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->''"Koreans tend to only have two basic facial expressions. It's either very calm and stoic and serene or GET OUT OF MY STORE!"''
-->-- '''Creator/MargaretCho'''

Oh, you know the Asian person owns the store. They care about the money in the till. If they did not own the place, you and your gun could just have it. They do, though, so they'll either [[ShopliftAndDie blow your head off if you try anything]], or force you to do the same to them. All while speaking in a [[AsianSpeekeeEngrish ludicrous and hilarious accent]].

This trope is directly related to the fact that many grocery stores and corner shops in America, UsefulNotes/{{Australia}}, UsefulNotes/NewZealand and the UK are owned by East Asians (usually Koreans) and South Asians (Indians and Pakistanis).

France and Northern Europe have similar stereotypes, with the only real difference being the nationality of the owner. In France the shopowner will be Moroccan or Algerian (usually a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berbers Berber]]) and in Northern Europe an expatriate Turk (though generic Middle Eastern is also popular).

In Westerns, the grocer will often be Chinese, complete with opium pipe.

Can overlap with AsianRudeness.



* One Music/CapitolSteps skit had a character proclaim "If you do not stop making fun of Pakistani people, we will be forced to do something drastic. We will close every 7-Eleven in your country!!"
* In a very early skit, Creator/JeffFoxworthy pondered whether the Middle East has Americans working in their 7-Elevens.
* Creator/RusselPeters, a comedian who specializes in exploiting and making fun of cultural stereotypes, has used this trope several times, most notably his "Be a Man!" bit.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* While the equivalent Swedish cliché would be the Middle-Eastern shopowner, Per-Albin Singh in ''Bacon&Ägg'' and other comics in the same {{Verse}} is clearly East Asian. (He changed his first name when he moved to Sweden to fit in better, but didn't want to change his surname.) His shop is always open, 24 hours a day, despite him being the only employee, but he waves questions away with vague mentioning of mysterious Oriental powers. [[spoiler: He has an identitical twin-brother who co-owns the shop, but happens to be in the country illegaly. They take turns staffing it.]]
* ''ComicBook/{{Viz}}'' has Mr. Patel, the turbaned and ever-smiling owner of "Patel's 24-Hour Nanomart", where Eight Ace gets his beer from. He seems a nice guy, although some might look askance at someone so willing to sell booze to an obvious alcoholic.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The opening conversation for ''Film/PulpFiction'' includes a lament about how this trope has made knocking over convenience stores nearly impossible, since many such store owners don't speak enough English to understand "Open the fucking register!" (Alternately, the storeowners are Jewish, in which case their family has owned the store for generations, and they're naturally quite defensive of it.)
* In ''Film/FallingDown'', Michael Douglas's character encounters a Korean liquor store owner who gouges his customers and has no sympathy for Douglas's plight. After getting beat up and his store wrecked, the Korean man is shown to be a little more human than his interactions with Douglas would first suggest.
* A Vietnamese shop owner in the 2004 remake of ''Film/TheLadykillers'' turns out to be a brutal former North Vietnamese general who is willing to join the heist and even murder the lady of the title. [[spoiler:His stereotypical chain smoking ultimately proves to be his downfall.]]
