Chinese immigrants to Australia vulnerable to problem gambling

    Chinese migrant gamblers are five times more likely to fall victim to problem gambling than the general gambling population, new research has found.
    Class ideals and cultural isolation are contributing to a higher rate of problem gambling in Australia’s Chinese community, with a lack of culturally appropriate support services adding to the vulnerability.
    A Monash University report, released this week for Responsible Gambling Awareness Week, found cultural beliefs in luck and auspicious signs have contributed to higher prevalence of problem gambling in the Chinese-Australian community.
    “People talked about testing your luck – it’s really ingrained in the culture,” researcher Dr Harriet Radermacher said.
    “Casinos are associated with wealth and class.”