Chinese Nobel Prize winner Mo Yan opens WeChat public account to ‘chat with youngsters’
Published: Aug 10, 2021 04:11 PM
Chinese Nobel laureate Mo Yan Photo: IC

Chinese Nobel laureate Mo Yan Photo: IC

Chinese Nobel Prize winner and writer Mo Yan on Monday posted on his recently opened WeChat public account named "Mo Yan," explaining that his goal is to chat and communicate with young people through the platform. 

"I very much hope that through this platform, I can establish a close and interactive relationship with you [young people], and if you have any ideas, feel free to communicate with me," Mo Yan said in a video, explaining that the reason why he wanted to open the account is "to learn from the younger generation."

In the video, the 66-year-old writer also said he did not have any plans to retire from writing and that the most passionate thing for him to do is still to write novels. He also revealed that he had watched the Chinese TV drama The Awakening Age.

The first post to the new account, an article titled "Why I am called Mo Yan," was made on August 2. 

According to Mo Yan, he will post his inspirations, opinions and ideas about writing as well as reveal some fragments and the latest information about his literatary works.

The WeChat account will release two works at 10 am every Monday: The top article will be Mo Yan's writing works, and the second will be an audio work recorded by Mo Yan.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the Monday post Mo Yan has opened a public account! has earned more than 100,000 views, while many Chinese netizens left comments to welcome the well-respected author.

"It is the right thing to follow the account as Mo Yan is the world's first Nobel Prize winner to open a WeChat public account," one Chinese netizen said in a comment under the post.

"After following your account, I feel that I am closer to the Nobel Prize in Literature," another netizen joked.

Mo Yan won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2012, becoming the first Chinese citizen to win this award.