Main Asian Airhead Discussion

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04:22:12 PM Jun 28th 2016
I don't believe Lane from Gilmore Girls fits this trope, she definitely has depth, is not ditzy, just overprotected, and is a very well developed character.
08:54:18 PM Aug 12th 2013
What, by the way, is the source of the page image? Are we insulting some real person who's out in the world somewhere? Because I wouldn't be comfortable with that.
08:57:42 PM Aug 12th 2013
... no, it's just a very realistic drawing.

In seriousness, it looks like Jamie Chung, who's played a few of these roles. I could be wrong since I can't tell Asians apart (... or anyone else, really), but the fact the image is titled "Jamie" leads me to believe I'm correct.
08:59:02 PM Aug 12th 2013
Ah, if it's an actress who plays a lot of roles like this that might be a different situation.
04:49:16 PM Feb 16th 2014
Is this a drawing or a photoshopped photograph?
06:00:24 PM Feb 16th 2014
It's a photo. I was being sarcastic. I do sometimes.
08:09:51 AM Mar 18th 2014
LOL opps! :)

I still think the image sucks, and makes me feel sad that this is a person. It doesn't look like a screenshot or anything; just a girl at a party, which makes the image seem mean-spirited. :( I'm taking it to IP though cuz it's still bothering me.
12:09:14 PM Jun 27th 2012
How is this trope a Double Standard? An Asian ditz is simply that. There are real ones out there, it's not implying all Asian women are ditzy. It's simply a subversion of the Asian and Nerdy stereotype.
04:01:36 AM Aug 28th 2010
edited by ChronicLogic
Are there no Anime or Manga examples? Or is this a Western only trope of sorts?
11:49:22 AM Sep 10th 2010
edited by RhymeBeat
An Asian Airhead in an Anime is simple a female ditz. My biggest problem with this trope is that if you were to make the Asian girl smart you'd hear cries of the Asian and Nerdy trope. (like Evalin Kwan from Neds Declassified).
04:10:26 PM Nov 4th 2010
Yeah, the way the trope reads now, if you are female and Asian, then you are not allowed to have a personality (outside of being a Yamato Nadeshiko or something), otherwise you will be a walking stereotype. This could use a slight rewrite, methinks.
04:02:10 PM Jul 23rd 2011
What if the anime or manga takes place in a western area, where most of the characters are not Asian? Could this trope apply?
06:25:48 PM Apr 2nd 2012
edited by illegalcheese
If the author is aware of this generally Western trope and maybe has a thing for self-referential humor, then yes. In practice, I wouldn't expect it.
01:30:53 AM Jun 15th 2010
Okay, it seems to me that this page is like...80% subversions of the "trope". Most characters listed have some degree of depth... Plus it's a pretty damn short list overall.

Is there any actual reason for this to have a trope page?
08:11:20 AM Mar 18th 2014
Hmm... I guess the image isn't the only problem.

I think the biggest problem is that in Anime and Manga, it's assumed that, unless otherwise stated, the characters are all Asian. So of course they'd just be an airhead without any other qualifiers.
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