Angela helped start one of the state's few Mandarin Chinese gambling treatment programs. But she soon realized a hard fact: Admitting an addiction is difficult in any culture. But many Asians find it particularly hard, especially men.
"It's shameful to be emotionally weak," Lee said. "It's not acceptable. So you certainly don't get up and bare your soul before a room full of strangers."
To save face among neighbors, many families will bail out an addicted gambler, paying off casinos and loan sharks, rather than seek help.
Asian American advocates are urging casinos to distribute brochures in Asian languages offering help to problem gamblers.
More ambitiously, they want ATMs in casinos closed and overnight hours curtailed to discourage problem gamblers. They also would like the state to require gaming venues to contribute to treatment programs.