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Charlie Chan: The Untold Story | USF

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Thursday, February 3, 2011 - 5:45 pm | Cost: FREE

Join us for an interview and book signing with Yunte Huang, author and professor of English at the University of California, Santa Barbara, on his newest book, Charlie Chan: The Untold Story of the Honorable Detective and His Rendezvous with American History.

From Honolulu to Harvard to Hollywood the creation of a Chinese “fictional” detective launched both book and film series that were successful then, damned now. In the 1930s Chan was the good Chinese stereotype as opposed to his bad opposite, Dr. Fu Manchu. Cinema chieftains insisted both be played by Whites in “yellow face,” the same racist view that forced White actors into “black face” when imitating Blacks. Unlike Fu Manchu, a real Chinese detective, Chang Apana, who rose from Oahu houseboy to Waimea cowboy to a bullwhip-toting cop no one called “boy,” served a a model for Charlie.

Thursday • February 3, 2011 • 5:45 PM
USF Main Campus, Fromm Hall
Enter from Parker Street between Golden Gate & Fulton, San Francisco

For information and reservations please call (415) 422-6828.

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Cost: FREE
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