Part of my issue is the fact that it's a subtrope of Mistaken Nationality
; mistaking one Asian person for another is not necessarily a case of this. The Family Guy
example, where Peter Griffin thinks every Chinese person is Jackie Chan? That's not Mistaken Nationality
example, where a character physically marks his date because he can't distinguish her from her co-worker? Not Mistaken Nationality
, and has nothing to do with confusing Asian cultures for one another.
The way I see it, the difference is not just a difference in scale (IE multiple cultures lumped together vs. multiple people), but the difference is in use. Like I said in my original post and you acknowledge, AAAA is often a case of not doing the research (and as the description mentions, related to They Just Didn't Care
). AALA is always deliberate in a work and completely unrelated to the two tropes listed as related to AAAA listed in the description.
edited 6th Feb '13 5:35:50 AM by Larkmarn