A friend told me that yesterday’s Toronto’s Sing Tao Daily & Ming Pao Daily reported the following:
The author of “The Rape of Nanking”, Ms. Iris Chang, 36, was found dead last Tuesday 9AM inside a car near Cats Restaurant at Los Gatos, Hwy 17, California Bay area. Police suspected she committed suicide. Ms. Chang was a dedicated writer. In 1995, she attended a conference on Japanese War Crime in World War II in California and was shocked by the Nanking Massacre. She was even more shocked that not many people knew about it. So she decided to write about it. At first many people doubted that an ABC (American Born Chinese) who couldn’t read chinese could do it. She spent months in many libraries, Washington D.C., Harvard, Germany & Nanking. Her parents, both were recent retired university professors from Illinois, were planned to move to the Bay area. Ms. Chang left behind her husband, Brett Douglas and their kid, also her parents and younger brother in Bay area. Ms. Chang books are “Thread of the Silkworm” (1995), “The Rape of Nanking” (1997), and “The Chinese in America” (2003). Recently she started a book on WWII US POW in Japanese Camp. She was depressed and her husband took her to check in the hospital. She was kind of pessimistic toward mankind and depressed.
I was so touched when I read her book – The Rape of Nanking. It took me back to the black and white images that I saw when I visited The Memorial Hall of the Victims in Nanking Massacre by Japanese Invaders. It’s so heart-wrenching and mind-boggling to me… and I’m sure it’s more so to her. Her book made me aware that there are many books out there talking about Nazi’s atrocities during WWII but only a few on Japanese’s heinous acts in China and other countries during that time. Their cruel move and act are beyond imagination… to young and old, men and women, even to pregnant women and babies. I promise that someday I’ll put my note on my journey to China and her book will be in it.
Let’s pray for her and her family. May she rest in peace now.
The Death of A Writer
November 12, 2004 by Bebeth