Latest News:  
Beijing   Light to moderate rain/Light rain    13 / 8 ℃  City Forecast

English>>Life & Culture

Nobel Prize 'Mo-mania' threatens Mo's old home

(Shanghai Daily)

09:34, November 06, 2012

Nobel Literature Prize laureate Mo Yan's former, rundown residence in Gaomi City in Shandong Province has been stormed by tourists swarming into the rickety structure and taking good-luck souvenirs, as well as pulling up weeds and carrots from the garden plot - more superstitious good-luck tokens from Mo's success.

It's absurd that Mo's success is actually hurting his own home and turning the award of the Nobel to a Chinese writer a black comedy. The euphoria is understandable, but the so-called Mo-mania should have encouraged us instead to read more and to focus on the problem of fading Chinese writing of serious quality.

Fame and money

However, what we are witnessing is a fame-and-money carnival to benefit Mo's hometown leaders, tourists, and developers who want to cash in, build a shrine and sell trinkets and books. Chinese literature is not a beneficiary.

Literature is serious. Serious authors need to reflect, focus on ideas and stay away from the vanity fair.

The local government should beware of the rocketing number of tourists and reckless expansion of tourism.

The media should report more on serious Chinese literature than on one individual, and the public should read more instead of simply worshipping Mo.

News we recommend




Top 15 expat destinations 2012

Gun battle happens in Shanxi?

Useful tips for new moms [Special]

Autumn Complexion   in Beijing

Stunning autumn scenery of Anhui

Top 10 worst Chinese cities for commuters


Leave your comment0 comments

  1. Name


Selections for you

  1. China's stealth fighter concept model

  2. PLA Macao Garrison finishes 13th rotation

  3. Unforgettable moments in Nov. (III)

  4. Flight test of unmanned aircrafts conducted

  5. First inter-blood-type liver transplant in China

  6. Harbin Autumn Automobile Exhibition

  7. Embroider best wishes on insoles in Shanxi

  8. China's rich people will reach to 280 million

Most Popular


  1. Commentary: Hot money needs cooling
  2. Smart solutions for better city, better life
  3. China remains an 'engine' in global economy
  4. M&A of listed companies gaining steam
  5. Is 'culture' inferior to 'commercialization'?
  6. Chinese liquor makers "sober up" over bans
  7. Strength of Chinese culture lies in understanding
  8. Securing China's e-commerce growth
  9. Hammered ore prices threaten Chinese iron miners
  10. CNN Beijing chief: China's challenges, opportunities

What’s happening in China

Landmark building should respect the public's feeling

  1. Herders, sheep flock move to winter pasture
  2. First inter-blood-type liver transplant in China
  3. HIV patient to sue hospital over cancer op refusal
  4. Test in intelligent vehicle for food detection
  5. Smart card, dumb refund rules