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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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Tokyo International Film Festival / Young Vietnamese actor earns international recognition for debut role

By: Lily Hess - Posted on: November 14, 2018 | Culture & Life

An up-and-coming Vietnamese actor has scooped the award for best newcomer at an international film festival for his role in a movie that features a declining Vietnamese traditional art

Lien Binh Phat hopes the award will set him on his way to a successful acting career

Lien Binh Phat was awarded the Gemstone Award at the Tokyo International Film Festival earlier this month for what was his first acting role. He picked up the accolade for his performance in the Vietnamese movie Song Lang, which is about the relationship between a debt collector and a traditional opera actor, set in Ho Chi Minh city during the 1980s.

The movie, released this year, is the first feature-length film directed by Vietnamese writer, actor and director Leon Le. In the film, Phat plays the role of Dung, a debt collector whose family used to be involved with opera performers.

“[Song Lang] was my first time acting in a movie, so I had to get used to and adapt to being at the studio all day,” said Phat. “[The] Tokyo Gemstone Award is my motivation to continue fighting and trying my best for my path in the future.”

Song Lang features the Vietnamese art of cai luong opera, a modern folk opera which originated in South Vietnam and became prominent throughout the country in the previous century. The 1980s was known as the “golden age of cai luong”, when there were many active troupes performing and cai luong actors enjoyed huge fame.

The art form has been in decline since the 1980s, though Phat believes the film – which is the first movie about Cai Luong – can help to raise awareness of this fading tradition, saying that “It helps the audience to take in and treasure this art form more.” 

Phat, who studies tourism and works in events management, began taking acting classes at the end of 2015 and started looking for small acting opportunities, looking to find out if he could turn a dream of acting into a reality.

On receiving the prize at the film festival, Phat said: “I am very happy to join such a grand international film festival for the first time, and this will be the motivation for me to continue on the movie path.”

The Gemstone Award is given to new actors and actresses recognised as having great potential in their careers. This year the award was presented to Phat, Mai Kiryu from Japan, Nijiro Murakami from Japan, and Karelle Tremblay from Canada.

Additional reporting by Bao Tran Lim