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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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A Requiem for Cambodia / Paying tribute to a tumultuous history through performance art

By: Cristyn Lloyd - Posted on: May 11, 2018 | Cambodia

Bangsokol: A Requiem for Cambodia is a performance piece that uses dance, film, music and theatre to honour those killed during the country’s turbulent past. Ahead of its showing Paris this month, composer Him Sophy discussed Bangsokol’s cathartic power and his motivation for opening his eponymous music school in Phnom Penh

Him Sophy, composer of Bangsokol: A Requiem for Cambodia, which will be performed in Paris this month Photo: Enric Catalá Contreras for SEA Globe

Tell me about the Bangsokol piece…
It’s about remembering the past of Cambodia. We focus especially on the period of civil war and the genocidal regime, remembering and wishing [that] the dead people – the heroes, the soldiers, the ordinary people, the victims in Cambodia – [find peace] in the next life. This is the first idea. And then the second idea is not only for Cambodian people, [it’s for] people all around the world. Bangsokol means ‘requiem’. And you can see people all around the world now, what they suffer with war [and] living under dictators. A lot of people really see tragedy now… I think that my piece also is a very good message to [those] who want to destroy the world, who want to create war in the world… My weapon is music.

How have Khmer people reacted to the piece so far?
Sometimes it’s hard – it’s very painful for us, for Cambodian people. Sometimes they say: “I don’t want to come to see it, I want to be happy, I want to be free from that.” But I think they are wrong, they have to come to see it and to remember it, to tell the young generation, [so history] does not repeat… I’m a composer who passed through the whole regime, all the bad things – tragedy, suffering – so I’m happy that I can produce the work and create something that [can be] shown to people all around the world.

What is the state of music education in Cambodia?
Music education is still weak. I was the only one that studied in the Moscow conservatory, as a composer. The first and the last. We want to perform [Bangsokol in Cambodia] very much, but we don’t have an orchestra, we don’t have a choir, we don’t have professional musicians.

Why do you like to blend traditional Khmer and Western sounds?
Traditional musicians only perform old pieces, [so] there is no development. And their skill is also still low. When I compose for them, I try to teach new techniques, new compositions, new music. [When] they try to learn, they find it very difficult. [When] they achieve their goal, they can perform with the Western bands, all together sounding amazing, beautiful. And they feel proud. And that means the culture will develop, look forward. I built the Him Sophy School of Music because of the lack of development of Western classical music in Cambodia.