Mar­tial arts nov­el­ist Louis Cha dies at 94

China Daily European Weekly - - China News - By LUIS LIU and HE SHUSI in Hong Kong Con­tact the writ­ers at luis­liu@chi­nadai­

Louis Cha Le­ung-yung, one of China’s most in­flu­en­tial nov­el­ists, died on Oct 30 sur­rounded by loved ones at Hong Kong Sana­to­rium and Hos­pi­tal, ac­cord­ing to sources close to the fam­ily. Cha, bet­ter known by the pen name Jin Yong, was 94.

He was most fa­mous for his wuxia nov­els, which told tales of mar­tial arts and chivalry. More than 300 mil­lion copies of his works have been sold. Cha pub­lished his first novel, The Book and

the Sword, in 1955 in New Evening Post un­der his pen name. He wrote 15 nov­els, his last be­ing The Deer and the Caul­dron, which was re­leased in 1972.

His nov­els have been adapted for film, tele­vi­sion and ra­dio, and have deeply in­flu­enced the cul­tural de­vel­op­ment of Chi­nese-speak­ing com­mu­ni­ties.

Cha also founded Ming Pao, a ma­jor Chi­nese-lan­guage news­pa­per in Hong Kong, in 1959, serv­ing as its editor-in-chief un­til his re­tire­ment in 1989.

Dur­ing his life, he was hon­ored by top uni­ver­si­ties in China and around the world.

He also served on the Ba­sic Law Draft­ing Com­mit­tee be­fore Hong Kong’s re­turn to China in 1997.

Cha, who was born in Hain­ing, in eastern China’s Zhe­jiang prov­ince, grad­u­ated from the Law School of Soo­chow Uni­ver­sity in 1948.

To help sup­port him­self dur­ing his stud­ies, he be­gan to work as a jour­nal­ist and trans­la­tor for Ta Kung Pao news­pa­per in Shang­hai. In

Cha was “China’s Shake­speare” and the “grand­mas­ter” of Chi­nese screen­writ­ers. JOHN CHONG CHING pres­i­dent of the Hong Kong Screen­writ­ers’ Guild

1948, he went to work in the pa­per’s Hong Kong of­fice.

Tributes poured in af­ter the lit­er­ary gi­ant’s pass­ing.

Car­rie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Hong Kong Spe­cial Ad­min­is­tra­tive Re­gion, ex­pressed deep con­do­lences to Cha’s fam­ily on be­half of her gov­ern­ment.

She said Cha had made one of the great­est con­tri­bu­tions to Chi­nese cul­ture, as well as to Hong Kong’s me­dia de­vel­op­ment.

Sci­ence fic­tion nov­el­ist Ni Kuang called Cha’s nov­els “the best in the world and of all time”, and said the writer’s legacy would live on for­ever.

John Chong Ching, pres­i­dent of the Hong Kong Screen­writ­ers’ Guild, says Cha was “China’s Shake­speare” and the “grand­mas­ter” of Chi­nese screen­writ­ers.


Louis Cha Le­ung-yung, bet­ter known by the pen name Jin Yong, is a source of deep in­spi­ra­tion for Chi­nese around the world.

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