Iris Chang

in Princeton, New Jersey, The United States
March 28, 1968

November 09, 2004



Iris Shun-Ru Chang was a Chinese-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, when she was just 36 years old.

The daughter of two university professors who had emigrated from China, Chang was born in Princeton, New Jersey and raised in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois where she attended the University Laboratory High School from which she graduated in 1985. She then earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana in 1989, during which time she also worked as a New York Times stringer, writing six front-page articles over the course of one year. After brief stints at the Associ

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“As the Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel warned years ago, to forget a holocaust is to kill twice.”
Iris Chang, The Rape of Nanking

“Almost all people have this potential for evil, which would be unleashed only under certain dangerous social circumstances.”
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“When you believe you have a future, you think in terms of generations and years. When you do not, you live not just by the day — but by the minute.”
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