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[[caption-width-right:225:Grant Imahara, [=MythBuster=] and PatronSaint of this trope, with a [[SmartPeopleBuildRobots typical creation]].]]

->''"I became a comedian because I was the only Asian in my high school... that failed math."''
-->-- '''Dat Phan''' (Vietnamese stand-up comedian)

Pretty much any Asian character in western media who isn't a martial artist or a gangster will be highly intelligent and/or unusually geeky. If done clearly and more on the intelligent side than geeky, this will be an exaggeration of the BrainyBrunette.

The [[StereotypeFlip polar opposite]] of this, becoming more common in recent years, is the AsianAirhead -- an almost AlwaysFemale character archetype centering on an Asian girl who is gorgeous, popular, and [[TheDitz dumb as a brick]].

The reasoning behind this stereotype is that most Asian cultures regard education and smarts as [[SeriousBusiness very important things]]. Children are expected to study very hard to obtain good grades and get into good schools. This also means that "nerdiness" is viewed more positively in these cultures (as evidence of studying hard, rather than too hard as it is usually perceived in American popular culture). For this reason, this character is all but guaranteed to have an EducationMama.

The possible TropeCodifier was Japanese leader Hideki Tojo, who wore glasses and had an overbite like so many stereotypical nerds, and was portrayed as ''very'' nerdy in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII Allied propaganda. In fact, you could argue that the classic Nerd archetype is a combination of how Jewish people (supposedly) talk with how Japanese people (supposedly) look.

Wiki/TheOtherWiki has an article on the "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Model_minority model minority]]" stereotype from which this trope is derived. Contrast AllAsiansKnowMartialArts, as most Asian and Nerdy characters lack the athletic ability for martial arts, though it's possible for these two tropes to [[GeniusBruiser overlap]]. For the South Asian subtrope, see BollywoodNerd. For related tropes, see {{Nerd}}, JewishAndNerdy, and BlackAndNerdy.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* As anime and manga are Asian-dominated mediums, their Asian characters are likely to be less stereotypical than those found in West-dominated media. They'll still have nerdy characters, but they will be mixed in with more non-nerdy Asian characters.
* ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'', as its [[AnthropomorphicPersonification anthropomorphic characters]] are based on NationalStereotypes. South Korea is said to love gaming and the Internet and Japan is a TeenGenius, a GadgeteerGenius, and something of an {{Otaku}}. Taiwan is an anime fan and she cosplays in the 2011 and 2013 Halloween events, Vietnam is a gamer, and India is a BollywoodNerd who's good with numbers.
* Reversed, possibly consciously, in ''Manga/BlackLagoon'': the central team's techie is the only white member.

* Chinese stand-up comedian Joe Wong, with his slight frame, wire-rimmed glasses and strong accent reinforcing his background as a chemical engineer who graduated from two universities in China before furthering his studies at Rice University in Texas and is never afraid to portray himself as a FunnyForeigner in his routines. Some of his material deals with the perception of all Asians as this trope.
* Vietnamese-American comedian Dat Phan, as evidenced by the page quote. The assumption of this trope is how the eight other people sitting around him also failed math.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Sharri Barrnett, the Filipino programmer in ''ComicBook/SteelgripStarkeyAndTheAllPurposePowerTool''.
* Ryan Choi, who takes up Ray Palmer's mantle as ComicBook/TheAtom, and also works at the same university.
* Tan and Patel, Spot's tech-support colleagues in ''ComicBook/IZombie'', are heavy examples.
* Amadeus Cho of the Franchise/MarvelUniverse, who is one of the smartest people in the world.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* Asok the Intern in ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}''. Scott Adams has said that if he keeps getting complaints about stereotyping, he'll make Asok a drug dealer.
* The sibling pair of Phoebe and Eugene in ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot''.

[[folder:Film -- Animated]]
* ''Disney/BigHero6 ''has Hiro Hamada and his brother Tadashi, who are half-Japanese and both robotics prodigies. Gogo is Korean, and also a skilled mechanical engineer.

