Jin Yong

Chinese writer

1924   -  

genre: fantasy, Wuxia novels
country of citizenship: People's Republic of China
native language: Cantonese, Chinese
educated at: University of Cambridge, St John's College
occupation: writer, screenwriter, journalist, novelist, newspaper proprietor, science fiction writer
award received: Knight of the Legion of Honour, Grand Bauhinia Medal, Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres‎, Officer of the Order of the British Empire
www.jinyong.com

Louis Cha Jing-yong (Chinese: 查良鏞; Sidney Lau: Cha4 Leung4 Yung4) (born 6 February 1924), better known by his pen name Jin Yong, is a Chinese wuxia ("martial arts and chivalry") novelist and essayist who co-founded the Hong Kong daily newspaper Ming Pao in 1959 and served as its first editor-in-chief. He is Hong Kong's most famous writer.His wuxia novels have a widespread following in Chinese communities worldwide. His 15 works written between 1955 and 1972 earned him a reputation as one of the greatest and most popular wuxia writers ever. He is the best-selling Chinese author alive, and over 100 million copies of his works have been sold worldwide (not including an unknown number of pirated copies). His works have the unusual ability to transcend geographical and ideological barriers separating Chinese communities of the world, achieving a greater success than any other contemporary writer.His works have been translated into many languages including English, French, Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese, Thai, Burmese, Malay and Indonesian. He has many fans outside of Chinese-speaking areas, as a result of the numerous adaptations of his works into films, television series, comics and video games. The asteroid 10930 Jinyong (1998 CR2) is named after him.Jin Yong is named along with Gu Long and Liang Yusheng as the "Three Legs of the Tripod of Wuxia".
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