*This list is incomplete and needs heavy editing.* For a much more in-depth and comprehensive view on race in TV (and media), visit this blog by Ethnic Muse.
**Please note that the critera for this list is not as well-defined or stringent as that of the movies list.**
Venture Bros. (2003- ) – “Dr. Zin” is an example of Yellow Peril, and has been transferred over from the show 60’s cartoon Johnny Quest.
Family Guy (1999- )
Seth McFarlane’s career is built on shitting on Asian men. Zero satire.
You have to be mentally deficient to not see that when Seth McFarlane shits on non-Asian-male minorities, he pokes fun at racists and racism. Whereas for Asian men, he is racist and participates in racism. It is quite clear that he believes that Asian men to be a subspecies of humans.
The single most insulted group (sans satire) of people on this show are Asian men.
King of the Hill (1997-2010) – Kahn (Laotian) is a main antagonist of the show. Voiced by a white male. Stereotypes (Perpetual Foreigner, Yellow Peril) abound in the depiction. Also, don’t forget about the Wassanasong’s (another group of antagonists).
South Park (1997-)
Matt Stone and Trey Parker’s career is built on shitting on Asian men. Zero satire.
You have to be mentally deficient to not see that when Matt Stone and Trey Parker shits on non-Asian-male minorities, he pokes fun at racists and racism. Whereas for Asian men, they are racist and participate in racism. It is quite clear that they believe that Asian men to be a subspecies of humans.
The single most insulted (sans satire) group of people on this show are Asian men.
The Awesomes (2013-2015) – Bobby Lee plays a Sumo.
Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law (2000-2007) – “Dr. Zin” is an example of Yellow Peril, and has been transferred over from the show 60’s cartoon Johnny Quest.
Westworld (2016- ) – Asian tourists. And, Asian male character gets shit on/berated/scolded way too many times.
The Good Place (2016- ) – Asian man can’t get a real woman. He gets a robot instead. See, there’s always a catch. (See: Bionic Woman .)
Stranger Things (2016- ) – Weak, but tired and critical offense. White female asks, “Am I speaking Chinese” to denote others’ incomprehension. Implication: Asianness is the farthest thing from Western Civilization.
Shadowhunters (2016- ) – Cross-dressing Asian man. Erasure of Straight-Asian-male identity.
Shannara Chronicles (2016- ) – Asian male elf killed.
Limitless (2016- ) – White man out-musicians an Asian man.
Man in the High Castle (2015- ) – Adaptation. An Amazon Original that explores the question: ‘What if the Allied Powers lost WWII?’ Japanese are amoral antagonists, and they’ve taken over the West Coast (Yellow Peril). Very sly way of peddling Yellow Peril, as this is an adaptation of 60’s novel. But why adapt it? Now? Because focus groups ate up Yellow Peril.
The Expanse (2015- ) – Evil Asian father who indirectly causes her daughter to die. Inhuman in every way and develops dangerous virus.
Mr. Robot (2015- ) – B. D. Wong plays transgender (I support trans people) woman who pisses on grave. Part of a systemic attempt to erase the straight-Asian-male identity. (See: Banshee ).
Supergirl (2015- ) – Asian men work under white female boss.
Zoo (2015- ) – Asian male animal hunter.
Black Mirror (2011- )
“Black Mirror: White Christmas”? More like “Yellow Peril.” White man gets “his” woman stolen by a lying Asian man.
This is not the only Yellow Peril episode. See “The Entire History of You” (according to these writers, millionaire perverts had to be Chinese) and “Playtest.” Along with shitty portrayals in “Nosedive” and “Hated in the Nation.”
Lmao. 6/13 eps, basically half the show.
Seriously, fuck this show.
Z Nation (2014- ) – Asian men are all idiots or foreign. Asian women are humanized. Typical disparty.
The Originals (2013- ) – Show has a weird fascination with shitting on Asian men.
