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Martial arts master novelist Liang Yusheng died at the age of 84-years-old in Sydney, Tuesday, January 27, 2009 Hong Kong
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Martial arts master novelist Liang Yusheng died at the age of 84-years-old in Sydney
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Regarded as a founder of the new martial arts novels, Liang Yusheng's classic works have been adapted into the big screen and the tv screen over the past few decades. A few days ago in Sydney, Australia, Liang Yusheng died at the age of 84-years-old. Since 1954 emerging from newspapers and periodicals publication of "Long Hu Dou Jinghua", over the years, Liang Yusheng wrote more than 30 sets of martial arts novels, one of which was adapted into a film from his works such as "Seven Swords" starring Leon Lai. Because Liang Yusheng works has accompanied numerous Chinese growing up, many Chinese people in Hong Kong, Australia and other places of the Chinese community are deeply sorry for his death.
News of Liang Yusheng's death is first publicized by a mainland Chinese blog disclosing that on the 22nd of this month, last Thursday, Liang Yusheng has died in Sydney and wishes him to be "always happy and content" in heaven. The blog article is posted on the 24th, on last Saturday, but when reporter checks the blog on yesterday midnight, the article has been deleted. At the same time, mainland Chinese media continues to report this news.
This reported checks with Liang Yusheng's friend, and informed that Liang Yusheng completed his final journey on last Thursday in company of his wife and children, and he passed away in peace. But since Chinese New Year is coming, his wife and relatives have deliberately avoided the media. According to hjs friend, Liang Yusheng is aging, has 20 years of diabetes and suffers bladder cancer, in addition to having two strokes in recent years; his health is deteriorating. Even though Liang Yusheng was healthy six months ago when he visited Liang, due to health problems, Liang is unable to attend a Australia and China Cultural event in which he was awarded a lifetime achievement award.
After leaving Hong Kong in 1987, Liang Yusheng settled in Australia, and moved into Chen Bing-Tak nursing home in Burwood City of Sydney about a year and a half ago. Living in Australia, Liang Yusheng involved in making preparation for Sydney Chatswood's "Chinese Cultural Center" and organized "Sup Yuen Uwei" with well-known local Chinese experts and scholars meeting every Thursday to exchange opinions on domestic and foreign literatures and politics, and people from close circle called him "Liang Tai Hap" or "Master Chen". As to Liang Yusheng, master of a generation of martial arts novels, passing away, the Home Affairs Department spokesman said they will not comment now. And Lingnan University, his alma mater, only learns about this information after this newspaper inquiries, and its spokesman said they regretted his passing away.
Actor You Long who knew Liang Yusheng for a long time, says a group of good friends in Australia are very upset to his death, and the funeral date has not been decided. And Tsui Siu-ming who has plans to buy the copyright of "Romance of the White Haired Maiden" for filming says he is also sad about his death. He says, although they have not worked together, but they knew each other. Tsui Siu-ming also expresses that not only he admires Liang Yusheng's novels, but also commends that he writes great words.
Liang YuSheng original name is Chen WenTong, from GuanXi MengShan province, descent from a well-bred scholar family who began to read at five-years-old. At seven-years-old, he can recite the 300 poems of Tang Dynasty. He was brought up by maternal grandfather reading the Four Books and Five Classics, ancient literatures, able to create poems, word couplings, and became a disciple of Canton Mengshan historian Jian YouWen, who has enriched the knowledge of history.
After the victory of the Second Sino-Japanese War, Liang YuSheng enrolled in Canton Lingnan University major in chemistry hoping to save the nation, but due to not knowing how to do experiment that he switched major to Economy. Later, he joined the Hong Kong media industry, was a former editor, and columnist. In 1954, Hong Kong Tai Chi faction and crane faction dueled out to find the winner, and he was instructed to write martial arts stories to be published in newspapers, thus "Long Hu Dou JinHua" was born. He stopped writing in 1984, instead he started writing in historical novels. In his creative career, he was the author of a total of more than 30 sets of martial arts novels, which total to up to tens of millions of words.
Because Liang YuSheng's love in literature, history and chess, aside from martial arts novels, he once used such pseudo names Liang HuiYu, Feng YuNing and other pseudonym to write many short essays, literary reviews and literary essays, and also used Chen Lu, a pseudonym, to write Chinese chess review.
In giving a speech at HKBU in 2005, he first offered a public explanation of the origin of the pseudonym, saying that as a result of the Northern and Southern Dynasties "Leung" coming before "Chen", which was also the era of literary figures, so he took the last name "Liang" combining words from Taiwan's friends "Yu Ke Zhuan Gao, Wan Zi Ru Sheng" to achieve fame.
Liang YuSheng reached enormous success in his life and in 2004, he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Letters by the Lingnan University, earning the same honor with "Opera Queen" Fang Yan-Fen; In September 2005, his hometown Mengshan started constructing "Liang YuSheng Park," he was also awarded in Guangxi Normal University of an honorary Title;In 2006, Beijing's National Museum of Modern Chinese Literature erected a "Liang YuSheng library" in which he donated a number of manuscripts.
【Biography of Liang Yusheng】
Original Name: Chen WenTong , date of birth: March 22, 1924
Age: at the age of 84-year-old, native of Guangxi, Mengshan province
Academic: A disciple of historian Jian YouWen, Studied in Lingnan University of GuangZhou specializing in International Economy.
Works: 35 sets of works, a total of 160 martial art novels.
Martial arts novels, (白髮魔女傳), (七劍下天山), (萍蹤俠影錄)
Representative works: (雲海玉弓緣) and so on.
Achievement: Known as the originator of the new wave martial arts novels, in 2004 awarded by the Hong Kong Lingnan University of Honorary Doctor of Letters, and China, Beijing National Museum of Modern Chinese Literature erected a "Liang YuSheng library", in 2008 awarded by the Australian Federation of Chinese Cultural Organization of Australia and China Lifetime Achievement Award.
【Liang YuSheng major martial art novels】
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