London’s only blue plaque with Chinese Script – Lao She

Lao She (Chinese: 老舍; pinyin: Lǎo Shě; Wade–Giles: Lao3 She3; February 3, 1899 – August 24, 1966) was the pen name of Shu Qingchun (simplified Chinese: 舒庆春; traditional Chinese: 舒慶春; pinyin: Shū Qìngchūn; Manchu surname: Sumuru), a noted Chinese novelist and dramatist. He was one of the most significant figures of 20th-century Chinese literature, and best known for his novel Rickshaw Boy and the play Teahouse (茶館).  All thanks to his Wikipedia entry. 

His book ‘Rickshaw’ is considered to be a 20th century classic.

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His book ‘This Life of Mine’ was made into a film of the same title ( with English subtitles – though hard to read ) in 1950.  It follows the life of a Beijing police officer and his family from the fall of the Qing dynasty in 1912 through the rise of Chinese Communism after WWII. It  is on Youtube here


He served as lecturer in the Chinese section of the (then) School of Oriental Studies (now the School of Oriental and African Studies) at the University of London from 1924 to 1929.

In 2003 a Blue Plaque was unveiled in honour of Lao She at 31 St James’s Gardens, Notting Hill, W11 4RF,  London, where Lao She lived between 1925 and 1928. It is the only blue plaque in London to feature Chinese characters and the only one to commemorate a Chinese writer.downloadYou can see the plaque  on Google Streetview here.

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