Louis Cha Leung-yung, better known by his pen name Jin Yong, was one of the greatest modern authors of Chinese fiction and respected by fans around the world as the father of the many of the kung fu heroes that they have come to love.
Through his timeless portrayals (描绘) of various heroes in dynastic (朝代的) China's wuxia, or martial arts, world — and their depiction (叙述) in many popular movies, TV and radio series, video games and comic books — he became well-known among Chinese. It has been said he is the world's most read Chinese author, and certainly his books have taught generations (世代) of readers about the importance of values, such as compassion (同情), honesty, perseverance (毅力), righteousness (正义) and patriotism (爱国).
Some people say his passing marks the end of an era (时代) in Chinese martial arts fiction, but countless more believe the heroes he created will live forever.
Cha became deputy editor(副主编) of New Evening Post in Hong Kong, where he met Chen Wentong, who wrote wuxia novels under the pseudonym(笔名) Liang Yusheng. With Chen's encouragement, Cha began to work on his first serialized martial arts novel The Book and the Sword in 1955. It was an instant (立刻的) hit.
Cha went on to write 14 more wuxia novels and his style of storytelling incorporated (融合) fictional characters and plots (情节) with historical figures (人物) and events. That is what makes the stories resonate (共鸣) so much more than other works of this genre (类型), along with the fact that the characters he created are so relatable to readers regardless of their age, gender, nationality, education and life experience.
What makes someone a hero in his works is that they have the will and capability to make decisions and do things that serve the best interest of their communities when it matters. Something Cha did in his own way, not only through his novels, but also in the editorials (社论) he wrote for the Hong Kong daily newspaper Ming Pao, which he co-founded in 1959.