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Jin Yong

The Book and The Sword

Jin Yong, originally named Louis Cha, was born in Haining County (near Hangzhou) in 1924. As a well-known journalist, litterateur, and scholar in China, he has done great achievements throughout his life.

Jin Yong is an outstanding media figure in China. He used to work as a journalist, translator, and editor for news papers in Shanghaiand the Hong Kong SAR (Special Administrative Region). In 1959 he initiated several newspapers in Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Singapore.

As the President and the Director of the Board of the Ming Bao from 1959 to 1993, Jin Yong continually wrote editorials both in Chinese and English. Due to his excellent work, Jin Yong was awarded the title of OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in 1981.

Apart from his work in the press sector, Jin Yong has shown great enthusiasm for social community in Hong Kong. From the 1970s to the 1980s, he served in the Independent Commission Against Corruption as well as the Law Reform Commission of Hong Kong. He also actively participated in the drafting of the Basic Law in Hong Kong. In order to show gratitude to his contributions, the Hong Kong SAR Government awarded Jin Yong the GBM (Grand Bauhinia Medal) in 2001. In the same year, a small planet discovered by the Beijing Astronomical Observatory was named after him.

Jin Yong is also the most famous writer of martial arts novels in China, and dozens of his novels have become all-time bestsellers, with some of them being translated into English, Japanese, French, Malaysian, and Korean and so on. Meanwhile, most of his novels have been adapted into other forms, reaching a global audience through TV serials, radio programs, and stage performances.

Not confining himself to novel writing, Jin Yong used to work as a playwright and director in the Hong Kong Great Wall Film Company. He produced dozens of film scripts, among which Peerless Beautiful Woman was awarded the Golden Prize by the People's Republic of China's Ministry of Culture. In addition to producing novels and film scripts, Jin Yong has written a great number of essays and reviews on films and plays.

The last but not the least important part of Jin Yong's achievements are his outstanding academic researches, including law, history, and Buddhism. He established and chaired the Louis Cha Academic Fund in Hong Kong University.

From the 1980s till today, Jin Yong has successfully won doctorate degrees in several universities including the Hong Kong University, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, the Open University of Hong Kong, the University of British Columbia in Canada, and the USTC in Japan. He was also invited to be the Honorable Professor in several universities in Hong Kong, Canada, Mainland China, and Taiwan Province.

The last but not the least important part of Jin Yong's achievements are his outstanding academic researches, including law, history, and Buddhism. He established and chaired the Louis Cha Academic Fund in Hong Kong University.

From the 1980s till today, Jin Yong has successfully won doctorate degrees in several universities including the Hong Kong University, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, the Open University of Hong Kong, the University of British Columbia in Canada, and the USTC in Japan. He was also invited to be the Honorable Professor in several universities in Hong Kong, Canada, Mainland China, and Taiwan Province.



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