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Mr. Wang Mo-Jen Presented with an Honorary Doctorate in Literature
Wang Mo-Jen (birth name: Wang An-Tai) was born in 1935 in Huang Mei County, Hubei Province, China. After coming to Taiwan in 1948 and due to the turmoil of the Civil War, he was unable to continue his formal education and thus began a long period of self-study. While working as a reporter during the 1950s he began to write novels, an undertaking which soon became his major pursuit. A prolific writer, to date Mr. Wang has penned some 71 novels and short stories. His most notable works include the full-length novels Foreign Land (1972)<外鄉>and The Leaping Globe (2010)<跳躍的地球>. The short stories of Mr. Wang have been published in numerous collections, including The Tears of Orphans (1958)<孤雛淚>, Unstoppable Steps (1968)<留不住的腳步>, Wingless Birds (1974)<沒有翅膀的鳥>, Underground (1976) <地層下>, The Comedy of Zhou Jinmu (1979) <周金木的喜劇>, Wang Mo-Jen: An Anthology (1979)<王默人自選集>, A-Lian Return to the Gorge River (1984)<阿蓮回到峽谷溪>, and The Collected Works of Wang Mo-Jen (1998)<王默人小說全集>.
 
The central theme of Mr. Wang’s writings is the personal and social upheaval brought about by the transition from an agrarian to an industrial society. With the sober, precise, and down-to-earth style of a news reporter, Mr. Wang describes in great detail how his characters cope with the travails and vicissitudes of life. Wang once described himself as both conscientious and stubborn, such that he is never swayed by external influences and only writes about topics which he himself finds meaningful. In fact, his strong personality is reflected in most of his writings. In view of his achievements, the University Honorary Degree Committee enthusiastically recommended NTHU to award an Honorary Doctorate in Literature to Mr. Wang Mo-ien.
 
 President Hocheng ( left) awarded Honorary Doctorate in Literature to writer Mr. Wang Mo-Jen (right).

President Hocheng ( left) awarded Honorary Doctorate in Literature to writer Mr. Wang Mo-Jen (right).

From left to right: Chairman Chen Jian Chung, Dean Yin-Chun Tsai, Honorary Doctor Wang Mo-Jen, President Hocheng and Secretary General Professor Lee, Min )

From left to right: Chairman Chen Jian Chung, Dean Yin-Chun Tsai, Honorary Doctor Wang Mo-Jen, President Hocheng and Secretary General Professor Lee, Min )

 

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