Comics explain social work to Chinese audiences

刷爆微博的社会工作宣传漫画,让你秒懂「社工」

Source: 社工客

China’s State Council recently approved the “Announcement on the List of National Professional Qualifications”, published by the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security; a total of 140 professions are included in the list, and for the first time social work is one of them.

In response to this piece of news, a teacher from Sichuan International Studies University named Xiaoyan has drawn a series of comics explaining what “social work” is, what it does, what methods are used to carry it out and the reasons why people choose to get involved in it. Below are the comics themselves, with our rough translations beneath them.

 

1. What is social work?

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Social work is a major

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Social work is an occupation

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Social work originated from the West and is growing in China

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Social work is a part of the humanities and social sciences family

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Social work aims to help vulnerable groups

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Social work looks at people’s potential, regardless of whether they are good or bad

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Social work delivers the social resources

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Social work can promote social well-being

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Charity was social work’s childhood, but professionalization is its direction for the future

2. What does Social Work achieve?

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To aid people’s development from the potential, intellectual and material aspects

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To link and exchange resources

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To help maintain social stability

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To prevent social problems

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To solve social problems

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To widen your perspective and abilities

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To build a support network

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Social Advocacy

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Social participation

3. What methods does social work use?

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Face-to-face communication and case studies

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Workshops

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Social work administration

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Making social policies

4. Why choose to help others when you can be selfish?

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Because you can’t just ignore people in difficult situations

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Because you can’t ignore voices that ask for help

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Because you are not willing to be a bystander

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Because all you need to do is open up a path for others to walk on

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Because others may only need something little, but it may mean a lot

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Because that’s how you heal the rifts between people

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Because next time, you may be the one needing help

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Helping or not is just a choice, but I’m going with the former

Translated by Li Yantong (CDB)

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