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750,000 netizens befriend Chinese Nobel Prize winner Mo Yan through his WeChat public account
Published: Nov 09, 2021 11:35 PM
Photo: Screenshot of Mo Yan's WeChat public account

Photo: Screenshot of Mo Yan's WeChat public account


Chinese Nobel Prize winner Mo Yan opened a WeChat public account 100 days ago, reaching more than 750,000 followers on Tuesday. 

The account named "Mo Yan" is updated every week. On Monday night, Mo thanked his readers and followers in a video to celebrate the 100th day.

"I had not imagined that I could have so many followers on the account. 750,000 is not just a number but also means 750,000 vivifying lives. Thanks for your support!" Mo, 66, said in the video while he answered some questions raised by netizens.

When asked how he felt communicating with young people, Mo said that his heart is full with young people's views on life, the world, history, and he has become younger of spirit. "I am now a spiritual young man," he said.

The articles published on the account during these 100 days covered many topics, some of which talk about literature, feminism and how to overcome difficulties in life, while others touched more mundane subjects like pets and his personal memorable experiences.

Writing has often been mentioned in articles. Many people asked Mo about his methods and suggestions on writing because of his prestige as one of the most famous Chinese writers around the world.

Mo told them not be worried and that writing is a lifetime job. They can take writing novels like writing letters to their families at the beginning.

He also declared himself as a feminist saying that "women are greater and stronger than men when they face troubles and dangers." 

Most of his followers consider that the writer is humorous and close to ordinary people. "He did give me many useful suggestions on love relations, getting along with parents and even my choice of life. I am longing to make friends with him as I feel he is so close to us," one of netizen surnamed Yu told the Global Times on Tuesday.

Mo Yan, writer of Red Sorghum Clan and Life and Death Are Wearing Me Out, won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2012, becoming the first Chinese citizen to win this award.    


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