[[folder:Film -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/HaroldAndKumarGoToWhiteCastle'':
** Harold.
** Subverted by Cindy Kim and her East Asian Club. They appear to be straight-laced nerds, but turn out to be drug-using party animals.
* Bruce (Masi Oka's character) in the 2008 ''Film/GetSmart'' movie. Of course, he was flanked by two geeky white men: Lloyd and Max himself. Also, in the direct-to-video spin off ''Bruce and Lloyd: Out of Control'', Bruce is apparently more successful with the ladies than [[ButtMonkey Lloyd]].
* Data from ''Film/TheGoonies'' is this in full 80's glory.
* The 1981 film ''Film/TheCannonballRun'' featured a pair of racers of indeterminate Asian origin (one of whom was played by Jackie Chan!). Their car is a 1980-81 Subaru hatchback modified to a James Bond-esque gizmo-mobile which even turns into a submersible at one point. Jackie returns in the sequel, this time as the team engineer for Mitsubishi and paired up with driver Richard Kiel.
* ''Film/SixteenCandles''. Long Duk Dong - though it's subverted by the time the film is over, as he's gone into Full Wacky Pseudo-Stoner Mode.
* Also, Lau in ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' was hired by the mobs to launder their money because he was "good at calculations". This, with a few other examples above, grates on the nerves of [[Webcomic/MegaTokyo Shirt Guy Dom]]. In particular, he was an accountant who lived in a country where he couldn't really be touched by the US. Still fits this trope, but it's [[JustifiedTrope justified]].
* The "Asian Nerds" in ''Film/MeanGirls''. Averted by the "Cool Asians."
* Takashi in the first ''Film/RevengeOfTheNerds''.
* Lawrence in ''Film/SchoolOfRock'' "I can't be in the band! I'm not cool enough!"
* Doctor Matsumoto in ''Film/RobotJox''.
* {{Subverted}} in ''21 and Over''. At first, we're led to believe that Jeff Chang is a straight-A student who tutors people in science. We later find out that he's on the verge of failing out of college and is ''being'' tutored in science.
* ''Film/TheGreenHornetSerials''. This incarnation of Kato is a scientist and inventor. In one episode, Britt asks Kato to examine the superweapon they just retrieved from the crooks to see how it works. In another, when Britt needs to check on a scientist, his first idea is to send Kato over to talk inventions (and Kato's delighted to do so).
* Due to his ancestry, Creator/KeanuReeves frequently [[PlayingWithATrope plays with this trope]], being (for example) a "jock" in ''Film/BillAndTedsExcellentAdventure'' and a "nerd" in ''Film/TheMatrix''.
* The early John Cusack comedy ''Film/BetterOffDead'' combined this with JewishAndNerdy by having an Asian immigrant learn English by watching ABC's ''Wide World of Sports'', and thus talk constantly in Howard Cosell's distinctive nasal voice.
* Peter, one of David's friends and fellow birders in ''Film/ABirdersGuideToEverything''.
* The 2009 live-action ''Film/ScoobyDooTheMysteryBegins'' ContinuityReboot has cast a Japanese-American actress as Velma. However despite being a RaceLift this isn't noted at all, and furthermore, when she's in the Velma costume, [[http://blog.al.com/scenesource/2009/09/large_scooby1.jpg you wouldn't know she's Asian.]]
* Averted in the Disney Channel movie ''Film/WendyWuHomecomingWarrior.'' Wendy herself averts this trope, but [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin because of the film's title]] falls into the stereotype of [[AllAsiansKnowMartialArts martial artist]]. Her brother, however, averts both stereotypes as a popular and somewhat dim jock.

* Aversion: Claudia Kishi of ''Literature/TheBabySittersClub'': artsy but terrible in all her other subjects. Her sister definitely qualifies, though.
* Matt Scudder's occasional hacker-for-hire Jimmy Hong.
