alright so you want to create an asian character, cool! here is one major tip when writing them
(not asian but this is mainly on educating myself on asian cultures)
Not every asian person looks the same: when people think of an asian people, they think of chinese people, japanese people, or korean people. However everyone of these ethnicities vary. Not every japanese/korean/chinese person looks the same. Not all of them are pale, not all of them have the same eyeshape, not all of them are short. There are many Asians that do not fit these racist stereotypes. Please give a variety. Not only in the looks department but ethnicity-wise as well. Asia is a big continent filled with many countries and diverse people. Lets start with east asia. Not every asian is from these three countries.
- China (includes HK and macau)
- Korea (South and North)
Now moving on to South east asia
- The Philippines
Now moving onto south asia.
- Sri Lanka (pronounced shri)
Now lets move on to West asia. A lot and I mean a lot of people forget that most arabs are asians too (when i say most i mean that most people who are arab are either from asia or africa (morocco, algeria, egypt, and i think libya as well). West asia consists a bunch of arabic-speaking countries such as
- Iraq (not eye-raq, its ee-raq)
- Saudi Arabia
- United Arab Emirates or UAE for short
Now when you think of the word caucasian, you may think of white people or white americans specifically BUT the term refers to asians as well (mainly in central asia) some examples of caucasians
Now lets move on to central asia which consists of the following
- Kazakhstan (pronounced just how you see it, kaza-kh-stan)
- Iran is between the middle east and azerbaijan
big reminder, never use google translate for your characters
also not every asian kid has immigrant parents. There are many asian kids who are born to first-gen Asian parents (little bit of a hypocrite myself since two of my asian characters are not born in the us). also be sure to reach out to people who are from or are descendants of that country to learn more about these cultures. It is very important for authors and directors to include asian characters from many ethnicities/ countries. People want to be represented in a good way and they want to relate to a character. I hope this helped and good luck!
I had also mentioned a couple of stereotypes that affect east asians but i will mention the majority that i’ve seen on media
First lets start with east/south east asian people
- that asian guys have no game, and are the most respectful men. FALSE! like any guy, there are asian guys who are players and they may not be as respectful. There are very inappropriate stereotypes about asian guys which i will not list bc this post will be taken down and episode stories should not be filled with the you know what.
*ALL Asians are very slim- false. They are many plus sized asians. Even then, there are plus sized asians who do speak up about fat phobia. It is hard on them since in the media, asians are often portrayed as slim. and that all asians are short. FALSE!! have you seen choi so-ra or hoyeon jung? they arent the only ones but there are a LOT of tall asians (including east,west, south, southeast, and central) i made two of my asian characters 6’1/185 cm (male) and 5’8/172 cm (female).
all asians are really good at math- this affects south asians as well. no, asians are not born with super mathematical genius powers. There are asian people who do struggle in math just as anyone does. This gives many asian people a higher standard they feel forced to reach those standards because of this stereotype. also this much more harmful than people think because asians are stereotyped into the “model minority” which in the name itself is pretty explanatory but if you don’t understand, basically in america mainly white people try to portray black people and hispanics/latinos (this affects the darker skinned hispanics the most) as lazy, dont work hard, and uneducated but then they portray asians are hard workers, extremely intelligent, they’re rich and what not making them seem as the “model minority”.
all asians (includes west, SE, south, and east asians) have an accent and every asian person has immigrant parents- no. although there are asian immigrants, they may not have an accent or even be born to immigrant parents. so make sure your characters dont always have immigrant parents
all asians are pale. Not true at all. There are dark skin asians and are not represented. Even kpop idols have their photo edited which is known as white-washing. Please be sure to include different skin tones
asians eat dogs and cats- do i even have to explain myself? this “joke” is not even funny at all.
now moving onto south asia
all indian men are creepy and like to dm girls on social media. not always the case and these jokes portray indian men in a bad light. i’ve recently just heard about this stereotype but i know that some ignorant author may put this in their story. ANother one is that they’re scammers.
they all have accents. i mentioned this previously
good at maths and computer science- again not every asian person is good at math
-all of them practice islam. nope, some arabs practice christianity or judaism.
-terrorists. again not funny at all and if anything, the us military has done more damage to the middle east.
-fluent in arabic. nope, some kids just dont pick up the language (also affects south, east, central, and southeast asian people)
-strict conservative parents. applies to all poc. some parents just really dont care.
amazing contribution by @t3ss4_n0v4
these are my don’t for now, i will continue editing once i’ve gathered more information