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Stereotypes of Chinese People
aka: Anime Chinese People

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Q is for Qing
She's the Chinese exchange
Her manners are foreign
Her habits are strange
She's odd and exotic
She dresses in silk
Eats rice for her breakfast
And never drinks milk
A stereotype walking
On feet bound up small

China has the largest population of any nation in the world. Chinese people are often stereotyped as being of a single ethnicity, when in fact the population of China is made up of many ethnic groups. The stereotypes of Chinese people in fiction are nearly always applied to the dominant ethnic group — the Han Chinese, who were the founders of Chinese civilization. The Han themselves have great internal variation regarding linguistic, cultural, genetic, and regional features — they are often classified into sub-groups of the larger Han ethnicity.


In Western media, they often get lumped in with other East Asians.

Western tropes specific to Chinese people alone include:

In Japanese media, Chinese people often have a much more specific depiction. They have prominent roles in many anime, especially in fighting anime. Not surprising, given the length of China and Japan's relationship, plus the fact that there are a lot of Chinese people on the planet. Very seldom born in Japan, members of this trope are usually from mainland China, Hong Kong or Taiwan. Often drawn in anime with narrower eyes, though this may not be the case with a main character or cute Anime Chinese Girl. Hei from Darker Than Black, who frequently has "normal eyes", is a case in point, with every other Chinese character in the series appearing with narrower than normal eyes.


Japanese tropes specific to Chinese people include:

General tropes that occur in Japanese portrayals of Chinese people include:

  • Funny Foreigner - Chinese is a stock funny foreigner type in anime.
  • Stock Foreign Name - A high chance of having the last name 'Li/Lee," although this does have some basis in fact with Li, Wang, and Zhang being the three most common Chinese surnames. Wong is a variant that almost every character from Hong Kong gets.
  • The Triads and the Tongs - Will often be part of families, or organizations with a lot of power and wealth, implied to be the Triads. E.g. Mr. Chang from Black Lagoon, the Tao family from Shaman King, or the Li family from CCS.
  • Verbal Tic - They will be portrayed with particular speech idiosyncracies (such as ending sentences with "aru yo"), although there's a decent chance their Chinese will actually be intelligible. This actually had to do with Japanese-Chinese relations in the 1930s. When Chinese people in Manchurianote  tried to speak Japanese, they sometimes pronounced it incorrectly, and also used the word "aru" and the like. The Other Wiki has an article on this pidgin language, Kyowa-go (協和語).

Examples for any of these tropes or stereotypes should go under the relevant sub-entry, not on this page.

Alternative Title(s): Anime Chinese People, Chinese People


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