The Untold Story of Charlie Chan

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Yunte Huang discusses Charlie Chan, the fictional detective based on Chang Apana, a detective from Honolulu, and how the character defined America’s distorted perceptions of Asians and Asian Americans. His book Charlie Chan: The Untold Story of the Honorable Detective and His Rendezvous with American History, weaves the story of the evolution of the character of 'Charlie Chan' with the real-life detective Chang Apana’s rough-and-tumble career.


Yunte Huang

Comments [4]

linda from Greenwich

I enjoyed watching Charlie Chan and I also enjoy reading Judge Dee Robert van Gulilk's series detective 18th c Tang Dynasty and Ming period. Love those inscrutable Chinese.

Aug. 31 2010 08:17 PM
Amy from Manhattan

Could Mr. Huang comment on the controversy over the depiction of Asian characters as white (& use of white actors to voice the animated characters) in the movie version of "Avatar: The Last Airbender"?

...guess not--segment just ended. I need to type faster!

Aug. 31 2010 01:23 PM
Ann Puntch from Brazil

A comment please from Yunte Huang on Maxine Hong Kingston's China Men which made Americans change the way they say the word.


Aug. 31 2010 01:20 PM

Have Asian's evolved in how they have been portrayed in the media? What positive changes have you seen?

Aug. 31 2010 01:18 PM

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