Author Bio

Iris Yang is an author of three historical novels about the Flying Tigers. She was born and raised in China. After graduating from Wuhan University, she was accepted by the prestigious CUSBEA (China-United States Biochemistry Examination and Application) program. At age 23, with poor English, little knowledge of the country, and 500 borrowed dollars, she came to the United States.

Later, she received a Ph.D. in molecular biology at the University of Rochester and worked at the University of North Carolina. Although Iris has published a number of scientific papers, she has a passion for creative writing. Her Tiger Saga Trilogy—Wings of a Flying Tiger, Will of a Tiger, and Legacy of the Tigers—were published by Open Books. She has been interviewed on National Public Radio and invited to speak at the Flying Tigers WWII Veterans 78th Anniversary Reunion.

Besides writing, Iris loves hiking, dancing, photography, and travel. She holds a private pilot license. Her website is


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