More than 70 years after WWII, Iris Yang, a Chinese-American writer has introduced the Nanking Massacre, the Bombing of Chungking, and particularly the battles fought together by the Chinese and their American friends (the Flying Tigers) in the form of an English novel. Undoubtedly it’s a good thing for the relationship between China and the United States, today and in the future.
As one review said, Iris Yang paints a fascinating picture of life in that country during this period. The details of how people actually lived in areas not hit by the invasion especially interested me. She never data dumps this though, and the story moves along smoothly. Characterization is strong and there is plenty of suspense and action. Despite brief, peaceful interludes, this focuses on survival during an apocalyptic era.
ABOUT IRIS YANG, PH.d
Iris Yang, Ph.D was born and raised in China. She has loved reading and writing since she was a child, but in China creative writing was a dangerous career. As famous writers and translators, her grandmother and aunt were wrongfully accused as counter-revolutionary Rightists, so Iris had to choose a safer path—studying science.
After graduating from Wuhan University, she was accepted by the prestigious CUSBEA (China-United States Biochemistry Examination and Application) program. At age 23, with poor English, little knowledge of the country, and 500 borrowed dollars, she came to the United States.
Later, she received a Ph.D. in molecular biology at the University of Rochester and worked at the University of North Carolina. Although she has published a number of scientific papers, she has a passion for creative writing. Her Flying Tiger Trilogy (Wings of a Flying Tiger, Will of a Tiger, Legacy of the Tigers) has been published by Open Books. She has been interviewed on Public Radio and invited to speak at the Flying Tigers WWII Veterans 78th Anniversary Reunion. Her books have touched many people, including a Flying Tiger’s son who gave her his father’s invaluable flight jacket.