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28th Apr '17 7:54:56 AM erforce
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%% * DolphLundgren and Tia Carrere in ''Showdown in Little Tokyo''.

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%% * DolphLundgren Creator/DolphLundgren and Tia Carrere in ''Showdown in Little Tokyo''.''Film/ShowdownInLittleTokyo''.
22nd Apr '17 7:59:47 AM PillarGeneral8
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* 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 ''Madame Butterfly'', opera also had ''Theatre/Lakmé'', the same story set in India.

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* 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 ''Madame Butterfly'', opera also had ''Theatre/Lakmé'', ''Lakmé'', the same story set in India.
22nd Apr '17 7:58:17 AM PillarGeneral8
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* 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 ''Madame Butterfly'', opera also had ''Lakmé'', the same story set in India.

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* 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 ''Madame Butterfly'', opera also had ''Lakmé'', ''Theatre/Lakmé'', the same story set in India.
22nd Apr '17 7:50:56 AM PillarGeneral8
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* 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 ''Madame Butterfly'', opera also had ''Lakme'', the same story set in India.

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* 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 ''Madame Butterfly'', opera also had ''Lakme'', ''Lakmé'', the same story set in India.
21st Apr '17 4:11:20 PM fearlessnikki
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In RealLife, it should be noted that [[http://dcentric.wamu.org/2011/10/the-rise-of-interracial-marriage/ white male-Asian female is the second-most common interracial pairing in the United States]]. But we won't get into the psychology or implications of real people here.

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In RealLife, it should be noted that [[http://dcentric.wamu.org/2011/10/the-rise-of-interracial-marriage/ white male-Asian female is the second-most common interracial pairing in the United States]]. Back in UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfHollywood, Chinese-American star Creator/AnnaMayWong was treated this way in the press for dating white men - as she found that Asian men looked down on her for being an actress. But we won't get into the psychology or implications of real people here.


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* Discussed in ''Film/AlreadyTomorrowInHongKong'' between Josh (a white American living in Hong Kong) and Ruby (an Asian-American on vacation). She realises that most of her boyfriends have been white, and she mocks herself for enforcing the stereotype. Josh's girlfriend is a local girl, and dating more than one of them has led to him being mocked by his white co-workers - who accuse him of having a RaceFetish.
10th Apr '17 1:46:21 PM Golondrina
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Interracial relationships in general are still a [[MalignedMixedMarriage touchy subject]]. There still exists the notion that [[EntitledToHaveYou the women of a social category somehow "belong" to the men of that category and vice-versa]]. Those who stray are often considered some kind of [[CategoryTraitor traitor to 'their people']]. Asiatic-European pairings are also plagued by the shadow of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orientalism Orientalism]], and a long history of stories about "pink men rescuing brown women from evil brown men". Though 'Orientalism' was originally defined by European attitudes to the Middle East, European eyes went on to view the Far East through the same paradigm. In any case, the modern {{stereotype}} of Asian women is that they're charmingly exotic, uber-domestic, [[AsianHookerStereotype unquestioningly-subservient nymphomaniacs]]... or, at the other extreme, [[AsianAirhead an uneducated, ditzy moron]]. Thus, her Caucasian lover will arrive and be somehow "better" than her Asian peers, often to the point of her complete devotion.

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Interracial relationships in general are still a [[MalignedMixedMarriage touchy subject]]. There still exists the notion that [[EntitledToHaveYou the women of a social category somehow "belong" to the men of that category and vice-versa]]. Those who stray are often considered some kind of [[CategoryTraitor traitor to 'their people']]. Asiatic-European pairings are also plagued by the shadow of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orientalism Orientalism]], and a long history of stories about "pink men rescuing brown women from evil brown men". Though 'Orientalism' was originally defined by European attitudes to the Middle East, European eyes went on to view the Far East through the same paradigm. In any case, the modern {{stereotype}} of Asian women is that they're charmingly exotic, uber-domestic, [[AsianHookerStereotype unquestioningly-subservient nymphomaniacs]]... or, at the other extreme, [[AsianAirhead an uneducated, ditzy moron]]. Thus, her Caucasian white lover will arrive and be somehow "better" than her Asian peers, often to the point of her complete devotion.



* In a strange version of this trope, the Japanese Konoka of ''Manga/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?

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* In a strange version of this trope, the Japanese Konoka of ''Manga/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]]).white]]). 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?



%% * 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 girl with MysticalWhiteHair.

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%% * 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 white girl with MysticalWhiteHair.



* 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.

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* Inverted in Gene Yang's ''ComicBook/AmericanBornChinese''. Chinese-American Jin develops a crush on his schoolmate Amelia, who's Caucasian.white. This eventually causes him to reject his Asian heritage outright.



* Averted but discussed in ''Film/TheFastAndTheFuriousTokyoDrift'', 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.

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* Averted but discussed in ''Film/TheFastAndTheFuriousTokyoDrift'', 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 white woman around) This is even alluded to by one of the Asian characters in the film.



