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Asian Student Gambling Plague Exposed

1 December 2004

AUSTRALIA – As reported by the Australian: "A 17-year-old school student from China lost more than $40,000 in five months at an Adelaide casino, exposing widespread but hidden gambling addictions among Asian students studying in Australia.

"Underage Year 10 student "Brian", who cannot be identified, said he used fake Hong Kong identification to enter the Skycity Adelaide Casino along with other overseas secondary school students, losing two years' tuition and up to $20,000 in one week.

"His distraught mother, Min, who flew in this week from Guangdong province, tearfully explained that she and her husband had borrowed from parents and siblings to send their only son to Australia for a decent education.

"The incident had implications for Australia and for Adelaide as a safe destination for Chinese students, according to Robin Fan, a gambling counsellor with the Overseas Chinese Association.

"…He said Brian's loss was the largest and most serious he had heard about among Chinese secondary school students, who comprise half of Adelaide's overseas student population…"

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