Unlike your typical entertainment magazine, saya. magazine is an independent publication that seeks to explore complex topics in the realm of human thoughts, social science and selfhood through a Southeast Asian lens. Helmed by Maira Zamri in early 2019, the print publication aims to get their readers thinking about the single most familiar yet foreign individual: themselves.
How did the idea for saya. magazine and its name come about?
The name saya. was inspired by the inevitable identity crises that we all have had and are bound to have at some point in our lives. As a publication, we are fueled by the question ‘siapa saya?’ in its broadest sense. Issue One — our first publication — aims to answer this exact question!
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We ponder a lot on the ways in which your identity disadvantages/privileges you and consequently how you can help bring change to the world no matter who you are.
Who is the wonderful team behind saya. magazine?
These lovely people worked on Issue One!
Maira Zamri (@maira.zamri)
Maisarah Mijar (@mai.sanity)
Li Yi Wong (@l.i.y.i)
Alena Nadia (@alenanadia)
Ilya Safar (@ilyasafar)
What is one goal you wish to achieve with saya. magazine?
To be a safe space for all to creatively and critically express themselves—in short, to have fun!
What are some of the core values that saya. magazine uphold?
Everyone gets a seat at the table and everyone’s voice matters. At saya., we look at identity within the context of how it affects your navigation of the world. We ponder a lot on the ways in which your identity disadvantages/privileges you and consequently how you can help bring change to the world no matter who you are.