Iris Chang

Iris  Chang

Iris Chang earned a journalism degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana and worked as a reporter for the Associated Press and the Chicago Tribune before being awarded a graduate fellowship to Johns Hopkins University's writing seminars program. Thread of the Silkworm, her debut novel, told the narrative of Tsien Hsue-shen, the father of the People's Republic of China missile program, and earned worldwide praise. She was honored with the John T. Catherine D. and Catherine D. Major awards from the National Science Foundation, the Pacific Cultural Foundation, and the Harry Truman Library, as well as the MacArthur Foundation's Program on Peace and International Cooperation Prize.