Chronology of Iris Chang
2017-12-01 16:25:00

 

Iris Chang (March 28, 1968-November 9, 2004) was an American author and journalist, who is best known for her best-selling book "The Rape of Nanking".

On March 28, 1968, Iris Chang was born to two university professors Ying-Ying Chang and Dr. Shau-Jin Chang in Princeton, New Jersey.

In 1969, the whole family moved to Illinois.

From 1969 to 1989, Iris was raised in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, where she attended the University Laboratory High School of Urbana, and graduated in 1985. Her brother was born in 1970.

In 1989, Iris got a bachelor degree in journalism at the University of Illinois, and worked for Chicago Tribune..

In 1991, she pursued a master’s degree in Writing at Johns Hopkins University.

On August 17, 1991, she married Bretton Lee Douglas and moved to San Jose, California.

In 1995, Iris published her first book “Thread of the Silkworm”. In July of the same year, she came to China, collecting research materials of the Nanjing Massacre and visiting the survivors.

From 1995 to 1996, she worked as freelancer for Chicago Tribune and New York Times. She finished the preliminary preparation of her second book “The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II” in the National Archives in Washington and the Library of Congress.

In 1996, Iris moved to North California because of the job change of Douglas.

In December, 1997, her second book “The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II” got published.

In 1998, “The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II” was listed on the New York Times Bestseller. She was thus awarded as National Women of the Year by American Federation of Chinese Women.

In August, 1999, “The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II” was adapted into a documentary program on History Channel.

In 2002, Iris earned an honorary doctorate at the College of Wooster in Ohio.

On August 31, 2002, their son Christopher Douglas was born.

In 2003, she published her third book “The Chinese in America”.

In 2004, she was given honorary doctor degree at California State University at Hayward.

On November 9, 2004, she committed suicide with a gun in her car, in Los Gatos, California.

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