“Are you an ‘Eastsider’ or ‘Westsider’?” I often heard that question growing up in Cleveland, Ohio. As a young boy living in the “southern burbs” I never gave it much thought. It wasn’t until much later I realized it meant do you hail from the east- or west-side of the Cuyahoga River. The river divides … Continue reading North, South, East, or West, summertime sleuthing can be best!
Get ready for some feet tappin' and finger snappin'! We're celebrating Charlie Chan creator Author Earl Derr Biggers’ 136th birthday this month (August 26, 1884) with some sweet sounds germane to one of America's first "icons" of mystery fiction. Most mystery buffs easily recognize the theme song for their favorite sleuth: Peter Gunn, Mike Hammer, … Continue reading Celebrate! A “musical montage” for Charlie Chan creator Earl Derr Biggers’ 136th Birthday, August 26th.
Buried deep within the annals of mystery fiction, it is written Detective Charlie Chan was once as recognized a fictional character as Superman, Tarzan, or Mickey Mouse. Within literature he emerged as one of America's first, new breed of detectives--on par with S. S. Van Dine's Detective Philo Vance, Dashiell Hammett's The Continental Op, Sam … Continue reading Charlie Chan's trip to China – March 22, 1936!
Having grown up in the Midwest (Ohio) I vividly recall the harsh winters of my youth, standing outside in the ice and snow shivering as I waited for the school bus to arrive. Following that, 19 more years of snow, boots, jackets and gloves in Upstate New York and Central Germany. So it was exhilarating … Continue reading PUNAHAO, home to the night-blooming Cereus Flower!
Like most of us Detective Charlie Chan, Mrs. Chan and their 11 children have sheltered-in-place, weathering the pandemic at thier home on Punchbowl Hill. However, he did manage to send this message via wireless telegraph: World situation worsens [STOP] Humbly suggest you offer faithful followers alternative to only six detective novels of self [STOP] Deepest … Continue reading No, Chien this time…not Chan!
Chang Apana's grave site at the Manoa Chinese Cemetary What's that you ask, "a REAL Detective Chan?" Yes, there was actually a living, breathing person, who inspired Author Earl Derr Biggers and served as the "spark" for his fictional Detective Charlie Chan. Now I realize "most of you" reading this already knew that! However, take … Continue reading Will the REAL Charlie Chan please step forward.
"Being from different eras and cultures, any 'rivalry' between the two detectives would probably be something akin to soccer (football) and baseball...both are popular across the globe, but are unique in their following!" -- Rush Glick, Webmaster The Charlie Chan Family Home The above statement by Mr. Glick is a good analogy and so true. … Continue reading Chan & Holmes, two sides of a coin – a comparison and contrast!
With February the month for flowers, candy, and valentines, it's appropriate we take a look at author Juanita Sheridan’s fictional sleuth Ms. Lily Wu, and her cohort, novelist Janice Cameron. World famous mystery-fiction critic, editor, and author Anthony Boucher (eponym for the world's leading mystery convention, Bouchercon) adored Sheridan’s fictional Lily Wu; dubbing her The … Continue reading Meet Lily Wu…Who? The female Charlie Chan.
"EXTRA! EXTRA! Read all about it!" We're happy to announce the second annual newsletter for the Charlie Chan Family Home website has arrived (Newsletter link.) Please deign to peruse this humble offering for the New Year. Inside we highlight significant events and happenings throughout 2019 and include other interesting topics surrounding one of America's first … Continue reading It’s here! The 2019 Charlie Chan Family Home Newsletter.
It's Christmas Eve, circa 1960! The aluminum tree is up and the children are nestled all snug in their beds. It's time to fill those stockings hung by the chimney with care. You grab the old favorites: some jacks, a sliding puzzle square or Chinese-finger puzzle, a yo-yo, cap bombs, a ping pong paddle or … Continue reading This year’s holiday stocking stuffer…Cherry CHAN Candy!