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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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Chef Bee Satongun / ‘To truly taste, your mind must be clear’

By: Lesly Lotha - Posted on: December 28, 2018 | Featured

Chef Bee Satongun has had a remarkable year. Elit Vodka named her Best Female Chef, her “heirloom Thai cuisine” restaurant, Paste Bangkok, which she co-owns with her husband, was awarded a Michelin star and She recently opened another branch in Laos. Satongun talks with Southeast Asia Globe about the importance of taste and research when creating the perfect balance of flavours

Chef Satongun has opened a Laos location of her Michelin-sarred Bangkok restaurant, Paste

“Its very, very difficult to truly be able to taste. Its not just about memory but also your genetic coding that contributes to what is stored within you. To truly taste, your mind must be clear and hold taste in the highest esteem. It may just be an afterthought because you want to distract the customers eyes by fancy visuals, but you have to know how to produce a dish that isnt one-dimensional in overall taste. Instead, it must be layered with flavours you want  to highlight in the first bite as well as the flavours of the aftermath. Being able to balance life (plants, herbs, etc.) and death (fermentation, curing, etc.) on a plate ends up producing complexities of flavour.

“Extremely deep cultural, market and gastronomical research went on for just over 11 years before we launched Paste. It really came down to delivering on a culinary experience that you couldnt find anywhere else. Paste is very much a company that goes with the flow. My day consists of watching over who I am currently mentoring, so most of the time, it is teaching and talking. I am also in a constant state of creativity, so I am usually thinking of a new dish. I usually produce a new dish every one or two weeks, so in my spare moments, I research the ingredients or methods required for the completion of the dish. I aim to perfect and pursue the goal of getting Paste to a more delicate and refined level than 2018.

Team building and team morale is vital to be able to gain consistency and to be able to progress at any kind of real advancement with a clear, positive mind and the correct amount of stress for stimulation, but we have a high retention rate of staff, so my days run quite smoothly.

“Thai cuisine was originally a hunter-gatherer food and requires a lot of understanding and research to gain a birds-eye view. There are tremendous dishes from the northern, southern and eastern regions of Thailand that and still unknown, and unfortunately, around 70% of these ingredients have been lost due to deforestation. I think it is just a very small portion of Thai cuisine that has been exposed to the world so far.

This article was published in the December 2018 edition of Southeast Asia Globe magazine. To subscribe to our newsletter, click here