“Iris Yang is an enthusiastic, captivating and inspired speaker.  She was the guest of the Flying Tigers Association in San Diego (the Flying Tigers WWII Veterans 78th Anniversary Reunion) . We had about 100 people for a private tour and dinner at the San Diego Air and Space Museum in Balboa Park and Iris was our featured speaker. 

Everyone was fascinated with the story of her life; how she came to the United States with very little money, and speaking no English. Her personal journey to becoming a writer of fictional stories of the Flying Tigers in China is very touching. Many of our members were tearful and couldn’t wait to purchase her books. 

Iris is a delight to work with, bringing happiness and graciousness to all who interact with her.”

Lydia Rossi, Executive Secretary, Flying Tigers Association, www.flyingtigersavg.com

Upcoming Presentations/Book Signings:

Presentation at EAA chapter 658 in Prescott, AZ (April 12, 2023, 6pm)

Presentation  at Rotary Club of Cary (July 11, 2023, 12pm)

Presentation  at Durham Lions Club (July 12, 2023, 12pm)

Presentation  at EAA chapter 1114 (July 15, 2023, 8am)

Presentation  at Wake County Library (July 18, 2023, 11am, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary, NC. Open to public)

Presentation at Chapel Hill Public Library (Sept. 16, 2023, 1pm, 100 Library Dr. Chapel Hill, NC. Open to public)

Presentation at Rotary Club of Cary-Page (Sept. 22, 7am)

Presentation  at Sedona Bola Club (Nov. 8, 2023)

Presentation at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's Aviation History Speaker Series (Oct. 19, 2023)

Past events:

Presentation  at Wonderland Book Club (March 31, 2023, 7am)

Presentation  at Cottonwood EAA chapter 952 (March 7, 2023)

Interviewed on KAZM 780AM (Feb 17, 2023)

Presentation at Sedona Patriot Club (Feb. 7, 2023)

Presentation  at Phoenix Jade Book Club (Oct. 8, 2022)

Presentation  at Estes Valley Library (Sep. 8, 2022)

Presentation  at Wonderland Book Club (July 31, 10am)

Invited speaker by the Classic Airplane Association of Arizona at its 62nd Annual "Cactus Fly-In" (March 7, Casa Grande Municipal Airport, 3225 N. Lear Ave, Casa Grande, AZ). The presentation is open to the members only, but I'll be there signing my books from 8am to 3pm. 

Book signing at 30th Phoenix Chinese Culture and Cuisine Festival on Sunday, Feb 9 from 10am to 5pm (1202 N. 3rd Street, Phoenix). 

Invited speaker at Arizona Commemorative Air Force Museum (Jan 25, 1pm-2pm) 

Presentation at Yavapai College (Nov 12, 2pm-3pm, Verde Valley Campus Library, M-117, 601 Black Hills Dr. Clarkdale, AZ)

Invited speaker at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute's "Author Among Us" workshop (Nov 15, 10am-11:30am, Room 39, Sedona Center at Yavapai College, 4215 Arts Village Dr, Sedona, AZ)

Presentation at Rancho Mirage Public Library,  Rancho Mirage (Oct 1, 2:00pm-3:00pm)

Presentation at the Veterans' Resource Center of the Lewis Library and Technology Center (Oct 3, 5pm-6pm)

Invited speaker at the Flying Tigers WWII Veterans Reunion (September 25-29, 2019)  

Presentation at San Diego Chinese Historical Museum  (Sept. 29, 1:30pm-2:30pm)

Presentation at San Diego Public Library, Carmel Valley Branch Library (Sept. 28, 2:30pm-3:30pm)

Presentation at Alliance of Chinese Americans San Diego/ San Diego Chinese School  (Sept. 29, 10am-11am)

Presentation at Denver Kunming Sister City Committee/Red Cross (August 28, 7:00pm-8:00pm)

Presentation at Prescott Public Library (July 14, 2pm-3pm)

Presentation at Sedona Public Library (June 29, 2019, 2pm-3pm)

Presentation at Cottonwood Public Library (June 15, 2019, 11am-12pm)

Presentation at Flagstaff Public Library (June 8, 2019, 12pm-1pm)

Invited speaker at Sedona "Boys Club" (June 4, 2019, 11am-12pm)

Invited speaker at the Author Festival 2019 (April 13-14, 2019)

Invited speaker at Coffee with a Vet (March 8, 2019)

Presentation at Durham County Public Library (March 16, 2019)

Presentation at Chatham County Public Library (March 16, 2019)

Presentation at Orange County Public Library (March 17, 2019)

Presentation at Wake County Public Library (March 23, 2019)

