To some Westerners, Asiatic cultures have a reputation for rudeness. They talk loudly and sharply, and come across as bossy and impatient. This is a relatively recent development— during the Imperial Era China was referred to as the "land of ceremony and etiquette" (ideals which were exported to, and can still be found in, neighboring Korea and Japan, as well as certain overseas Chinese communities). The Communist revolution viewed these rules as "bourgeois capitalist traits", and thus this trope was born as a result.
Some of the phenomenon of perceived "rudeness" is a massive Cross Cultural Kerfuffle— essentially an unfortunate result of applying the tone and meter of the native Asian languages to languages where that kind of speaking is the way rude people talk, i.e. tonal languages vilified as rude or uncouth. Differing cultural notions of what is rude and what isn't don't help; Chinese Etiquette can be as foreign as the language, and might even make one come off as an Etiquette Nazi.
Often Played for Laughs (with Unfortunate Implications all too often a part of such humor), but can also be Played for Drama, especially among children of Asian immigrants 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.
French Jerk is a common Western equivalent.
- Stand-up comic John Pinnette (who is quite fat) had a bit about being thrown out of an all-you-can-eat Chinese Buffet:
You been here four hour!!! Why you been here four hour?! (owner's rage continues to rise as he tried to convince John to get out) ...You go home NOW!!!
- Margaret Cho does an impression of her mother that relies on this trope but tends to be decidedly affectionate. Most of her mother's brashness comes from trouble with the English Language (the only one Margaret speaks) and urgent concern for her daughter. In her rush to Mama Bearing, some things just come out wrong.
- Jasper Carrott noted after a visit to Hong Kong that spoken Chinese could make "I love you and wish to have sex with you" sound like "I intend to wrap barbed wire round your testicles and pull it tight, then to batter you senseless with a concrete block." He suspected it would be impossible to express love or affection in Chinese — it wasn't that sort of language.
- The woman at the Chinese take out drive-thru in Dude, Where's 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.
- Chang in Orange Is the New Black is definitely not interested in making friends with any of the other inmates.
- Played with on Las Vegas, with Polly the Korean manicurist. She's rude as anything, not because she's unusually bossy or callous, but because she doesn't hesitate to prattle on and on about her sex life in mixed company.
- Spoken of approvingly in an episode of QI. They'd been discussing how gross it is when job interviewers make people talk about how excited they'll be to get some menial service job and what they'll "bring to the company," and how with that in mind, it's nicer to see people who look openly miserable with their jobs. Phill Jupitus said he and his friends used to go to a Chinese restaurant specifically because they were treated like shit there and found it hilarious, and that one time, they were interrupted mid-meal and told to move to another table on a different floor of the restaurant.
- Jessica Huang on Fresh Off the Boat is this trope Played for Laughs.
Jessica: I miss my friends from D.C. We had such nice conversations.
(Gilligan Cut to Jessica and three other women screaming at each other in Taiwanese)
- Frontier Circus: In "The Inheritance", a Japanese acrobat and judo expert joins the circus, and quickly alienates the rest of the circus with his arrogance.
- Saturday Night Live has had some fun with this over the years.
- John Belushi as a samurai delicatessen owner.
- A sadistic Japanese game show (hosted by Mike Myers) at which contestants are excessively -- even cruelly -- punished for failing to answer questions correctly. Chris Farley manages to make it to the finals without suffering any harm, but then gives a slightly incorrect answer and is given electroshock treatment.
- Samurai Gourmet is Japanese, but it still manages to grab this trope because the "madam" of "The Demoness's Ramen" is a horrific Chinese lady. In fact, hers is the only meal of the series that Kasumi gets no pleasure from, and that's saying a lot.
- Miss Swan in Mad TV demands to be let into a store past closing hours, refuses to cooperate with pretty much anyone, and will loudly and casually make derogatory remarks about gay people, calling them "monkey in the bush". The actress who plays Swan claims the character is based on her Hungarian grandmother, and the TV execs claim she is based on Bjork, so the "Asian" ethnicity is not solidified - but many suspect that these claims are to avoid accusations of yellowface and racism, rather than to provide insight for legitimate character background.
- Sumie Sakai(the one flipping off the camera) is an example of practicing foreign etiquette, supposedly. Or maybe she just has an odd sense of humor?
"I'm Japanese! Of course I'm nice!"
- Satoshi Kojima in Ring of Honor claimed he couldn't understand what the referee was trying to tell him (stop cheating) because "I'm Japanese, goddammit!"
- 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.
- Johnny Gat from the Saints Row games is a serial murdering gangster who swears like a sailor and is this trope at best to people he genuinely likes.
- 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.
- The Most Popular Girls in School: Mrs. Zales is one foul-mouthed, bitchy middle-aged Korean woman. Her daughter, Mackenzie, is an Alpha Bitch at her school.
- A minor The Simpsons character Cookie Kwan, #1 on the West Side (although she also works on the East Side... but stay out of the West Side!). She's been a minor recurring character ever since this appearance.
Chefs: (holding up kitchen knives) IRASSHAIMASE!
- In "One Fish, Two Fish, Blowfish, Blue Fish", the Simpsons decide to try out the Happy Sumo Japanese restaurant. As they enter the front door:
Simpson Family: AAAH!!
Hostess: Please, do not be alarmed. Our chefs are just saying "Hello".
Homer: Oh, okay. (to chefs) HELLO!
- In Family Guy, Stewie recalls a Mall Santa who was Asian and like this.
- Mr. Washee Washee, the Griffins' dry cleaner who Peter fights with.
- In American Dad! Francine's adoptive parents are like this to Stan (in a rare reversal of Stan being the victim of the flaming Jerkassery instead of giving it), but they are the ones that step up and rescue Stan from a burning building.
- Toshi regularly insults other characters. But since he speaks exclusively in Japanese, no one understands that he's being rude to them.
- Kahn and his family from King of the Hill, who are Laotian.
- Except in Kahn's case it's not simply a clash of cultures; he really is a Jerk Ass who openly insults his neighbors by calling them hillbillies. Although in later seasons he mellows out significantly and even becomes friends with Hank. It's also explained that he's bipolar and his rude personality is a side effect of his medication.
- Kahn's daughter, Connie, averts this trope. She is very polite, and is frequently ashamed by her parents' rudeness (though she doesn't suffer fools gladly and can be pretty nasty to people who get on her bad side).
- Jackie Chan Adventures: Uncle is usually this, even to his family, but there are occasions when he is extremely polite. Tohru's mother is also quite... acerbic, to say the least. It could simply be a case of Screw Politeness, I'm a Senior! in their cases, though.
- Courage the Cowardly Dog: Di Lung, Chinese inventor of Mecha Courage, better known for the following one-liner: "Watch where you're going, you fool!"
- Amy Wong in Futurama. though her parents are just greedy Jerkass ultra-capitalists in the same vein as Mom, regardless of race; Amy, then, because of her ultra-bourgeois upbringing is a Genius Ditz Rich Bitch, though she becomes more of a Jerk with a Heart of Gold through her years at Planet Express.
- Robot Chicken: One skit has Iron Man's metal-ness marching through metal tunnels and has clearly worn The Mandarin's patience thin.