Join Date: Oct 2001
Location: sailing my ship
I would say that most historians, writers, political scientists, etc are fairly biased in their study. Obviously, modern Chinese history was important to Chang and her book tried to force the Japanese to admit a dark part of their history they would rather forget. However, I do think the great strength of The Rape of Nanking was that Chang brought to light a forgotten part of world history. For that alone, she deserves to be commended. In reading The Rape of Nanking, I felt that I was there in that city witnessing the horror of these atrocities being committed. It takes a great writer to make you believe that you are within the construct of the text and Chang was able to do that.
Horrifying atrocities like geocide should never be forgotten. Iris Chang made sure that no one would forget what happened in Nanking and I, for one, will always be grateful to her for that. I hope that she and her family can somehow find peace.