Category Archives: Lily Wu

The Female Charlie Chan & Suspect #1 (part 3)

I am currently struggling to edit a fundraising trailer for my new documentary FINDING KUKAN.  As my mind gets muddled with soundbites and competing shots and scenes, it’s helpful to remind myself what drew me into the story to begin … Continue reading

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The Female Charlie Chan & Suspect #1 (Part 2)

EARL DERR BIGGERS’S 1928 TRIP TO HAWAII Just what was Charlie Chan’s creator doing in Hawaii in 1928?  He was meeting Chang Apana for the first time — the Chinese police detective that many (including most Honoluluans of the time) … Continue reading

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The Female Charlie Chan, Ross Hart Resurrected & Suspect #1 (Part 1)

Ship records can provide fascinating information about someone from the past.   Examining passenger lists can also give you interesting information about your subject’s traveling companions — who was single and who was married, if they were traveling with spouses … Continue reading

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Investigating Family Murders

Juanita Sheridan, author of the Lily Wu mystery series attributed her inclination to writing about murder to “ancestral genes,” claiming that her grandfather was murdered by Pancho Villa and her father was also probably murdered by a political rival.  This … Continue reading

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Angie Tudor, Animation & Anna May Wong

What do all three have in common? No, not the letters AN.  It’s  JUANITA SHERIDAN! Angie Tudor is the Chinese female lead in Sheridan’s first novel WHAT DARK SECRET co-written in Hawaii with the Michigan transplant dentist Dorothy Dudley.  In … Continue reading

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What’s In A Name? or Robin’s Rules of Research Part I

How do you track down the real life inspirations for a fictional character from a book written over 60 years ago?  I decided to start by finding out more about Lily Wu’s creator Juanita Sheridan.  If I knew more about … Continue reading

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Motivation

What’s the big deal about a Chinese woman in a mystery novel anyway? Growing up in 1960s Hawaii I was one of those avid readers who would borrow my limit from the library every week and read books under the … Continue reading

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