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

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Hailed as "irrepressibly spirited and entertaining" (Pico Iyer, ) and "a fascinating cultural survey" (Paul Devlin, ), 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, ).

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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. . . . It will permanently change the way we tell this troubled yet gripping story."--Jonathan Spence

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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780393340396
Author:
Huang, Yunte
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts
Subject:
Biography-Entertainment and Performing Arts
Subject:
Ethnic Studies-Asian American
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20110831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
35 black-and-white illustrations
Pages:
354
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

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