Chinese Author Mo Yan Wins Nobel Literature Prize

Mo Yan 02

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Q: Are there any Chinese people who have won the Nobel prize?
A: There are, but they all have foreign citizenship.
(Ding Zhaozhong/Samuel C.C. Ting, Li Yuanzhe/Yuan T. Lee, Zhu Diwen/Steven Chu, Cui Qi/Daniel C. Tsui, Sai Zhenzhu/Pearl S. Buck , Qian Yongjian/Roger Yonchien Tsien)

Q: Are there any Chinese nationals who have won the Nobel prize?
A: There are, but they’re all citizens of the Republic of China.
(Li Zhengdao/Tsung-Dao Lee, Yang Zhenning/Chen Ning Yang)

Q: Are there any citizens of the New China [PRC] who have won the Nobel prize?
A: There is, but he doesn’t consider himself a Chinese citizen.
(Gao Xingjian)

Q: Are there any citizens of the New China that consider themselves Chinese who have won the Nobel prize?
A: There is, but we don’t consider him a Chinese citizen.
(Dalai Lama)

Q: Are there any citizens of the New China that consider themselves Chinese citizens and the country also considers them to be Chinese citizens who won the Nobel Prize?
A: There is, but he’s in prison.
(Liu Xiaobo)

Circulating on RenRen:

Beijing time 2012 October 11th 7pm, the 2012 Nobel Prize for Literature has been announced at Stockholm, Sweden, and Chinese author Mo Yan has won for his distinguished contributions in the field of literature, becoming China’s first author to win the Nobel Prize for Literature.

This is a historic moment!


Finally there is a Chinese national, who considers himself to be Chinese, that the Chinese ZF considers a Chinese citizen, who isn’t a Chinese person in prison that has received the Nobel prize…

Several days ago, Chinese novelist and short story writer Guan Moye, between known by his pen name Mo Yan, was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. This was not unremarked by Chinese media and internet netizens. Some of the following jokes are related to his pen name Mo Yan, which literally means “no talking”, and the fact that he is the first Nobel Prize-winning Chinese citizen that’s celebrated by China’s mainstream media…

Don’t know who Mo Yan is? Never read his books? Don’t worry! You’ll see him on next year’s high school and college entrance exams!!!

Strongly recommend that the background music for Mo Yan’s award ceremony be Black Eyed Peas’ ‘Shut Up’. It’s practically made for him! ——Shut up Just shut up Shut up. Shut up Just shut up Shut up. Shut up Shut up Shut it up Just shut up~~

[Note: In the speech after receiving an honorary doctoral degree at The Open City of Hong Kong in 2005, Mo Yan explained the reason why he created the pen name “Mo Yan” (literally “no talking”) for himself: He was an outspoken child and often caused trouble for his parents during the Cultural Revolution. His family often warned him not to be too talkative. However, decades later, Mo Yan still hasn’t been able to “stay quiet” in his writing career. His honesty often embarrassed fellow writers at literature conferences and even offended some readers of his books.]   

So far, the Chinese people who have received the Nobel Prize include: Not allowed to say, not allowed to say, and doesn’t say.

[Note: Referring to the Dalai Lama, Liu Xiaobo, and Mo Yan] 

The Nobel Literature Prize is finally not a sensitive word anymore~~

Fuck, the Nobel Literature Prize has paid tribute to the 18th Congress [referring to the upcoming The 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China which will see major leadership changes for the country]…

A senior female upperclassman’s online profile status: “Mo Yan got the Nobel prize, just how am I supposed to continue writing my ‘How Far is China from the Nobel Prize’ thesis paper now?”

crying girl in front of a laptop

Sitting here waiting for Mo Yan to be determined to actually be Korean…

A 32-year-old Mo Yan (second from left) with three internationally-acclaimed artists: (from left to right) actress Gong Li, actor Jiang Wen and director Zhang Yimou when they worked together to adapt Mo Yan’s novel Red Sorghum into the eponymous movie that later won the Golden Bear Award at the 38th Berlin International Film Festival in 1988.

What do you think? Does he deserve the Nobel? Are any of you familiar with Mo Yan’s work?


Written by Rensi

A translator of trending Chinese Internet humor and Chinese pop music.


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