State, profession, and religion: Reflecting on spirituality and indigenous social work in China in the Yushu Earthquake Relief

Hok Bun Ku, Yuk Lin Renita Wong

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On April 14, 2010, a massive earthquake measuring 7.1Msstruck the Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Qinghai Province, China. Its scale notwithstanding, it has received much less national and international attention than the also immense Wenchun quake of 2008 in Sichun Province. This field report discusses the contribution of religion and spirituality in postdisaster relief in Yushu. It also calls for critical reflection on the issue of homogenization in the discussion of indigenous social work in China, and perhaps in other multiethnic countries in the world.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)146-165
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Religion and Spirituality in Social Work
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 3 Apr 2018


  • China
  • disaster
  • indigenous social work
  • religion
  • spirituality
  • state
  • Yushu earthquake

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Religious studies
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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