Miu Chung Yan joined the School in 2004 and is currently Director. Prior to joining UBC, he studied, practiced and taught social work in Hong Kong, London England, Toronto and San Francisco. His sojourner’s experience has influenced his major research interests covering settlement and integration of immigrants and refugees, critical cross-cultural and antiracist practice, place-based community development and policy, globalization and social development, and North-South social work knowledge transfer.

As an applied qualitative researcher, he adopts a collaborative community-based approach in his research works. Currently, he is leading a four-year SSHRC funded study on all neighbourhood houses in Metro Vancouver which is the first systematic investigation of this longstanding place-based community organization in Canada. Details of the project please refer to www.nhvproject.ca. Working collaboratively with colleagues in China and Hong Kong SAR, he has been investigating and writing extensively on social work and social work education development in China. In terms of teaching, he actively applies the ideas of critical inter-subjectivity, reciprocal engagement, reflexive reflectivity and critical pragmatism into course contents and classroom activities.

Ongoing Projects

1. The Possibilities and Challenges of a Place-based Approach to Strengthening Urban Communities: A Case Study of Neighbourhood Houses in Vancouver (SSHRC Insight Grant)

This is a four-year project to study all the fourteen neighbourhood houses in Metro Vancouver. Details of the project please refer to www.nhvproject.ca.

2. Intra-group dynamics and social inclusion: experience of mainland Chinese immigrants to Canada

In this four year study, we examine the inner group interaction and dynamic within the Chinese communities in Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto. Principal investigator is Dr. Daniel Lai of University of Calgary.

3. Community Based Research Values and Principles Delphi Study

This study is part of the UBC Community Based Research Initiative. Using the Delphi technique, we intend to generate a consensus among CBR experts at UBC on the principles and values that guide their practice.

Recently Completed Projects (Last five years)

1. Development of Social Work Policy, Research and Practice Education

This is a three-year international collaboration project between Shandong University Department of Social Work and our School. By supporting ongoing exchange between faculty members, this project aims to strengthen social work education and research of both programs.

2. Immigration, Settlement Services and Gaps in Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s (CIC) Western Region

As a part of a larger study that covered four western provinces and the northern territories, this mix-method study was to explore the settlement services and gaps in small town and rural BC. Principal investigator of the large study is Bill Ashton of Brandon University. Findings of the BC study can be found on https://www.brandonu.ca/rdi/publications/immigration-services-and-gaps//

3. Entering the Field

In this study, we focused on the experience of new social workers in Shenzhen, China, where the municipal government has been progressively experimenting different ways to embed social work into its social service system. Principal investigator is Dr. LAM Ching Man of Chinese University of Hong Kong. Findings of this study please refer to Lam CM and Yan MCY. (2015) Driving ducks onto a perch: The experience of locally trained Shenzhen supervisor. China Journal of Social Work, 8(2): 182-194.

4. The self-other issue in the healing practices of racialized minority youth (SSHRC Standard Grant)

This was a multi-site study. The purpose of the study was to examine how visible minority young people experienced and healed from racial violence against them. Principal investigator is Dr. Martha Kumsa, of Wilfrid Laurier University. Findings of the Vancouver site, please refer to Kubiliene N, Yan MC, Kumsa MK, et al. (2015) Youth responses to racial discrimination: Implications for resilience theory. Journal of Youth Studies, 18(3): 338-356.


Selected Publications

2015 Miu Chung Yan, Chun-Sing Johnson, Cheung, Ming-Sum Tsui and Chi Keung Chu. Examining the neoliberal discourse of accountability: The case of Hong Kong’s social service sector. International Social Work, DOI: 10.1177/0020872815594229.

2015 Lam, Ching Man and Miu Chung Yan, Driving ducks onto a perch: The experience of locally trained Shenzhen supervisor. China Journal of Social Work. 8(2): 182-194.

2015 Yan, Miu Chung. 以社区为本的互助机制:加拿大邻舍中心及其对中国社区建设的启示 (A Community-Based Mutual Help Mechanism: Neighbourhood Houses in Canada and Their Implications to China’s Community Construction). 社会科学(Social Sciences)2015(1):91-97.

2014 Kubiliene, Neringa, Miu Chung Yan, Martha Kumsa and Koyali Burman. The Response of Youth to Racial Discrimination: Implications for Resilience Theory. Journal of Youth Studies. 18(3): 338-356. DOI: 10.1080/13676261.2014.963535.

