Nobel-winning author Mo Yan to speak at local event

LITERARY DREAMS::Mo Yan, who was the first Chinese national to win the prize, will attend a forum alongside other prominent figures such as Charles Kao

Staff writer, with CNA

Wed, Jul 24, 2013 - Page 3

Chinese author Mo Yan (莫言), who won last year’s Nobel Prize in Literature, will visit Taiwan in September to share his literary dreams with Taiwanese readers.

Mo will give a speech on the things he dreams of accomplishing as a writer at the second Hsing Yun World Humanities Forum in Greater Kaohsiung on Sept. 15, said the Venerable Master Hsing Yun Public Education Trust Fund, which is organizing the forum along with the Global Views Educational Foundation.

The Nobel laureate will also participate in a panel discussion at the forum with Global Views Monthly co-founder Charles Kao (高希均) and Master Hsing Yun (星雲法師), a Buddhist monk and founder of the Buddha’s Light International Association, one of the nation’s largest Buddhist organizations.

Hsing will share his dreams as a religious figure, while Kao will talk about his goals as an economist and educator at the forum, the organizers said.

The one-day forum will take place at the Fo Guang Shan Buddha Memorial Center.

The 58-year-old Mo was the first Chinese national to win the prize. Gao Xingjian (高行健), who was born in China, won the prize in 2000, but as a French national.

Known for his vivid characters and magical realism, Mo has published dozens of novels and short stories, most of which are set in his hometown in Shandong Province.

He rose to fame with his 1987 novel Red Sorghum, which focused on the struggles of peasants during the Second Sino-Japanese War.