Cover of Journal 32CHINOPERL: Journal of Chinese Oral and Performing Literature (formerly, CHINOPERL Papers) is published by CHINOPERL, short for the Conference on Chinese Oral and Performing Literature. As its official publication, the journal was initially published in 1969 as a newsletter, CHINOPERL News. Evolving into a journal publication, it was renamed CHINOPERL Papers beginning with Number 6 (1976). In 2013, the journal has been renamed CHINOPERL: Journal of Chinese Oral and Performing Literature beginning with Number 32 (2013) under a new publisher,  Maney Publishing, which was subsequently purchased by Taylor & Francis (in 2016). During its first 15 years, the Journal appeared once a year, followed by two decades of appearing on the average of once every two years. In recent years, the journal resumed annual publication.

CHINOPERL's journal is published in English. Among the prominent scholars who have published in this journal are Cyril Birch, Eugene Eoyang, Hans Frankel, Wilt L. Idema, David Johnson, Perry Link, Victor H. Mair, Rulan Chao Pian, and Richard Strassberg. (See the contents of back volumes of CHINOPERL News / CHINOPERL Papers / CHINOPERL: Journal of Chinese Oral and Performing Literature.)

Journal cover 1-4The focus of CHINOPERL is on literature connected to oral performance, broadly defined as any form of verse or prose that has elements of oral transmission, and, whether currently or in the past, performed either formally on stage or informally as a means of everyday communication. Such "literature" includes widely-accepted genres such as the novel, short story, drama, and poetry, but may also include proverbs, folksongs, and other traditional forms of linguistic expression.

CHINOPERL welcomes inquiries about submitting articles within the scope of Chinese oral and performing literature for publication. CHINOPERL: Journal of Chinese Oral and Performing Literature is a refereed journal which, beginning in 2013, is published twice per year. A style sheet is available, and can also be found in the back matter of the journal.

Individual subscriptions are available to members of CHINOPERL as part of their annual membership. Annual Dues ($25 for individuals) includes subscription to two issues of CHINOPERL: Journal of Chinese Oral and Performing Literature. Members are entitled to attend and present papers at the annual meeting for a registration fee of $20.00 for regular members ($15.00 for retirees and students), and $25.00 for non-members. For general membership inquiries, please contact Professor Jennifer Jay, Secretary, via email: <>. For inquiries specifically on membership dues, please contact Professor Fan Pen Chen, Treasurer, via email: <>.

Institutional subscriptions.  For institutional subscriptions, please follow the instructions on the "Subscribe" page on the Taylor & Francis website:

Inquiries and manusPast Journal Coverscripts may be addressed to the editor, Professor Margaret B. Wan, the associate editor, Professor Meredith Schweig, or members of the Editorial Board.

CHINOPERL gratefully acknowledges Vassar College and The Center for Chinese Studies, University of Michigan, for generous financial support towards the publication of recent issues.


Margaret B. Wan
Department of Languages and Literature
University of Utah
255 South Central Campus Drive, 1400 LNCO
Salt Lake City, Utah 84112
Tel (office): 801-581-6059