Social Welfare in East Asia and the Pacific

Social Welfare in East Asia and the Pacific

By: Sharlene B.C.L. Furuto (editor)Paperback

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In this singular collection, indigenous experts describe the social welfare systems of fifteen East Asian and Pacific Island nations and locales. Vastly understudied, these lands offer key insight into the successes and failures of Western and native approaches to social work, suggesting new directions for practice and research in both local and global contexts. Combining international experiences and professional knowledge, contributors illuminate the role of history and culture in shaping the social welfare systems of Cambodia, China, Hong Kong (SAR, China), Indonesia, Malaysia, the Micronesian region (including the Federated States of Micronesia, Guam [Unincorporated Territory, U.S.A.], Marshall Islands, Northern Mariana Islands [Commonwealth, U.S.A.], and Palau), Samoa and American Samoa (Unincorporated Territory, U.S.A.), South Korea, Taiwan, and Thailand. The contributors link the values and issues that concern populaces most to the development of social work practice, policy, and research. Sharlene B. C. L. Furuto then conducts a comparative analysis of the essays including their data and social service programs, highlighting the similarities and differences between the evolution of social welfare in these nations and locales. She contrasts their indigenous approaches, the responses of governments and NGOs to social issues, the availability of social work education, as well as API models, paradigms, and templates, and the overall status of the social work profession. Furuto also adds a chapter comparing the distinct social welfare systems of Samoa and American Samoa. The only volume to focus exclusively on social welfare in East Asia and the Pacific, this anthology holds immense value for practitioners and researchers eager for global perspectives.

About Author

Sharlene B. C. L. Furuto retired as associate dean in the College of Human Development and professor of social work at Brigham Young University-Hawaii in 2012. She is the coeditor of Culturally Competent Practice: Skills, Interventions, and Evaluations and Social Work Practice with Asian Americans.


Foreword, by Manohar Pawar Preface 1. Overview of Social Welfare in East Asia and the Pacific, by Sharlene B. C. L. Furuto 2. China's Changing Social Welfare, by Minjie Zhang 3. Understanding Social Welfare in South Korea, by Jun Sung Hong, Young Sook Kim, Na Youn Lee, and Ji Woong Ha 4. Social Welfare in Hong Kong: Colonial Legacy and Challenges for the HKSAR, by Venus Tsui, Alvin Shiulain Lee, and Ernest Chui Wing-tak 5. Social Welfare and Social Work Development in Taiwan, by Li-ju Jang and Pei-jen Tsai 6. Social Welfare and Social Work in Thailand, by Jitti Mongkolnchaiarunya and Nuanyai Wattanakoon 7. Social Welfare and Social Work in Indonesia, by Adi Fahrudin 8. The Dynamics of Social Welfare: The Malaysian Experience, by Azlinda Azman and Sharima Ruwaida Abbas 9. Social Work for a Sustainable Micronesian Region, by Vivian Dames, Joliene Hasugulayag, LisaLinda Natividad, and Gerhard Schwab 10. Social Welfare in the Samoan Islands: A Comparison of Two Models, by Kenneth E. Galea'i 11. Cambodia: Social Welfare Renewed, by Thy Naroeun, Ammon Padeken, and Sharlene B. C. L. Furuto 12. Social Welfare Contrasted in East Asia and the Pacific, by Sharlene B. C. L. Furuto Appendix Index

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  • ISBN13: 9780231157155
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 304
  • ID: 9780231157155
  • ISBN10: 0231157150

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