Lost Girl (2010-2016) – Horrific-looking Asian man, referred to as “it,” tries to eat 2 women.
Hemlock Grove (2013-2015) – Erasure of straight-Asian-male identity.
The Neighbors (2012-2014) – Asian male character is actually an alien and embodies several stereotypes. Tremendous effort is used to make this character as feminine as possible (emasculation)
Bionic Woman (2007) – Asian man gets a (white) woman but she is a bionic woman called “Sarah Corvus.” (See: The Good Place [2016- ].
Brimstone (1998-1999) – Emasculation & Yellow Peril (source).
Pure Genius (2016- ) – Erasure of straight-Asian-male identity.
Young Pope (2016-) – Main character talks about how much he hates tourists. Sees Asian boy and immediately closes door.
The Five (2016- ) – Erasure of Straight-Asian-male identity.
Quantico (2015- ) – White man beats up Asian man.
Madam Secretary (2014- ) – White woman punches President of the Philippines when he expresses his heterosexuality and makes his nose bleed.
Bates Motel (2013- ) – Asian man incompetent and enforces stereotype.
Sherlock (2010- )
“The Sign of Three” is one of the better episodes, but it devolves into portraying Asian men as the perpetual foreigners/tourists, while also shitting on little people.
This is relatively mild, however. The show is simply a bastion of anti-Asian-male racism:
“The Blind Banker” is probably the worst offender. It portrays Asian men as being misogynistic, cruel, inhumane, of small stature, having “small feet,” weak, unfair, corrupt, servile, tourists, alien, having accents, emotionally sterile, willing to kill family, easily influenced, and, as usual, being violence fodder.
Like several Western works, they have a fixation with the Asian male eye (3 counts), and this episode also manages to evoke The (literally!) Yellow (spray paint) Peril.
Ancillary to all this, on “The Great Game,” an Indian man is killed off for committing the crime (or at least that’s what is to the white writers) of dating a white woman.
In “The Hounds of Baskerville,” a hapa male is nothing but gullible (such an unoriginal anti-Asian-male trope), while in “Many Happy Returns,” Asians are just mystical monks and Indian men get the credit for a white man’s work (lol!). Additionally, in “The Empty Hearse,” Asian men are portrayed as conventionally unattractive criminals/”rats.”
Should I even bother watching the fourth season after this?
Hawaii-Five-O (2010- ) – “Wo Fat” is based on Fu Manchu.
Hand of God (2014-2017) – Only Asian man an accountant (stereotype) who embezzles (villainization). He uses a prostitute (because how else would an Asian man get laid?) and gets punched in the face by her (emasculation).
One Child (2016) – Westernized Asian woman protagonist. Asian men are all perverts and immoral. Brought to you by the BBC (See: Sherlock [2010- ]).
CSI: Cyber (2015-2016) – Asian man stalks daughter.
Banshee (2013-2016) – I am not anti-LGBT. I support them. However, what does transgender depiction of the Asian ma here say? It says that straight Asian men are intolerable by society. The straight-Asian-male-identity must be erased (see: Mr. Robot [2015-]).
Hell on Wheels (2011-2016) – Asian man runs brothels and opium dens.
House M.D. (2004-2012) – White male protagonist decides to become doctor because of how racist the Japs are (source).
Lie to Me (2009-2011) – Asian man shot at wedding and a problem with gambling.
Entourage (2004-2011) – “Lloyd Lee.” Erasure of Asian-male identity.
Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2001-2011) – Reference to Asian man who uses prostitutes.
Lost (2004-2010) – Daniel Dae Kim as “Jin-Soo Kwon” (Perpetual Foreigner). Also, perpetuates stereotype of “Asian Male Misogyny.”
Law & Order (1990-2010) – In one episode, white woman kills Asian boss because he forced her into prostitution, and abused her. In another episode, Asian men are shown to racist against African Americans.
The Unit (2006-2009) – Male Asian danger to society killed.
