AUSTRALIA: Chinese students learn vice of the diceThe Age. But Sai Meng (not his real name) did not finish his learning journey on the podium of a sandstone graduation hall. Instead, he spent his last days in Australia in a hospital ward under suicide watch.
It started innocently enough with a casual visit to Adelaide's Skycity Casino with his best friend from Hong Kong. They had $100 each and vowed to leave as soon as they lost their money. His friend kept his promise and never returned but Sai Meng became a regular. His story is just one example of a disturbing trend affecting international students, many from Asian countries, who come to Australia to study and end up problem gamblers. A Gambling Research Australia report published in June said the rate of problem gambling among international students is 6.7%, almost seven times higher than the 1% in the Australian population reported by the Productivity Commission.
Full report on The Age site