Sunday, July 5, 2015
7/5/1928 Charlie Chan's two fathers meet
This inspired him to write The House Without A Key, starring Charlie Chan. After decades of Asians being portrayed as sinister villains suddenly there was a Chinese detective who was smarter, braver, and more resourceful than the Caucasians around him.
On this date Biggers got to meet and shake hands with Apana, who he acknowledged as the inspiration for Chan. They both died in 1933. Charlie Chan lived on for many years in movies, radio, and TV, but by the seventies changing standards made him unacceptable.
Most of this information comes from Yunte Huang's Charlie Chan: The Untold Story of the Honorable Detective and His Rendevous with American History.