* {{Zigzagged| Trope}} in ''Film/ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld''. He has a Chinese girlfriend (Knives Chau) at the start of the first volume, and dumps her as soon as [[MysteriousWaif Ramona Flowers]] enters the scene (who is caucasian). Knives desperately tries to get him back (and was supposedly to end up with him in TheMovie) but nothing else really comes of it, as Scott has completely lost interest in her in favor of Ramona. The relationship is not played for race, or conscious stereotypes, but the UnfortunateImplications remain.

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* {{Zigzagged| Trope}} in ''Film/ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld''. He has a Chinese girlfriend (Knives Chau) at the start of the first volume, and dumps her as soon as [[MysteriousWaif Ramona Flowers]] enters the scene (who is caucasian).white). Knives desperately tries to get him back (and was supposedly to end up with him in TheMovie) but nothing else really comes of it, as Scott has completely lost interest in her in favor of Ramona. The relationship is not played for race, or conscious stereotypes, but the UnfortunateImplications remain.



* 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''.

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* Occurs in Gish Jen's novel ''Mona in the Promise Land'', and lampshaded when the Caucasian white 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''.



%% * {{Inverted}} in classic YA Australian novel ''Literature/TomorrowWhenTheWarBegan'', where the Caucasian female lead falls in love with the Asian male lead.

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%% * {{Inverted}} in classic YA Australian novel ''Literature/TomorrowWhenTheWarBegan'', where the Caucasian white female lead falls in love with the Asian male lead.



* 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).

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* 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 white 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/{{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.

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* ''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 white girl who appropriated a Chinese name.



* Conscientiously averted in ''VideoGame/SaintsRowTheThird''. Phillipe Loren's female CoDragons were originally envisioned as a pair of Japanese twins named Natsuko and Yukako (or [[ThemeTwinNaming Suki and Yuki]] for short) who headed an all-female prostitute gang and basically did all of Phillipe's heavy lifting for him. Head writer Steve Jaros, however, didn't want to play into the "badass Asian chicks that are subservient to an older man" stereotype, so Suki and Yuki were retooled into the Caucasian twins Viola and Kiki [=DeWynter=] and their gang was merged into Loren's Morningstar.

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* Conscientiously averted in ''VideoGame/SaintsRowTheThird''. Phillipe Loren's female CoDragons were originally envisioned as a pair of Japanese twins named Natsuko and Yukako (or [[ThemeTwinNaming Suki and Yuki]] for short) who headed an all-female prostitute gang and basically did all of Phillipe's heavy lifting for him. Head writer Steve Jaros, however, didn't want to play into the "badass Asian chicks that are subservient to an older man" stereotype, so Suki and Yuki were retooled into the Caucasian white twins Viola and Kiki [=DeWynter=] and their gang was merged into Loren's Morningstar.



%% * David and Ye Thuza Williams (Caucasian and Burmese) in ''Webcomic/SandraAndWoo''. By extension, [[ToyShip inverted with their son Cloud and Sandra]].

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%% * David and Ye Thuza Williams (Caucasian (White and Burmese) in ''Webcomic/SandraAndWoo''. By extension, [[ToyShip inverted with their son Cloud and Sandra]].



* 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.

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* Mentioned frequently in the (now defunct) webcomic ''Single Asian Female.'' The titular protagonist often has to block Caucasian white 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.
10th Apr '17 12:27:07 PM nombretomado
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* ''Film/{{Highlander}}'': Ramirez's backstory reveals that he once married a Japanese princess. He was originally Ancient Egyptian, but he IS played by SeanConnery.

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* ''Film/{{Highlander}}'': Ramirez's backstory reveals that he once married a Japanese princess. He was originally Ancient Egyptian, but he IS played by SeanConnery.Creator/SeanConnery.
10th Apr '17 1:29:30 AM Fuyumoto
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* The Ben Devereaux/Li-Xia couple in Literature/RedLotus can come off as this, but while Ben is ''definitely'' a Mighty Whitey, Li-Xia is ''not'' a Mellow Yellow.
25th Mar '17 2:14:39 PM mantis
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* Arguably justified in M. M. Kaye's ''Literature/TheFarPavilions'', as Ash and Anjuli originally met as children when he thought he was Indian himself (having been orphaned before he was old enough to remember, and raised by his Hindu nursemaid as her son "Ashok"). Anjuli was also only half Indian, with a Russian mother, and not especially submissive.
25th Mar '17 1:41:27 PM mantis
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* Arguably justified in M. M. Kaye's ''Literature/TheFarPavilions'', as Ash and Anjuli originally met as children when he thought he was Indian himself (having been orphaned before he was old enough to remember, and raised by his Hindu nursemaid as her son "Ashok"). Anjuli was also only half Indian, with a Russian mother, and especially submissive.

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* Arguably justified in M. M. Kaye's ''Literature/TheFarPavilions'', as Ash and Anjuli originally met as children when he thought he was Indian himself (having been orphaned before he was old enough to remember, and raised by his Hindu nursemaid as her son "Ashok"). Anjuli was also only half Indian, with a Russian mother, and not especially submissive.
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