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This pilot study examined the casino gambling practices of residents and workers in Boston Chinatown. The aim was to learn about the trajectory and life context of individual participants’ gambling activity, including how individual participants describe their motivation, nature and frequency of gambling, and its effects on self and family. The research was conducted by a university based research team in partnership with the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, and with the assistance of the Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling.

The stories told by participants illustrate multiple and overlapping risk factors for problem gambling. Our conceptual approach took into account the dynamic interaction of risk factors from multiple sources: stressors in participants’ daily lives rooted in socio-economic conditions, exposure to targeted marketing aimed at Chinese immigrants inside and outside the casino, casino inducements, family contexts, and individual-level psychological and/or emotional factors. Protective factors include the support of social networks or families.


For the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.

First published on October 24, 2019.

Updated on July 20, 2020.

Community Engaged/Serving

Part of the UMass Boston Community-Engaged Teaching, Research, and Service Series. //

Report-Translation-Traditional-Chinese.pdf (2412 kB)
Traditional Chinese translation of report (July 20, 2020)

Report-Translation-Simplified-Chinese.pdf (1991 kB)
Simplified Chinese translation of report (July 20, 2020)

Presentation-about-report-20191020.pdf (626 kB)
Presentation (October 24, 2019)

First-version-of-report-20191024.pdf (1985 kB)
First version of report (October 24, 2019)


Massachusetts Gaming Commission



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