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Basic Trope: An Asian woman is portrayed as being incredibly stupid.

  • Straight: So-Man is cute and bubbly Asian Ditz.
  • Exaggerated: So-Man is almost as intelligent as an oyster.
  • Downplayed: So-Man is a Genius Ditz.
  • Justified:
    • So-Man was raised in a highly traditionalist family who strongly believes women's place is the kitchen, so she doesn't need to go to school or learn anything other than domestic chores and pampering herself.
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    • So-Man did go to school but is naturally not very bright so she rapidly dropped out to become a beautician or a manicurist.
  • Inverted:
    • So-Man is smarter than anyone on the show and doesn't take kindly to being associated with the stereotype.
    • Asian and Nerdy
    • Dragon Lady
  • Gender Inverted: Chung is a Tall, Dark, and Handsome Asian guy whose attractiveness is matched by his stupidity.
  • Subverted: So-Man only ''acts'' stupid. She's actually much more intelligent than what she lets on...
  • Double Subverted: ... but it turns out her smarts are still lower than anybody else on the show.
  • Parodied: ???
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: Asian women of the show aren't presented as smarter or stupider than anybody else.
  • Enforced: "White men love Asian women and male viewers usually prefer women who are beautiful and stupid. Let's make So-Man a complete airhead. She will be loved by everybody."
  • Lampshaded:
    • "So-Man, honey, you should really just stay here and smile. That's what you do best."
    • "I guess it's proof not all Asians are smart," said Roy the Racist
  • Invoked:"We don't need So-Man to be intelligent. She's just here to be Ms. Fanservice so..."
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: "Don't speak funny to me! Just because I'm an Asian girl doesn't mean I'm stupid!"
  • Discussed: "Yeah So-Man's hot. That's pretty much all there is to say about her."
  • Conversed: "Why must Asian girls be so stupid on TV?"
  • Deconstructed: So-Man believes that her beauty is all she needs and usually doesn't give much thought to anything else. She meets Bob, a pimp, who has long understood how profitable beautiful stupid women are. He easily seduces her and she ends up selling her charms to survive and avoid getting beaten up by Bob.
  • Reconstructed: Bob still beats her for her clumsiness, leading So-Man to regret her decision.
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  • Played For Drama: So-Man is intellectually challenged but, since people already expect her to be stupid, nobody spots her mental condition until late in the story.

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