A moving and illuminating memoir about the life of world-famous author and historian Iris ChangIris Chang's best-selling book, The Rape of Nanking, forever changed the way we view the Second World War in Asia. It all began with a photo of a river choked with the bodies of hundreds of Chinese civilians that shock Iris to her core. Who were these people? Why had this happened and how could their story have been lost to history? She could not shake that image from her head. She could not forget what she had seen.
A few short years later, Chang revealed this "second Holocaust" to the world. The Japanese atrocities against the people of Nanking were so extreme that Nazi officers based in China actually petitioned Hitler to ask the Japanese government to stop the massacre. But who was this woman that single-handedly swept away years of silence, secrecy and shame?
Her mother, Ying-Ying, provides an enlightened and nuanced look at her daughter, from Iris's home-made childhood newspaper, to her early years as a journalist and later, as a promising young historian, her struggles with her son's autism and her tragic suicide. The Woman Who Could Not Forget cements Iris's legacy as one of the most extraordinary minds of her generation and reveals the depth and beauty of the bond between a mother and daughter.
The Woman Who Could Not Forget won 2012 Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) Awards for Literature in Adult Non-Fiction category.
Written by the mother of famed historian Iris Chang, The Woman Who Could Not Forget chronicles the life and relationships of the woman who showed the world the atrocities committed by the Japanese military. Chang's memoir is heart wrenching and beautiful. Emily Zeller's performance accentuates the close familial connections that run through this narrative. Zeller shows great depth; her clear and relatable tone helps illuminate the darkest parts of history and the woman who was brave enough to investigate them.
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University Thesis Changed Understanding of WWII
- Charlotte A. Hu
An error in buying and it lived up to that.
I liked the celebration of their ancestory and her success, a few of the anecdotes about her childhood. She was hard working and rewarded for that. Too much suffering and angst is
what I didn't like. It would be interesting if she could have written her own life story.Very depressing for me.
There was an end?
The voice changes.
No, it went on and on about her unhappinesses.
- KAT IN PA