Professor Ying-Ying Chang (張盈盈) was born in China's
wartime capital, Chungking, in 1940 and moved to Taiwan with her parents to
escape from the Communists during the 1949 civil war. She grew up in the
island and graduated from National Taiwan University in 1962. Ying-Ying came
to the U.S. for graduate studies and received her Ph. D. in Biological
Chemistry from Harvard University in 1967. She married Dr. Shau-Jin Chang (張紹進),
a Harvard physicist in 1964.
After two years post-doctoral work at
Princeton University, in 1969, Ying-Ying and her husband started a teaching
and research career spanning for more than three decades at the University
of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, with Ying-Ying in the Department of
Microbiology and Shau-Jin in Department of Physics. In 2002, they moved to
California after retiring from the University
and live there ever since.
published a number of scientific papers in journals, such as
Science, Journal of Biological Chemistry,
Journal of Bacteriology, Proceedings of National Academy of Science U. S. A.
Their first child, the
late celebrity author Iris Chang (張純如), was born
in Princeton, New Jersey in 1968. In 1997, Iris published her best known
international bestseller " The Rape of Nanking, The Forgotten
Holocaust of World War II."
After Iris' untimely
death in 2004, Ying-Ying and Shau-Jin have channeled their energy into the
preservation of the history of World War II in Asia. They co-founded the
Iris Chang Memorial Fund in 2006 to honor their beloved daughter.
In the past several
years, Ying-Ying and Shau-Jin have been invited by numerous groups and
organizations in North America and China to speak and take part in
activities related to their daughter's work and the Sino-Japanese war
Ying-Ying and her
husband love travel and hiking. "The Woman Who Could Not Forget: Iris Chang
Before and Beyond The Rape of Nanking" is Ying-Ying's memoir about the life
of her beloved daughter.
Ying-Ying can be found by the links:
healing begins for mother of Iris Chang
By San Jose Mercury News columnist, L. A. Chung,
published on January 17,
2007 on Mercury News.
on Nanking Massacre after 70 years of Denial
In memory of our daughter Iris Chang
By Ying-Ying Chang
In Harvard Asia Pacific Review, Vol. 9, No. 2.
Iris Chang's mother dedicates herself to daughter's vision
By Ken McLaughlin in the San Jose Mercury News
April 1, 2009
More "Iris Chang"
information is available at