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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Iris Chang  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Adult;

Born: 1968 in Princeton, New Jersey

Died: 2004 in San Jose, California

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Illinois Connection

Iris was raised in the Champaign-Urbana, Illinois area. She attended University Laboratory High School of Urbana, Illinois; graduating in 1985. She earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Illinois in 1989.

Biographical and Professional Information

Chang worked briefly as a reporter for the Associated Press and the Chicago Tribune before completing a graduate degree in writing from the Johns Hopkins University and launching her career as a full-time author and lecturer.Chang had established herself as an invaluable source of information about Asia, human rights, and Asian American history. She wrote three books and died while working on her fourth. A book about the Bataan Death March in World War II. She interviewed surviving American soldiers and many of their stories were so gruesome that Chang had a breakdown. At the time of her death, she had been under a doctor's care and was taking anti-depressants and anti-psychotic drugs. Iris' death prompted her mother, Ying-Ying Chang, to write a memoir about her beloved daughter ''The Woman Who Could Not Forget: Iris Chang Before and Beyond the Rape of Nanking''. It is a glimpse at her daughter, from her home-made childhood newspaper, to her early years as a journalist and later, as a promising young historian, her struggles with her son's autism and her tragic suicide. Talking about her daughter's final days and the anti-psychotic drugs she had been prescribed for stress - they may have been appropriate doses for the Caucasion male test subjects, but entirely too much for small-framed Asian women like her daughter. Posthumously, at least three films, have been produced, about or inspired by Iris' book, ''The Rape of Nanking''. Iris Chang's extensive research documents and papers are housed at the Hoover Institution.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Thread of the Silkworm
ISBN: 0786114185

Blackstone Audio Inc. 1998

The definitive biography of Tsien Hsue-Shen, the pioneer of the American space age who was mysteriously accused of being a communist, deported, and became—to America’s continuing chagrin—the father of the Chinese missile program.

The Rape of Nanking; the Forgotten Holocaust of World War Ll
ISBN: 0965604926

Penguin. 1997

The Rape of Nanking the Forgotten Holocaust of World War Ll

The Chinese in America: A Narrative History
ISBN: 1402571658

Recorded Books. 0

In an epic story that spans 150 years and continues to the present day, Iris Chang tells of a people's search for a better life-the determination of the Chinese to forge an identity and a destiny in a strange land and, often against great obstacles, to find success. She chronicles the many accomplishments in America of Chinese immigrants and their descendents: building the infrastructure of their adopted country, fighting racist and exclusionary laws, walking the racial tightrope between black and white, contributing to major scientific and technological advances, expanding the literary canon, and influencing the way we think about racial and ethnic groups. Interweaving political, social, economic, and cultural history, as well as the stories of individuals, Chang offers a bracing view not only of what it means to be Chinese American, but also of what it is to be American.

The Chinese in America: A Narrative History [Audiobook] [Cd] [Unabridged]

. 2006

Unabridged on compact disk, 16 Hours 37 Minutes.