Ying-Ying Chang [張盈盈] – Author | Mother of Iris Chang [張純如]
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Iris Chang [張純如] – Author | Historian | Human Rights Activist

20210216 TNR: Can Historians Be Traumatized by History?
CCTV 中文國際
[2020 世界聽我說]

20171121 - The ‘Western front’ of the war over ‘The Rape of Nanking’ - Asia Times
20171107 - Nanjing Echo: Illusion, Subterfuge and Public Relations in the ‘Rape of Nanking’ Debate - by Randy Hopkins
20170409 - 淮安女兒張純如回家
20170408 - 淮安"張純如紀念館"開館-媒體報導
20170407 - 淮安"張純如紀念館"開館-影音照片
20170404 - 村上春樹 承認南京大屠殺 - 塗改歷史是錯誤!
20161213 - Nanjing Massacre remembered in San Francisco
20160307 - Young historian to be honored in China
20160122 - John G. Magee family donation to Yale Divinity School Library
20151027 - Kinue Tokodome - Phoenix Weekly
20151010 - UNESCO 世界遺產
20150830 - 中華民國總統馬英九台北召見
20141213 - CCTV/JSBC Documentary on Nanjing Massacre (5 parts)
20141213 - 江蘇電視訪問張盈盈 南京大屠殺死難者國家公祭日
20141212 - 南京日報 - 不忘這段歷史,才有真正和平
20141109 - 張純如逝世十周年
20140903 - CCTV America Interview (English)
20140704 - ChinaDaily - USA
20140603 - 北京電台專訪
20131220 - 江蘇衛視專訪
20131204 - At the 76th anniversary of Nanking Massacre
20131110 - 著書獲獎 歸譽張純如
20130620 - a letter to "The Japan Times" in memory of Iris Chang, a woman I so greatly admire! - Sato
20130325 - 第四届中国传记文学优秀作品奖
20130123 - Where Are You From? : an Anthology of Asian American Writing
20121216 - 文茜的世界周報:
張純如 - 南京大屠殺 (youtube)

20121215 - CCTV interviews :
電視專訪張盈盈 - 環球聯播

20121127 - Tears of Nanking
by Gene Emerson (youtube)

20121113 - 誠品人物專訪張盈盈:

20121102 - 台灣中文版上市
張純如 - 無法遺忘歷史的女子

20120613 - The Chinese American Librarians Association : the Best Book List for 2011
20120608 - China CITIC Press 中信出版社
20120607 - 外滩画报 - 出版女兒的傳記是我最後的心願
20120605 - 新華網 : 張純如-美麗勇敢無法被歷史忘卻的女子
20120604 - 南京大屠殺作者張純如的父母講述女兒成長的心路歷程
20120530 - 騰訊網 - 張盈盈 :
張純如 - 無法忘卻歷史的女子

20120528 - 南京大學檔案館舉辦張純如展覽紀實
20120523 - 張純如的自殺 可能源自藥物
20120523 - 希望南京大屠殺歷史寫入美國教科書
20120522 - 中國應推動西方更多了解日軍侵華歷史子
20120520 - Global Times - The Power of One
20120502 - 中文版上市
張純如 - 無法忘卻歷史的女子

20120310 - The San Diego Union-Tribune
20120123 - 2012 APALA Asian/Pacific American Awards for Literature
20120118 - The Atlanic : The Nazi Leader Who, in 1937, Became the Oskar Schindler of China
20120109 - DingDing.TV
丁丁電視 : 繼續追尋張純如

20111202 - Portland, OR
KBOO Community Radio

20111201 - Los Altos Patch
Saturday Book Appearance

20111115 - Boston

20111110 - San Francisco

20111104 - Maryland

20111000 - CAF Review
Chinese American Forum Magazine

20111023 - KSFO 560 AM
The Barbara Simpson Show
& Gary Shapiro Bookshelf

20111019 - Univ. of Illinois
Chang honors daughter's life

20111018 - Indiana Daily Student - Mother reflects on daughter's life
20111003 - Radio Interview
The Dr. Peter Breggin Hour

