Editor’s Note: In June 2014, the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society hosted its inaugural Junior Scholars Forum. The following article covers a not-yet-published research paper that was presented at the forum. To learn more about the paper, please email its author, Ling Han.

In democratic societies, social work has a long history as a formal profession. But in China, social work began to emerge only eight years ago, after the state passed legislation that called for “a...


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