What led Iris Chang to the suicide?

Iris Chang, a best-selling Chinese American author was found dead at the age of 36. She had been discovered in her car along Highway 17 just south of Los Gatos with a gunshot wound to her head, Santa Clara County authorities said on Wednesday.

Authorities believe the injury was self-inflicted. Chang had recently been treated in hospital after suffering from depression.

Chang was renowned for her books about the Japanese occupation of &to=http:// english.pravda.ru/world/2003/03/20/44700.html ' target=_blank>China as well as the history of Chinese immigrants in the US, as the BBC News reported.

"I'm just shocked," said retired San Francisco Superior Court Judge Lillian Sing, who was helping Chang with a documentary on aging U.S. military veterans who had suffered as POWs in Japanese captivity during &to=http:// english.pravda.ru/region/2003/02/10/43215.html ' target=_blank>World War II. "She was a real woman warrior trying to fight injustice."

Stunned friends and colleagues sought to understand what might have led to the suicide of an energetic and passionate young woman who channeled her outrage over Japanese war atrocities into a busy career of writing and lecturing. Chang also wrote a history of China's missile program and chronicled the Chinese experience in America.

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