Chinese Nobel winner Mo Yan to visit Taiwan

Taipei, July 23 (CNA) Chinese author Mo Yan, who won the 2012 Nobel Prize for literature, will visit Taiwan in September to share his literature dreams with Taiwanese readers. Mo will give a speech on his dreams as a writer at the second Hsing Yun World Humanities Forum in Kaohsiung on Sept. 15, said the Venerable Master Hsing Yun Public Education Trust Fund, which is co-organizing the forum 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 and Hsing Yun, a Buddhist monk and founder of the Buddha's Light International Association, one of the largest Buddhist organizations in Taiwan. Hsing Yun, meanwhile, will share his dreams as a religious figure, while Kao will talk about his dreams as an economist and educator at the forum, according to the organizers. The one-day forum will take place at the Fo Guang Shan Buddha Memorial Center. Mo, whose given name is Guan Moye, was touted by the Swedish Academy, which bestowed the Nobel award, as someone "who with hallucinatory realism merges folk tales, history and the contemporary." The 58-year-old writer was the first Chinese national to win the prize. Gao Xingjian, who was born in China, won the prize in 2000 as a French national. Known for his vivid characters and magical realism, Mo has published dozens of novels and short stories, which are often set in his hometown in Shandong Province. He rose to fame with his 1987 novel "Red Sorghum," which focuses on the struggles of peasants during the Second Sino-Japanese War. "The Republic of Wine" and "Big Breasts and Wide Hips" are also among his popular works. (By Christie Chen)