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Chinese Oral and Performing Literature (CHINOPERL) (中國演唱文藝研究會) is an organization that is devoted to the research, analysis and interpretation of oral and performing traditions, broadly defined, and their relationship to China's culture and society. The organization's membership consists of scholars in the humanities and the social sciences who recognize the significance of oral performance to Chinese literature and culture.

The full name of the organization is the Conference on Chinese Oral and Performing Literature, abbreviated as CHINOPERL. It was founded in 1969 by a group of eminent scholars, such as Yuen Ren Chao 趙元任, 1892-1982; Harold Shadick, 1915-1992, and Cyril Birch, 1925- , who recognized the uniqueness and the significance of oral performance to Chinese literature. The purpose of the association is to encourage the recording, study, and practice of traditional forms of Chinese literature that are primarily oral, such as storytelling, opera, ceremonial chanting, and folksongs, as well as those that have traditionally been enhanced by singing and intoning. The very important topic of the interplay between oral and written texts has always been central to the journal. Since 1982, various modern genres, such as spoken drama, new musical plays, cinema, and television plays, have been added to the scope of scholarly research and publication by CHINOPERL.

It was the noted linguist, Yuen Ren Chao who coined the acronym, CHINOPERL, from CHINese Oral and PERforming Literature. The First CHINOPERL conference was held on 31 March and 1 April 1969 at Cornell University. The twenty scholars who attended were CHINOPERL's founding members. CHINOPERL is incorporated in the United States and has an international membership. CHINOPERL publishes a journal — CHINOPERL: Journal of Chinese Oral and Performing Literature (a list of the content of back volumes is available) — and holds a conference each year at which papers are presented and ideas exchanged in conjunction with the Association for Asian Studies.

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尊敬的从事中国戏曲与曲艺研究的亚洲学者与专家:


谢谢你们在百忙中能有时间看我发出的有关CHINOPERL国际学会的新改版的学术期刊的英文邮件。由于各位在不同时期和不同渠道跟CHINOPERL有不同程度的参与和联系,现用中文简述以下几点:

一、“CHINOPERL” 是由赵元任教授为其与其他一些有名望的学者在1969年创办的Chinese Oral and Performing Literature国际学会而起的简称。本学会每年召开一次国际学会,并出一期盲审的学术期刊(英语),刊名为“CHINOPERL Papers"。现刊名改为 “CHINOPERL: Journal of Chinese Oral and Performing Literature",  从今年七月起改为每年两期,由英国的Maney Publishing印刷出版与发行。32.1期马上要开始邮寄了;12月会出32.2期。

二、学会会费每年为25美元,并享受两期期刊。(以往美国境外的国际学者收取邮寄的每期学术期刊要支付5美元至12美元的邮寄费用,现在一律不收邮费。)另外,还可以上网阅读本学会以往的每期期刊。

三、我们热切地希望你们继续成为本学会的会员或新加入我们的学会。在我发出的英文邮件里,已注明付费的两种方法,如果由于不同的货币造成技术上的支付困难,请及时跟我联系。

四、如果你想续学会会费或新加入本学会, 请尽快发来你的收信地址,我们可以马上请出版发行商把32.1期邮寄给你。会费可以在你解决支付方法后再支付。(说明:三月份在圣地亚哥年会上支付的25美元或收到31期后再支付的25美元是去年三月到今年三月的会费。)

谢谢各位对CHINOPERL的支持与积极参与!

都文伟 敬上
President of CHINOPERL