Literary Birthday – 28 March – Iris Chang

Iris Chang was born 28 March 1968 and died 9 November 2004.


  1. I don’t mind solitude. I love talking to other people, but I do need my space.
  2. Books are the ultimate way for writers to reach immortality.
  3. The spoken word vanished with the wind. Likewise, the unrecorded life disappears as if it never existed.
  4. After working as a journalist I went to a writing program at Johns Hopkins. It was interesting because it was neither journalistic nor historical, but it emphasised writing style, and afterwards I was asked to write my first book.
  5. Your first duty as a writer is to write to please yourself. And you have no duty towards anyone else.

Iris Chang was an American author and journalist. She is best known for her best-selling 1997 account of the Nanking Massacre, The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II. She committed suicide when she was just 36 years old.

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 by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 28th March 2018