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. Its membership -- including life members -- 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.
CHINOPERL celebrated its 50th anniversary at the 2019 CHINOPERL Conference, which included heartwarming reminiscences by past CHINOPERL presidents, Professors Bell Yung and Joseph Lam, as well as remembrances of, and tributes to, CHINOPERL's founding members.
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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。
President of CHINOPERL