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.
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Should every mainland artist or intellectual who has achieved prominence shout at the top of their lungs against the central authorities and become, inevitably thereafter, dissidents?
Some foreign critics and mainland dissidents seem to think so. And that seems to be the gist of their criticisms against Mo Yan since he won this year's Nobel Prize for literature.22 Oct 2012 - 2:52am 3 comments
I still remember that afternoon more than 20 years ago when I first read Red Sorghum. I was bowled over. I hadn't yet come across the works of William Faulkner or Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and as I read Red Sorghum then, I felt a rush of elation that a story about "my grandfather" and "my grandmother" could be told so boldly and without restraint.22 Oct 2012 - 2:52am 1 comment
Mo Yan21 Oct 2012 - 1:39am
A widely circulated Sina Weibo post, sardonically linking Nobel laureate Mo Yan to two more controversial Chinese celebrities, perhaps best illustrated the public's conflicted feelings about the media frenzy surrounding the writer's award.21 Oct 2012 - 1:39am 4 comments
Count authorities in Mo Yan's hometown Gaomi among those looking to cash in on the writer's sudden fame since winning the Nobel Prize for literature last week.
Officials in the backwater Shandong city have announced plans to spend about 670 million yuan (HK$ 825 million) on Mo Yan-themed projects designed to lure tourists.19 Oct 2012 - 5:19am
A Chinese city hopes to cash in on the success of its most famous resident, Nobel Literature Prize winner Mo Yan, by investing millions in a tourist zone dedicated to the writer, Chinese media said on Thursday.29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am
As expected, Beijing celebrated Mo Yan's award of the Nobel Prize for literature as a national triumph. Also unsurprisingly, though, critics and activists have questioned whether Mo's Communist Party membership qualifies him for the honour and whether the Swedish Academy sent the right message to the Chinese regime by honouring him.18 Oct 2012 - 2:29am
Mo Yan says the demands and expectations of being the first Chinese national to win the Nobel Prize for literature is dampening the joy he feels about receiving the award.16 Oct 2012 - 10:28am
Sympathetic though we may be to the Philippines in the face of the Hong Kong government's absurd and surely racist attitude to the country, the Philippines can be its tourism industry's own worst enemy.16 Oct 2012 - 4:03am
Should we applaud the relentless efficiency of our civil service, or decry its time-wasting stupidity?
Businessman Markus Shaw, after the government spent HK$25 writing to ask him to rectify an error in election expenses of less than HK$1
I'm now under great pressure and have a lot to worry about. So how can I be happy?16 Oct 2012 - 4:06am
China has scaled another height with author Mo Yan's award of the Nobel Prize for literature. It's only a matter of time before it overtakes the US as the world's No 1 economy. There is no doubting the nation's rising political clout, while the commissioning of its first aircraft carrier shows a determination for military greatness.17 Oct 2012 - 7:17am 3 comments
Don't forget there's more to Mo Yan than what propaganda officials and free speech activists would each have you see, say those who know Mo well.15 Oct 2012 - 8:16am
An independent Chinese writer’s group has welcomed calls by Nobel prizewinner Mo Yan for the early release of jailed fellow laureate Liu Xiaobo, but questioned his stance on freedom of speech.
Some dissidents accused Mo Yan of being a communist stooge after he won the literature award on Thursday.29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am
The awarding of the 2012 Nobel Prize for literature to Mo Yan is a great recognition of Chinese literary talent, but for the government to say it symbolises China's "soft power" and rising influence is wishful thinking, critics say.14 Oct 2012 - 9:43am 4 comments