Identifying Promising Practice for Chinese Youth in Conflict with the Law in Canada

This report was published by the University of Calgary, in partnership with Across U-Hub and Chinese Family Services of Ontario.

This report presents a qualitative research study exploring the views and collaborative efforts of working with Chinese youth in conflict with the law among 27 service providers from the social service, education, and criminal justice sectors in Greater Toronto Area between 2015 and 2016. This study builds upon the finding of another study conducted by this research team in 2005/2006 to investigate the views of 56 youth and parents on Chinese youth in conflict with the law in Greater Vancouver and Greater Toronto Area. As a focal point, the study seeks to recognize how program initiatives could be changed to develop a culturally sensitive practice model for Chinese youth. The practice model aims to facilitate new ways of conceptualizing practices, programs, and policies directed toward youth from the second largest racialized group in Canada. These new conceptualizations include: understanding how the intersection of race and crime with other identity markers (e.g., social class, immigration status) impact on service accessibility; examining the issue of ethnic-matching between service providers and users; and appraising the within group differences in Chinese communities bearing on social service provision.


Kwok, S.M., & Tam, D.M.Y. (2018). Identifying promising practice for Chinese youth in conflict with the law in Canada. Calgary, AB: University of Calgary.

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