* Used in the movie ''Film/ItCouldHappenToYou'', where Nicolas Cage's cop character realized that [[spoiler: a robbery was taking place because one of the normally overly work-obessed Asian store owners wasn't present]].
* The Korean shop owner from ''Film/DoTheRightThing''. He's able to fend off the angry black mob that torches the Italian pizzeria by claiming that he's "black too." This was inspired by a RealLife story mentioned in ''The Autobiography of Malcolm X''. During the Harlem riot of 1935, a convenience store was spared looting and burning when the Asian owners hung a sign in the window saying that they were colored too. The irony is that the Korean shop owner really ''is'' more racist than the Italian restaurant owner.
* The Asian-owned convenience store that's attacked by skinheads in ''Film/AmericanHistoryX''. Apparently, it used to be white-owned, but the owner went out of business and it was bought by Korean immigrants, who staffed it with mostly Hispanic workers for cheaper pay. This inspires the ire of the skinheads to attack it.
* The convenience store from ''Film/MalibusMostWanted'', which "B-rad" (Brad) is forced to rob. It turns out the store gets robbed all the time, so he (and his wife and kid) are prepared and armed to the teeth.
-->'''Brad "B-Rad G" Gluckman:''' Y'all never been robbed?\\
'''Asian store owner:''' Sure. Last week was 54 time. But they were cool. No gun to head, never scream. You know, good people.
* In an nontypical example, ''Film/{{Tremors}}'' takes place in a rural Nevada community with a general store owned by the only Asian around.
* The paranoid Asian store owners in ''Film/DontBeAMenaceToSouthCentralWhileDrinkingYourJuiceInTheHood'' follow the black protagonists around suspiciously [[{{Profiling}} while ignoring the nice-looking white customer]] who's busy robbing them blind.
* ''Film/MenaceIISociety'', which starts with the protagonist and [[HairTriggerTemper his friend]] being treated with such suspicion and rudeness by an Asian store owner and his wife that he ends up shooting them both.
* There are a couple of Asian shop owners in the opening scene of ''Film/LoadedWeapon1''. They helped in the shoot-out, then verbally abused Luger for it.
* In ''Film/RumbleInTheBronx'', Creator/JackieChan's character's uncle starts out as one before selling his store to an Asian woman. Given that it sells Chinese-style conveniences, this makes sense.
* The Iranian man Farhad in ''Film/{{Crash}}'' owns a convenience store, and buys [[ChekhovsGun a gun]] for self-defense after it gets robbed and sprayed with racist graffiti in the middle of the night.
* Both versions of ''Film/TrueGrit'' feature the Chinese Grocer who smokes an opium pipe and rents a back room to Rooster.
* The movie ''Film/{{Friday}}'' features a Chinese store owner randomly rising from the counter with a grin on his face once Craig and Smokey enter the store. The store has a sign reading "Black Owned" can be seen before we see him, and that he's dressed very urban.
* An Asian shop keeper in ''Film/TheDoomGeneration'' gets his head blown off during a shootout and remains alive for a few days. Yeah, it's an odd movie.
* ''Film/TrainingDay'' features a quick scene where Denzel Washington's character chases a black hoodlum through an Korean shop and asks the owners which way he went in Korean.
* In ''Film/RomperStomper'', a group of skinheads are enraged when they learn that their local watering hole has been bought out by a Vietnamese-Australian businessman. This leads to an epic clash between the skinheads and the local Vietnamese population.
* ''Film/DickTracy'' (1990) shows the gangster Ribs Mocca extorting money from a Chinese shop owner when he is arrested by Tracy.
* Creator/BifNaked plays one in the Canadian film ''The Boys Club.''

