Charlie Chan

The Untold Story of the Honorable Detective and His Rendezvous with American History

By Yunte Huang
(W. W. Norton & Company, Hardcover, 9780393069624, 354pp.)

Publication Date: August 2010

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Shortlisted for the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award in Biography and the 2011 Edgar Award for Best Critical/Biographical Book: "An ingenious and absorbing book, that provides a convincing new mode for examining the Chinese experience through both Chinese and Western eyes. It will permanently change the way we tell this troubled yet gripping story." Jonathan Spence, author of The Search for Modern China and Return to Dragon Mountain.



About the Author
Yunte Huang a professor of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara, is the author of "Transpacific Imaginations" and "Charlie Chan". Born in China, he lives in Santa Barbara, California.


NPR
Tuesday, Sep 7, 2010

The fictional, aphorism-spouting Chinese detective is best known today as a stereotypical relic from a less sensitive time. Yunte Huang tells the story of the real man who inspired the caricature in Charlie Chan: The Untold Story of the Honorable Detective and His Rendezvous with American History. More at NPR.org

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NPR
Wednesday, Aug 18, 2010

The fictional Chinese detective Charlie Chan, who starred in a series of novels and movies between the 1920s and the 1950s, is often dismissed as a "Yellow Uncle Tom." But in the fascinating, sometimes maddening history Charlie Chan, Yunte Huang argues that Charlie is much more than a stereotype. More at NPR.org

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