Young campaigners in Asia are taking to social media to urge their peers to think twice about purchasing products from T-shirts to phones, as part of a campaign to end modern slavery. About 40 million people are trapped in slavery around the globe, and it is most prevalent in Asia, according to the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the charity Walk Free Foundation. A rise in spending power in Asia has also driven up the demand for cheap labor in factories making products that range from garments in Bangladesh to shoes in Cambodia and Vietnam. Young consumers are now being urged to pressure manufacturers to end the exploitation of workers under a campaign called "Do you know who made it?", which was launched on Tuesday in Bangkok by IOM X. The group is backed by the International Organization for Migration and the United States Agency for International Development. "We need to ask ourselves: is this product important to us and can we shop better?" said Kamonnart Ongwandee, a … [Read more...] about Do you know who made it? Young Asians campaign to stop slavery
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Viet Nam News Thúy Hằng If you want a travel companion, who do you choose? A friend, your partner or lover, or do you choose a family member? While most young people would choose a friend or their lover, young HCM City resident Phạm Tâm Tuấn Khương chose his maternal grandmother. Khương was the first grandchild of his grandmother and was raised by her since he was a five-month-old infant. "My mother got pregnant with my younger brother when I was only five months old. Taking care of a newborn baby plus serious morning sickness was beyond my mother's capacity at the time, so I was sent to my maternal grandmother to live in the southern coastal city of Vung Tau," Khương said. His grandmother became his second mother. She was the one who fed Khương every single spoon of milk and stayed awake the whole night through to take care of him when he was sick. That's why it's understandable that when Khương started speaking, his first word 'mom' was to his grandmother. "During my … [Read more...] about Grandma, where do you want to go next?
Your Say, published every Friday, lets readers express their opinions on a topic or issue raised by the editor. Next week: Do you think that social networks like Facebook harm people's perception of reality? In the southern province of Sóc Trăng, Nguyễn Văn Kỳ, 38, surprised the media after being sentenced to 29 years in jail. As the court announced the verdict and as a reporter was taking his picture, Kỳ smiled and said. "Remember to run my portrait on the front page!" It seems his need for attention made him momentarily forget he would be spending the rest of his young years locked up. That's just one example of how many people are acting nowadays. People crave attention, and that longing for appreciation comes out of a desire to get something from the people around them. Social networks, especially Facebook, have become a place to create a fake self-image, please the ego and desperately seek attention. When people post their picture or a status, they expect their friends to … [Read more...] about Do you think that social networks, like Facebook, would harm people’s perception of reality?
Your Say, published every Friday, lets readers express their opinions on a topic or issue raised by The Editor. Next week: Why do you choose motorbikes over other means of transport despite the traffic chaos? Anyone who has ever lived in Việt Nam, or looked at tourism information about the country, must have heard a million times how terrible and chaotic the traffic is. Yet it has become an increasingly familiar sight to spot an expat (or two) riding a motorbike, with or without helmet, in the middle of the crowded streets of Hà Nội and HCM City. The question is: why do you pick motorbikes when there are other means of transportation, like cars, taxis or public buses, which are at least safer in some regards? Is it because riding motorbikes is a way to blend in with the locals, or just for convenience? Do you think that being able to ride a motorbike is an experience worth taking when travelling in Việt Nam? Please reply by email to: [email protected], or by fax to (84-4) 3 933 … [Read more...] about Why do you choose motorbikes over other means of transport despite the traffic chaos?
The good news: Google has started testing those augmented reality glasses we heard about earlier in the year. The bad news: if the artsy shots of the test units are to be believed, they won't make you look like some '80s cinematic anti-hero. In fact, the things wouldn't look too out of place in a New York Times style story. The software giant let it be known that, while it hasn't quite got a sale date on the wearables, it's ready to test ProjectGlass amongst the non-augmented public. The company is also looking for feedback on the project, writing in a post today, "we want to start a conversation and learn from your valuable input." Want some idea of what ProjectGlass might offer the public? Sure, it's not quite as good as strapping a pair on your own eyes, but interested parties can check out a video of Google's vision after the break. Source: Vir … [Read more...] about Google testing heads-up display glasses in public, won’t make you look like Robocop