title character is a Hong Kong HookerWithAHeartOfGold who becomes a visiting British artist's girlfriend.



* ''TheSandPebbles'': Richard Attenborough saves a Chinese woman from prostitution by buying her debts and marrying her.
* ''TheKarateKid'' (The second one.): First time, but not the last, a character played by Tamlyn Tomita falls in love with a Westerner. Then again, her Japanese suitor Chozen is a AxCrazy JerkAss.
** In the remake featuring JackieChan as a Chinese counterpart to Mr. Miyagi, it was Asian Gal With "Black" Guy.
* In ''Film/TheDayAfterTomorrow'', Tamlyn Tomita has a budding relationship with a white man that is devoid of overtly racial overtones.
* ''Year Of The Dragon'': Stanley White (Mickey Rourke) aggressively courts Tracy Tzu (Ariane Koizumi), and his sexual attraction to her is implied to be a byproduct of a blend of attraction/repulsion towards Asians which he picked up in Vietnam.

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%% * ''TheSandPebbles'': Richard Attenborough saves a Chinese woman from prostitution by buying her debts and marrying her.
%% * ''TheKarateKid'' (The second one.): First time, but not the last, a character played by Tamlyn Tomita falls in love with a Westerner. Then again, her Japanese suitor Chozen is a AxCrazy JerkAss.
%% ** In the remake featuring JackieChan as a Chinese counterpart to Mr. Miyagi, it was Asian Gal With "Black" Guy.
* In ''Film/TheDayAfterTomorrow'', Tamlyn Tomita has a budding relationship with a white man that is devoid of overtly racial overtones.
%% * ''Year Of The Dragon'': Stanley White (Mickey Rourke) aggressively courts Tracy Tzu (Ariane Koizumi), and his sexual attraction to her is implied to be a byproduct of a blend of attraction/repulsion towards Asians which he picked up in Vietnam.



* The Tom Selleck vehicle ''MrBaseball'' is a particularly sad example - their love scene is said to have more or less cost the actress her career.
* ''Rising Sun'' with Sean Connery and Tia Carrere.
* ''LuckyNumberSlevin'' with Josh Hartnett and Lucy Liu, though the latter is a sophisticated New Yorker on equal levels with the former, and the issue of race is never raised.
* ''Heaven And Earth'': A GI in Vietnam comes home to the US with a war bride.
* [[GenderInvertedTrope Gender inverted]] in ''Literature/ThePillowBook'': Vivian Wu, despite living in Hong Kong, picks up Ewan [=McGregor=] as a boyfriend. Granted, she had ulterior motives, namely using him to get closer to her late father's publisher.
* ''Chinese Box'': Gong Li has a relationship with Jeremy Irons.
* ''Red Corner'': Richard Gere, charged with murder while in China, has his beautiful assigned lawyer Bai Ling fall in love with him. Similar to the ''MrBaseball'' example above as Bai Ling reportedly lost her ''citizenship'' over it.
* ''The Breed'' with Bai Ling.
* ''Art Of War'' starring Wesley Snipes.
* ''Bangkok Dangerous'' (the remake with Nicholas Cage)

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%% * The Tom Selleck vehicle ''MrBaseball'' is a particularly sad example - their love scene is said to have more or less cost the actress her career.
%% * ''Rising Sun'' with Sean Connery and Tia Carrere.
* ''LuckyNumberSlevin'' with Josh Hartnett and Lucy Liu, though the latter is a sophisticated New Yorker on equal levels with the former, and the issue of race is never raised.
%% * ''Heaven And Earth'': A GI in Vietnam comes home to the US with a war bride.
* [[GenderInvertedTrope Gender inverted]] in ''Literature/ThePillowBook'': Vivian Wu, despite living in Hong Kong, picks up Ewan [=McGregor=] as a boyfriend. Granted, she had ulterior motives, namely using him to get closer to her late father's publisher.
%% * ''Chinese Box'': Gong Li has a relationship with Jeremy Irons.
%% * ''Red Corner'': Richard Gere, charged with murder while in China, has his beautiful assigned lawyer Bai Ling fall in love with him. Similar to the ''MrBaseball'' example above as Bai Ling reportedly lost her ''citizenship'' over it.
%% * ''The Breed'' with Bai Ling.
%% * ''Art Of War'' starring Wesley Snipes.
%% * ''Bangkok Dangerous'' (the remake with Nicholas Cage)
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Sadly, interracial relationships in general are still a [[MalignedMixedMarriage touchy subject]] for many. Sometimes with notions that [[EntitledToHaveYou the women of a certain ethnic group or whatever "belong" to the men of that group, and vice versa]], or that any woman or man who makes intimate alliances outside their group is a [[CategoryTraitor Race Traitor]]. When it comes to the particular case of Asian women with white men, we ''also'' have the whole issue of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orientalism Orientalism]], with its history of stereotypes about "white men rescuing brown women from evil brown men" and with Asian women being portrayed as [[AsiaHookerStereotype exotic, submissive and hyper-sexualized]] or just plain [[AsianAirhead stupid and uneducated]].

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Sadly, interracial relationships in general are still a [[MalignedMixedMarriage touchy subject]] for many. Sometimes with notions that [[EntitledToHaveYou the women of a certain ethnic group or whatever "belong" to the men of that group, and vice versa]], or that any woman or man who makes intimate alliances outside their group is a [[CategoryTraitor Race Traitor]]. When it comes to the particular case of Asian women with white men, we ''also'' have the whole issue of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orientalism Orientalism]], with its history of stereotypes about "white men rescuing brown women from evil brown men" and with Asian women being portrayed as [[AsiaHookerStereotype [[AsianHookerStereotype exotic, submissive and hyper-sexualized]] or just plain [[AsianAirhead stupid and uneducated]].
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