I was heartened that Yunte Huang’s book, Charlie Chan: The Untold Story of the Honorable Detective and His Rendezvous with American History, actually gave vivid life to the real-life detective, Chang Apana, a Hawaiian policeman, who inspired Earl Biggers to create the Charlie Chan book series. He presented a revisionist image to the Charlie Chan movies I had seen where a white actor played the sage, wise, unbeatable detective.
Our good friends over at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts will be screening “under the radar” documentaries from independent filmmakers based in China. When they say “under the radar” they mean stories that depict human rights abuses, stories of chaos and neglect, and of state-sanctioned deception. We have a feeling these works would not be approved by President Hu Jintao.