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 (i.e. half the country lives in abject poverty, but there are a lot of Nouveau Riche bastards) means that wage-slaves like waiters and clerks can be 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 assholes 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
, or (in Japanese media) Bokukko
is a common Occidental equivalent.
Contrast Japanese Politeness
(although Japanese people are not always portrayed as polite), Inscrutable Oriental
- 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.
- 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.
- Christmas Eve from Avenue Q is not so much rude as extremely blunt and loud. She will tell characters harsh truths to their faces rather than spare their feelings, which may or may not be a positive quality in her chosen field of being a therapist. She also openly criticizes her husband in public, though this may be because she is frustrated with his laziness and because she genuinely cares about helping him to follow his dreams. Strangely enough, she is actually an inversion of another trope seeing as she is Japanese.
- 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.
- 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.
- FAG: In Wiz War 100's parody video where he portrays an angry reviewer who bluntly curses and is rude to the viewers, while speaking quite a bit of Engrish making the character definitely an Asian who's rude.