* Cheater/Dennis Woo of ''Literature/HiddenTalents''.
* In ''Literature/TheHungerGames'', everyone in District 3 is implied to be Asian. While the books [[AmbiguouslyBrown don't specify the races of many characters]] (which is justified, as the setting is a dystopian America AfterTheEnd, so the racial definitions of modern society aren't the same), Beetee and Wiress from from District 3 are described as having black hair, ashen skin, and small builds, traits which are common for the rest of their District. (The ''[[Film/TheHungerGamesCatchingFire Catching Fire]]'' movie averted this by making the former [[BlackAndNerdy black]] and the latter white—Beetee even gets the black-sounding surname of Latier.)
* Averted and defied InUniverse by Elijah ''Literature/TheGoldenFeather'', who complains about people who think he's "smart" because of this trope when in reality his grades are pretty mediocre.
* Jenny from Literature/TheCornersvilleTraceMythos.
* Stacey Chen from Val [=McDermid=]'s Tony Hill books.
* Noah Giancoli in ''Literature/TheGeeksShallInheritTheEarth''.
* Twoflower in the Literature/{{Discworld}} books is a FantasyCounterpartCulture version of this, as well as a JapaneseTourist.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* John Cho's character Henry on ''Series/{{Selfie}}'' is the more grown-up, non academic version of this trope, being an intelligent {{Workaholic}} who is good at his job and almost [[MarriedToTheJob obsessed with it.]]
* Hiro in ''Series/{{Heroes}}''. It helps that he's played by Masi Oka, who's a genuine article geek.
* Cody's nerdy Asian girlfriend, Barbara, from ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody''. She even takes A.P. ''lunch''. She's also extremely competitive, as during one episode whenever Cody one-upped her she ''stomped on his foot.'' It only worked once, the next time she [[LaserGuidedKarma hurt herself because]] he was wearing steel-toed boots. Barbara also counts as JewishAndNerdy.
* This was double subverted in the weirdest way possible in ''Series/DegrassiJuniorHigh'', where Yick Yu, a dorky bespectacled Asian kid, had to work extra hard in class to break the stereotype (that apparently exists in the Degrassi world) of Asians as dimwitted jocks. Uh, ''what''? Originally to be played straight, but the actor complained.
* Grant Imahara of ''Series/{{Mythbusters}}''.
** Grant plays up to this stereotype. He builds robots for fun and in the jailhouse rope episode had pi on his "prisoner" outfit as a "prisoner number". At least he's not a stereotypical bespectacled dork; he's very handsome (see picture above). When they tested lie detectors, Grant was asked if he had ever thought of building a robot girlfriend. He said "no", and the machine flagged it as a lie.
** He tweeted a photo of himself [[http://twitpic.com/aoxvo dressed as Spock]], and played Sulu in the fan series ''WebVideo/StarTrekContinues''.
** When he was inducted into the 501st Legion (think Civil War reenactors, only with [[Franchise/StarWars Stormtroopers]]) he attended his ceremony dressed as the [[Series/DoctorWho Tenth Doctor]].
* Toshiko Sato in ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' is the team's shy, nerdy tech person.
* While she's thoroughly Americanized and acts like an AsianAirhead, Zoe from the short-lived ''Series/KnightRider'' 2008 series speaks 9 languages and is a genius at computers.
* Evelyn Kwong from ''Series/NedsDeclassifiedSchoolSurvivalGuide'' is the smartest person at James K. Polk besides [[BlackAndNerdy Cookie]], leading to a lot of competition. She subverts a lot of the accompanying tropes that go with this though, she's competitive, rude, loud, mean and a sometimes StalkerWithACrush.
* Vince Masuka of ''Series/{{Dexter}}''. However, he subverts some of the stereotypes by showing interest in and, occasionally, success with women. And by not being very Asian, except in appearance.
* ''Series/TheAmazingRace'' prefers to cast this type of Asian team. They generally speak Chinese, too.
