About 20 elderly Asian Americans pile onto a gambling bus in front of an Asian market in Quincy, Massachusetts.
It’s a scene repeated three times daily in not only Quincy, but other South Shore towns as well, according to the Patriot Ledger.
The buses take gamblers up to Connecticut, but with the pending arrival of casinos to Massachusetts, there is increasing concern of gambling addiction in the Asian American community.
The Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut has a person dedicated to marketing to the Asian community. Cindy Liu says about 16 percent of its gamblers are Asian.
Social service agencies which treat for the addiction do not have any staff who speak any Asian languages.
Chien-Chi Huang was the manager of the Asian Community Program at the Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling from 2006 to 2011. The program was cut.
Huang said she knew someone who lost both his business and marriage and had to work three jobs to pay off his gambling debts.
“It’s a serious social problem here. It’s really hard to adjust to a new country,” she said. “I remember I talked to a cook for a restaurant. He said gambling was the only thing he had to get social activity.”
You can read about efforts to learn more about the problem of gambling addiction in the Asian community and the possibility of restoring the program in the Patriot Ledger.