Louis Cha

Novelist, TV Program Creator

1924 –


Who is Louis Cha?

Louis Cha Leung-yung, GBM, OBE, better known by his pen name Jin Yong, is a modern Chinese-language novelist. Having co-founded the Hong Kong daily Ming Pao in 1959, he was the paper's first editor-in-chief.

Cha's fiction, which is of the wuxia genre, has a widespread following in Chinese-speaking areas, including mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Southeast Asia, and the United States. His 15 works written between 1955 and 1972 earned him a reputation as one of the finest wuxia writers ever. He is currently the best-selling Chinese author alive; over 100 million copies of his works have been sold worldwide.

Cha's works have been translated into English, French, Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese, Thai, Burmese, Malay and Indonesian. He has many fans abroad as well, owing to the numerous adaptations of his works into films, television series, manhua and video games.

Asteroid 10930 Jinyong is named after him.

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Feb 6, 1924
Haining City
Also known as
  • Jin Yong
  • JinYong
  • Zhā Liángyōng
  • Yung Chin
  • Yung Kam
  • Huan Lin
  • Louis Cha Leung-yung
  • China
  • Hong Kong
  • University of Cambridge
  • St John's College, Cambridge
  • Hangzhou High School
  • Soochow University
  • Editor in Chief
    (1959 - 1993)
Lived in
  • Hong Kong

on July 23, 2013


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