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Post time 2012-12-11 09:27:56 |Display all floors
Mo Yan, the 2012 Nobel Literature Prize winner attended the Nobel Prize Awards Ceremony in Stockholm last night. But discussion about him among Western media seems to focus on politics rather than literature. Mo was expected to join an appeal calling for the release of the jailed dissident Liu Xiaobo and criticize China’s freedom of expression.  Why does the Nobel Prize for Literature become a political device that the West uses to attack China? Shouldn’t the Prize focus on the literature work instead of human rights and freedom of speech?

Winner of the 2012 Nobel Prize for Literature Mo Yan (L2) of China presents his prize during the Nobel Prize award ceremony at the Stockholm Concert Hall in Stockholm December 10, 2012.

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Winner of the 2012 Nobel Prize for Literature Mo Yan (L) of China smiles as he receives his prize from Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf during the Nobel Prize award ceremony at the Stockholm Concert Hall in Stockholm December 10, 2012.

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This post was edited by safaribehn at 2012-12-11 03:21

Those things are often, but not always intertwined. Lxb are by many westerners, scandinavs in particular, viewed as a prisoner of conscience. Mo Yan, as a writer, is dependent on freedom of expression in order to reach his fullest potential, so his views on the issue and first hand experience with it in China is of interest. China can do what it likes if it think it's wrong, but I think China's paranoia concerning the Nobel prices so far, the peace prize in particular, has been pathetic and immature. More befitting a banana republic than a coming super power. But I agree that awarding the prize to Obama, and now the EU is flat out embarrassing.
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Post time 2012-12-11 10:16:27 |Display all floors
That's China's honour and Mo Yan's honour

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Post time 2012-12-11 12:47:34 |Display all floors
Why the West insists on politicalizing the Nobel Prize? that is a joke.
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The Norwegian government is only marginally responsible for the Nobel Peace Prize — its parliament appoints the five-person selection committee — but you wouldn’t know it judging by China’s durian-sized grudge, with spikes of everlasting disdain.

Quick recap: in 2010, while serving his fourth prison term, Liu Xiaobo was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize despite protestations and threats from the Chinese government. Liu’s not the best winner, but not the worst, either. Yet China’s juvenile response — the country is wont to hopelessly bungle stuff like this — did more to prove the Nobel Committee right than any activist could have hoped. Visas to Norwegians were denied, and a shipment of Norwegian salmon was forced to sit in customs until the food was spoiled.

Two years later — even after Mo Yan’s Nobel win (we’re just hours away from his live talk) — it’s clear that China is still pouting. Take a look at this list of 45 countries whose citizens are eligible for 72-hour visa-free stays in Beijing (starting January 1):

– Austria;
– Belgium;
– the Czech Republic;
– Denmark;
– Estonia;
– Finland;
– France;
– Germany;
– Greece;
– Hungary;
– Iceland;
– Italy;
– Latvia;
– the Republic of Lithuania;
– Luxembourg;
– the Republic of Malta;
– the Netherlands;
– Poland;
– Portugal;
– the Republic of Slovakia;
– the Republic of Slovenia;
– Spain;
– Sweden;
– Swiss;
– Russia;
– the United Kingdom of Britain;
– the Republic of Ireland;
– Cyprus;
– Bulgaria;
– Romania;
– Ukraine;
– the United States of America;
– Canada;
– Brazil;
– Mexico
– Argentina;
– Chile;
– Australia;
– New Zealand;
– the Republic of Korea;
– Japan;
– Singapore;
– Brunei;
– the United Arab Emirates;
– Qatar.

Finland is there. Sweden is there. Norway? Fuck Norway.

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Post time 2012-12-11 14:28:38 |Display all floors
I think Mo is great, he said he wished people put more attention on his literature other than politics, that's a scholar and China need.

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Post time 2012-12-11 15:07:26 |Display all floors
You don't think the nobel prize to EU was met by a wide range of opinions as well? .  
The media is free to write about whatever they want to cover and everyone doesn't have to pull the same way. At least that is the case here.

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