The poignant story of the life and death of world-famous author and historian Iris Chang, as told by her mother.
Iris 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 shook 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 a Nazi party leader 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' 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' 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.
Without Iris' perseverance and courage, the Nanking massacre would have remained a tragic secret. Now, her mother's determination to set the record straight gives us an intimate portrait of a brilliant historian and a beloved daughter.--Ted Leonsis, author of "The Business of Happiness"
Ying Ying's book reveals the details about the events that shaped Iris to be a fighter for justice. Tremendously touching and moving.--Dr. Joseph Y. K. Wong, Executive Producer of the docudrama "Iris Chang: The Rape of Nanking"
Everyone was discussing about what an ideal mother would be like after Amy Chua's memoir was published. The Woman Who Could Not Forget shows us that Ying-Ying is the real model of an ideal mother.With her motherly wisdom, perseverance and courage, no wonder she could produce a daughter such as Iris Chang who could write the book The Rape of Nanking. A moving memoir reveals the profound caring and loving bond between a mother and a daughter.--Theresa Chao, Founder of the National Council of Associations of Chinese Language Schools
'The Power of One' was Iris' credo. She was a caring human rights champion and spoke from her heart and soul. The Woman Who Could Not Forget is an insightful book, a great gift from her mother to the public to honor the memory of her beloved daughter.--Ignatius Y. Ding, VP of Global Alliance for Preserving the History of World War II in Asia, from the Foreword
Hard work, true grit: The Woman Who Could Not Forget ultimately isn't a sad story, but rather a celebration of Iris's remarkable life.
This beautiful and courageous memoir is the giftof a mother s love and has a storyteller s fine detail and is told withheartfelt honesty. Ying YingChang s moving insights help us to better understand the triumphs and travailsand the life and suicide of her beloved warrior-daughter Iris. --Helen Zia, author of "Asian American Dreams: The Emergence of an American People"
Ying-Ying Chang celebratesthe life and legacy of her extraordinary daughter in this courageous and movingmemoir. Iris Chang changed theworld by empowering memories. Inthese heartfelt pages, Prof. Chang's own memories advance the cause of justiceto which Iris devoted her life. --David Henry Hwang, author of the plays "M. Butterfly" and "FOB"
Iris Changalmost single-handedly unearthed the unspeakable atrocities committed by theJapanese Imperial Army in Nanking, shocking the world. Now, Ying Ying's book reveals thedetails about the events that shaped Iris to be a fighter for justice. She shows Iris as a student, as adaughter, and as a human being with emotions and human weaknesses, so we canfurther understand Iris as the person whose short existence of 36 yearscontributed so immensely to humanity. Tremendously touching and moving. --Dr. Joseph Y. K. Wong, Executive Producer of the docudrama "Iris Chang: The Rape of Nanking"
"The Power ofOne was Iris credo. She was acaring human rights champion and spoke from her heart and soul. TheWoman Who Could Not Forget is an insightful book, a great gift from hermother to the public to honor the memory of her beloved daughter. --Ignatius Y. Ding, VP of Global Alliance for Preserving the History of World War II in Asia, from the Foreword