Across the Asia Pacific, there are a vast range of experiences of homelessness and an equally diverse range of responses from state systems. Since understandings of homelessness are also heavily dependent on geographical, cultural, and historical contexts, attitudes towards it as a ‘social problem’ are essentially underpinned by ideological considerations.

With a particular focus on critical and international policy and practice, this book builds upon the current scholarship of homelessness across the Asia Pacific. Through examining and comparing a range of state responses, it explores the differing definitions and lived experiences of the issue in a number of countries, including Japan, China, India, Korea, and Australia. The book analyses a range of key themes from welfare provision and legislation to the services provided and the roles played by non-governmental organisations, whilst also recognising the effects of class, gender and ethnicity on homelessness in the region.

Taking an interdisciplinary approach, Faces of Homelessness in the Asia Pacific will be useful to students and scholars of Social Policy, Urban Sociology, Psychology and Asian Studies.

chapter 1|8 pages

The many faces of homelessness

A critical introduction

chapter 3|19 pages

Homelessness in China

chapter 4|17 pages

Living homeless in urban India

State and societal responses

chapter 6|15 pages

Homelessness in Korea

Lived experience and policy issues

chapter 7|18 pages

Homelessness in Hong Kong

The evolution of official homeless assistance and the context of housing

chapter 8|22 pages

A unique sustainable livelihoods strategy

How resilient homeless families survive on the streets of Metro Manila, Philippines