Re-emergence of social work in modern China: A perspective by Chinese and U.S. partners

Michael Sherraden, Angelina Woon Ki Yuen-Tsang, Sibin Wang, Shanti Khinduka, Li Zou, Suo Deng, Jianguo Gao, Ben Hok Bun Ku, Jin Huang, Margaret Sherraden, Nancy 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 educators 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 collaborations and policy innovation in this partnership, we use asset building, 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
Number of pages15
JournalChina Journal of Social Work
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2020


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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Sociology and Political Science


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