* Lt. Tao of ''Series/TheCloser'' is probably second only to Imahara in how incredibly this trope he is on contemporary TV.
* In ''Series/{{Community}}'', the school's Math Club appears to be comprised ''solely'' of this trope, as lampshaded when Jeff and Chang are pinned down by them during a paintball tournament:
-->'''Chang:''' Relax. I have a plan. ''[louder]'' Hey, Math Club! I'm Asian! Are you guys Asian?\\
'''Math Club Member:''' ... That's pretty racist, dude.\\
'''Chang:''' That wasn't a no! [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder I'm coming over!]]
* Played with in regards to Trini in ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' as she is shown to be a good student though the biggest nerd in the group is Billy - she was his TranslatorBuddy early in the series. She's more like a combination of Billy and ValleyGirl Kimberly.
* Paul in ''Series/TheNineLivesOfChloeKing''
* Glenn from both iterations of the ''Series/TheWalkingDead'' is a subversion, possibly a slight Deconstruction of most of the older Asian stereotypes. Before the outbreak, he was very far from the innocent, quietly nerdy Asian archetype. In fact, he never spoke to his parents, and was so far in debt from college and other purposes, he had to resort to car theft with his friends, and various low-paying jobs such as pizza delivery to make ends meet. After the outbreak, he quickly becomes the GuileHero of his survivor group, as a comparatively rational thinker with a preference for sneaking around the walkers.
* Dr Chi Park, third-generation team member on ''Series/{{House}}'', is an over-achieving {{meganekko}}. In a twist of events, she's asked resident ChickMagnet Robert Chase out on a date, and he's said yes.
* In the short-lived ''Some of My Best Friends'', CampGay Vern attempts to fix a broken TV. Another character dubiously asks if he can really fix it, and he responds, "Hello! I'm Asian!" [[SubvertedTrope Turns out he has no clue.]]
* Kevin Tran in ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''. In his first episode, he's introduced playing the cello in his bedroom (which is filled with honors and awards). When his phone starts ringing, he doesn't pick up until a timed alarm on his computer tells him practice time is over, at which point he starts talking to his nearly-as-nerdy girlfriend. Then he gets hit by a celestial lightning bolt and appointed translator of the Word of God. Of all the things to happen on exam day...
* Suki from ''Series/TowerPrep''. Justified in that the series takes place at a school for the gifted.
* Alex from ''Series/KidNation''.
* Andy in ''Series/NowhereBoys''. The character was created by Tony Ayres, who himself has an Asian background. It consequently has a realistic portrayal of a kid from a Singaporean migrant family, rather than a shallow stereotype.
* Scott Fuller from ''Series/FromDuskTillDawn'' was adopted from China. He’s also [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings fluent in Elvish]] and [[Series/BattlestarGalactica2003 uses ''Frack'' as a swear word.]]
* Kelly Miyahara, a member of ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'''s "Clue Crew", a set of assistants who present video clues at times. Also contestant Arthur Chu, an 11-day champion on the show who quickly became notorious for his unorthodox playing style.
* Firewire in ''Series/{{Zoey 101}}''. The rest of his clique is white though.
* When asked if he could hack a computer, Sgt. Wu on ''Series/{{Grimm}}'' said, "Please, I'm Asian!"
* Dr. Seth Park on ''Series/OpenHeart''. He makes a makes a level-up joke when London delivers him a patient’s urine sample and sarcastically says “mission complete”.
* Wang from ''Series/SpaceAboveAndBeyond'' is an unusual variant of this: he's specifically a ''baseball'' nerd. In one episode his parents send him a piece of sod from Yankee Stadium, and he's able to guess which part of the field it comes from by the smell.
* Zach from Series/SchoolOfRock'' though downplayed. He gets good grades and has very strict parents who dislike their son's interest in rock, preferring him to study classical music.

* Uranus from ''Toys/MilkyWayAndTheGalaxyGirls'' is a {{bookworm}} highly [[EducationMama concerned]] with her younger sister, Neptune's, education. Her nerdiness is further emphasized by her schoolgirl attire and [[SmartPeopleWearGlasses glasses]]. Neptune averts the trope as she's a laid-back [[SurferDude surfer]].

