Charlie Chan

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

by Yunte Huang

Hardcover, 354 pages, W W Norton & Co Inc, List Price: $26.95 | purchase

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Charlie Chan
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The Untold Story of the Honorable Detective and His Rendezvous With American History
Author
Yunte Huang

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Book Summary

A biography of cinematic hero Charlie Chan, based on the real-life Chinese immigrant detective, Chang Apana, whose bravado inspired mystery writer Earl Derr Biggers to depict his fictional sleuth as a wisecracking and wise investigator rather than a stereotype.

Awards and Recognition

Edgar Award (2011)

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American actor Sidney Toler played Detective Charlie Chan in 22 films, including The Jade Mask, released in 1945.  He took over the role of the fictional Chinese-American detective from Swedish actor Warner Oland, who played Chan in 15 films. The Kobal Collection/Monogram Pictures hide caption

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