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.
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.