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Jenny from ''VideoGame/MySims'' has an Asian appearance. Her Interests are Geeky ''and'' Studious. More specifically, she "is president of five science fiction clubs, seven video game clans, and a prolific fan fiction author."
* Mei Ling from the ''VideoGame/MetalGear'' series is a Chinese-American data analyst going to MIT at the time ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' game takes place.
* Ling-Ling Johnson from ''VideoGame/GuiltyParty'' is TheSmartGuy in a group that's ''already'' pretty clever, and in addition to being a cracking good KidDetective, she's a GadgeteerGenius who designed portable lie detectors.
* Jung Park in ''VideoGame/RainbowSixVegas'' is a South Korean electronics specialist. He carries the radio, does all the hacking and can recognize a Farraday Cage from thirty paces. [[BadassBookworm He's also a former member of the South Korean 707th--]] [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast also known as the "White Tigers"]][[BadassBookworm --and is a crack shot with his G36C]].
* Yoko Suzuki, a former Umbrella researcher from ''VideoGame/ResidentEvilOutbreak''.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* Vivi Yukino from ''WebAnimation/MysterySkullsAnimated'' is a Japanese horror and mystery enthusiast that works in a store that deals exclusively in horror themed novels and comic books and leads her own Franchise/ScoobyDoo esque group of paranormal investigators.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Ki Oshiro-Wellington from ''Webcomic/GeneralProtectionFault'', who can out-nerd almost anyone.
* Played with in regards to Tedd of ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', who is [[ButNotTooForeign half-Asian]] (his mother is Nanase's Japanese mother's sister) and [[MadScientist very nerdy indeed]].
* ''My Hot Ass Neighbor'' lampshades and subverts this with main [[HeroesWantRedheads Wong]] who has all the physical traits expected of a stereotype from [[ShorterMeansSmarter his height making him the shortest character by a wide margin save for his grade-school sister despite being in high school,]] to his coke bottle glasses and buck teeth, which [[FieryRedhead Sharona]] points out as the reason she needs him as a tutor [[GiveGeeksAChance (and then some)]] then subverted as he has [[BiggusDickus "something else"]] that gets the ladies going, too.
* The main character of ''Webcomic/FisheyePlacebo'' Vance Lee is a huge fan of anime/manga and memes, as well as a masterful hacker and computer science major, to boot.
* Pavel (Bombay by way of Seattle) of ''Webcomic/BadMoonRising'' is the go-to researcher for the vampire hunting heroes.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Both Beth Tezuka and her father Johnny Tezuka in ''WebAnimation/BravestWarriors''.
* ''VideoGame/Halo2'' ARG ''ARG/ILoveBees'' has nerdy medical student Hiroyuki, roommate of the Middle-Eastern and Nerdy protagonist Kamal.
* The entire point of the song 'Nobody's Asian in the movies' by Maurissa Tancharoen from the ''WebVideo/DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog'' musical commentary, ''WebVideo/CommentaryTheMusical''. The song ends with "I'm gonna go play with my violin and... math!"
** Possibly a jokey jab at the lead actress of Dr Horrible, Creator/FeliciaDay, who is ''not'' Asian but was a violin performance/math double major.
* One article from ''Website/TheOnion'' interviewed a pair of Asian students who, due to lazy and stupid behavior, were praised for breaking stereotypes.
* Generator (Jade Sinclair) of the Literature/WhateleyUniverse is the CrazyAwesome variant of this. She once invented real, working shoulder angels. The campus nearly didn't survive.
* Erin Hasegawa from ''Literature/GirlsOnFilm'', who is Hardestadt's Japanese-American partner who adores technology, pop culture, and playing tabletop games.
