The Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK) extends congratulations to our
Doctor of Letters, honoris causa, Mo Yan, for winning the 2012
Nobel Prize in Literature. He is the first Chinese writer to win the
prize. The OUHK President Professor John C Y Leong praises Mo Yan as
"the pride of contemporary Chinese literature".
Mo Yan was born in a peasant family in Shandong, China. He was forced to
give up schooling during the Cultural Revolution. With his passion for
writing, he has published numerous novels and short stories which are
well-received by readers at home and abroad, including Red Sorghum,
The Republic of Wine, Sandalwood Death: A Novel, Big Breasts and Wide
Hips, and Life and Death Are Wearing Me Out.
The OUHK conferred an honorary degree upon Mo Yan in 2005 for his
outstanding achievements. In the same year, he gave a Tai Ning Public
Seminar "Chinese Literature vs World literature: Writer, Translator and
Critics" organized by the School of Arts and Social Sciences of OUHK.
Teachers and students who had attended the seminar found his speech very
inspiring. The seminar video is now available at the OUHK Open Learning
Pictures (Left) :
The Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK) conferred honorary degree
upon Dr Mo Yan, the new Nobel Literature Prize winner, in 2005.
Dr Mo Yan
shared his view on contemporary literature at the "Chinese Literature vs
World literature: Writer, Translator and Critics" Public Seminar organized
by the OUHK in 2005.