Time nominates Han Han for "World's Most Influential People in 2010"

16:40, April 06, 2010      

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Han Han, 27-year-old, is a famous writer, a good avid rally car driver and a mega-popular bloger.

On April 3, Time magazine released the candidates for its annual "World's Most Influential People in 2010" list. The young Chinese writer Han Han was on the list as well as Barack Obama, Bill Gates, Lady Gaga and so on.

Every year, Time selects hundreds of people around the world, including the world's greatest leaders, artists, innovators and icons, and encourages its readers to vote for the year's list of the 100 most influential people.

This year, Time released a list with 200 people on it. Chinese writer Han Han, 27, appeared on the list for his novel based on his experience as a high school dropout in Shanghai. It became a bestseller in China and sparked a debate about the quality of the country's rigid education system. An avid rally car driver, he writes a mega-popular blog that pokes fun at prominent cultural figures and incompetent officials.

Upon hearing the news, Han Han's fans mobilized to get out the vote for him, and some of his fans even taught others how to vote on Time's Web site.

There are also some people who questioned his nomination. They believe Han's influence does not extend beyond China's border and cannot have an effect on trends in global art and entertainment.

Although his supporters and detractors are engaged in a heated discussion, Han Han himself has said very little about his nomination

Han Han: best-selling author and opinion leader

Ignoring the debates about him, Han Han is a person with great influence. His influence is not only manifest in his status as a best-selling author in China, but also on his blog. He always makes some incisive comments on hottest social and entertainment events and sparks a large amount of responses.

Usually, when his new blog comes out, it receives hundreds of thousands of hits. Once, he set up a poll on his blog about "diary door," and 210,000 independent IP addresses took part in it in a few days.

By People's Daily Online/Agencies


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