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Title: Asset building and livelihood rebuilding in post-disaster Sichuan, China
Authors: Ting, WF 
Keywords: Asset building
Cultural assets
Ecotourism microenterprise
Oral history project
Qingping County
Sichuan Province
Social assets
Wenchuan earthquake
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
Source: China journal of social work, 2013, v. 6, no. 2, p. 190-207 How to cite?
Journal: China journal of social work 
Abstract: In May 2008, a severe earthquake struck Sichuan Province, devastating many rural communities. Mudslides followed in 2010, undermining some attempts to rebuild. Despite rapid reconstruction efforts by the Chinese central government, many survivors faced uncertainty and substantial challenges. To support rural survivors' efforts to regain livelihoods and hope, social workers launched several asset-building initiatives in the area. The use of asset building as a strategy to address poverty emerged in the United States in the 1990s and spread to Chinese communities in Taiwan and Hong Kong, but there have been only a few efforts to apply the strategy in rural China. This article discusses the conceptual framework of asset building and details asset-building efforts in disaster-stricken rural communities. The article also documents an evolution in the concept of assets and proposes that the concept should be broadened further to include two additional types of assets: social and cultural.
ISSN: 1752-5098
EISSN: 1752-5101
DOI: 10.1080/17525098.2013.797360
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