20110826 - Hoover Institute
Stanford University

20110824 - Cupertino Patch
20110801 - Global Research : The Mysterious Deaths of Ernest Hemingway and Iris Chang
20110714 - Asia Times:
Like daughter, like mother

20110620 - Memories:
From a Mother's Eyes

20110619 - 父親節憶女甜苦難分
20110615 - 無語問蒼天:

20110607 - A Writer
We Should Not Forget

20110606 - 活動照片集錦
座無虛席 感動落淚

20110602 - 寫女兒不平凡一生
20110601 - The Globe and Mail
20110531 - Vancouver Observer
20110529 - 母親著書紀念女兒
20110528 - Digital Journal - Dr. Chang discusses…
20110527 - 加拿大多倫多會書迷
20110527 - Misremembering...
20110527 - 披露女兒真實一生
20110527 - The Atlantic - Justice for Nanking Massacre
20110526 - 張盈盈新書 首刷售罄
20110526 - Writing With the Wind
20110525 - Wall Street Journal
20110525 - Pills linked to Death
20110525 - 化悲慟為力量
20110523 - 張盈盈與讀者對話
20110523 - 母親寫書療喪女之痛
20110522 - Museum of Chinese in America, New York
20110521 - Book Signing in NJ
20110519 - 張盈盈的啟示
20110518 - 卓絕愛女 風骨峭峻
20110515 - San Jose Mercury News : Mother's New Memoir
20110514 - Los Altos Patch
Behind the Scenes

20110513 - San Francisco Chronicle
20110508 - 祝福傷心媽媽
20110508 - World Journal Magazine - 母親節特別報導
20110400 - Open Road Media
20090406 - Mom's Dedication
20041119 - LIFE Magazine - Iris Chang Memorial
2003 - Chinese Americans : Political, Social, Economic, and Cultural History - Iris Chang
1997 - Johns Hopkins University Magazine - Nightmare in Nanking
Quotes and Feedback From Readers of the book The Woman Who Could Not Forget By Ying
Quotes and Feedback From Readers of the book
The Woman Who Could Not Forget
By Ying-Ying Chang

"I have just finished reading your new memoir. I think you have succeeded brilliantly in honoring your beautiful daughter. Be comforted to know that she would be so proud of you in turn. I intend to donate my copy to my local library so others can read as well.” --J. M., 4/28/2011

"I am deeply moved by "The Woman Who Could Not Forget." The love between a mother and a daughter and the friendship between two intellectuals come through the book loud and clear. I admire very much Ying-Ying's effort in completing this book. ......life is like a plain canvas. Iris certainly had painted a picture of great courage, unwavering dedication, loving motherhood, and deeply committed social justice on the canvas of her life. Our world undoubtedly has become a better world through her hard work and pains-taking research. I hope that by completing this book, you can have some peace and closure in your life.” –A.H., 6/3/2011

"I am from Japan. ...I began reading by Kindle version your recent book "The women who could not forget" a few days ago. It is so gracefully written with parental love toward your daughter that I feel the need to translate it into Japanese so that they can understand Iris Chang better. This is going to be a present for you as a friend from Japan...  ” –Y.M., 6/10/2011

"I just finished reading your biography of your daughter and I had to write you to tell you how Iris touched my life, even though we never met, even though I didn't even know she had died until I found your book in my local library...
I read 'The Rape of Nanking' when I was in 10th grade after I chose to write a research paper on the subject...I'm now 25.... but I still remember direct quotes from 'The Rape of Nanking.' It struck me so deeply, I don't know why....So thank you for your book. Thank you for raising an incredible daughter. ...Iris's life was not in vain - her life had huge effects on world history as well as small personal effects, like on a skinny, naive high-schooler in rural Ohio.
” –A.V., 6/14/2011

