Social Work in Contemporary China: Challenges and Opportunities
Iris Chi, Chinese-American Golden Age Association/Frances Wu Chair fro the Chinese Elderly, USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work
Moderator: Ada Chan Yuk-Sim Mui, Professor of Social Work, Columbia School of Social Work
Tuesday October 23
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Social Work Building, Columbia Univeristy
Co-sponsored by the China Center for Social Policy and the Columbia School of Social Work
The history of social work in China is both long-standing and emerging. It was first introduced in the 1920s, was abolished after the People’s Republic of China was established in 1949, and reestablished in 1989 in response to social problems that accompanied the economic reforms and modernization efforts of the same period. Both numbers of social work education and professional practice are increasing at an unprecedented rate in the past three decades. This presentation will cover the recent development of social work in China including how the international communities share their knowledge and resources; and the challenges and opportunities confronting the profession in China to meet the expectation as a means of sustaining economic development and actualizing a “harmonious society”. Professor Ada Mui will be the moderator of the presentation.