Sexuality and Social Work In China

A Presentation Reviewing Social Work Practice

Dr. Yuxin Pei, Fulbright Scholar at USC School of Social Work

Dr. Yuxin Pei is a current Fulbright visiting scholar at USC's School of Social Work and an Associate Professor from Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou, China. She has performed pioneering work promoting the concepts of gender and sexuality in social work in China. Recently, her research regarding how to publicly promote sexuality discourse has received much attention from the media in China and beyond. During her Fulbright tenure she has conducted lectures on gender and sexuality issues in China at the Brookings Institute, Washington D.C.

Monday, May 4th, 12-1:30pm

Gartley Hall Room 018, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work. Sponsored By: The MBT SSW International Affairs Committee

Dr. Pei's lecture will focus on the following: "As China becomes more open and people’s values, including sexual values, change, the prevalence of sexual issues has increased. For example, rapid urbanization and sharp discrepancies between rural and urban areas have resulted in the separation of numerous rural families with women remaining in the rural area and husbands/partners working in the cities, Do sex workers need social work intervention? If so, what can we do? What if gay people want to get married and AIDS patients want to have babies? All these questions are emerged from social work practices in contemporary China, but few front-line social workers know how to deal with them. After two years conducting field investigation on sexuality issues in the social work area, Dr. Pei will introduce some major sexuality issues emerging in social work practice in China, as well as social workers’ understandings and attitudes to sexuality. Her presentation will also show how social work education has been a growing, and also a confused, field in Mainland China in the last two decades from zero ground only twenty years ago to a fast-expanding academic subject today."