* The trope is ''heavily'' referenced in ''[[{{WebOriginal/Takotsubo}} Takotsubo: The story of a superhero]].'' Chinese-American Cord Cai is a troubled young man who repeatedly [[InternalizedCategorism calls himself a failure because he's not a kung-fu artist or a doctor.]] After his fiancé Roland gets shot and the police completely mishandle it, [[TragicVillain Cord thinks this is a sign that leaving the streets is hopeless,]] shoots the murderer because gang justice is better than no justice, and resigns himself to running a [[NeighborhoodFriendlyGangsters vigilante gang.]] As the tagline states, Cord is a superhero who [[WrongGenreSavvy shoehorns himself into the villain role]] because [[GenreDeconstruction he's never seen any Asian-American superheroes.]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Kim and Kam from ''WesternAnimation/ClassOf3000''--but mostly Kam.
* Toshi, one of Steve's friends in ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', is a highly intelligent Asian. Who speaks Japanese all the time and wants to kill, humiliate or mutilate Steve, usually. Averted by JerkJock Vince Chung, who is "so cool that you forget he's Asian."
* The Chang Triplets from ''WesternAnimation/TheProudFamily''.
* Averted in ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'' with Hay Lin, who is an artist and a bit of a scatterbrain. But also shown with [[SmartGuy nerd]] of the team being Taranee--who's technically half-Asian.
* Kin Kujira from ''WesternAnimation/{{Grojband}}''
* Candy Chiu on WesternAnimation/GravityFalls, [[{{Adorkable}} oh so much]]!
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'': "A Big Piece Of Garbage". Professor Wernstrum requests a group of interns, and that most of them be Chinese. Likely because it makes him look smarter (or so it has been suggested by tie-in comics). Subverted by Amy Wong and family, who are either dense or clumsy, or both.
** Though Amy seems to be more of a GeniusDitz than a straight-up AsianAirhead, now that she's finally got her doctorate degree. Her research even managed to both doom ''and'' save the Earth!
* Phoebe Heyerdahl from ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold''. Technically she's half-Asian, because her mother's white while her father's Japanese.
* Tom Chan in ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingChanAndTheChanClan'', and, to a lesser extent, his brother Alan.
* There's a minor character in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' named Kevin Stoley. He's a Chinese-American and is quite a ''Franchise/StarWars'' nerd. Barely more than a LivingProp, we don't know his intellect though. There's also the rather weird fact that other than explicitly saying he's Chinese-American, ''nothing else'' implies this, including surname or appearance. It's not like ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' is usually subtle with this sort of thing...
* Mandark from ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' is stated to be half-Japanese. His mother, Oceanbird, subverts the trope while his (apparently later {{retcon}}ned) little sister Olga is shown to be more of a ballet prodigy than an academic prodigy.
* Kevin's friend, George Bang, from ''WesternAnimation/MissionHill''.
* Ace Nakamura, the resident tech-whiz and linguistics nerd on ''WesternAnimation/{{Pelswick}}''.
* Lee Ping, the main character of ''WesternAnimation/{{Detentionaire}}'', is a downplayed example. He gets good grades and used to be on the Mathletes team, but it rarely affects the plot and he uses more {{Street Smart}}s and intuition than anything to help him get out of messes. He acts and looks almost nothing like a stereotypical nerd and apparently only joined the Mathletes in the first place because his mom made him do it. [[EducationMama Mrs. Ping]] is, incidentally, a math teacher at his school, and is probably at least in part responsible for his good grades.
* Yung Lee from ''WesternAnimation/MikeTysonMysteries''.
* Sheldon Lee from ''WesternAnimation/MyLifeAsATeenageRobot'' a GadgeteerGenius who has a crush on the main character [[{{Robosexual}} partly because she's a robot]].
* Many [[WarTimeCartoon war time cartoons]] like ''WesternAnimation/TokioJokio'', ''WesternAnimation/BugsBunnyNipsTheNips'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheDucktators'' depict the Japanese as pathetic small wimps with glasses.
* Blkmrkt, the 11-year-old PlayfulHacker from ''WesternAnimation/MajorLazer.''