Presentation at Sedona Art Center (Dec 7, 2018)

Invited speaker at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (Nov 8, 2018)                         

Cottonwood Book Fair (Nov 9-10, 2018)

Atlanta Liren Community (Nov 3, 2018)

Presentation at Triangle Studios (Oct 20, 2018)

Book Signing at Taste of China Festival (Oct 6, 2018)

Book Signing at Hugger Mugger Bizarre (Oct 5, 2018)

Book Signing at Flying Tiger Restaurant (Sept 30, 2018)

Book Signing at Dragon Boat Festival (Sept 22, 2018)

Book Signing at Hugger Mugger Bizarre (Sept 7, 2018)

Presentation at Sedona Public Library (August 25, 2018)

Presentation at Cottonwood Public Library (August 10, 2019)

Invited speaker at Coffee with a Vet (August 8, 2018)

“Iris Yang’s talk on her historical novels and journey to becoming a published author was extremely well received here at Rancho Mirage Library and Observatory. She’s an excellent speaker who captivates the audience with an incredible story that touches on history, writing historical fiction, and her own fascinating personal journey. Several attendees took the time to give tremendously positive feedback (“She’s just wonderful”), and stopped to tell me how much they enjoyed the lecture. Iris was great to work with and I’m very glad we invited her to speak here at the Library.”

T.J. Hicks, Program Coordinator at Rancho Mirage Library and Observatory tjh@ranchomiragelibrary.org, 760-341-7323 ext. 731

“Iris Yang brings her heart, soul, and some critical historical knowledge to her very well-planned presentation. Attendees were charmed by her thoughtful sharing of Chinese history in the context of the incredible story of the Flying Tigers, as well as her writing journey. 

Ms. Yang was a pleasure to work with and I very much look forward to having her return next year. Her fine writing, professionalism, kindness, and storytelling skills prompted me to offer my recommendation. I am available to recommend her personally and can be reached at jelevine@dconc.gov or 919-560-0268.” 

Jenny Levine, Humanities & Adult Programming Coordinator at Durham County Public Library

“Blending fiction with real Chinese History, Iris Yang brings the Flying Tigers and their WWII experiences into vivid life. True personal and family experiences provide context to her presentation and effortlessly draw in the audience. Ms. Yang is professional, thoughtful, and gracious. She was a delight to have at our library.” 

Sarah Willadsen, Adult Services Librarian at Prescott Public Library (sarah.willadsen@prescott-az.gov, 928-777-1540)

"What an interesting, thought-provoking, and informative presentation!  Iris Yang combines her personal biography with engaging storytelling, informative slides, and a comprehensive historical knowledge to bring the story of the Flying Tigers to life.  Iris is a consummate professional; she’s a delight to work with, and she had the audience completely enthralled and hanging on every word.  I highly recommend Iris and her presentation!"

Judy Poe, Assistant Director at Sedona Public Library (events@sedonalibrary.org, 928-282-7714 x116)

“Your ‘talk’ was magnificent! Many people approached me after the event to express their enthusiasm for your story and your literary achievements... I feel blessed that we were able to have you participate in our event… Your presentation is very well organized. The points in the presentation wherein you bring-in facts are very well-timed; for example—you wait until near the end of your talk to reveal the story of ‘the jacket’ and then, at the very end, you tell the group that you are, in fact, a licensed private-pilot. You ‘won their hearts!’” 

Fred Borns, President of the Classic Airplane Association of Arizona,  fborns@cox.net

“Thank you for bringing your story of ‘the Flying Tigers’ and your personal writing experience to us in San Diego. Your well-prepared presentation and ability to connect with audience was amazing! It was our honor to be part of your ‘book tour.’ I can't wait to start reading the books!”

Tracy Wu, Director of Alliance of Chinese Americans San Diego, xtwu2011@gmail.com, 858-354-5372

“Iris's presentation was so professional, so personal, and so full of good energy that the audience cheered her somewhat boisterously.”  Verde Valley Girlfriends 

“Iris gave an outstanding presentation on her book, the history of conflict between Japan & China, how that personally impacted her family, how it lead her to pursue a PhD in Botany in America, & how she overcame personal obstacles in her life. The measure of this woman is so much more than this book!”  Sedona Hiking, Outdoor Fun & Adventure  

"The author spoke beautifully—nearly made me cry." Durham County Public Library attendee

"I saw this excellent historical presentation yesterday in Durham. You should go if you can!!" THOG Meetup group

"Her presentation was simply awesome. I’m so glad I attended."  THOG Meetup group

"A fantastic talk! Iris is amazing." Verde Valley Girl Friends