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The Globe as you know it is changing.

Since 2007, Southeast Asia Globe has been a space for some of the region’s best writers and photographers to take our readers behind the headlines into the stories that shape people’s lives. Every month, you could expect to pick up our latest print edition and find high-quality journalism, analysis and artwork waiting on every page. And since 2007, we’ve fought to uphold our promise of quality and independence to you, our readers.

But, like we said, the world is changing. Print publications just aren’t reaching the audiences they need to fulfil their promise of informing, educating and entertaining the public. Advertisers continue to invest in digital platforms while printing costs creep ever higher. Print may not be dead, but it’s fighting for its life. And we’re tired of waiting by a sickbed for its condition to improve. We want to be present at the birth of something new.

That’s why Southeast Asia Globe is relaunching as a member-driven platform featuring daily long-form features combining world-class journalism with enthralling art design and data-centered tech. Through our core pillars – Power, Money, Life and Earth – we are focusing in on the central issues that our readers have always engaged with most, with the same in-depth coverage of politics, business, social affairs and the environment that you’ve come to expect since 2007.

But leaving print behind us doesn’t just save our backs from lugging stacks of magazines across Southeast Asia. It opens up a global readership who don’t just want to read the news, but have a say in the stories that we tell and the way that we tell them. We’re not asking you to take out another magazine subscription – our stories are open to all. What we’re offering our members is a space where they can pitch and vote on the stories that they think deserve to be told. We want to inspire an engaged and active community of members who vote for, comment on and contribute to the stories that matter most to them. We want to work with our members to curate the way they engage with the news – not just as readers, but as an active extension of our editorial team.

That’s how we’re changing to bring you great stories. Here’s how we’re not.

We’re independent. Always have been, always will be. We’re not owned by any corporation or aligned with any state. We choose the stories that we tell, and the way that we tell them.

We’re creative. We’re not interested in churning out breaking news stories on the hour, every hour. We believe that the best stories are the ones that come alive on the page, digging deeper into the issues that shape Southeast Asia – and bringing you along for the ride. From our dedicated designers to our new software development team, our commitment is to constantly challenge ourselves to find new ways of reaching out to our readers.

We’re open. Challenging governments, NGOs and businesses to be transparent with the public means nothing if we keep our own readers in the dark. That’s why we will be completely open about why we tell the stories that we tell – and how we pay for them. Work with us to build something that endures where many media fail, and decide with us exactly where that money is going.

Above all, we’re optimistic. And yeah, we know what you’re thinking. Faced with impending climate collapse, the rise of right-wing authoritarian governments across the world, widening wealth and income inequality and deepening divisions rooted in race or gender or creed, it’s hard not to open the papers and feel the weight of the world pressing down. But we wouldn’t be doing this if we didn’t believe that when people work together, they can make their little corner of the world a more just, open and equal place.

And that’s why we can’t do this without you. We believe that across the globe is a community of people who care deeply about social justice, environmental action and press freedom – and who will join in to help make those ideals a reality. We’re not just holding our hand out – we need your voice to play a vital role in building Southeast Asia Globe into a leading space for progressive causes in the region. Tell us what stories the mainstream media is missing. Share with us the causes that matter most to you, and how we can champion those causes not just across Southeast Asia, but the world.

Our vision is clear. By 2025, we want to be recognised for building a great space for outstanding journalists from across the region to explore new ways of telling Southeast Asia’s most vital stories. Let’s bring together a community of engaged and loyal members who want to help reshape the media rather than just read it. And we want to reach a point where our readers, not advertisers, are the ones working to support our shared vision of an inclusive media.

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True Colours Festival / Disabled Cambodian dancers shake off discrimination in Singapore

By: Cristyn Lloyd - Photography by: Hannah Hawkins - Posted on: March 20, 2018 | Cambodia

Epic Arts is a charity in Cambodia that opens up opportunities for performance and self-expression to people with disabilities. Two professional dancers from the organisation will head to Singapore this month to perform at True Colours Festival, which celebrates artistic talent from people who are differently abled

Photo: Hannah Hawkins for SEA Globe

Kim Socheat, who uses a wheelchair, and Ork Savy, who is deaf, explain how they use their art to shock audiences and change perceptions of people with disabilities.

What do you enjoy about performing?
Ork Savy: I really enjoy going out to places like Singapore and different countries because I get to show people that my team and I have skill. The audience sees the performance and they’re always surprised… They can really believe that every person is equal, and every person counts. I want the audience to understand disabilities in Cambodia.

What are the challenges you have faced when performing?
Kim Socheat: Before, when I [went] on stage, I felt a little bit excited and anxious. Now, it doesn’t matter. [I know that] my eyes and face need to connect with the audience, and I need to remember myself in the performance. I have confidence now.

OS: When we went to India that was one time I felt really anxious and nervous. But it was OK. I feel more confident [now], because I know the team is strong together. In

Kim Socheat (L) and Ork Savy ahead of a show in Phnom Penh

Singapore the team will be strong and confident.

Do you think your performances are helping to change how people view disabilities, especially in Cambodia?
KS: For me, I have surprised audiences in different countries. They never say it’s not good. In Cambodia I think some people [are more hesitant]. I’m not scared because I want to show [them that] this is my work. I remember one show [where] everyone [said]: “Wow! This is good!” [After I did a trick with my wheelchair] I listened to some people and they said: “Wow! Socheat is strong!” Children, I know, are young – this morning they saw me and said: “[What happened to] your legs?” Before I was shy but now I have confidence, so I can show them [my legs]. Yes, [perceptions are changing]. Everyone knows about disabilities.

OS: After [we] perform and show people what we can do, they stop discriminating. On a personal level, I have seen direct change in people I personally know. But I don’t know about the general population.

What advice would you give to aspiring performers?
OS: Sometimes for deaf students, their families think that joining, going to learn, is a big problem. So they stop the child or young adult from coming to Epic Arts or to a different organisation. It’s up to the deaf community to encourage the person to come and join and follow their passion, to follow what they want to do.

This interview was conducted through a sign language interpreter.

This article was published in the March edition of Southeast Asia Globe magazine. For full access, subscribe here.

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