Nobel win sparks discussion over Chinese literature
The Xinhua News Agency
opined in an opinion piece on October 14 that we need to bear a more mature mental attitude toward literature when celebrating Mo's success.
Southern Metropolis Daily
carried a commentary on October 12, stating that the introduction of a swathe of Western academic and literary works to China in the 1980s enlightened China's modern and post-modern writers.
Separately, the Beijing Youth Daily
held on October 14 that Mo's winning of Nobel Prize in Literature proved that the prize itself is fundamentally a literary prize rather than a "political" one.
'Mo-mania' undermines value of literature
A People's Daily opinion piece which ran on October 18 stated we should not consume Mo Yan's works in the name of literature.
"Chinese people are used to honoring those who have made great achievements, such as Olympic champions. After Olympic champions return home, they are showered with money, commercials and other benefits, leaving much of the public feeling disgusted. The reason is that such hyper-consumption damages their reputation and values," said the paper.
The Shenzhen Special Zone Daily
commented on October 18 that there's nothing strange about buying Mo Yan's work, but something more valuable than money has to come out of the exchange.
Separately, a Beijing-based news portal China National Radio
quoted their commentator Chen Jianli on October 18 as saying that Mo Yan's popularity provides a good opportunity for the development of China's cultural industry.