Miu Chung Yan
Miu Chung Yan joined the School in 2004. 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, internal dynamics in Chinese community, 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. He works closely with local immigrant and refugee serving agencies and neighbourhood houses to generate new knowledge to improve policies, services and practice in serving newcomers to Canada. 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. He is also interested to explore how to apply social theories in social work practice and how social work practice can inform social theories. In terms of teaching, his pedagogy is informed by the ideas of critical inter-subjectivity, reciprocal engagement, reflexive reflectivity and critical pragmatism.
- Supporting Informal Caregivers among Immigrants from Hong Kong
This project is to examine the experience and practice of caregiving, particularly for people with dementia, among immigrants from Hong Kong. The project is funded Hong Kong Caritas Higher Education Institute as part of a larger project that aims at developing and evaluating a Chinese caregiving planning model in Hong Kong.
- The Innovative BC Settlement Case Management Service Model
This evaluative project adopts a quasi-experimental approach to develop and test an enhanced model of case management practice for the settlement service field in BC.
- Survey Study on Hong Kong Residents Recently Arrived Canada
This online survey is to examine the settlement and integration experience of Hong Kong residents who returned to or arrived in Canada after 2015. The first report of the survey result has been published HKr Survey First Report (June 12 2023)
Second Report of the Survey Study
- Settling the Unsettled: A Qualitative Study of Hong Kong Diaspora in Canada, UK and Taiwan
In this study, I will examine how the policies of host country, local contexts of community where they settled, and their connection with Hong Kong may have shaped the settlement and integration experience of Hong Kong immigrants in these three countries.
Recently Completed Projects (Last five years)
- Intra-group dynamics and social inclusion: experience of mainland Chinese immigrants to Canada
In this four-year study funded by SSHRC, we examine the inner group interaction and dynamic within the Chinese communities in Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto.
- 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 was a four-year project funded by SSHRC to study all the fourteen neighbourhood houses in Metro Vancouver. Key findings can be found on http://www.yournh.ca/.
- Immigration, Integration and Social Transformation in the Pacific Rim.
This was an international collaborative study to examine the migration and settlement processes of Chinese and South Asian immigrants in Vancouver, Singapore and Los Angeles. The project was led by Dr. Shaohua Zhan at Nanyang Technological University of Singapore. Professor Min Zhou at UCLA led the LA study.
Selected Publications (Last five years)
2023 Capri, Kwong, Miu Chung Yan, Sean Lauer and Shaohua Zhan. Immigrant Identifications and ICT Use: A Survey Study of Chinese and South Asian Immigrants in Canada. Journal of International Migration and Integration. 24: 885-910. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12134-022-00983-w.
2023 Wong, Chi Ben, Miu Chung Yan. Leaving the homeland again for my family’s future: Post-return migration among Hong Kong Canadians. Journal of International Migration and Integration. 24:467-486. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12134-022-00955-0
2022 Lee, Jinah, Miu Chung Yan. The development of social work education in Korea: A historical review. Social Work Education. https://doi.org/10.1080/02615479.2022.2107196.
2022 Watermeyer, Tsering, Miu Chung Yan, Indigenization without ‘indigeneity’: Problematizing the discourse of indigenization of social work in China, British Journal of Social Work. 52(3):1511–1528. DOI: 10.1093/bjsw/bcab064. (Editors’ Choice)
2022 Lauer, Sean, Miu Chung Yan, Social infrastructure and social capacity development among newcomers to Canada: The role of neighbourhood houses in Vancouver”, Journal of International Migration and Integration. 23, 911–929. DOI: 10.1007/s12134-021-00842-0.
2021 Yan, Miu Chung, Jinah Lee and Edward K.L. Chan. Mechanisms of gatekeeping in the social work profession: Lessons learned from Canada, Hong Kong and South Korea. British Journal of Social Work, 51(8):3283-3300. doi: 10.1093/bjsw/bcaa146.
2021 Yan, Miu Chung, Sean Lauer, Connecting the dots: Neighbourhoods house and institutional accessibility. International Social Work. DOI: 10.1177/0020872820972469.
2020 Sean Lauer & Miu Chung Yan. Canadian immigrant youth and co-ethnic friendship group change, Ethnic and Racial Studies, 44(4): 639-658. DOI: 10.1080/01419870.2020.1760328.
2019 Yan, Miu Chung, Karen Wong and Daniel Lai, Subethnic interpersonal dynamic in diasporic community: a study on Chinese immigrants in Vancouver. Asian Ethnicity, 20(4): 451-468. DOI: 10.1080/14631369.2019.1613885 (Open Access)
2019 Yan, Miu Chung and Rory Sutherland, A place-based alternative approach to food security: lessons learned from a neighborhood house. Community Development Journal, 54(4): 643–659, doi:10.1093/cdj/bsy009.
Areas of Scholarship: Immigration and settlement; youth from immigrant families; place-based community development; social work internationalization and indigenization; social policy and process
Areas of Practice: Working with immigrants and refugees; critical cross-cultural social work practice; group work in community setting; community development and organization; case management