4 Responses to “Review of Ying-Ying Chang’s Memoir “The Woman Who Could Not Forget””

  1. Peter Li says:

    Hi Don, good review, a very well-considered and thoughtful discussion. I have already used Louise Gonsalvez’s review for the GA Newsletter since it was written earlier than yours.

  2. Linda Kravetz says:

    Hi, Don. Kudos on this review of Ying-Ying Chang’s memoir about her daughter Iris. I really like the way you filled in the background about Iris’ life. It was tragic because she could have gone on to produce other great books. I read the Rape of Nanking, which I thought was very well-written and researched. Iris joins the pantheon of great writers who left no stone unturned to get to the truth. sadly she paid the ultimate price. Thanks for a balanced and comprehensive view of her brief life and struggles.
    More power to you…Linda

  3. Nancy Tai says:

    Hi Don,

    Hi Don,
    Your review is comprehensive, informative, and enlightening. I am going to read Iris’ mother’ book. I have admired Iris for her courage, scholarship, dedication, and talent for a long time and was devastated by her passing. You have pointed out so well the close relationship between mother and daughter and the significance of wrong medication and wrong dosage.

    Several issues come to mind regarding this tragic event. One is the shameless attacks and threats on Iris by the Japanese right and government. Do writers always get attacked like this when writing about the truth? Another is the strenuous and stressful effects of book tours and defenses against attacks. How can that be alleviated? Finally, when exhaustion, stress, lack of sleep, inadequate nutrition, and sadness cause temporary depression, why do psychiatrists treat patients with such strong medication? Why are psychiatrists never sensitive to dosage regarding different races? I have a friend who committed suicide under similar circumstances of stress and tension and was given too strong a dosage of medication. How does one avoid being put under these conditions? Too many psychiatrist don’t listen to patients and too many doctors are quick to dispense strong medication.

    It is so sad such horrible things happened to such a beautiful and kind person. I look forward to reading about Iris through her mother’s eyes. I am very sorry I missed Dr Chang’s talk but I am grateful I read your excellent review. Thank you.
    Nancy Tai

    Nancy Tai

  4. Hi Don,

    Wonderful review of Dr. Chang’s book. It’s sure to bring new readers to the Rape of Nanking and this new title.
    I will be getting my copy on Saturday, here in Toronto, when Dr. Chang is visiting for a signing.
    I was already looking forward to reading the book–your review has made me all the more eager to “drop everything” and read Dr. Chang’s work.
    I trust you and your family are well and happy.


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