Prof. YUEN TSANG Woon-ki, Angelina 阮曾媛琪教授

Professor; Vice President (Student and Global Affairs)

Med (Manchester)
MSW (Toronto)
BSocSc (HKU)

2766 5252
Research Interests: 

My research interests are mainly on social support networks and community care, social work education, social work practice in China, and occupational social work. In recent years, my research focus is on the indigenization of social work education and practice in the Chinese Mainland. I am currently involved in several research projects in the Chinese Mainland, including social work action research projects in Beijing and Yunnan; oral history projects on Chinese social work educators and Chinese women intellectuals; and a six-city research on the tensions between professionalization and indigenization of social work in China.
Involvement in research projects:

  • Capacity Building Action Research in Shangri-La Mountain Areas in Yunnan
  • Tin Shui Wai Integrated Community-based Capacity Building Project on Family Violence Prevention
  • Professionalization of social service in the Ministry of Civil Affairs
  • Social entrepreneurship in Hong Kong
  • Evaluation of the “Rural Medical Assistance Scheme” of China
  • An Action Research on the Cultural Conception of Help and Helpseeking Behaviours among Chinese Families Experiencing Life Crises and its Implications on Social Work
  • Managing Unemployment: A Comparative Study of the Strategies Adopted by the State, Local Governments, and Unemployed Persons in Coping with Unemployment
  • A Study on the Cultural Themes in the Narratives of Chinese Women Experiencing Marital Crises: Hong Kong and Beijing Compared and Contrasted
  • Mediating Tensions between Professionalization and Indigenization: A Participatory Action Research to Develop a Culturally-sensitive Model for Social Work Practice and Education in China
  • Building Community-based Social Work Laboratory to Enhance Professional Competence in Coping with Social and Cultural Transitions
  • An Oral History on the voices of the Chinese women intellectuals
Selected Publications: 