2014 Gao, Jian Guo and Miu Chung Yan. Social Work in Making: The State and Social Work Development in China. International Journal of Social Welfare. 24(1): 93-101. DOI: 10.1111/ijsw.12089.

2014 Yan, Miu Chung, Ching Man Lam and Sean Lauer. Return migrant or diaspora: An exploratory study of new-generation Chinese-Canadian youth working in Hong Kong. Journal of International Migration and Integration, 15(2): 179-196. DOI 10.1007/s12134-013-0274-8. Also reported by Globe and Mail (twice), South China Morning Post and Singtao Daily.

2014 Martha Kumsa, Adrianne Chambon, Miu Chung Yan and Sarah Maiter, Catching the shimmers of the social: from the limits of reflexivity to methodological creativity. Qualitative Research, 15:416-436. DOI: 10.1177/1468794114538897.

2013 Martha Kumsa, Kelly Ng, Adrianne Chambon, Sarah Maiter, Miu Chung Yan. Rethinking Youth Violence and Healing: Key Issues for Social Work, Journal of Youth Studies. DOI:10.1080/13676261.2013.763919.

2013 Zhang, Da Wei and Miu Chung Yan. Community Work Stations: An Incremental Fix of the Community Construction Project in China. Community Development Journal. 49(1):143-158.

2013 Wilkinson, Lori, Miu Chung Yan, A. Ka Tat Tsang, Rick Sin, Sean Lauer. The School-to-Work Transitions of Newcomer Youth in Canada. Canadian Ethnic Studies. 44(3): 29-44.

2013 Yan, Miu Chung and Andrew E. Kim. Civic and judicial multiculturalism of Canada: A critical assessment of the Canadian model of diversity for South Korea, Korea Observer, 44(1).

2013 Yan, Miu Chung. Towards a Pragmatic Approach: A Critical Examination of Two Assumptions of the Indigenization Discourse. China Journal of Social Work, 6(1): 14-24. DOI:10.1080/17525098.2013.766135.

2013 Lauer, Sean and Miu Chung Yan. Immigrant voluntary association involvement and network diversity. International Migration, 51(3):133-150. (doi:10.1111/j.1468-2435.2010.00602.x.)

2012 Liu, Ying, Ching Man Lam, Miu Chung Yan. A Challenged Professional Identity: The Struggles of New Social Workers in China. China Journal of Social Work. 5(3): 189-200.

2012 Yan, Miu Chung, Shirley Chau and Dave Sangha. An exploratory study of how multiculturalism policies are implemented at the grassroots level. Canadian Ethnic Studies. (41-42)(2009-2010)3-1: 49-75.

2012 Yan, Miu Chung, Jian Guo Gao, Ching Man Lam. The dawn is too distant: The experience of 28 social work graduates entering the social work field in China. Social Work Education. (32)4:538-551. :DOI 10.1080/02615479.2012.688097.

2012 Yan, Miu Chung, Ming Sum Tsui, William C.K. Chu and Chui Man Pak. A profession with dual foci: Are we losing the balance? China Journal of Social Work. (5)2: 163-172.

2012 Yan, Miu Chung, Sean Lauer and Sherman Chan. Double jeopardy: An exploratory study of youth from immigrant families entering the job market. Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies, (10)1:96-115.

2012 Lauer, Sean, Lori Wilkinson, Miu Chung Yan, Rick Sin and Ka Tat Tsang. Immigrant youth and employment: Lessons learned from the analysis of LSIC and 82 lived stories. Journal of International Migration and Integration. (13)1:1-19. DOI 10.1007/s12134-011-0189-1.

2011 Yan, Miu Chung and Sherman Chan. Are social workers ready to work with newcomers? Canadian Social Work. (12)1:16-23.

2011 Larcombe, Karen and Miu Chung Yan. A Place-based approach for social integration: A story of how a neighbourhood house works with newcomers. Canadian Social Work. (12)1:170-175.

2011 Yan, Miu Chung. 专业、科学、本土化:中国社会工作十年的三个迷思 (Profession, science, bentuhua: Three conundrums of Chinas social work in the last ten years). 社會科學 (Social Sciences). (2011)1:63-71.