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Asian Rudeness
To Anglo - and particularly, 'British' - sensibilities, some Asiatic cultures have a reputation for rudeness.

The Chinese in particular can seem very impolite. They talk loudly and sharply, and come across as bossy and impatient - usually when addressing their social inferiors, though their equals and betters often get this treatment too. This is because Chinese culture in particular values bluntness, and China's socio-economic situation means that wage-slaves like waiters and clerks can and often are treated like dirt. One could say that the whole thing is a big culture-clash. It's not to say that there aren't genuine arseholes among the peoples of Asia - there are plenty - but more often than not, a 'rude' Asiatic is not genuinely such.

Essentially, the way various Asiatic peoples converse - i.e. 'rudely' - is mainly an unfortunate result of applying the tone and meter of their own languages to languages where that kind of speaking is the way rude people talk.

For another thing, it's a matter of differing cultural notions of what is rude and what isn't. Chinese Etiquette can be as foreign as the language, and might even be confused for being an Etiquette Nazi.

While usually Played for Laughs in fiction, this can even be Played for Drama, especially among children of Asian immigrants, who get the confusion of growing up among these clashing cultures.

Might even cause Stop Being Stereotypical. Can also overlap with Asian Store-Owner as well as with Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy.

French Jerk is a common Occidental equivalent.

Contrast Japanese Politeness (although Japanese people are not always portrayed as polite), Inscrutable Oriental.


Examples:

Anime/Manga
  • In the English version of Axis Powers Hetalia, China comes to a meeting of the Allies very late. He states that he was cooking and that:
    China: ...My cultural arrogance means I am neither sorry nor remorseful.

Comedy
  • Stand-up comic John Pinnette (who is quite fat) had a bit about being thrown out of an all-you-can-eat Chinese Buffet:
    You been here four hour!!! You go home now!!!
  • Margaret Cho does an impression of her mother that relies on this trope but tends to be decidedly affectionate. Most of her mother's brashness comes from trouble with the English Language (the only one Margaret speaks) and urgent concern for her daughter. In her rush to Mama Bearing, some things just come out wrong.

Film
  • The woman at the Chinese take out drive-thru in Dude Wheres My Car, who keeps asking "And then?" over and over again.
  • The Korean shopkeeper in Falling Down refuses to give Bill any change unless he buys something, and when his high prices won't leave Bill any change to make a phone call, the guy tells him to get lost. Bill acts like quite the jackass himself as well, flinging racist remarks at the guy..
  • Lois from Bad Santa snaps at everyone and never stops scowling.

Live-Action TV
  • Played with on Las Vegas, with Polly the Korean manicurist. She's rude as anything, not because she's unusually bossy or callous, but because she doesn't hesitate to prattle on and on about her sex life in mixed company.
  • Spoken of approvingly in an episode of QI. They'd been discussing how gross it is when job interviewers make people talk about how excited they'll be to get some menial service job and what they'll "bring to the company," and how with that in mind, it's nicer to see people who look openly miserable with their jobs. Phill Jupitus said he and his friends used to go to a Chinese restaurant specifically because they were treated like shit there and found it hilarious, and that one time, they were interrupted mid-meal and told to move to another table on a different floor of the restaurant.

Theater

Video Games
  • Kanae Tsuji, a Japanese doctor from Trauma Center: New Blood, is based on this type of character in American dramas.
  • The female Panderans from World of Warcraft play this to the hilt.

Web Comics
  • Tales of a Gay Asian: Mr Bak-mei reminisces being saved by Americans, only to hurl racial slurs when he sees they are black. Not only the old angry Asian man, but Sengchou the blonde transsexual, despite her whitewashed appearance is weirded out by tanning and doesn't give eye contact to whites. However, compared to Bak-mei it is mostly ego related, not racial.

Western Animation
  • A minor The Simpsons character Cookie Kwan, #1 on the West Side (although she also works on the East Side... but stay out of the West Side!). She's been a minor recurring character ever since this appearance.
    • In "One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish", the Simpsons decide to try out the Happy Sumo Japanese restaurant. As they enter the front door:
    Chefs: (holding up kitchen knives) IRASSHAIMASE!
    Simpson Family: AAAH!!
    Hostess: Please, do not be alarmed. Our chefs are just saying "Hello".
    Homer: Oh, okay. (to chefs) HELLO!
    Chefs: AAAH!!
  • In Family Guy, Stewie recalls a Mall Santa who was Asian and like this.
    • Mr. Washee Washee, the Griffins' dry cleaner who Peter fights with.
  • In American Dad! Francine's adoptive parents are like this to Stan (in a rare reversal of Stan being the victim of the flaming Jerkassery instead of giving it), but they are the ones that step up and rescue Stan from a burning building.
  • Kahn and his family from King of the Hill, who are Laotian.
    • Except in Kahn's case it's not simply a clash of cultures; he really is a Jerk Ass who openly insults his neighbors by calling them hillbillies. Although in later seasons he mellows out significantly and even becomes friends with Hank. It's also explained that he's bipolar and his rude personality is a side effect of his medication.
    • Kahn's daughter, Connie, averts this trope. She is very polite, and is frequently ashamed by her parents' rudeness (though she doesn't suffer fools gladly and can be pretty nasty to people who get on her bad side).
  • Jackie Chan Adventures: Uncle is usually this, even to his family, but there are occasions when he is extremely polite.
    • Not to mention Tohru's mother.
  • Courage the Cowardly Dog: Di Lung, Chinese inventor of Mecha Courage, better known for the following one-liner: "Watch where you're going, you fool!"
  • Amy Wong in Futurama. though her parents are just greedy Jerkass ultra-capitalists in the same vein as Mom, regardless of race; Amy, then, because of her ultra-bourgeois upbringing is a Genius Ditz Rich Bitch, though she becomes more of a Jerk with a Heart of Gold through her years at Planet Express.


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