* In mystery novel ''Literature/NineDragons'', murder victim John Li was found shot to death in his own store. He was an immigrant from China who is very traditional. This caused some tension with his son Robert, who is American-born and doesn't want to pay the Triad any more.
* In Creator/TomClancy's ''Literature/JackRyan ''novels, Carol Zimmer, an immigrant from Laos, becomes one of these. After her husband's death, Jack Ryan puts together a small corporation and uses various accounting tricks to purchase Mrs. Zimmer her own convenience store tax-free. He also uses a good part of his personal fortune to start a trust in order to provide for her seven children's college educations, something he promised her husband that he would do after he was killed toward the end of ''Literature/ClearAndPresentDanger''. She's notable for playing straight the usual stereotype in some ways (having slightly broken English and being a typical [[EducationMama education obsessed Asian mom]], though neither are treated as bad things), but she's also notable for otherwise proving to simply be a good-hearted HappilyAdopted {{Eagleland}}er who just wants to run a store and provide for her family. The arrangement comes back to haunt him in ''Literature/ExecutiveOrders'' when his political opponents attempt to use it as evidence he's hiding an affair.
* Mr Gorriff from ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}''. He's Klatchian, but he fits the the British variation of the archetype, as Klatch parodies India as well as Arabia and Turkey in this story. Indeed Klatch seems to be generic "foreign" as far as Ankh-Morpork is concerned.) He even [[ShopliftAndDie keeps a crossbow under the counter]] although [[ReliablyUnreliableGuns it's unreliable]]. In fact, Vimes thinks the only way a person could reliably hurt someone with it was by using it as a club.
* In the first Joe Sixsmith novel (a British mystery series), there is a South Asian convenience store owner who is victimized by the chavs in the neighborhood, and his store is eventually burnt down. [[spoiler: by him as part of an insurance scam / FramingTheGuiltyParty toward the chavs]].
* The Chinese store owner in John Steinbeck's ''Literature/CanneryRow''.
* At the beginning of ''Absolute Rage'', an illegal immigrant from a small East Asian ethnic group operates a store in New York's Chinatown when he is threatened by a Latino robber. The store owner killed him, cut off his head and displayed it in front of his store as a warning. Needless to say, this got him arrested. The owner was essentially adopted the Chinese community afterward and a race war between Latinos and Chinese nearly broke out. The protagonist, New York's chief prosecutor, had to deal with the mess. (No, that's not the main plot.)
* Raj, a recurring character in the children's books written by Creator/DavidWalliams.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Mrs. Kim from ''Series/GilmoreGirls''. Notably, the "store" is also her house. She sells antique furniture out of it and it's consistently a mess.
* Though not seen yet, on ''Series/{{Selfie}}'', Korean John Cho says his parents own a Buca Di Beppo (Italian restaurant), playing with the obvious Asian people own an Asian restaurant gag.
* Mr. Park in ''Series/HowIMetYourMother''.
* Navid in ''Series/StillGame'' and his {{Expy}} Ramesh in ''Series/FagsMagsAndBags'', both played by Sanjeev Kholi.
* During Season 4 of ''Series/TwentyFour'', Jack is pursued by mercenaries in a blacked out L.A. He seeks refuge in a sporting goods store, which turns out to be owned by two Arab men. They wind up helping Jack in the subsequent shootout.
** This presence was actually included due to criticism by Arab civil rights group about the preponderance of sinister Arabs in Season 4.
* Like all Asian tropes, parodied in ''Series/GoodnessGraciousMe'', when the token white guy on the board of the Indian Broadcasting Company asks why white people can't play shopkeepers.
* Featured in both the original UK and American remake of ''Series/{{Shameless}}'', but subverted in that the owner of the store is mild-mannered and reluctant to use violence while his wife is a perfect embodiment of the stereotype.
* Han "Bryce" Lee the diner owner in ''Series/TwoBrokeGirls''.
* In episode "Appointment in Samarra" of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', Dean gets to be a GrimReaper for a day. His first assignment brings him in a store owned by an Asian guy, in the middle of a robbery. The robber threatens to [[KickTheDog kill the owner's son]] if he doesn't comply, and when he bends to pick up the money the owner takes a gun under the drawer and shoots him. Dean then lets the robber agonize a little before finally 'reaping' him.
-->'''Robber:''' Why?\\
'''Dean:''' Mostly because you're a dick. Enjoy [[{{Hell}} the ride down]], pal. Trust me -- sauna gets hot.
* The Chinese family that owns the store in ''Series/RobsonArms''.
* In the ''Series/{{JAG}}'' episode "Wedding Bell Blues", Harm goes to the dry cleaner to get his Dress Whites uniform back in time for Budís wedding, but is has been mixed up with a police uniform from another customer. The Indian owner will only help Harm locate the other customer if he agrees to take his daughter on a date.
* Dev Alahan from ''Series/CoronationStreet'' owns D&S Corner Shop.
* One of the missing people in a ''Series/WithoutATrace'' was the daughter of a husband and wife pair of these.

