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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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Indonesia / Using ‘food storytelling’ to rekindle an interest in local cuisine

By: Cristyn Lloyd - Posted on: April 10, 2018 | Culture & Life

Food writer, food stylist and owner of Kedai Aput catering service, Ade Putri Paramadita is championing Indonesian home cooking through what she calls ‘food storytelling’

Ade Putri Paramadita is trying to educate people about the intricacies of Indonesian cuisine

Ahead of her appearance at this month’s Ubud Food Festival, she talks about her works, Indonesia’s latest culinary innovations and her plans for the festival.

What is food storytelling?
Not just reviewing a restaurant, but telling the story behind the food’s recipe, the idea, the traditions in the recipe. When you know the story behind food you appreciate it even more. We’re trying to encourage people to cook by themselves at home, to have a family dinner, which is not common any longer in big cities… We also [arrange] activities like going to the traditional market together, where I can introduce them to local ingredients… because otherwise people just cook what they already know. They’re not actually that eager to discover new things.

What does food innovation mean to you?
A few years back, not many Indonesian youngsters were interested in eating Indonesian food, especially cooking [it]. But nowadays they have the idea of how to make food look pretty, how to interpret food in a modern way… Indonesian foods are rich but most of them are not attractive at all… We cover everything with sauces. So what [chefs] do nowadays, I think, is pretty innovative – trying to make it look different, so the youngsters get more attracted to it.

What are the challenges of working with food in Indonesia?
The challenge is to get good ingredients, because most of the good ingredients [will be] exported. So in Indonesia we don’t actually [get to use] the best [quality ingredients] – we [can use] the second quality if you know how to get them. Otherwise we just get the third quality. All the best seafood is sent to the US or Japan… So that’s a challenge. I think also to educate people that Indonesian food is not just about rice. We’ve been taught for our whole lives that carbs are just rice. Actually, we have so many, but not many people really care about it. They just want to eat rice.

Tell us about something you’ll be doing at the Ubud Food Festival…
[In] one class I’ll be teaching food sketching, which I recently just learned as well… I’m not gifted at all – I’m so bad at anything art related, but a few months ago I found that sketching is actually interesting if you know what you want to sketch. I’m super into food, so I tried to sketch my own cooking before I cook. I tried to plan. It went quite OK. I think this is one of the newest innovations of telling stories – when I sketch something, I also tell people what I’ve put in it, why I put [in] those things, why I plate it that way.

This article was published in the April edition of Southeast Asia Globe magazine. For full access, subscribe here.

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