Cashmere Mafia (2008) – Asian woman dates Asian man to make her white ex-boyfriend jealous. Features other moments of Desexualization.
Las Vegas (2003-2008) – Hapa male gets sexually humiliated.
The Shield (2002-2008) – Four Asian men have sex with and pimp 12-year-old Asian girl.
Alias (2001-2006) – Ric Young as “Zhang Lee.” Combination of Chinese and Korean names. Zhang Lee is a torturer. Only job.
JAG (1995-2005) – Asian man under suspicion of human trafficking.New York Undercover (1994-1999) – Asian criminal killed by woman.
Pointman (1995) – Grotesque perpetuation of “Asian Male Misogyny.”
Hawaii Five-O (1968-1980) – “Wo Fat” is based upon Fu Manchu.
Bonanza (1959-1973) – Chinese are killers and misogynistic.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (2015- ) – Ki Hong Lee as “Dong Nyuen.”
Dr. Ken (2015- ) – One of the worst Uncle Chans in existence plays a doctor (stereotype).
Silicon Valley (2014- ) – Jimmy O. Yang plays “Jian Yang” (Perpetual Foreigner) who is unable to socially function and is extremely clueless all the time. Basically inhuman object for making jokes.
How to Get Away with Murder (2014- ) – Erasure of straight-Asian-male identity.
2 Broke Girls (2011- ) – Conventionally unattractive and effeminate Asian man cast (emasculation, asexualization).
Workaholics (2011- ) – Waymond Lee as “Waymond.”
Making it in America (2010- ) – Title sequence features stereotypical Old Asian Cook.
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (2005- ) – In “Flowers for Charlie,” the Asian man (Jimmy O. Yang) “Tang-See” is more or a less a prop for comedy. He’s a scientist (stereotype) with a thick Chinese accent. The actor in real life has no such accent. Charlie Day speaks gibberish Chinese to this man.
Arrested Development (2003- ) – Features William Hung. “Ahn-Young” is over-used as the butt-end of a joke. Treats him like an accessory.
Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000- )
The title of the episode “The Korean Bookie” is, no doubt, a racist callback to the film “The Killing of a Chinese Bookie” (1976).
In the episode Bobby Lee plays an accented Asian man who is suspected of eating a dog, which causes trouble for the protagonist.
Make Happy (2016) – Bo Burnham rhymes “Mandarin” with “Mandolin.” An intelligent wordsmith like Bo Burnham would have known that he was doing (implied lallation). He also uses trope of the Chinese otherization (because the farthest thing from Western civilization is China).
Community (2009-2015) – Sr. Chang and his Channerisms.
How I Met Your Mother (2005-2014) – Ted Mosby does quasi-Yellowface.
The Office (2005-2013)
What white “creators” do not seem to get that is, even if you preface a joke with an understanding that it’s racist, if you make the joke at the expense of Asian men, it is still racist against Asian men.
In this knock-off of the British original, the main lead is inspired by Mr. Yunioshi from Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961).
And in another scene, all kinds of subliminal Asian emasculation rears its ugly head (plus “ironic driving joke”).
“Ironic” racist jokes are racist jokes. If you stab me ironically, I am still bleeding as I would if I were stabbed.
Just Shoot Me (1997-2003) – Making out with an Asian man is “having Chinese” (source).
The Nanny (1993-1999) – Asian eye joke about Asians at a fucking funeral (source).
Seinfeld (1989-1998) – Opium is called “Chinaman’s cap” (source).
Gilligan’s Island (1964-1967) – Man in Yellowface beat up by white woman (source).
Iron Fist (2017- ) – White savior. Asian-male antagonist. Let’s see how this goes. And to make the Asian male more palatable, they of course use a hapa.
Daredevil (2015- ) – White man beats up countless ninjas. Thanks, Marvel. Also, check this out.
The Green Hornet (1966-1967) – Bruce Lee… is a white man’s sidekick… What?
