Gambling in Canton: Myth and Reality of a Calamity

Virgil K.Y. Ho

in Understanding Canton

Published in print December 2005 | ISBN: 9780199282715
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603037 | DOI:

Series: Studies on Contemporary China

 Gambling in Canton: Myth and Reality of a Calamity

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Each successive political regime in Canton criticized its predecessor for legalizing gambling, and hence ‘poisoning’ its people with a long list of gaming-related social problems. In official propaganda, gambling became such a highly politicized topic that the real situation was purposely obscured. In fact, the problem of compulsive gambling was not as common as alleged. The popularity of some forms of gambling revealed the commonness of rational betting among ‘gamblers’, and the sincerity of the governments in regulating gambling.

Keywords: gambling; leisure; prohibition; legalization; lottery; fan tan; corruption; Chen Ch’iung-ming; revenue

Chapter.  35974 words. 

Subjects: Economic History

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