Gambling is widely accepted in the Asian American community. Regional surveys indicate that Asian Americans have a higher rate of problem gambling as compared to the general population (Woo 2003, Petry 2003).
Recent immigrants are at especially high risk for gambling addiction. Facing language barriers and limited social venues, many turn to gambling to cope with stress or to seek excitement.
To address the issues, the Council began to reach out to the Asian American community in Massachusetts in 2006 and build necessary support and resources.
The goals of the Asian Initiative are:
• To build the capacity of partner organizations to treat and serve Asian American problem gamblers and their families
• To provide the Asian American community with access to the Council and its services
• To increase public awareness of problem gambling and its social impact within the Asian American community
The Council works with community organizations and treatment providers to develop and deliver culturally relevant programs and services for the Asian American community.
For more information, please contact Chien-Chi Huang, the Council’s Asian Community Program Specialist at 857-383-3563.
Please visit the Council's Chinese / English website.