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IEGS Students Join Nobel Prize Winner for the Evening

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Last month a group of students studying Chinese from Internationella Engelska Gymnasiet was invited by the Chinese Embassy to a lecture with Nobel Prize Winner Mo Yan.

Mo Yan (left), and the Chinese-Swedish interpreter Mo Yan (left), and the Chinese-Swedish interpreter

A total of 700 students from all over Sweden gathered at Park in Stockholm, amongst them were seven students and two teachers from IEGS, to listen at the 2012 Nobel Prize Winner in Literature: Mo Yan.

During the lecture, Mo Yan shared stories from his life, and in particular about his book Red Sorghum.

Mo Yan, whose works are epic historical novels characterized by hallucinatory realism and containing elements of black humour, expressed how happy he was that so many students showed an interest in Chinese culture and language.

The audience was allowed to ask Mo Yan questions. One student asked: “What’s your favorite Swedish food?”

“Potatoes,” Mo Yan answered with a humble smile.

Before the lecture started, the audience was asked to learn a short hymn to sing for the Mo Yan. After some practicing everyone sang Mai mai ni da dan wang tian zou as Mo Yan entered the room.

When Mo Yan’s lecture was finished, a movie based upon Red Sorghum was shown.

“If you like the movie it’s because it’s based on my novel. If you don’t like the movie it’s the producer’s fault.” Mo Yan said jokingly.

"I found Mo Yan to be surprisingly funny", IEGS student Frank Vesanto said.

Thanks to Mo Yan and the Chinese Embassy for the interesting event!

by Emelie Gummersson, Text & Communication

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