The Scientific World Journal

The Scientific World Journal / 2010 / Article

Review Article | Open Access

Volume 10 |Article ID 940478 | 11 pages |

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

Academic Editor: Joav Merrick
Received25 May 2010
Revised02 Aug 2010
Accepted05 Aug 2010


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.

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