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A setting in which the dominant culture is a fusion of American and Asian influences, resulting in an entire city (or world) that resembles a Chinatown writ large. Glass and steel skyscrapers with flared pagoda roofs, Chinese curses dropped into English speech, McNinjas working for The Mafia, that kind of thing.

This typically involves American culture blended with either Chinese culture, Japanese culture, or a vague Far East jumble. It can result from China, Japan, or America taking over the world, or it can be a mashup Fantasy Counterpart Culture. Unlike many Culture Chop Suey settings like Ancient Grome or Spexico, Americasia usually isn't the result of sloppiness or indifference, but a deliberate artistic choice.

Americasian settings were very common in '80s Cyberpunk, back when many thought that Japan was going to take over the world. They've been making a comeback in recent years with the increasing popularity of Japanese and Korean culture in the West. This trope is pretty specific to American culture rather than just any Western culture, in part because the United States is the closest Western country outside of Oceania to The Far East thanks to Alaska and has a large and rapidly growing Asian minority concentrated around the country's most culturally influential areas— California, New York City, and Washington, D.C.. A major factor was the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, which replaced years of discriminatory country-of-origin quotas in favour of a skills and family reunification based system.

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This is a very new trope, dating only about to the 1960s at the earliest; prior to that, Asian cultures were viewed as impossibly alien by most Americans (the various Chinatowns and Japanese cars becoming available on the West Coast as early as the 1950s notwithstanding). However, the opposite wasn't necessarily true in Japan and some parts of China, where Western culture caught on quite successfully - if not quite successfully enough to alter the aesthetic makeup of Asian cities.

Subtrope to Culture Chop Suey. Please limit examples to settings where this is the dominant culture, not just an ethnic enclave or any random instance of American and Asian cultures mingling.


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Examples

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    Anime and Manga 
  • The comedy series Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt takes place in Daten City, which the narration describes as existing between Heaven and Hell. Much of the setting could be described as Eagleland, but there are many Asian cultural clues as well: notably, the Demon sisters bow in apology to their boss, who nonetheless flushes them down two women's floor urinals. The fact that the Angel sisters operate from an Anime Catholicism church further muddies the waters. Pictured above is its flag, which is a combination of the Japanese and USA flags.
  • Cowboy Bebop, similar to the Firefly example mentioned below, presents a future where spacefaring humans have brought both western and eastern traditions with them, throughout the solar system, creating an odd fused culture on the colonized moons and planets.
  • Small scale example in Macross Frontier. City Frontier (the large inhabited dome section) is split into two different areas, one modeled after San Francisco and the other after Tokyo's Shibuya ward.

    Films — Animation 
  • San Fransokyo in Big Hero 6 is the apotheosis of this trope. It's, y'know, San Francisco plus Tokyo. According to supplementary material, this was the result of the city being rebuilt primarily by Japanese immigrants in the wake of the 1906 Earthquake.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Los Angeles in Blade Runner is slathered in a thick layer of Japan Takes Over the World.
  • Demolition Man has San Angeles, which has people wearing kimonos, a computer dominant society, and Taco Bell being the dominant food franchise.
  • Batman Forever has Gotham City looking vaguely like Tokyo (whereas in the previous films, it had looked either like New York City circa 1900 or a "grim" Eastern European city).

    Literature 
  • The Man in the High Castle features an Alternate History where the Axis powers won World War II. The United States is divided up and the west coast is part of Imperial Japan. The two cultures are blending together as the former Americans are adjusting to having Japanese rulers. Also, the "Pacific" metaculture is absorbing concepts from China (notably the pervasive references to I Ching) and other subjugated countries.
  • Ciaphas Cain (and by extension Warhammer 40,000): The capital city of the incompletely Tau-colonized planet of Gravalax gets this look, which makes Imperial onlookers uneasy: The human buildings are old, angular and festooned with utilitarian plumbing and ornementation, whereas Tau buildings are much smoother, rounder and high tech. Tau loyalists also learn the Tau language and sometimes use it. (Perhaps by coincidence, the Tau word for human [gue'la] sounds like the Cantonese word for foreigner [gwailo].)
  • Babel-17 by Samuel R. Delany mentions an actual future "Americasia", in a cold war with Pan Africa.
  • Italian writer Stefano Benni's Terra! makes several mentions of the Aramerorussian Empire (Arab Middle East + America + Russia). The book was written between the end of the 70s and the beginning of the 80s, with the Cold War but also the oil crisis in mind.

