Iris Chang (1968 ?2004) was a Chinese American freelance historian and journalist. She was best known for her best-selling 1997 account of the Nanjing Massacre, “The Rape of Nanking”. She committed suicide on November 9, 2004. Though not a trained historian, Chang wrote three books that document the experiences of Asians and Chinese Americans in history.
“The Rape of Nanking” remained on the New York Times Bestseller list for months. Based on this book, a documentary film, “Nanking” will be released in 2007. Chang?s books rely heavily on personal accounts, drawing its strong emotional content from each of their stories. Her first book was “Thread of the Silkworm”, about professor, Dr. Tsien Hsue-shen.
Success as an author propelled Chang into becoming a public figure. She was in great demand as a speaker and interview subject, and, more broadly, as a spokesperson for an entire viewpoint that the Japanese government had not done enough to compensate victims of their invasion of China.
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