Thursday, February 5, 2009

Iris Chang 1968-2004

Iris Shun-Ru Chang (traditional Chinese: ; simplified Chinese: ; pinyin: Zhāng Chúnrú; March 28, 1968November 9, 2004) was an American historian and journalist. She was best known for her best-selling 1997 account of the Nanking Massacre, The Rape of Nanking. She committed suicide on November 9, 2004. Chang is the subject of the 2007 biographical book, Finding Iris Chang,[1] as well as the 2007 documentary film Iris Chang: The Rape of Nanking.[2]



Cate said...

Unbelievable Cee...

"She had made a major historical discovery: a hidden Nazi diary chronicling the massacres by the Japanese in China in new detail. In China, the WWII atrocities have long been a national nightmare, and they have received attention from historians and academics over the years. But it took Chang's energy, will and engaging writing style to make the massacre come alive to a popular audience in the West. From reading her letters, I knew how hard she had worked on that book. She traveled through China on her own and challenged the U.S. government for long-classified documents. She was genuinely shocked at the atrocities she had exposed, and reacted with a pure, honest rage -- like someone seeing evil for the very first time. She couldn't understand the possibility of knowing about such things and not writing about them. Part of the power of her interviewing was that she had no filters to block out anything that was being said to her; I suspect she didn't even know that people came with filters."

Thanks Cee... for sharing Iris Chang... I loved learning about her... said...

Cate, u r welcome:)