Paula Kamen on Iris Chang, Conspiracy Theories


In Salon, Paula Kamen discusses author Iris Chang and her suicide. Kamen’s book about Chang has been reviewed well, if not extensively. Conspiracy fanciers speculated about Chang’s death:

These were widespread beliefs about either the right-wing Japanese or about the U.S. government, which is who she feared. As far-fetched as some of the conspiracy theories may sound, a lot of this was based in some reality, so it took investigative journalism to peel back the layers and see what was fact and what was fiction. It just showed, too, the pressures she was under, and I started to feel paranoid after researching her for a while. Her world was a pretty strange one.

In the comments section, there’s an interesting point by an anti-psychotic medications person. If only Chang had taken a free personality test.