Mo Yan, China’s first Nobel Prize winner in literature, updated an article on his WeChat official account titled “The Most Unforgettable Thing I Did This Year” on March 28, 2022, sharing his thoughts on literature and philanthropy.
The unforgettable thing mentioned by Mo was a charitable event he participated in with the China Charity Federation. Around last year’s Chinese New Year, his calligraphy work raised 5.24 million yuan ($749,000) in donations through personal and corporate collectors and public auctions.
All of these funds were invested in a charitable project named after him to provide targeted assistance to children with congenital heart disease in western China.
Mo has been engaged in charity work since 2001, long before he won his Nobel Prize. But fame never changed his desire to help people.