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Oct 08, 2022 10:30 AM
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Weekend Long Read: Does Studying Nobel Laureates Really Help China Win?

A Nobel diploma and medal are displayed in New York in Aug. 2020. Photo: VCG
A Nobel diploma and medal are displayed in New York in Aug. 2020. Photo: VCG

It’s the time of the year that Nobel prizes are unveiled. In China, winning the prize has long been a national pursuit.

When novelist Mo Yan won the 2012 Nobel Prize in literature and became the first Chinese national to receive the honor, Xu Fei, the then-dean of the University of Science and Technology of China’s philosophy department commented:

“The most genuine Nobel Prizes are actually the ones for science.”

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