How to write about poverty and poverty-related topics
Romblon says he’s working on a book about poverty, but he isn’t sure if it’ll be called Poor Travel Writers.
“I don’t know yet,” he said.
“It’s an exciting time right now.”
Romblon said he thinks the time has come to change the name of the book, because he has a lot of respect for the people who are doing it.
“The thing about poverty is that it’s a social construct,” he explained.
“People are just people.”
Rampant poverty is often a topic of conversation in the Philippines.
Rombolan said it’s an issue that he’s personally experienced as a journalist.
“There are a lot more people in poverty,” he lamented.
“The problem is that people have been given a false idea of what it means to be poor.
I feel like we’re living in the wrong time to change it.”
Rambutan’s time-poor traveller, Robert Gonsalves, said he had a similar feeling when he first started reporting on poverty in the country.
“What I love about poverty in Australia is that there’s no stigma attached to it,” he told The Next Blog.
“There’s no discrimination.
We just all get on.”
Gonsalvez started writing about poverty as a way of challenging the “troubled man” stereotype.
“It’s not that people are in need of money or are living on the street or don’t have jobs, but I think people who get it are not necessarily rich people,” he recalled.
“They have a job, they’re getting a wage, they have their house and they’re living like normal people.”
Gonzalo Santos-Martinez, an assistant professor at the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of New South Wales, told The Australian the time-rich traveller has been a powerful force in the journalism community.
“They’re very difficult to get ahold of because they’re very invisible,” he remarked.
“A lot of time the people they interview are not aware of the problems that they’re raising and it’s very difficult for journalists to get in touch with them because of the stigma.”
Rumbolons time-and-place guideRombolons travels through a time of economic uncertainty and poverty, from the 1960s to the 1980s.
In his book, he describes the stories of the people he met while on the trip.
“From the first day we got on the plane, I was really taken aback by the poverty and despair and the anger of people in Australia,” he recounted.
“I went to Sydney to meet with people in their 50s and 60s, who were struggling financially.”
Rubba’s book of short stories, written in 1977, was also a time-to-time travel guide, as was the book of the same name, published in 1977.
Romblons book of non-fiction travel stories, published by the University’s Institute of Public Affairs in 2014, is also a short-time-travel guide.
“We were always writing about things that we could actually do, like get the government to help us and we had a real hope that we would have the government give us aid,” Romblins daughter, Rombolan, said.
The Rombols time-traveling travels were a form of public art in Australia.
“For me, it was always about showing that people’s lives were more complex and interesting than we ever thought,” Rumbolas daughter said.
Rumbols travels in Australia also led to a short film about poverty that ran on television.
The film, which ran for nine years on ABC TV, featured people from around Australia sharing stories of poverty.
“At the end of it, I realised that there was something else that we had been missing,” Rimbulan Romba, Rumblons daughter, told ABC News.
“When we were on the road, we had the luxury of being on the bus, in the bush, in a city, and we didn’t have to look for help.”
“I had to get up in front of a camera, not on the streets but on the screen, and show the world that there is a poverty problem,” Rubba Rombas said.