Re-emergence of Social Work in Modern China: a Perspective by Chinese and U. S. Partners

Michael Sherraden, Woon Ki Angelina Yuen Tsang, Sibin Wang, S. Khinduka, Li Zou, Suo Deng, J. Gao, Hok Bun Ku, J. Huang, M. Sherraden, N. Morrow-Howell

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In this article, we offer a perspective on the re-emergence of social work in China from the viewpoint of a longstanding and very productive partnership between Chinese and U.S. social work edu- cators and researchers. We begin with a brief historical context, followed by a description of partnership development among Peking University, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and Washington University in St. Louis. To illustrate academic collabora- tions and policy innovation in this partnership, we use asset build- ing, productive ageing, and financial capability as examples. The partnership has also included joint efforts and interactions for social workers training in multiple forms. We conclude with some of the challenges and lessons in this partnership.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)40-54
JournalChina Journal of Social Work
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 28 Feb 2020


  • Social work
  • China
  • partnership
  • applied social research
  • social innovation

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