Nobel Literature Prize

China Nobel winner Mo Yan defies critics

Nobel literature laureate Mo Yan. Photo: KY Cheng

Nobel literature laureate Mo Yan has hit back at critics who accused him of being too close to China’s government, saying in a newspaper interview he does not write on behalf of the ruling Communist party.

Thursday, 28 February, 2013, 7:59pm 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

Separating fact from fiction about Mo Yan

Mo Yan

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

‘Mo Yan Culture Experience Zone’ planned for Nobel laureate's hometown

Writer Mo Yan speaks at a press conference last week in his hometown Gaomi, which will invest US$107 million in projects to draw tourists. Photo: EPA

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

Mo's works in line with Nobel vision

Critics question whether Mo Yan's Communist Party membership qualifies him for the Nobel Prize. Photo: Xinhua

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

Dissident slams award of Nobel prize to Mo Yan

The silhouette of Liu Xia, wife of Chinese Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo, is seen in this photo taken at her home in Beijing in August 2012. Liu Xia has been under house arrest since October 2010. Photo: Hu Jia

Prominent Chinese dissident Wei Jingsheng on Thursday criticised the awarding of the Nobel literature prize to officially tolerated author Mo Yan, saying the move was meant to please Beijing.

12 Oct 2012 - 5:26pm 2 comments