* Chloe Park from ''WesternAnimation/WeBareBears'', a little girl of Korean descent who's already attending college. Though her unusual intelligence is attributed to being a ChildProdigy who was just smart enough to be able to skip middle and high school, rather than her Asian ethnicity.
* Macie from ''WesternAnimation/AsToldByGinger'' is half-Asian and fits in a non-typical way. She's not presented as particularly studious or smart, instead she is an unpopular, [[SicklyNeuroticGeek neurotic]] BandGeek.
* Love from ''WesternAnimation/KuuKuuHarajuku''.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Frequently an EnforcedTrope (albeit unintentionally), as 80% of the scholarships for Asians are for those wishing to become doctors, lawyers, or scientists. The 20% of scholarships for ANY other field are taken so quickly that some people think ''all'' Asian scholarships are for those three fields.
* Because of this stereotype, discrimination against Asians is very prevalent in higher education as they are thought of as taking up enrollment slots since they are too smart for others to compete. Infamously, statistics have shown that Ivy League schools in the US have implicitly capped the percentage of Asian enrollment - the reverse of affirmative action practices for blacks and Hispanics. Maclean's magazine in Canada had their "Too Asian?" article which received major backlash across the country for reporting that Asians take away university culture from white students because they ''are overly focused on their studies''. This is part of a wider DoubleStandard in which a white person's success will be attributed to a strong work ethic while similar successes coming from an Asian person will be attributed to them being overworked in some way (e.g. the EducationMama, an oppressive state training regime, an "overachiever" personality).
** There are also less scholarships tailored specifically for Asians because of the belief that they'll go to college whether they have a scholarship or not.
* South Koreans, Japanese and more recently Chinese and Taiwanese are often assumed to be at least one step higher on the [[TournamentPlay competitive gaming]] ladder than any Western gamer. The common explanation is that they apply their traditional determination, dedication and competitive nature to videogames as well as (or in lieu of) RealLife. As with other generalizations, however, the truth of this belief varies from person to person.
** Many games that Eastern players dominate are Eastern-developed, and naturally are either released in Asian countries before anywhere else or [[NoExportForYou remain exclusive to those countries]], or are {{Mobile Phone Game}}s[[note]]Mobile phone gaming are ''very'' prevalent in Asia, especially Japan (where PC gaming isn't popular), China and Korea (where consoles are non-existant), due to high smartphone adoption in these countries[[/note]], resulting in a skill gap between Eastern and Western players and the stereotype that being Asian automatically makes one proficient at video games.
** On the flip side, the general social trends of Eastern cultures which emphasize the group over the individual tends to result in typically more successful groups. In the space of modern genres like the MMO, this attitude can prove fairly dominating.
* Dr. David Oh, flight director of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover, has to stay on Mars time (24h40min days) for the job. So his entire family went on Mars time and his son is keeping [[http://marstimr.tumblr.com/ a blog]] about it.
* One of the roots of East Asia's EducationMama culture was the Chinese [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imperial_exam Imperial Examination]], an ''extremely'' difficult test to obtain a prestigious and well-paid government position. Only five percent of test-takers passed - those that did, though, pretty much lifted his entire family to the upper class.
* Japan tends to be extremely fond of the GameOfNerds. Individual people vary, of course, but as a whole the nation is surprisingly into the Western sport. The game is also very popular in South Korea and Taiwan.
* [[http://blog.angryasianman.com/2013/06/the-nerdiest-most-gangster-yearbook.html Jessica Lee]], whose yearbook quote was "Flourine uranium carbon potassium bismuth technetium helium sulfur germanium thulium oxygen neon yttrium." Look up the chemical symbols for each of those to see [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar what she was trying to say]].
* Asian cultures (East or South) place a higher importance on education then what most non-Asian Americans are used to seeing; American school culture can push individuality and creativity more than knowledge and intelligence at times. That is the essential difference which can blind side those unfamiliar of what Asian values are.