Charlie Chan: The Untold Story Of The Honorable Detective And His Rendezvous by Yunte HuangCharlie Chan: The Untold Story Of The Honorable Detective And His Rendezvous by Yunte Huang

Charlie Chan: The Untold Story Of The Honorable Detective And His Rendezvous

byYunte Huang

Paperback | August 16, 2011

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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).
Yunte Huang is a Guggenheim Fellow and a professor of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the author of Transpacific Imaginations and Charlie Chan, which won the 2011 Edgar Award and was a finalist for the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award in Biography. Having come of age in China as a student in the tim...
Title:Charlie Chan: The Untold Story Of The Honorable Detective And His RendezvousFormat:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.8 inPublished:August 16, 2011Publisher:WW NortonLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0393340392

ISBN - 13:9780393340396


Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing look at race relations I had no preconceptions going in and figured this was going to be maybe be just a Hollywood story. It's not. It's an honest discussion of Asian Americans and how they were used both positively and negatively through the actual man who played Charlie Chan and the character he played. Absolutely also for anyone interested in pre-statehood Hawaii as the Charlie Chan character was based on a real-life detective based in the islands.
Date published: 2016-12-18

Editorial Reviews

“In this original, deeply personal account, Huang illuminates every conceivable aspect of Chan and his place in American culture.... vibrant narrative.... Multilayered, provocative and highly accessible.” — Kirkus Reviews“A virtuoso of curiosity.... Huang digs up fascinating research on everything from the demographics of capital punishment in Honolulu to the origins of .... a work of exhaustively researched popular history that reads like a dime-store romance.” — Pico Iyer (Time)“Huang’s history is bracing and expansive.” — Jill Lepore (The New Yorker)“One of the most entertaining, informative, and provocative books I have read in a long time.” — David Thomson (New Republic)“Charlie Chan remains, in himself, a sly and delightful figure, worthy of nostalgia—and of Huang’s very original, good-humored and passionately researched book.” — Richard Schickel (The New York Times Book Review)“Huang presents an absorbing study of art taking on a life of its own.” — Publishers Weekly“Writing easily without turgid academic cant, Huang, a former restaurateur, offers a tasty narrative menu.” — San Francisco Chronicle