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Chao Gejin

Chao Gejin  (Chogjin) is a Mongolian from Hohhot, received his Ph.D. in Folklore from Beijing Normal University. He serves as Senior Researcher as well as Deputy Director of Institute of Ethnic Literature, CASS; Chair of Department of Ethnic Minority Literature, the Graduate School of CASS. He also acts as President of China Ethnic Literature Society(CELS), Vice President of China Folklore Society (CFS), and Member of Editorial Board, Oral Tradition Journal.  He specializes in Oral Tradition, focusing on Mongolian epic singing. He conducted fieldwork in Xinjiang and Inner Mongolia and his many essays and papers appeared in a wide spectrum of journals. He recently published a book entitled Oral Poetics: Formulaic Diction of Arimpil"s Jangar Singing (2000), a field study report entitled The Heroic Songs of the Past: Fieldnotes on the Oirat Mongolian Epic Tradition (2004), and his Chinese translation (2000) from John M. Foley"s work The Theory of Oral Composition: History and Methodology has come to Chinese readers" view.

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