Police say Ms. Chang, who wrote about the Japanese occupation of China and the history of Chinese immigrants in the United States, was found dead in her car along a road south of San Francisco. The official cause of death has not been officially determined, but investigators believe the 36-year-old writer died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Ms. Chang's best-known work was the 1997 bestseller "The Rape of Nanking," which described the rape, torture and killings of Chinese civilians at the hands of Japanese troops in the 1930s.
Ms. Chang also wrote "The Chinese in America," which looked at the history of Chinese immigrants and their descendants in the United States.
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