The Woman Who Could Not Forget: Iris Chang before and beyond The Rape of Nanking, a Memoir

Friday, August 26, 2011
The Woman Who Could Not Forget
The Woman Who Could Not Forget

“In this brave memoir, you will share in the celebration of a life, allowing us to experience her presence again. Full of courage and conviction, full of life.” (Richard Rhodes, from the Introduction)

Ying-Ying Chang, mother of well-known American writer and journalist Iris Chang, is currently touring the United States and Canada promoting her book The Woman Who Could Not Forget: Iris Chang before and beyond The Rape of Nanking, a Memoir. Ying-Ying Chang has appeared in New York, New Jersey, the San Francisco Bay Area, Toronto, Edmonton, and Vancouver. She is scheduled to sign books at Cupertino Community Center, August 27, 2011, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.  Click here for more information. Ying-Ying Chang is also scheduled to appear on Thursday, September 8, 2011, at 7 p.m. at Kepler’s Books in Menlo Park. Click here for more information.

In her short life, Iris Chang wrote three books: Thread of the Silkworm (New York, 1995), The Rape of Nanking (New York, 1997), and The Chinese in America (New York, 2003) but is best known for her best-selling account of the Nanking Massacre, The Rape of Nanking, one of the most tragic chapters of World War II:  the slaughter, rape, and torture of hundreds of thousands of Chinese civilians by Japanese soldiers in the former capital of China. Iris Chang carried out some of the research on her books at the Hoover Institution Library and Archives.

The Iris Chang papers are currently located in the Hoover Archives. They include research material used in her three books and in an unpublished manuscript on US prisoners of war held by the Japanese in World War II. The collection also includes material from her career as a journalist.

After the Rape of Nanking was published, Iris Chang campaigned to have the Japanese government apologize for the atrocities committed. In 2007, a documentary film titled Iris Chang: The Rape of Nanking recounted the story of Iris’s determination in uncovering the truth and justice in The Rape of Nanking.  The film also recorded the testimonies of the survivors. Writer George Will described the Nanking Massacre as “perhaps the most appalling single episode of barbarism in a century replete with horror.”

Iris Chang’s official website

Iris Chang’s papers at the Hoover Institution