Social Work in Contemporary China: Challenges and Opportunities


Past Event

Social Work in Contemporary China: Challenges and Opportunities

October 23, 2018
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Room C03, Columbia School of Social Work

About the event

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.

About the speaker

Professor Iris Chi is the Chinese-American Golden Age Association/Frances Wu Chair for the Chinese Elderly at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work and a senior scientist at the USC Edward R. Roybal Institute on Aging. Prior to joining USC, she taught at the University of Hong Kong (HKU) and was the founding director of Sau Po Centre on Aging at HKU. An expert in health and gerontology, Dr. Chi has participated in more than 100 studies and published over 300 articles and book chapters. She has been elected as a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, the American Academy of Social Welfare and Social Work, interRAI, the Phi Tau Phi Scholastic Honor Society of America, and IAGG (Asian & Oceania region). Dr. Chi is an honorary professor, consultant and senior advisor to more than 30 local and overseas universities and research institutes. She is also the associate editor and an editorial board member for many gerontology and social work journals.

This event is part of the 2018-2019 Policy and Society in Contemporary China Lecture Series, cosponsored by the China Center for Social Policy and Weatherhead East Asian Institute, and supported by CSSW and GSAPP.


Columbia Affiliations
China Center for Social Policy