Could China Have Its “First” Nobel Winner?

China Central Television (CCTV) will report from tomorrow’s award ceremony for the Nobel Prize in literature for the first time. The station has posted this excited message to its Tencent Weibo:
CCTVnewsroom: First Time CCTV Invited to Nobel Literature Prize Ceremony: Signal for Mo Yan? The winner of the Nobel prize in literature will be announced on October 11 at 7 p.m. Beijing Time. AFP reports the prize could very well go to either Chinese author Mo Yan or Japanese writer Haruki Murakami. Only three TV stations in the world are given permission to report from the award ceremony, and this year CCTV has been invited for the first time. Could Mo Yan become China’s first Nobel winner?

Mo Yan is the vice-chair of the Chinese Writers’ Association, an official Communist Party body founded in 1953. Mo’s position is the likely impetus for state media’s attention.
AmazeNews captured some of the outraged responses CCTV’s post elicited:
BigEcho: First? Isn’t Mr. Liu Xiaobo Chinese?
强回声: 首位?刘笑薄先生是中国人吗?
bear8: Heh heh, first? If he gets it he’ll be the third. It’s just that one can’t get in and the other can’t get out.
熊8: 呵呵,首位?得了奖也是老三吧,只是一位进不来一位出不去
wangji: What this really means is he’d be the first Chinese person who doesn’t win the Nobel from jail.
望纪:确切的说是首位没在监狱里获得诺贝尔奖的中国人
foggyDreamV: You should say that he would be the first Chinese citizen to be recognized by the authorities for winning the Nobel.
梦里有雾V:应该说是首位中国当局承认的获得诺奖的中国公民。
1000yearstepmom: First?
千年后娘:首位?
william2: The Big International Joke: CCTV is invited to report on the Nobel prize in literature, @CCTVnewsroom shouts for joy, @PeoplesDaily hollers back, “Could Mo Yan become China’s first Nobel winner?” The Meaning: In the social media age, the two greatest mouthpieces have no clue that our country had Nobel prize winners long ago. Just who are they cracking this international joke

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3 Responses to Could China Have Its “First” Nobel Winner?

  1. Will says:

    The party-state media will undoubtedly crow that this is China’s “first” Nobel prize in literature, just as books published in the PRC under CCP supervision leave out any mention of the 2000 Nobel prize in literature which went to the official non-person Gao Xingjian, who is on a CCP/PRC blacklist. It is quite a joke how those Party-approved books on Nobel literary prizes jump from the 1999 prize to the 2001 prize, hoping that the reader will simply assume that there was no 2000 prize or that it is a forbidden point to mention.

  2. Sudeep Kumar says:

    Can you please let me know that apart from Liu Xiaobo and Mo Yan, third chinese who got Nobel Prize? Is he Gao Xingjian? Thanks.

  3. Sudeep Kumar says:

    In response to my earlier question: Can you please let me know that apart from Liu Xiaobo and Mo Yan, third chinese who got Nobel Prize? Is he Gao Xingjian? Thanks.

    Since all of these trio’s (Gao Xingjian, Liu Xiaobo and Mo Yan) place of birth (Shandong, Changchun, Ganzhou respectively) and ethnicity (Han Chinese) can be the reasons, you are mentioning about Gao, Liu and Mo in the category of Peace and literature for Nobel prize.

    Otherwise, you must have mentioned Mo Yan as the fourth Chinese including the 14th Dalai Lama for Nobel Prize in the category of Peace and literature. As far as the Taiwanese and Chinese-American winners are concerned, they all got Nobel Prize in the category of Physics and Chemistry.