HMSA Presents: The Asian American Community and Gambling
In Chinese, Vietnamese, Filipino, Korean and Cambodian communities, social workers and leaders have been continually pressuring gaming officials and state legislators to recognize a hidden epidemic. "This isn't a special-interest group overblowing a problem," said Timothy Fong, co-director of the UCLA Gambling Studies Program, which is conducting an Asian gambling study. "We think this is real." Nobody really knows how deeply gambling disorder reaches into Asian communities because Asians have not been broken out as a group in national or California studies on the issue but they are starting to be, more and more. This workshop will seek to examine the "culture" of gambling in Asian American communities and define how to work with this population in effort to help them separate a "harmless pastime" from an addiction.