While I was in graduate school, I read stories about Iris Chang, author of The Rape of Nanking. I admired not only her beauty and talent, but also the courage this young writer had in fighting for the justice and truth for an important but forgotten period of world history.
Chang took her own life three years ago, right by highway 17 close to my previous company’s headquarter. I still remember the shock, disbelieve and grief we all had when we heard the sad news.
We remember her because in her short life, she fought for a cause bigger than herself, as Reporter Richard Rongstad puts it “Iris Chang lit a flame and passed it to others and we should not allow that flame to be extinguished.”