An Interview With Iris Chang's Mother
The author of the The Woman Who Could Not Forget: Iris Chang Before and Beyond the Rape of Nanking- A Memoir, about her daughter, the author of The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II, is interviewed by Asia Times Online's Victor Fic — Like daughter, like mother. "Anyone whose child dies, especially from suicide, will never recover," says the mother. "The sorrow overwhelmed me. I was numb." Upon hearing of her daughter's suicide, she recalls:
- I felt as if in the eye of a violent storm. The thunder was deafening. The lightning blinded me. The earth seemed to shake.
Shau-Jin her father and I collapsed onto the carpet and I found myself falling into an endless black tunnel. I heard my voice echoing, "Iris, Iris, how could you desert Christopher your son, me and your father? How could you do such a thing to me? How can I live my life without you?"
- We had good dinner conversations. Iris wondered about our lives at her age in China. We described our parents' suffering during the civil war between the Nationalists and the Communists and how my parents were almost separated during the 1937 Japanese invasion of Nanking - it stuck in her mind.