Charlie Chan : the untold story of the honorable detective and his rendezvous with American history

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Abstract

Charlie Chan promises to be a landmark work in twentieth-century American racial history. Chronicling the fraught narrative of one of Hollywood's most enduring cinematic detectives, English scholar Yunte Huang uncovers the untold story of the real "Charlie Chan," a bullwhip-wielding, five-foot Chinese-American detective whose raids on opium dens and gambling parlors transformed him into a Hawaiian legend. Huang, in fact, has created a historic drama where none was known to exist, brilliantly juxtaposing Chang Apana’s personal story against a larger backdrop of territorial Hawaii, torn apart by virulent racism. As Huang demonstrates, Apana’s bravado and heroism inspired not only E. D. Biggers, a Harvard graduate turned celebrity mystery sleuth, to write six best-selling Charlie Chan novels, but Hollywood to manufacture over forty internationally popular Chan movies starring a wisecracking, grammatically challenged detective with a knack for turning Oriental wisdom into singsong Chinatown blues. Examining hundreds of biographical, literary, and cinematic sources, both in English and in his native Chinese, Huang has created with Charlie Chan a literary tour-de-force that places “the honorable detective” on a larger stage, in the process presenting Asian-American history in a way it has never been told before.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherW. W. Norton & Company, Inc.
Number of pages354
ISBN (Print)9780393069624
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes

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American History
Hollywood
Movies
Legend
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Opium
Celebrity
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Blues
Racism
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Wisdom
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Gambling
Asian Americans
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Charlie Chan : the untold story of the honorable detective and his rendezvous with American history. / HUANG, Yunte.

New York : W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., 2010. 354 p.

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