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Mo Yan

Mo Yan, born on February 17, 1955, is a renowned Chinese author. He is the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2012. Mo is best known in the West for two of his novels which were the basis of the film Red Sorghum. He was appointed a deputy chairman of the quasi-official Chinese Writers' Association in November 2011. 

Nobel peace prize winner's harsh sentence demeans Beijing

The deprivations of a jail sentence are not limited to the prisoner. Families also pay the price, emotionally and materially, especially for the sins of the father, if he is the breadwinner. Sadly, society can turn the screw with prejudice and discrimination.

Monday, 10 December, 2012, 1:28am 4 comments

Mo Yan's Nobel Prize lecture scorned by China dissidents

Mo Yan during his lecture in Stockholm on Friday. Photo: EPA

Mo Yan's Nobel lecture did little to dispel ongoing controversy in China's literary circles, with state media widely covering this year's literature prize winner even as dissident artists piled on derision.

9 Dec 2012 - 4:30am

Who said it?

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev

The president is given a 'top secret' folder. [It] contains information about aliens

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev jokes around, unaware the cameras are still rolling


At first I thought I was the target of the disputes, but over time I've come to realise the real target was a person who had nothing to do with me

9 Dec 2012 - 3:06am

Mo Yan’s Nobel lecture derided by dissidents

Mo Yan, China's 2012 Nobel Literature Prize laureate,  speaks at a reception at the Chinese Embassy in Stockholm on Friday. Photo: Xinhua

Mo Yan was assailed on Saturday in the Chinese dissident community as a “prostitute” after his Nobel lecture, which was acclaimed in the communist state’s media.

8 Dec 2012 - 9:17pm 1 comment

Nobel laureate Mo Yan takes swipe at critics in lecture

Chinese writer and 2012 Nobel Literature Prize laureate speaks during the traditional Nobel lecture on Friday at the Royal Swedish Academy in Stockholm. Photo: Xinhua

Chinese Nobel litreature laureate Mo Yan on Friday took a swipe at his critics in the traditional Nobel lecture, saying their target “had nothing to do” with him and urging them to read his books.

8 Dec 2012 - 9:17pm 2 comments

Liu's fight is not Mo Yan's responsibility

Mo Yan

Criticisms of Mo Yan for refusing to talk about Liu Xiaobo during his trip to Stockholm to accept the Nobel Prize for literature are sickening, mindless and petty. He chose literature, not dissent or human rights, as a career and personal choice. He has every right to stick to his own conscience, which is devotion to literature, and not to follow politically correct fashion.

8 Dec 2012 - 7:54am 21 comments

Chinese writers, Nobel winners call for Liu Xiaobo's release

China refused to allow Liu Xiaobo to attend the Nobel ceremony in Oslo in 2010 – where he was represented instead by an empty chair. Photo: AFP

More than 40 high-profile Chinese writers, lawyers and activists have sent an open letter to the new leader of the Communist Party Xi Jinping, urging him to free jailed Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Mo Yan walks delicate line on his way to collect Nobel literature prize

Mo Yan (left) arrives at the Beijing Capital International Airport on his way to Sweden to accept the Nobel literature prize. Photo: Xinhua

China's Nobel literature winner, Mo Yan, headed to Sweden yesterday to collect his award, but he walks a delicate line with the authorities and is expected to avoid mentioning his jailed fellow laureate Liu Xiaobo.

6 Dec 2012 - 4:04am

Talking points

Leung Chun-ying.

CY Leung speaks at FCC

6 Dec 2012 - 3:51am

Nobel winner Mo Yan expected to avoid politics in Sweden

Nobel Prize for Literature winner, Mo Yan, talks to journalist outside Beijing airport before leaving for Sweden to accept the award. Photo: Xinhua

China’s Nobel literature winner Mo Yan heads to Sweden on Wednesday to collect his award, but he is expected to avoid mentioning in his speech jailed fellow laureate Liu Xiaobo.

5 Dec 2012 - 8:58pm

Mo Yan to leave Beijing tomorrow for date with Nobel Prize glory

Mo Yan

Novelist Mo Yan will leave Beijing tomorrow to receive the first Nobel Prize for literature awarded to a Chinese citizen.

4 Dec 2012 - 3:45am

Nobel winner Mo Yan country's second-wealthiest writer

Chinese author Mo Yan. Photo: AFP

Less than two months after winning the Nobel Prize for literature, Mo Yan can claim another distinction: China's second-richest writer.

New interest in his work at home and abroad brought the 57-year-old novelist estimated annual royalties of 21.5 million yuan (HK$26.5 million) and catapulted him to No2 on the new China's Richest Writers List released yesterday.

30 Nov 2012 - 3:06am

Briefs, November 17, 2012

The deputy director general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' information department, Hua Chunying, had been appointed a spokeswoman, Xinhua said yesterday.

17 Nov 2012 - 5:01am

Who said it?

Dr Lucetta Kam

LGBT bars or events such as the pride march are a big tourist attraction for lesbians

Humanities professor Dr Lucetta Kam Yip-lo on the number of lesbians visiting the city


Mo Yan is learning dancing because the Swedish king and queen will be present … and he should … fit in with the event's grand atmosphere

11 Nov 2012 - 2:51am

After staying in step with censors, Mo Yan can dance to his own tune

Mo Yan

As a novelist who has managed to excel under the mainland's strict censorship regime, Nobel Prize laureate Mo Yan has been called many things. It's safe to say that "ballroom dancer" was never one them.

11 Nov 2012 - 5:36am