All Asians Are Alike/Playing With

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Basic Trope: Non-Asians confusing the ethnicities of Asians.

  • Straight: Bob cannot tell Lee the Chinese and Nakamura the Japanese apart.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Bob often confuses his best friend Lee with random Asian guys.
    • A show has multiple Asian characters all played by the same actor.
  • Justified: Bob came from an isolated community with little Asian contact.
  • Inverted: Ang, a Chinese, cannot tell the difference between Jack the Englishman and Jacques the Frenchman.
  • Subverted: Bob can easily tell the two apart, but was just pretending he couldn't.
  • Double Subverted: ...But it turns out to be a lucky guess and he really still can't tell them apart.
  • Parodied:
  • Deconstructed: Bob's inability gets him in trouble with ultranationalists and ethnic gangs who think he's mocking them.
  • Reconstructed: But then see Bob going out of his way to actually learn about them and give it a pass.
  • Zig Zagged: Sometimes Bob can tell them apart, sometimes he cannot.
  • Averted: Bob can differentiate between Asian ethnicities.
  • Enforced: "Talking about differences in Asian cultures might confuse viewers. Let's just have one Asian to represent everyone."
  • Lampshaded: "I can't tell what race you are!"
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: In the face of anti-Chinese sentiment, Lee pretends to be Japanese.
  • Defied: Bob does his research to avoid making this sort of mistake again.
  • Discussed:
  • Conversed: ???
  • Played For Laughs: ???
  • Played For Drama: A World War II drama where Chinese immigrants to America have to contend with racism due to being constantly mistaken as Japanese.

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