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With thousands of people commuting in and out of San Francisco on a daily, sometimes walking home late at night can be inevitable. Walk Me Home is a personal safety app that tracks a users journey home and instinctively alerts for help when needed. Using common technology already found in most smart phones, this app will be able to alert for help when it senses the user has not made it home in a set amount of time, is traveling in the wrong direction, or violent movement has been sensed. Depending on the emergency, alerts can vary between a simple alarm to deter attackers, a mass text sent out to predetermined receivers with the users current location, or alert authorities. Additionally, the community section will allow users to view their loved ones location to make sure that they have made it home safely. The news feed section will allow users to view commuter and safety news pertaining to their most frequent locations.

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Vietnamese in US rattled by rising hate crimes against Asians

Mar 7, 2021

Vietnamese in US rattled by rising hate crimes against Asians 07/03/2021 Attacks on Asian-Americans in the U.S. for 'causing' the Covid-19 pandemic are worrying the Vietnamese community there. Walking their dog after dinner has always been a favorite daily activity of Tho Pham and his wife, a Vietnamese couple who live with their 39-year-old son in Garden Grove City, California.But not in the last few months as the wave of anti-Asian violence and harassment has terrified him. "I do not dare go out without my children because I am afraid someone will knock me to the ground or stab me to death just because I am Asian," he laments, adding that the hate crimes have disrupted his daily life. Many other Vietnamese share his apprehension, especially older people. Wally Ng, a member of the Guardian Angels, patrols with other members in Chinatown in New York City, New York, U.S., May 16, 2020. Photo by Reuters. Violence and hatred directed at Asian Americans, which also includes mugging, have surged across California since the beginning of the Covis-19 pandemic as Asians are blamed for its origin in Wuhan, China. Videos of an Asian woman being punched in the face on a subway platform and a Thai man being pushed to the ground in San Francisco have sparked fears, and the Vietnamese community is traumatized. Hoai Nguyen, a housewife in San Jose, home to the largest Vietnamese population in America, says: "It is annoying and scary when you go out and have to keep looking behind your back to see if you are being followed by someone suspicious." She has been called "coronavirus" several times while walking and shopping, but she had not expected the discrimination and hatred to turn violent and even murderous. Last month the Vietnamese community in San Jose was shocked after a 64-year-old woman was robbed in front of Dai Thanh Supermarket during the Lunar New Year holidays. Nguyen says with a sigh: "I cannot do that (go out) on my own because they may kill me. How weak I am and how cold-hearted those people are." Since older people are targeted, no one is comfortable letting their parents or grandparents go out alone though the first month of the lunar new year is typically filled with activities like meeting relatives and going to pagodas. This year most had a subdued New Year also because of the pandemic. Hong Nguyen, who is always accompanied by her children on the streets in Oakland these days, says: "It should be a time for celebration, we should meet our families and friends instead of being targeted or attacked." Solidarity The potential threats have brought the Vietnamese diaspora together. On Facebook groups, they post videos of Asians being assaulted or robbed to warn others about the growing threat in places like California and New York, home to many Vietnamese-Americans. "Please help if you see anyone being verbally or physically attacked," one person wrote in a group for people living in West Hills, California. Some people give a helping hand to elders in their Vietnamese and Asian communities. In Oakland, for instance, there have been community initiatives including patrols by volunteers who escort seniors around the city. "From our Chinese, Thai and Vietnamese elders to our youth, our Asian-American communities are traumatized, afraid and outraged during a time when we are also experiencing disproportionate impacts of the pandemic," according to a joint agreement by Asian-American organizations in the Bay Area said, calling for non-police safety measures like volunteer neighborhood patrols. Hong Nguyen's sons and daughter, who are in their 20s, have joined many other Asians to protect elders in public places. "Someone threw rocks at my sister's house twice last week, and so five of us stand in front of her house in the evenings to see if those thugs come around again," Hong Nguyen says, adding solidarity is their recourse now. A 91-year-old Asian man is shoved to the ground from behind by a suspect in Chinatown in Oakland, California, January 31, 2021. Photo courtesy of Reutters. Some people have taken a further step, gun ownership. "I decided to buy a handgun this spring after seeing a series of mugging of Asians," Nguyen Duc Phuc, 45, says. Owning a gun gives him and his wife peace of mind amid the senseless violence, he says. "When I was in line waiting to buy the gun, two white guys called me 'chin*' and made fun of me because I wore a mask." The New York Times quoted David Liu, owner of Arcadia Firearm and Safety in the predominantly Asian city of Arcadia in California, as saying there is an uptick in Asian-Americans buying firearms though admittedly interest has been skyrocketing among "basically everybody." In a survey by the National Shooting Sports Foundation last year gun retailers estimated there was a nearly 43 percent increase in sales to Asian customers in the first half of 2020, the Times added. But people like Pham, Phuc and Nguyen know that violence is never the correct response to violence. On February 26 senior officials of the U.S. Justice Department claimed that the recent surge in violence and hate incidents against Asian-Americans is unacceptable, and promised to investigate those cases and other hate crimes. These "horrific attacks on Asian-Americans across the country" have "no place in our society," Deputy Attorney General John Carlin said while speaking about domestic terrorism, adding that the Justice Department is "committed to putting a stop to it." Agents and prosecutors at the department would "look at recent footage from New York and California to see those horrific attacks directed at Asian Americans, to realize how dire the threats are," he said. But in the meantime, Pham knows he needs his children with him if he wants to venture outside home. "I just want to feel safe and not fear for my life when going out without disturbing my children." by Bùi Hoài Nam ON DISPLAY: A bamboo fish from the Taboo workshop, an innovative centre of the traditional craft. Photo courtesy of Taboo Hội An local Võ Tấn Tân and his craftsmen created the Taboo Bamboo Workshop in the middle of the Cẩm Thanh nipa palm forest as a… by Hoàng Vân Anh One day I found myself on Hà Nội’s Lò Sũ Street and just couldn’t keep my eyes away from a cosy and chic restaurant with quite an intriguing name: Etesia. Looking it up later, I was even more impressed by the concept and the menu. Etesia… Over the past four decades, Ho Chi Minh City cobbler Bui Thi Tuyet has worked tirelessly to make sure the bespoke shoes she builds are a perfect fit for customers with foot impairments, helping them walk comfortably and smoothly. Able-bodied people may take shoes for granted, but what many with… NOSE FOR NOTES: Phùng Văn Hùng has pursued his hobby of tracking down old money for more than a decade. VNS Photo Hồng Vân By Minh Phương, Vân Nguyễn & Linh Chi Flicking through the pages of some of his old currency albums, Phùng Văn Hùng’s mind rewinds to the… Dr Lê Nguyên Phương, who worked as a school psychologist in the US, has returned to Việt Nam to focus on the topic of mental health in families. He shares some insights into parenting with Vân Anh. Dr Lê Nguyên Phương. Photo courtesy of Phương Inner Sanctum: Why did you… by Minh Nguyễn With colours as words and patterns as metaphors, ethnic Chăm artisans in the Mekong Delta province of An Giang passionately create stories through weaving. Saymah is working on a handloom when I visit her family’s craft shop. She is among the experienced weavers of the Chăm community…

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