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Volume 10, Pages 1694-1704
Review Article

Examination of Chinese Gambling Problems through a Socio-Historical-Cultural Perspective

1Department of Social Work and Social Administration, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
2Applied Learning Technologies Institute, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, USA
3Department of Social and Community Health, Tamaki Campus, School of Population Health, University of Auckland, New Zealand
4Centre on Behavioural Health, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Received 25 May 2010; Revised 2 August 2010; Accepted 5 August 2010

Academic Editor: Joav Merrick

Copyright © 2010 Samson Tse et al.


The aim of this review is to highlight emerging trends about Chinese people and gambling addiction over the last 15 years, and to provide a discourse on the potential link between gambling and Chinese culture and history. The authors reported on the phenomenon of gambling among Chinese people using relevant research studies and reports and traditional Chinese literature. Chinese people have elevated levels of gambling addiction compared to their Western counterparts. These elevated rates are coupled with the rapid expansion of gambling venues within the Pan-Pacific region. While there is an accumulated body of research on Chinese and gambling, a systematic cultural analysis of Chinese gambling is still under development. We undertook a brief comparison between two ancient civilizations, China and Rome, in order to gain better understanding about gambling among Chinese people. To effectively deal with gambling addictions among Chinese people, it is imperative to develop culturally responsive interventions.