Serious debate about the indigenization of social work has transpired recently. This article argues that by taking indigenization as an interactive and non-linear process that helps cultivate a multicultural social work practice within a society, importing Western social work practice and indigenization are compatible. In particular, this article attempts to illustrate the compatibility by analyzing how political activists employ Western values and practice, the universal human rights discourse, and mainstreaming, to fight for the rights of Hong Kong ethnic minorities, which may consequently lead to the development of a multicultural social work practice. Copyright © 2014 The Author(s).
CitationLaw, K.-y., & Lee, K.-m. (2016). Importing Western values versus indigenization: Social work practice with ethnic minorities in Hong Kong. International Social Work, 59(1), 60-72.
- Ethnic minorities
- Hong Kong
- South and Southeast Asians
- Western values