Title Profile & Character Information

Charlie Chan

Annotation
Remember Charlie Chan, heroic Chinese detective of page and screen? He was based on the real-life Chang Apana, a five-foot-tall Chinese immigrant with a bullwhip who struck fear in the hearts of gamblers and opium dealers in Honolulu. Chinese-born Huang, a University of California-Santa Barbara professor and syndicated columnist, considers both the life of Apana and the import of Chan. "Bigger than it looks," predicts the publicist, and actually it looks pretty cool.

Awards
2011  Edgar Awards (Edgar Allan Poe Awards)
2010  New York Times Notable Books of the Year
2010  California Book Awards

GenreNonFiction
Arts
Historical
Sociological
Biography
TopicsChinese Americans
Actors
Celebrities
Motion pictures
Books and reading
Hollywood
American history