Iris Chang was born 28 March 1968 and died 9 November 2004
- I don’t mind solitude. I love talking to other people, but I do need my space.
- Books are the ultimate way for writers to reach immortality.
- The spoken word vanished with the wind. Likewise, the unrecorded life disappears as if it never existed.
- 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.
- 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.