Asian Americans and Gambling

The other day (2/8/08), KQED did a segment on their radio show, “The California Report” on Asian Americans and Gambling:

Casinos and card rooms provide a popular pastime for many Asian Americans, and with eight being a lucky number in most Asian cultures there might be some extra incentive to see just how lucky this year will be. For most, an occasional trip to a casino isn’t a problem — but some public health advocates worry about the growing numbers of Asian Americans who are addicted to gambling.”

You can catch the radio piece by downloading the MP3 of the show. To be honest, I never understood Asians and Asian-Americans’ propensity and interest in gambling. I don’t know any of my friends, Asian or not, who are interested in gambling, but apparently there are increasing number of Asian Americans who are and are becoming addicted.

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About John

I'm a Taiwanese-American and was born & raised in Western Massachusetts, went to college in upstate New York, worked in Connecticut, went to grad school in North Carolina and then moved out to the Bay Area in 1999 and have been living here ever since - love the weather and almost everything about the area (except the high cost of housing...)
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