Reshaping the social work education system toward cultural competency : The Hong Kong case

Gizem Arat*, Narine Nora Kerelian

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Journal PublicationsJournal Article (refereed)


Hong Kong is a self-branded international city in Asia. Culturally competent service delivery for ethnic minorities is a nascent arena in the social work profession within the territory. This article attempts to depict the ways in which ethnic groups are situated within local social work practice, reviews the Hong Kong context of a culturally responsive social work profession, and proposes a framework for a more inclusive social work curriculum. In this framework on culturally competent social work education, the authors argue that social harmony and social justice are not mutually exclusive, calling for a (re)conceptualization of social harmony inclusive of social justice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)316-329
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Social Work
Issue number1
Early online date18 Aug 2017
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019
Externally publishedYes



  • Cultural competence
  • Hong Kong
  • social harmony
  • social justice
  • social work education

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