Graphic Novel Explorers Club

6/28/2022

The Good Asian

Season 6, Ep. 92
Episode 92Greetings, Explorers! Yeah, see. We’re takin’ a look atThe Good Asian. Image Comics published the comic in 2021. Yeah, see.Pornsak Pichetshotewrote the story with art byAlexandre Tefenkgi. Additional contributions as follows, ya mug: color by Lee Loughridge and lettering & design by Jeff Powell. Historical consultation by Grant Din.Set in 1936, Eddy Hark is a Chinese-American cop. Actually, he’s the first Chinese-American cop in the country. Eddy returns to San Francisco at the request of the wealthy Carroway family. He’s in town investigating the disappearance of a young woman employed by the family. The Carrowaysand Eddy Hark have a difficult relationship. His mother was their servant and they took him in after she was murdered.Eddy’s disliked by his fellow police and not trusted by the Asian-American community he serves. But no one hates Eddy as much he does for being a pawn in America’s anti-Chinese policies of the early 20th Century.Aubrey, Dennis, and Johnny begin things by looking back at their histories with noir and mystery novels.Next, they learn aboutChang Apana, the real-life inspiration for Eddy (and Charlie Chan). Finally, they delve into the author’s mix of real-world events like the Chinese Exclusion Act in The Good Asian. Additional topics include Eddy’s self-loathing; the language of the times the book takes place in; noir tropes; and if America will ever stop “othering” people. Last of all, but not certainly not least, they look at the storytelling and art ofThe Good Asian.