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Iris Shun-Ru Chang

Iris Shun-Ru Chang, American writer. Recipient Peace and International Cooperative award John Daughter of and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, 1992, National Woman of Year award Organization Chinese American Women, 1998; research grantee National Science Foundation, 1993, Harry Truman Presidential Library., 1993. Member Committee of One Hundred.


  • Chang, Iris Shun-Ru was born on March 28, 1968 in Princeton, New Jersey, United States. Daughter of Shau-Jin and Ying-Ying Chang.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science in Journalism, University Illinois, 1989. Master of Arts in Writing, Johns Hopkins University, 1991. Doctorate (honorary), College Wooster, 2002.


    • The Rape Of Nanking The Forgotten Holocaust Of World War II
    • The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II is a bestselling 1997 non-fiction book written by Iris Chang about the 1937–1938 Nanking Massacre, the massacre and atrocities committed by the Imperial Japanese Army after it captured Nanjing, then capital of China, during the Second Sino-Japanese War.
    • The Chinese in America: A Narrative History
    • In an epic story that spans 150 years and continues to the present day, Iris Chang tells of a people’s search for a better life—the determination of the Chinese to forge an identity and a destiny in a strange land and, often against great obstacles, to find success.
    • Thread Of The Silkworm
    • The definitive biography of Tsien Hsue-Shen, the pioneer of the American space age who was mysteriously accused of being a communist, deported, and became—to America’s continuing chagrin—the father of the Chinese missile program.


    Member Committee of One Hundred.


    • Married Bretton Lee Douglas, August 17, 1991, one child, Christopher.
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    Died November 9, 2004
    (aged 36)
    • 1989
      University Illinois
    • 1991
      Johns Hopkins University
    • 2002
      College Wooster