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Personal reflections on 30 years of social work development in China

Citation
Dominelli L (2020) Personal reflections on 30 years of social work development in China. China Journal of Social Work, 13 (1), pp. 102-109. https://doi.org/10.1080/17525098.2020.1756209

Abstract
China has developed modern social work over the past 30 years, introducing new theories and models of good practice that have been drawn from diverse parts of globe. It has also made extensive contributions to disaster interventions based on its engagement in numerous calamities that have affected the population in China, including the devastating Wenchuan earthquake of 2008. More recently, its dynamic leaders have supported the development of social work in other Asian countries. I have been privileged to have developed a long-standing relationship with China, its culture and its history for many decades, even before I became a social worker. My social work colleagues have honoured me by strengthening this interest by providing many opportunities to walk alongside them. This article considers my personal reflections on a profession’s development through momentous world events, and China rightly deserves to celebrate its 30 years of growth and development.

Keywords
Disaster social work; Wenchuan earthquake; China; reciprocated learning; dialogical sharing; modern social work; professional development; coproduction

Journal
China Journal of Social Work: Volume 13, Issue 1

StatusPublished
Author(s)Dominelli, Lena
Publication date31/12/2020
Publication date online31/05/2020
Date accepted by journal09/04/2020
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/31255
ISSN1752-5098
eISSN1752-5101
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