Iris Change Memorial Essay

A friend of mine from California just sent the following to me. As you may know, Iris Chang was an Asian-American, author of the best-selling book "Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of WWII." A few years ago, Chang took her own life because of depression, leaving her young child behind. My friend attended her funeral and was very touched by the experience. Chang's book is a very powerful read.

To Whom It May Concern:

We wish to inform you that Iris Chang Memorial Fund is holding the First Iris Chang Memorial Essay Contest. Iris Chang Memorial Fund was established in memory of Iris Chang, author, historian and human right activist. The Fund is committed to carrying out her unfinished dreams and preserving her legacy. The purpose of the essay contest is to raise the awareness of the importance of the remembrance of history. The essay will be in line with Iris Chang's spirit and passion in seeking the truth and justice and defending human rights.

The essay contest will be held annually by announcing a specific topic each year. The topic for the 2006 Iris Chang Memorial Essay Contest is on the theme of "How has Iris Chang's book, The Rape of Nanking: the Forgotten Holocaust of WWII, affected my life and thinking?" The deadline of the submission will be July 31.

Anyone can submit an essay but the language of the text must be English only. The essay must be original and has not been published before and no more than 2,500 words.

The three best essays will be selected for the 1 st, 2nd and 3rd prizes among the participants. The essays will be judged by a panel of established writers. The award for the 1 st prize is $1,000, the 2nd $500 and the 3rd $250, in addition, several honorable mentions will be awarded with $50 each.

Please submit essays to Iris Chang Memorial Essay Contest, P. O. Box 641324, San Jose, CA 95164. The essay can be submitted electronically via email to Please include name, occupation, mailing address and e-mail address and telephone number(s).

For more information of Iris Chang Memorial Fund as to the mission, goals, educational programs, a brief biography of Iris Chang and the detailed ground rules of the essay contest, please go to the link:

Thank you for your attention. Since the deadline is July 31, your help in promoting the contest is greatly appreciated. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Essay Contest Committee
Iris Chang Memorial Fund


Kappa no He said…
I actually bought that book in the states because they wouldn't sell it here. I was so shocked when she died. Great book.
Ray Wong said…
It was a shock and sad event when I heard about her suicide. My first thought was that her experience with her research on Nanking must have put her into a deep depression, because otherwise she seemed to have a great life -- success, family, a young child... but who knows? Depression is a horrible thing.

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