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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.

We can’t do this without you. Let’s get together and build something that we all believe in.

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Gimme shelter

By: Eric San Juan - Posted on: February 28, 2014 | Culture & Life

Plans for a purpose-built hamlet envision opportunity, equality and recognition for the little people of the Philippines

By Eric San Juan   Photography by Biel Calderòn

Perry Berry has a dream: to establish a community, complete with mushroom-shaped houses, where small people from all over the Philippines can make a living and escape discrimination. Berry is the president of the Little People Association of the Philippines (LPAP) and has been struggling since the late 1980s to make this dream a reality. Little people, he says, want to show society that even though they are small, they can do big things.

Berry’s vision was born with the younger members of the association in mind. Young people such as his 18-year-old daughter Josephine, who dreams of becoming a lawyer. “I can imagine myself living there,” she says. “We can live in the city with other people, but it’s better in such a village because things will be made for our size. It’s my dream, too. If we have our own village, we can be free to do what we want.”

While younger LPAP members are full of hope, some of the older ones, such as Egoy, fear they may have missed their chance. At 51 years old, Egoy performs as an Elvis Presley impersonator, but wishes he could have set up a small shop or restaurant. He didn’t have enough money to pursue that dream though; he could only afford to be Elvis.

Pidoy too has little interest in the potential village. The manager of the famous Hobbit House bar, where Berry used to serve as manager and where most of the waiters are small, is 61 years old and has his sights set only on retirement.

Yet there is more support than disinterest. Berry’s idea is not without precedent, either. Kunming, in China’s Yunnan province, is home to the Dwarf Empire Amusement Park where the more than 100 workers living there measure less than 130 centimetres. However, the park is not managed by little people; Berry and the 46 members of the LPAP want to be their own masters and to own the land they inhabit. They say they are tired of living in a world that seems to ignore their problems.

The goal for Berry and the LPAP members is to create a life of dignity, where work, other than performing in circus shows and movies, is available.

Currently, Berry is meeting with local authorities in the hope of securing land in the Metro Manila area for a reduced price. With an architectural plan already completed, he hopes that within the next two years, construction will be underway and little people and tourists alike can begin enjoying the range of hotels, restaurants and retail outlets Berry has in store for the village.

“We don’t want to be segregated from society,” Berry says. “What we are aiming for here is to create a community so that we will be recognised.”


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