Mo Yan: “The First” Owner

Mo Yan, a Chinese writer from Shan Dong Province, has won the 2012 Nobel Prize in Literature . His success is big news for Chinese people. Today, I received the news via text message from China Telecom informing me of this proud moment for the Chinese population.

He is also the first Chinese Nobel Prize owner recognized by the Chinese government. Government press like Xinhua, People’s Daily and China Daily published this news proudly in the front page news.

Response from media

“More than any other Chinese author, Mo Yan is well represented in foreign languages around the world. And with good reason – he’s one of the great novelistic masters of modern Chinese literature, with a long list of ambitious novels to his name. His writing is powerful, visual, and broad, dipping into history, fantasy and absurdity to tell stories of China and its people.”
People’s Daily (English Version)

Homepage of People Daily today

Homepage of People Daily today

“Mo Yan won the Nobel Prize in Literature! He is the first Chinese writer to win this prize! Chinese writers and Chinese people have waited too long for this day. Congratulations to Mo Yan!”
People’s Daily (Chinese Version)

“Through a mixture of fantasy and reality, historical and social perspectives, Mo Yan has created a world reminiscent in its complexity of those in the writings of William Faulkner and Gabriel Garcia Marquez, at the same time finding a departure point in old Chinese literature and in oral tradition, the academy commented in the biographical statement.”
China Daily and Xin Hua (English Version)

Homepage of 163 news today with news about Mo Yan

Homepage of Sina news today with news about Mo Yan

Other major Chinese media such as sina news and 163 news also publish the news on top of the homepage as soon as the news went public.

People’s response:

After knowing that Mo Yan may become “the first” Chinese Nobel Prize winner, many people added him and commented on his Weibo account. His fans on Weibo have increased from less than 50,000 on October 5 to over 300,000 now.  Most people see this news as a positive influence, as they comment:

“I just wanna cry because I see Chinese wins Nobel Prize when I’m alive! Congratulations!”


“Congratulations to Mr. Mo! Hope it’s a good start for future Chinese Nobel prize winners~”


“He’s pride of Chinese. It proves that Chinese are competitive but they got no chance to prove before.”
Somebody also makes joke about the name of Mo Yan which means “don’t’ speak” in Chinese.


“A: which Chinese won the Nobel Prize last time? B: Don’t speak. A: Who won the prize this time? B: Mo Yan. A: What the hell, you can’t say it?”