MacGyver (2016- ) – Minor Asian male antagonist.
Rush Hour (2016) – Main antagonist is an Old Asian man. Partial Asian actor cast because full Asian faces are unmarketable.
Vanishing Son (1995) – Asian criminal has white fetish.
Kung Fu: The Legend Continues (1993-1997) – Stereotypes (source).
Noble House (1988) – Yellowface of a villain called “Four Finger Wu.”
Kung Fu (1972-1975) – Stereotypes (source).
Mission: Impossible (1966-1973) – Leonard Nimoy dons Yellowface (source).
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012- ) – Yellow Peril is central to the show. Teaches children to relate with talking green turtles more than Asian men.
Chowder (2007-2010) – Asian man voices “Lo Mein,” a short old Asian man (emasculation).
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003-2009) – Yellow Peril is central to the show. Teaches children to relate with talking green turtles more than Asian men.
Teen Titans (2003-2006) – Professor Chang is a stereotypical Chinese-scientist supervillain.
Xaolin Showdown (2003-2006) – Asian kid is literally a tiny yellow humanoid, while Asian girl and other protagonists are normal human beings.
Ben 10 (2005-2008) – Sterotypes. Conditions children.
Proud Family (2001-2005) – Stereotypes. Conditions children.
Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation (1997-1998) – Live-action makes it much worse. Yellow Peril is central to the show. Teaches children to relate with talking green turtles more than Asian men.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987-1996) – Yellow Peril is central to the show. Teaches children to relate with talking green turtles more than Asian men.
The Super 6 (1966-1969) – Stereotypes (source). Conditions children.
Johnny Quest (1964-1965) – “Dr. Zin” is an example of Yellow Peril. He has made appearances in Harvey Birdman (2000-2007), Tom and Jerry: Spy Quest (2015), and Venture Bros. (2003- ).
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (2015- ) – Asian joke every 5 minutes.
Late Night: Seth Meyers (2014- ) – Too many Asian jokes.
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (2014- ) – Way too many Asian jokes. Also featured Asian male con artist. They also had a whole episode dedicated to perpetuating Yellow Peril.
The Steve Harvey Show (2012- ) – Says Asian men are undesirable by black and white women. Audience members, featuring Asian women, laugh along with him.
Conan (2010- ) – Way too many Asian jokes. Featured Triumph the Insult Comic, talking about tiny Asian penises in front of foreign Asians.
Real Time with Bill Maher (2003- ) – Bill Maher claims that the racism of Oscars is the the fault of Asians.
Chelsea Lately (2007-2014) – Implies Asian penises are small (source).
Colbert Report (2005-2014) – Colbert pretends to be Asian man. Several anti-Asian jokes.
Late Night with Conan O’ Brien (1993-2009) – In an episode from 2001, the network asked Sarah Silverman to change a joke using the word “nigger” to “chink” instead. This bit was aired.
Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher (1993-2002) – Bill Maher doesn’t think using the word “chink” is a big deal.
89th Academy Awards (2017) – Jimmy Kimmel shits on Matt Damon for working with the Chinese. Mentions bit about “Chinese ponytail[s],” ignorant behind the discrimination involved with queues.
88th Academy Awards (2016) – Chris Rock mocks Asian children, while Sacha Baron Cohen makes a joke about Minions being Asians because they’re tiny, work hard, and have small “dongs.” For the Chris Rock joke, the Oscars issued a non-apology (aka insult).
MTV Movie Awards Reloaded 2003 – You are expected to scoff at the Asian man (Key Master) for showing heterosexual interest in women.
Good Eats (1999-2012) – Read the excellent reporting on Kulture. It’s not yellowface as they claim, but it is anti-Asian-male. Fuck Alton Brown.
SNL (1975- ) – Asian jokes to this day.
Mad TV (1995-2016) – Bobby Lee is the proto-Ken Jeong. Sometimes he brings along his brother into this mess.