Sung-Chan, P.L., Yuen-Tsang, W.K., Yadama, G.N. & Sze, Y.H. (March 2008). “Action Research and Social Development in China: Creating Synergy between Marginalized Populations and Government Officials”. Journal of Action Research.
Sung-Chan, P.L. & Yuen-Tsang, W.K.A. (2008). “Our Journey of Nurturing the Voices of Unemployed Women in China through Collaborative-action Research”. Qualitative Social Work.
Sung-Chan, P.L. & Yuen-Tsang, W.K.A. (2008). “Bridging the theory-practice gap in social work education: A reflection on an action research in China”. Social Work Education, Volume 27(1), February 2008. Pp. 51-69.
Ku, B., Yuen-Tsang, W.K.A., Wang S.B. & Sung-Chan, P.L. (2007). (ed.). The Practice-oriented Indigenous Social Work research in China. Social Sciences Academic Press. 399 pp. (In Chinese).
Yuen-Tsang, W.K.A. & Ho, D.K.L. (2007). “Social Work Education in Hong Kong at the Crossroads: Challenges and Opportunities amidst Marketization and Managerialism”. Social Work Education Volume 26(6), September 2007, pp. 546-559.
Yuen-Tsang, W.K.A. & Ku, B. (2007). “A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step: The development of culturally relevant social work education and fieldwork practice in China”. In John Coates, Mel Gray & Michael Yellow Bird (ed.). Indigenous Social Work around the World: Towards culturally relevant education and practice. Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing Co., pp. 335-357.
Sung-Chan, P.L. & Yuen-Tsang, W.K.A. (2006). “Reflexiones sobre la construccion de una practica reflexive en China”. (In English: Promoting Critical Reflection in Chinese Women & Families: Challenges and Possibilities.) Psicoterapia y Familia. ano 2006, Volume 19, No. 2, pp. 527-46.
Yuen-Tsang, W.K.A. & Sung-Chan, P.L. (2006). “The Social Construction of Identity through the Life Course: A Study on the Cultural Themes in the Narrative of Chinese Women Experiencing Marital Crises in China”. Journal of Women in Welfare Education. Number 8, November 2006. pp. 12-19.
Sung-Chan, P.L. & Yuen-Tsang, W.K.A. (2006). “Reflections on Building a Reflective Practice Community in China. In S. White, J. Fook & F. Gardner (ed.)”. Critical Reflection in Health and Social Care. London: McCraw-Hill & Open University Press. pp. 57-72.
Yuen-Tsang, W.K.A. (2006). “The joy of discovery: The illuminating process in generating a grounded theory on the Chinese communal support networks through the use of the grounded theory method. In Glaser, B. (ed.)”. The Grounded Theory Seminar Reader. Mill Valley, CA: Sociology Press.
Yuen-Tsang, W.K.A. & Sung-Chan, P.L. (2005). “The social construction of concealment among Chinese women in abusive marriages in Hong Kong.” Affilia. August 2005; 20: 284-299, SAGE Publications.
Ku, B. & Yuen-Tsang, W.K.A. (2004). “Development and Identity Crisis in the Context of Globalization: Capacity Building through Social Work Intervention in Rural China. In N.T. Tan & I. Dodds (ed.).” Social Work Around the World III: Globalization, Social Policy and Social Work. Geneva: International Federation of Social Workers. pp.80-94.
Yuen-Tsang, W.K.A. & Sung-Chan, P.L. (2004). “Generating social work practice theories through action research: Reflections on the community-based family networking project in Beijing.” In Ma, R. & Tong, X. (ed.). Sociology in the 21st Century. Beijing: Peking University Press, pp. 189-214. (In Chinese).
Yuen-Tsang, W.K.A. & Teresa Tsien (2004). "Universities and Civic Responsibility: Actualizing the University-Community Partnership Model through the Anti-SARS Project in Hong Kong". Asian Pacific Journal of Social Work and Development. 14(1):19-32.
Yuen-Tsang, W.K.A. & Ho, K.L. (2004). "Economic Exclusion and Social Isolation: The Social Impact of Unemployment on Urban Workers and their Workers and their Families in China". Social Development Issues. 26(1): 25-37.
Sung-Chan, P.L., Yuen-Tsang, W.K.A. & Dou, Z.Y. (2003). “Women struggling in the margins: Identity crises of unemployed women in Beijing. In Ku, B. & Lee, M.K. (ed.).” Social Exclusion and Marginality in Chinese Societies. Hong Kong: Social Policy Studies Centre, Hong Kong Polytechnic University. pp. 145-166.
Yuen-Tsang W.K.A. & Sung-Chan, P.L. (2003). "Educating Social Work Professionals through a Community-based Reflective Practicum"in Enhancing Professional Education Through Experiential Learning. Kam, K.P., Lai S., Lai, P., & Cheng, A. (ed.), Education Development Unit, p. 107-119.
本土中國社會工作的研究、實踐與反思。主編: 古學斌、阮曾媛琪。社會科學文獻出版社, 二○○三年。
Yuen-Tsang, W.K.A. (2002) “Generating a theory of Chinese communal support networks: The grounded theory method in action”. The Grounded Theory Review. Vol.3, pp.13-20.
Yuen-Tsang W.K.A. & Wang, S.B. (2002) “Tensions confronting the development of social work education in China: Challenges and Opportunities”. International Social Work, 45(3): 375-388.
Yuen-Tsang, W.K.A., Sung-Chan P. (2002) “Capacity Building through Networking: Integrating Professional Knowledge with Indigenous Practice” In Neoh-Tiong Tan & Imelda Dodds, ed., Social Work Around the World II, International Federation of Social Workers, Switzerland, pp. 111-122, ISBN 981-04-6907-1.
Yuen-Tsang, W.K.A., Ho, K.L. & Ku, S.M. (2002). "The Changing Support Strategies of Chinese Families in the Midst of Rapid Social and Economic Transitions". Asia Pacific Journal of Social Work, Vol. 10, No. 2, p. 55-72.
Yuen-Tsang W.K.A. (1999) “The Chinese Communal Support Network”. International Social Work, Vol.42, No. 3, pp.359-372.
阮曾媛琪 "邁向二十一世紀香港社會工作的趨勢, 挑戰與使命", "邁向新世紀" 社會工作理論與實踐新趨勢。主編: 何潔雲、阮曾媛琪, 八方文化企業公司, 第441 - 472 頁, 一九九九年十二月。
Yuen-Tsang, W.K.A.(1997) Towards a Chinese Conception of Social Support: A Study on the Social Support Networks of Chinese Working Mothers in a Beijing Neighborhood. U.K.: Ashgate Publishing Co., 265 pp.

Professional & Community Service: 

I have been actively involved as board members of numerous local and international NGOs, Government advisory committees, and professional bodies in Hong Kong, the Chinese Mainland and the Asia-Pacific region. The following are some of my key community service involvements:

  • President, International Association of Schools of Social Work ( )
  • Justice of Peace, Hong Kong
  • Member, The Ping Wo Fund Advisory Committee, Home Affairs Bureau, HKSAR
  • Past President and Board Member, Hong Kong Social Workers Association
  • Board of Director, World Vision (Hong Kong)
  • Governor and Executive Committee Member, Keswick Foundation Limited
  • Board Member, Social Workers Registration Board, Hong Kong
  • Executive Board Member, Sheng Kung Hui Welfare Council
  • Board of Directors, Hong Kong Young Women's Christian Association
  • Executive Board Member, Asian Pacific Association for Social Work Education
  • Executive Committee Member, All China Federation of Women, PRC
  • Hon. Board Member, China Social Workers' Association, PRC
  • Board member, International Consortium for Social Development