Charlie Chan - Poem by Ima Ryma
The fictional sleuth, Charlie Chan,
Solved crimes on the page and the screen.
Best known West-friendly Chinaman,
Seen both positive and obscene.
Viewed as a Chinese character,
Brilliant, amusing and polite,
Or as a foul caracature
In racial stereotype slight.
The fact of fictional Charlie,
He was a human doing good,
And that's the way that it should be
Around the world and neighborhood.
For Charlie Chan, this is no time,
We must be p.c. with all crime.
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