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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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Wild Boars / Thai cave boys story to get ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ treatment on Netflix

By: Aidan Jones / AFP - Posted on: May 2, 2019 | Culture & Life

Netflix has agreed to collaborate with the makers of Crazy Rich Asians for a production based on the gripping real-life rescue of the “Wild Boars” football team from a flooded Thai cave

(From L to R) SK Global Entertainment/Ivanhoe Pictures president of international productions Michael Hogan, Netflix director of international originals Erika North, ‘Wild Boars’ football team coach Ekkapol Chantawong and Thai army Lieutenant-General Werachon Sukondhapatipak pose during a press conference in Bangkok Photo: Lillian Suwanrumpha / AFP

The streaming giant would not immediately be drawn on whether it would give the saga its high-end mini-series treatment or be made into a film.

The 12 boys and their coach became trapped in a flooded Tham Luang cave in northern Thailand during the monsoon season on 23 June last year after finishing football training.

The twists and turns of their dramatic 18-day rescue dominated international headlines, as dive experts worked round the clock to extract them from the bowels of the cave with waters rising and food running out.

The Wild Boars, several of them from poor and marginalised ethnic hill tribes, have since been catapulted to global fame, revelling in invites from professional football clubs and television appearances including on Ellen Degeneres’ headlining US daytime show.

A lucrative mini-industry in retelling their story has spun out, with local and international film companies and publishing houses queuing up to squeeze out books, films and documentaries.

“There is a universality to storytelling and this incredible tale is no exception,” said Erika North, director of international originals for Netflix at a ceremony attended by SK Global – producers of Crazy Rich Asians – the Wild Boars team and their coach.

“We are looking to tell the most authentic story possible,” she said, adding it would not be finished this year but refused to confirm the format it would take.

The 12 boys and their coach, dressed in suits with yellow shirts – royal colours to commemorate this weekend’s coronation of the Thai king – beamed for photographers.

Coach Ekkapol Chantawong is president of the newly-minted 13 Thumluang Company – which is the bridging point between the production houses, the boys and their families.

“Netflix will be able to bring out the whole story and portray it correctly,” he told reporters.

Also present was army Lieutenant-General Werachon Sukondhapatipak, an advisor to the 13 Thumluang Company and former spokesman for the ruling junta.

No financial details were given at Tuesday’s press conference amid rumours of life-changing payouts to the team and their families in exchange for helping with the project.

Werachon said the team planned to give around 20% of any earnings to charity “because the families and the boys recognise they have been helped and supported by so many people,” though he acknowledged this was “voluntary” for the youngsters.

Thai authorities want to keep a close hand on international productions of the saga, aware of the potential for disagreements over rights and retellings that veer from their portrayal of events.

The boys – who were sedated for the arduous hours-long rescue – were eventually extracted from the cave by teams of expert divers.

Crazy Rich Asians director Jon M. Chu will also join the project as director, along with Thai director Nattawut Poonpiriya, whose 2017 heist thriller Bad Genius earned critical acclaim.

A separate project due out later this year is feature-length film The Cave from Thai-born director Tom Waller, who enlisted real rescuers as actors in the movie.