Chinese novelist and dramatist. Born Beijing as Shu Qingchun. Lao She was his pen name. Lectured at what is now SOAS 1924 - 9. During this time he discovered Dickens and began his own writing. Best known for the novel Rickshaw Boy and the play Teahouse. A victim of the Cultural Revolution, he committed suicide by drowning in Taiping Lake.
His novel Mr Ma and Son is set in London and draws on his experiences here.