Charlie Chan

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

By Yunte Huang
(W. W. Norton & Company, Paperback, 9780393340396, 354pp.)

Publication Date: August 2011

Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover

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Hailed as irrepressibly spirited and entertaining (Pico Iyer, Time) and a fascinating cultural survey (Paul Devlin, Daily Beast), this provocative first biography of Charlie Chan presents American history in a way that it has never been told before. Yunte Huang ingeniously traces Charlie Chan from his real beginnings as a bullwhip-wielding detective in territorial Hawaii to his reinvention as a literary sleuth and Hollywood film icon. Huang finally resurrects the honorable detective from the graveyard of detested postmodern symbols and reclaims him as the embodiment of America s rich cultural diversity. The result is one of the most critically acclaimed books of the year and a deeply personal . . . voyage into racial stereotyping and the humanizing force of story telling (Donna Seaman, Los Angeles Times)."



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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