Famous Chinese martial arts novelist Jin Yong dies aged 94 – Xinhua English.news.cn


This is an archive photo of Jin Yong. Famous Chinese martial arts novelist Louis Cha Leung-yung, better known by his pseudonym Jin Yong, died Tuesday at the age of 94 in a Hong Kong hospital. Cha created many popular martial arts novels between 1955 and 1972. Cha, who also co-founded the Hong Kong daily Ming Pao, has been considered one of the greatest and most popular martial arts writers. (Xinhua)

HONG KONG, Oct.30 (Xinhua) – Famous Chinese martial arts novelist Louis Cha Leung-yung, better known by his pseudonym Jin Yong, died at the age of 94 in a Hong Kong hospital on Tuesday.

Sources close to Cha confirmed the death to Xinhua.

Cha was born on March 10, 1924 in Haining, Zhejiang Province, and moved to Hong Kong in the 1940s.

In 1955, he coincidentally published his first martial arts novel The Book and the Sword in the New Evening Post under the pseudonym Jin Yong.

The novel was an instant hit and it went on to create 14 hugely popular martial arts novels, ending with The Deer and the Cauldron in 1972.

His martial arts novels have inspired the production of films, TV series, radio series, plays, video games and various cultural and creative products, deeply influencing the development of popular culture in China during the years. last decades.

Cha’s stories of martial arts and chivalry have many followers in Chinese-speaking regions and communities and have been translated into Korean, English, Japanese, French, Vietnamese, Indonesian, and several other languages.

A distinguished literary writer aside, Cha was also a prominent figure in the press, social policy, and the study of history.

He co-founded the Hong Kong daily Ming Pao in 1959. He then wrote editorials and did translations, essays and reviews of films and dramas for the newspaper for about two decades.

In 2000, Cha received the Grand Bauhinia Medal, the highest honor in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Honors and Awards System, in recognition of his long-standing and highly significant contribution to well-being. from Hong Kong.

Hong Kong SAR Chief Executive Carrie Lam has expressed her deep sadness over Cha’s passing.

A scholar and acclaimed writer of martial arts novels, Cha’s works have inherited the tradition of Chinese classics with the integration of history and culture, and are very popular among Chinese in various parts of the world, she declared.

She was saddened to learn of Cha’s death. “On behalf of the Hong Kong SAR government, I would like to express my deepest condolences to her family,” she said.

Wang Zhimin, director of the Central People’s Government Liaison Office in Hong Kong SAR, sent a message of condolence to Cha’s family.

Hailing Cha as a famous writer and outstanding journalist, Wang said that Cha inherited the essence of classic martial arts novels and created a new genre of martial arts and chivalry novels.

His works, dedicated to family and nation, have deeply influenced Chinese people at home and abroad, he said.

Poon Yiu-Ming first got to know Cha in 1991 when he was selected by Cha as editor-in-chief of Ming Pao Monthly, a publication that covers academic and cultural topics.

He has a lot of respect and gratitude towards Cha. The last time he saw Cha was three years ago when he visited her at home. He was happy to see that Cha was in good health, but had difficulty expressing himself fluently.

Poon was impressed with Cha’s diligence and skillful command of languages, including English and French.

Cha often read and bought books at airports on business trips and his offices and home are full of books, he said.

Cha has been successful in print, writing, and business, Poon said, his accomplishments never having been approached before and never will be in the future.

An asteroid was named after Jin Yong in 2001.

A permanent exhibition at the Jin Yong Gallery at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum was held last year to showcase the creative process behind his martial arts novels and the impact the novels have had on Hong Kong popular culture.

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