Study Guide For Teachers: Iris Chang - The Rape of Nanking

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Study Guide For Teachers: Iris Chang - The Rape of Nanking


Iris Chang was a respected humanitarian, outstanding journalist and advocate for justice. This docudrama portrays Iris Chang’s courage and unfaltering conviction to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves, while providing an accurate historical account of the 1937 Nanking Massacre. The film obtained full co-operation from Iris Chang’s parents who provided valuable information about their beloved daughter. A research team reviewed many archives on the Nanking Massacre and Iris Chang, and uncovered more than 200 boxes of Iris Chang’s research work and archives at the Hoover Institute. The research team was also able to obtain the original video tapes taken by Iris of survivors while she was in Nanking, and the original films taken by Missionary, John McGee, during the Massacre. The production team found and interviewed numerous survivors in Nanking, as well as former Japanese soldiers, right-wing revisionists, and peace activists in Japan. The television premiere of Iris Chang – the Rape of Nanking aired on Canada’s History Channel on December 13, 2007 – the 70th anniversary of the Nanking Massacre.

This study guide is theme-based instead of curriculum-based. It is intended for use internationally within any secondary school system. The guide consists of a list of recommendations on how to use this film in a classroom setting, a suggested list of teachable themes that the film relates to, and Response Questions. Appendixes of World War II Timelines, Maps, Names, Song Lyrics and References are also included.


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ALPHA Education, “Study Guide For Teachers: Iris Chang - The Rape of Nanking,” Publications and Resources, accessed November 29, 2023,