gambling addiction in the asian american community

We all know that gambling addiction is a particularly acute problem in the Asian American community. Here's an article from the Sacramento Bee about problem gambling among Asian Americans, and some of the obstacles our community often faces in getting help: Asian American gambling addicts face cultural gap in getting help.

Studies have shows that Asian Americans are particular prone to gambling addiction, yet they're rarely the ones who call California's state gambling hotline. There seems to be a cultural disconnect, from language barriers to even just a lack of understanding that they need help: Asians' gambling needs more attention.

On a related note, if you're in the Boston area, I recently heard about this upcoming lecture/panel discussion next week on gambling addiction in the Asian American community: Beating the Odds: Addressing Problem Gambling in the Asian American Community. Wednesday, March 25, 2:00-3:30pm at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

Presented by the the Institute for Asian American Studies, the event will feature Dr. Timothy Fong. Chien-Chi Huang from the Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling and Tram Tran from the Boston Police Department. For more information, visit the Facebook event page here.

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