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Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

 
02 November 2018
The world’s biggest kung fu fantasy writer and one of the oldest students to ever undertake a PhD at this Faculty, Louis Cha OBE, has died in Hong Kong following a long illness.

The world’s biggest kung fu fantasy writer, Louis Cha OBE, has died in Hong Kong following a long illness.

Known widely by his pen name Jin Yong, Cha’s books defined the genre known as wuxia for generations and led to him being known as the JRR Tolkien of Chinese literature. He wrote 15 novels throughout his illustrious career which were subsequently made into films, games, comics and television shows.

Cha became one of the oldest students to ever undertake a PhD at this Faculty, when he began his research here, supervised by Prof. David McMullen, in 2005 aged 81.

Further details are available on the St John's College website.