"Thank you for writing the book about Iris. When I first read in the news that she had taken her life I was stunned and perplexed... It occurred to me that I knew nothing about her; only that her books profoundly and permanently changed the way I view the world. Your book answered so many questions that have haunted me over the years..........
For me, Iris was far beyond being an extraordinary and gifted writer. She was a universal hero for all mankind for bringing people together to face their failures as humans thereby forcing upon us all the challenges to conduct ourselves on a higher level with a more gentle civilized behavior.
As no authors before her, she really did transcend the boundaries of ethnicity and nationality. She exposed bad behavior in some with the clear implication that it as a trait in all, which can and should be reversed if there is any hope for all people to live together in peace and harmony. In the end, her efforts at human rights gave us all hope." – P.L., 6/27/2011

"I've just finished reading your book about Iris. Although your daughter died young, I gather after reading your book, Iris' life has an obvious purpose; and that she had fulfilled that calling with lots of hard work, courage, sincerity, humility, and love. Although she might not know before she passed away. I admire her a lot as a person. Iris deserves all the credits from people, more than a Nobel prize.
You might not believe there is a God, a Creator of the universe at this time of still sadness; but I can assure you that there will be justice at the end of our time. Then, all the tears will be swiped away, and there will be no more death and suffering.
I can tell from your hardwork that, Mrs. Chang, you are a wonderful Mother, and Mr. Chang is a terrific Dad. There is no word to describe this relationship. That is to say, this relationship is more than the one between parents and child. It is a heavenly sight
!” --A.L., 7/8/2011

"I am a reader from Canada, with tears I just finished your recent book, 'The Woman Who could Not Forgot'. I totally agree with you that Iris's suicide was due to her medication. You see, I have suffered from bipolar disorder, and I immigrated from China when I was young, so I absolutely understand the racial differences in prescribing the psychiatric drugs. I too, was treated with Risperdal, and I remember clearly the feeling of wanting to commit suicide, even I would never consider the possibility of suicide without the drugs. I think that people from China have the low threshold for psychiatric drugs, as Iris was for sure overmedicated since her dosage were calculated based on Caucasian patients. I would concur with you that without the side effects of the psychiatric drugs, Iris would still be with us today.” –P.H., 7/11/2011

"I have had the opportunity to read all of Ms. Chang's books, as well as those related to her, including her mother's "The Woman Who Could Not Forget." I found this book particularly poignant and the words of her mother truly touched me....
Mrs. Ying-Ying Chang is a person of great strength, and it was a real pleasure to read her work....”
–M.B., 7/15/2011

“Iris Chang, brilliant historian, may have also had a 'Hemingway' experience of wondering where her mind had gone while on the powerful psychiatric drugs, Depakote and Risperdal as both of these drugs suppress cognitive function and blunt the emotions. Risperdal commonly causes extremely distressing neurological conditions like akathisia and Parkinsonism that can lead to suicide. Chang thus became a victim of another atrocity: that of the millions who have been injured, damaged or who have died due to exposure to psychiatric drugs. She is another gifted voice forever lost to the false promise of help from psychiatric 'medications.'” --Ginger Breggin, Editor of Dr. Peter Breggin’s Newsletter of 7/15/2011

“Dear Mrs. Chang, I heard about you and your daughter from Dr. Breggin's Newsletter yesterday in which he mentions about your daughter and you and that you believe that the psychiatric drugs your daughter were taking were responsible for her suicide. I am writing you this message because I've made a similar experience. Maybe it helps you to understand more..... The drugs may not only alter the perception of a person, but also cause a different behavior. I experienced it in my own body. But it’s hard to explain to somebody else without sounding bizarre……” --O.B., 7/28/2011

