Philip Chong, CEO of Quincy Asian Resources, Inc., was disturbed by the recent uptick in violence against Asian elders across the country. The hope is that the whistles could help thwart an attack as or before it happens.
He wants the elders to know that they're welcome here.
"We want them to know that they are not making a mistake coming to this country, and that this country wants them," Chong said.
The group will start to hand out the whistles this coming Friday. Chong said a similar system has already shown success in New York.
He said team heard about the idea from community members who had learned it from Wellesley College.
"It is a defining moment that we know we cannot just sit there, and not do anything about," he said.
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