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August 19, 2010


David Chute

Does Huang write about the many Chinese-language, filmed-in-Shanghai Charlie Chan films made in the 1930s, starring a Chinese actor cast for his resemblance to Warner Oland? The Hollywood Chan films were hugely popular in China, so much so that when the supply ran out they had to start making their own.


i've read a lot about the huang book; i didn't know that there were actually charlie chan movies made in china. i wonder what that says about how people view themselves via the prism of film or art in general -- most asian-americans (who i know) despise the mere idea of charlie chan...

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