White people save the world. All the time. In fact, white people save other people in far-flung distant lands because those poor non-white people just can’t save themselves because they’re incapable of doing so or they’re just helpless. They’re not as smart or capable as white people you see.
Extra points if the person they’re saving is an Asian female from the evil Asian males.
Films that include the white saviour are: Pacific Rim, Avatar, The Wolverine
Pacific Rim: White guy sacrifices himself to save the Asian female
Avatar: White guy gets sent on mission to infiltrate the native alien species and becomes one of them after falling in love with their culture and with one of the alien women. Then he saves her, they make out and he ends up leading the charge against the people who want to kill the alien species. And the alien woman doesn’t care at all that her husband (whom she has known all her life as opposed to the white guy who she has known for much, much shorter), is dead.
The Wolverine: White guy goes to exotic country and saves helpless female character from evil Asian father
The Last Samurai: White guy
And of a TV show:
Agents of Shield: Here we have the white male character, Lincoln, literally sacrificing himself to save the Asian female character, Skye.
This trend implies that people that are not “white” aren’t noble enough or courageous enough to save another character. But in these situations, non-white characters are not given the chance to do so because they have either been killed off earlier in the TV show or in a rare case, they do the heroic sacrifice thing but it’s not given any attention and only served to move the plot along.
In X-Men, First Class, the black character, Darwin, sacrifices himself to save the other X-Men (bunch of white characters). Darwin isn’t even acknowledged or mentioned after his death and the movie treats him as if he never existed. His death was a plot point. His death was not important. Same with Agents of Shield, whereby the black Inhuman character is killed after removing evil from the character Skye. After that, the white male character Lincoln, sacrifices himself at the end to save Skye by blasting himself into space (and in the process, killing the antagonist/villain of the series).
This white saviour is seen through movies and TV shows a lot. The reason why it’s disturbing is because it’s rooted in colonialism and white supremacy which has real-world effects on Asians, both female and male. It affects their self-esteem. It tells Asian-American females that they are only worth something if they fall in line with the white patriarchy. It tells Asian-American men that they are worth nothing at all and people from their own race would shun them for a white guy.