* British band Cornershop (led by Tjinder Singh) was named in mockery of the Asian Store Owner stereotype in the UK.
* "You own a Store" by Music/AnalCunt is about one of these, which the narrator screams racial slurs and insults at.
* Music/IceCube's "''Black Korea''" is a particularly controversial example.

[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* Alan from ''Series/SesameStreet'' owns Hooper's store but otherwise shows no elements of the stereotype.

* ''[[http://www.indianink.co.nz/krishnans_dairy.php Krishnan's Dairy]]'' by UsefulNotes/NewZealand actor/playwright Jacob Rajan is from the viewpoint of an Asian Store Owner.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Bully}}'': The owners of the three Yum Yum Markets, Mr. Oh and Stan, are of Oriental descent.
* ''VideoGame/PoliceQuest: Open Season'' had one.
* Pretty much the only Asian character in ''VideoGame/HeavyRain'' is a shopkeeper whose one scene involves someone trying to rob his store while he firmly refuses to hand over the money.
* The first VideoGame/LeisureSuitLarry game features a spectacular example at the convenience store.
-->''Ya we got lubbers!''
* ''VideoGame/TheMatrixPathOfNeo'' has an old Chinese/Japanese 'man' really A.I., who, likely, owned the tea house, that was used in a training simulation.
* While entering convenience or liquor stores in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'', the cashier will almost always be South or East Asian.
-->''Get the fucking out!\\
Shoplifters will be persecuted!''

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Akbar's Malt Shop in ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob,'' which is of course owned by a guy named Akbar. He seems pretty even-tempered, though.
* Mr. Bak Mei and Ms Haseguk of ''Webcomic/TalesOfAGayAsian''.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''WebVideo/WhereTheBearsAre'': The clerk at the Stockroom seems to fit... at first. [[spoiler:It turns out that she is a {{Dominatrix}} who manhandles the bears and chides Nelson for falling for the Asian stereotype act.]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
%%* Mr. Bang in ''WesternAnimation/MissionHill''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** Apu isn't as aggressive as his East-Asian counterparts, but his first wife will always be the Kwik-E-Mart. He's taken multiple bullets for it, to the point that he reminisces about "the sweet kiss of hot lead" fondly. Though Apu generally seems to be willing to cooperate with potential robbers, and it simply appears that they are just fond of shooting him (and he always seems to come out of it well). It's gotten to the extent where he and Snake have some approaching marriage counseling as Snake has taken to robbing Apu's brother instead. He's developed very specific opinions concerning the rope he's tied up with, including quality, knots, and materials.
** Apu once left a small child in charge of the store when he had to be elsewhere. The child quickly pulled a gun larger than himself on some rowdy teenagers.
** Other Asian businesspeople on ''The Simpsons'' include a Thai restaurant owner [[InterchangeableAsianCultures (who teaches Bart to be a ninja)]], the staff of the Happy Sumo Japanese restaurant (one of whom has a second job teaching karate classes), an elderly couple who run a Chinese restaurant and play up stereotypes to appeal to customers, and a creepy old Chinese man in an alley who sells toys that turn out to be demonically possessed (in a Halloween special). Shelbyville is also shown to have its own version of the Kwik-E-Mart called the Speed-E-Mart, which is run by an East-Asian man.
* Uncle Chan from ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' is the owner of Uncle's Rare Finds, an antique shop in San Francisco's Chinatown neighborhood that deals in old and valuable artifacts from other countries. Uncle is also quite a [[AsianRudeness grouchy]] [[GrumpyOldMan geezer]] with little patience, who must occasionally use his own[[note]](or his nephew Jackie's / employee Tohru's)[[/note]] martial arts skills to defend the store from their enemies.
* Tuong Lu Kim from ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', though he's more of a restaurant owner. [[spoiler:[[SplitPersonality And he's not really Asian.]]]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Minoriteam}}'' features Nonstop, a walking Indian stereotype who is immune to all small arms fire. The name is a pun on "quick stop", or convenience store, and his invulnerability references the fact that they get robbed at gunpoint a lot.
* ''WesternAnimation/PurnoDePurno'' has Dr. Ha Chiu, a Chinese man who runs an Asian store selling various potion-like substances. A few episodes revolved around Purno, the main character, taking one of the substances from the store and suffering its effects for the duration of the episode.
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