"I don't know if it's possible to relay my e-mail, or at least its message, to Mrs. Chang, but if it is, then please tell her I just finished her book about her amazing daughter and loved it. It's a one-from-the-heart testament that only a mother could write. Iris's Nanking book changed my life, and I was grateful to her for having written it and continue to be grateful to her memory. I cried when I read it and cried again when I went to the Nanjing Memorial in 2002. When, in November 2004, I heard Iris had passed away I felt like a part of me died, too, and was truly sick to my stomach. And now Mrs. Chang's beautiful memoir about Iris also brought me on the verge of tears."   –R.F., 7/19/2011

“I read your book about your daughter, Iris Chang, with great interest. I was very touched by her story and found myself crying at the end of your book. I was introduced to Iris’s writing in 1997 when I purchased and read her book the Rape of Nanking. After that I purchased and read her book on Chinese in America. I have just now order the Thread of the Silkworm and will be reading that when it arrives. Our two families have a lot in common. I am also a university professor, in the Department of Psychology….My wife was born and raised in Taiwan. I can empathize with you about the loss of your daughter. From what you have written, the medication may have played a role in her death but it was the mental health system that failed her and your family…..” –T.V.C., 7/25/2011

"I am a Korean female, back in school, we learned so much about what Japan did to Korea, but not so much about Nanjing. I read some parts of Rape of Nanjing, and perhaps I didn't feel ready to read the whole thing yet (a bit too saddening), so I am starting to read Iris's other books (Chinese American, and Silkworm).
I am so sorry for your loss, and the world's loss of her. Her influence on the world, however, is immortal.
I am sad that she took too much medication, and I am very grateful for you that you shared her case in detail, so that there won't be other victims of medication.
I hope you and your family to be happy and healthy. Thanks a lot for giving birth to and raising up such a wonderful person. Your book is so full of love, and I miss my mom back in Korea."  --J. S., 8/1/2011

"“In May of this year, Ms Mary Kissel penned a review of Ying Ying Chang's Book, The Woman Who Could Not Forget. Part of that review recounted the unfortunate end of Iris Chang's life……. I had very similar symptoms leading up to my hospitalization, i.e. lack of sleep; poor appetite with ever more acute delusional views. Unlike your daughter, post hospitalization, I was quick to seek psychiatric assistance that did not involve medications…. It was my good fortune to find a psychiatrist who quickly weaned me away from the inappropriate anti-psychotic medications I had been placed on. Otherwise, I can only imagine what sort of end I would encounter.” --D.F., 12/26/2011

"I just finished reading your book and was so moved by it, I wanted to write you. I was touched by many things you wrote about your daughter's short but brilliant life, and the very wonderful relationship you two had.
I also wanted to say that I totally agree with your position against psychiatric drugs. I have been against them for many years. I think they do much harm, are simply treating symptoms and not getting the root of people's struggles, and as in the tragic case of your daughter, can be incredibly destructive. Through your writing I could imagine how torturous it must have been for you as a mother to witness this tragedy unfolding before your eyes. I was also struck by how clear it was that the drugs made her condition worse, yet how difficult it was to go against the opinions of ‘medical professionals.’ I believe she could have been helped through other non-chemical means, and I am outraged and saddened that we lost the bright light that was Iris Chang so unnecessarily……
Thank you for sharing so much about her life and yours, and your family's life. You have my deepest sympathy and respect.” –D. K., 12/30/2011

“Recently I read your memoir about your daughter Iris Chang. I found it deeply moving and admire your courage in writing it. You clearly had a very close mother/daughter relationship. Iris sounded like a very special person with a unique set of talents. She showed tremendous bravery in her pursuit of writing about topics many people would rather forget and incredible compassion toward the subjects of her writing focus.
She could have chosen a number of career paths which would have led her to success and security in life, but she chose instead to devote her energy to causes which served others, often at her own personal risk. Thank you for enlightening me on the historical event of the so-named, Rape of Nanking, and thank you for sharing the life story of your beautiful daughter.” --K. M., 2/4/2012