     Live-Action TV 
  • The Alliance in Firefly was formed by the United States and China, and influences from both cultures are evident in the universe. The cast is devoid of Asians, but Mandarin is spoken by everyone and Chinese writing is common.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Large parts of the American West Coast look like this in Shadowrun thanks to Japan having taken over the world. It's particularly obvious in San Francisco, which has been a de-facto enclave of the Japanese Empire for decades. Predictably, its inhabitants (and those of the surrounding California Free State) adopt many Japanese customs and mix them with the existing culture.

    Video Games 
  • Pokémon:
    • In Pokémon Black and White and its sequel games, despite the Unova region being based on NYC and eastern New Jersey in the United States, it has quite a few Japanese influences including but not limited to:
      • The Abundant Shrine dedicated to Landorus, who is based heavily on the Shinto god of rice and fertility Inari.
      • The Preschooler class wears Japanese preschool uniforms.
      • Village Bridge having an enka singer.
      • The Clerk class being based on Japanese salarymen and office ladies, and the latter being outright called that in the Japanese versions.
      • The Sky Arrow Bridge and Entralink taking influences from the Rainbow Bridge and Tokyo Imperial Palace respectively.
      • The Oshawott Line being based around samurai.
      • Sawk and Throh originate in this region, and are based on karate and judo practitioners respectively.
    • The Alola region from Pokémon Sun and Moon is based on Hawaii and several towns in Alola are heavily Japanese. In-series this is due to Alola being settled by people from Kanto and Johto, two Japanese-inspired regions. This is even more justified as Hawaii has the highest Japanese Immigrant population of any state in the U.S. The largest city, Honolulu, can look very much like a modern Japanese city, especially when considering the high prices of real-estate in both regions.
  • Harvest Moon games are always set in a European- or American-inspired place with heavy Japanese influences.
  • The English localization of Ace Attorney takes place in Los Angeles instead of Japan. This worked out fine in the first game, but the franchise seems to get more and more obviously Japanese with each sequel (some suspect that the developers are deliberately trolling the localization team), resulting in one of the biggest cases of Thinly-Veiled Dub Country Change and the Fan Nickname "Japanifornia" for the setting. The localization team seems to have taken a hint from this nickname and claim that in the Ace Attorney world, California never passed any anti-immigration laws, thus Japanese culture became much more prominent there than in real life.
  • The City with No Name in Mirror's Edge looks like a merger of New York and Hong Kong. The majority of in-game texts (like signs and billboards) are dual-language, English and Chinese.
  • Starcraft: The setting is predominantly the Deep South IN SPACE! (redneck construction workers, Space Truckers and Southern Fried Privates), but in the gap between the first and second games, a huge fanbase built up in South Korea, leading to some Korean-language signs in the background (admittedly, this is only in the futuristic cities).
  • Midgar City in Final Fantasy VII, in keeping with its general cyberpunk-ish theme, combines a lot of western and eastern influences in the design of its structures and inhabitants.
  • A Travel Montage map in Jazzpunk shows that everything north of Mexico has become the "United Prefectures of Japanada". Yen is the standard currency (a robot hooker you encounter claims to still accept dollars, but that might just be local slang for whatever denomination is closest in value to the US/Canadian dollar at that point), and there's a flag on the wall in a shop consisting of a blue circle covered in white stars with red rays coming off of it.
  • Inkling culture in Splatoon. The urban-industrial Graffiti Town setting could pass off as Japanese or American, with Japanese influences being evident in stuff like some symbolism and the traditional Japanese clothing shown by some characters, and American culture showing in stuff like the Totally Radical atmosphere influenced by late 90's Nickelodeon and the "Native American" styled Camp Triggerfish.
  • In After the End: A Crusader Kings II Mod, Californian culture has absorbed a considerable amount of East Asian influence, from the prevalence of kimonos and Hanfu clothing styles to a very syncretic mystical religion based on the wisdom of revered gurus to a political structure with a figurehead Emperor reigning (but not ruling) over a collection of powerful and power-hungry warlords.
  • Springdale from Yo-Kai Watch is this way in the English localization. In Japan the series takes place in Japan, however the English versions opted to set it in America despite the fact that the series is exceedingly Japanese. Thus the characters have American names and use the dollar as their currency, yet there are also a lot of Japanese cultural influences, including the yo-kai themselves.

    Web Original 
  • Anime Crimes Division: Neo Otaku City looks like a run-of-the-mill American city, except it's also peppered with Japanese cultural references.

    Western Animation 
  • The United Republic in The Legend of Korra is a slightly unusual example in that it features American influences (namely the Roaring Twenties) layered over an Asian-inspired setting rather than the other way around.
  • Neo-Gotham in Batman Beyond. Apparently the DCAU's idea of the future is a lot of neon signs with Japanese writing on them.


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