A Chinese author is "overjoyed and scared" to learn he has won
the 2012 Nobel Prize for literature.
Mo Yan, whose most recent work titled Wa loosely
translates to "frog," has won the prize. Kat Lewis of All Girls
Allowed tells OneNewsNow the book is about a woman who is
a doctor in a rural area.
"She delivers babies, but also performs abortions on
behalf of the Chinese Family Planning Committee there that enforces
the one-child policy," Lewis explains. "So, Mo Yan uses this
woman's fictional story to expose some of the really harsh
realities of the one-child policy."
That policy, which often results in forced abortions, is a harsh
reality for Mo personally, making the book confessional in a
"He had compelled his own wife to abort their second child. He
was in the Chinese Army, and he knew that if they had a second
child, he risked being demoted," the AGA spokesperson details.
"So he asked her to abort the baby, and he said that he has
regretted that all of his life. He said, 'It's become an eternal
scar in the deepest part of my heart.'"
That, according to Lewis, is what inspired him to write the
China has come under international attention
in recent months because of incidents of forced abortions
against families with unpermitted pregnancies.