“While I read your book, I feel that there are so many things to share with you. I went through some of the experience you went through during the last period of Iris's life. My baby is recovering; I feel that I am luckier. As you mentioned in the book, "There are some that live their lives for others,” I really appreciate and admire that you wrote this book. By reading your book, I can feel and understand much more of what my daughter went through while she had depression, and I know that millions of other families will learn a lot from your book. I know that while you wrote the book, you are healing yourself, meanwhile, you are putting salt in your wound. I can feel your pain and tears, but your courage is saving and will save lots of young people and their parents.” --S. B., 4/14/2012

“尊敬的张 女士: 我刚刚读完在大陆面市的新书,您为纪念女儿写的书,我体会到她作为一名拥有独立人格的女性的灵魂的光芒。我也在几年前开始服用百忧解,对于您描述 的她开始服药时的反应我完全能体会,的确那几位医生应该在开始阶段开配合抗抑郁药物平复情绪的药给她.... 最后祝您和您先生健康长寿!感谢您的书让我 看到了人性的美丽! 一位母亲也姓张的女子”—6/15/2012

“尊敬的张 盈盈女士,您好!非常感谢您写作《张纯如》,让我读到了一段令人感动与惋惜的故事。昨天看到消息,美国司法部宣布,葛兰素史克公司就医药欺诈等多项指控认 罪,并达成庭外和解,同意被罚30亿美元。这个消息再次证明,该公司几款抗抑郁药极可能导致提高自杀风险。我在您的书中看到您对纯如不幸离世的分析,讲到 她当时服用氟西汀(百优解)、帕罗西汀(赛乐特)等药物;同时您对人种与药量也有分析。您的见解虽来自巨大的不幸,但给人们提供了参考与借鉴。纯如的离世 是您们家庭的不幸,也是全球有正义感的人,特别是华人世界的不幸,再多的代价等无法挽回,但她留下的精神财富令人感动并激励我们前行!您的书不仅告诉了我 们关于纯如的故事,还让我们看到了美国社会,包括中学、大学教育,以及华人在美国移民、求学、教学、科研等工作生活的事情。再次谢谢您的慷慨与爱心。祝您 及家人健康、平安、幸福!”—Z.K., 7/3/2012

"Mrs. Chang, your book moved me to tears consistently, but never in a maudlin way. Of course, the beautiful and tragic telling of your relationship with Iris moved me but I was also greatly moved by the fact that I felt such a sense of justice in reading about Iris's being the voice through which all those victims of those horrible acts of the vilest of inhumanity were heard at last. Your book is precise and to the point, sad, joyful, tragic, and heroic. It is a fitting tribute to your daughter and it is one that I have already recommended and talked about -- and will continue to. It has also prompted me to add The Chinese in America to my reading list and I will certainly move it very near the top of my list. It is my hope that the legacy of Iris Chang be the realization that it is only tolerance, love, and compassion which separates us from being mere animals. I offer my congratulations on an unforgettable memoir!" --R. P., 8/7/2012

“Mrs. Chang, after reading your book I had the courage to pick up a pen and paper to tell you in person for writing such an inspirational yet such a sad book……
Reading your book somehow showed me a glimpse of what Mother’s experience. How much my mother loves me and only wants the best for me. Yet the path that your children takes it seems like mother’s ultimately do not have any control and have to just sit and watch. Reading your book I couldn’t put it down! I felt your pain and frustration. I saw your pride and happiness once in my mother also. When you smiled in your book, I saw my mother smiles. When you were worried about your daughter, I somehow saw that worried expression on my mother’s face. Reading your book was so emotional for me! I cried with you and I also smiled with you, because in your book I felt as I was listening to my own mother! Although our backgrounds are completely different and even our nationality is different, somehow I felt the most important thing I believe when I read your book: A Mother’s UNCONDITIONAL LOVE!! It just confirmed that a mother’s love is so much beyond my imagination which I realized I have taken my mother’s love and concern for granted so many times. Reading your book matured me as a son….as a person in general. You motivated me to get through my tough times and journey so I can again embrace my mother and tell her “thank you” and I love her someday……” --J. Y., 8/15/2012