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Collaborative US-China Forum with University of Chicago and Peking University

4 Jul 2023


In collaboration with the University of Chicago Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice and the Department of Sociology at Peking University, APSS hosted a US-China Forum on Social Problems and Social Welfare Responses in Comparative Perspective from 27 June to 29 June 2023.


The Forum featured two panels of presentations and discussions, one on 27 June 2023 and the other on 28 June 2023, respectively. The first panel, titled "Social Housing, Governance, and Responses to Urban Poverty in Comparative Perspective," was moderated by Prof. Ben KU, Professor of APSS and Director of China and Global Development Network, with speakers including Prof. Robert CHASKIN, Faculty Director of Kiphart Center at the University of Chicago, Prof. Juan CHEN, Professor of APSS, and Dr Grace SEO, Assistant Professor of APSS. The second discussion, titled "Migration, Migrant Incorporation, and Responding to the Needs of Migrants," was moderated by Dr Angel LAI, Assistant Professor of APSS, with speakers including Dr Aimee HILADO, an Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago, Dr Qiaobing WU, Associate Head of APSS, and Dr Liqi HOU, Postdoctoral Researcher at Peking University.


In addition to the two panels, students from the three universities also paid field visits to transitional housing, sub-divided flats and Chungking Mansions to understand the housing, refugee and ethnic minority issues in Hong Kong. They shared at the final reflection session that the panels and visits were an extremely fruitful exchange experience for them all. 


Thanks to the support of the University of Chicago and Peking University, the Forum was a great success. We are honored to have hosted this event and provided a platform for international academic exchange on social problems and social welfare. We hope that this Forum will inspire and contribute to the society.

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