Iris Chang (March 28, 1968-died November 9th, 2004) was an American author and journalist who wrote several best-selling books. Her books included Thread of the Silkworm, The Rape of Nanking and The Chinese of America. She was born near Princeton, New Jersey, though was raised in Illinois. Chang spent her last years living in San Jose, California. November 9th, 2004, Chang took her own life by using a revolver: she had earlier been using Risperdal and Depakote due to troubles with mood swings and depression.