The Origin of Chinese Gambling

Chinese love to gamble. The Chinese government is less happy with this so they are clamping down on gambling in the mainland. On the other hand they endorse gambling in Macao. It’s a strange world. Read more in this article from the LA Times . The most intriguing and telling quote about gambling but at the same time about the psyche of the average Chinese is the one made by Hu Xingdou, economics professor at the Beijing Institute of Technology.

“Chinese are the biggest gamblers in the world,” said Hu, the economics professor. “Thousands of years under an imperial system that tries to keep people down leads to a mentality of trying to become super-rich overnight, preferably without the hard work.”

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