Journey to International Social Work: A Personal and Professional Reflection

  • Miu Chung Yan University of British Columbia,Vancouver


The author has been a traveler traversing not only the geographic and cultural but also professional social work boundaries of Hong Kong, London, Toronto, San Francisco, Beijing, and now Vancouver. The stories that unfold in this article are closely knitted with the notion of "international" in contemporary social work. As a former colonial elite, an immigrant, a minority, and a privileged social worker and scholar, he experienced "international" in social work as a continued struggle against imperialism in both the local and global levels. To conclude his narrative, the author highlights some issues which may be worthy of contemplation if the social work profession really wants to have a fair exchange among social work communities from the developed and developing world.

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