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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.

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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.

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Tech in the region / These researchers in Singapore have made the world’s first tofu whey alcohol

Posted on: January 12, 2018 | Business

Vietnam looks to add the first solar plant, while Singapore gives a nod to the popularity of Japanese culture in the country by naming the first alcohol made of tofu whey ‘sachi’

Chua Jian Yong (L) and Liu Shao Quan of the National University of Singapore

University researchers whey in on alcohol

Researchers from the National University of Singapore have developed the world’s first alcoholic beverage made out of tofu whey. Dubbed ‘sachi’ in tribute to the popularity of Japanese culture in Singapore as well as its surprisingly pleasant, Sake-like taste, the drink helps to offset the environmental damage done by tofu whey, a harmful waste product in the manufacturing of tofu. “Even though it is made from tofu whey, it has a very mild to undetectable soy taste. All the flavours in the drink are derived from fermentation, without artificial flavours or flavour extracts,” said PhD student Chua Jian Yong, one of the researchers responsible for the drink. The team says that not only is the drink eco-friendly, it also comes with health benefits. “It is the only alcoholic beverage that has isoflavones, which contribute to bone health, heart health and cancer prevention,” associate professor Liu Shao Quan, who worked on the project, told Business Insider.

Solar panels in Vietnam. Vietnamese company SolarBK will soon launch its first solar farm

Vietnam’s homegrown solar solution

Renewable energy firm SolarBK is to construct Vietnam’s first all-Vietnamese solar plant. The $5m project, which has been five years in the making, only recently received a licence from the People’s Committee of Da Nang City after prolonged discussions over the use of 6.7 hectares of landfill. “Our first solar farm will soon be realised,” said Nguyen Duong Tuan, SolarBK’s chief executive. “SolarBK will not only be the project owner, it will also become the first Vietnamese engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) company for a solar farm.” The farm aims to help cut carbon emissions by about 5,000 tonnes a year and, given Vietnam’s great potential for harnessing solar power, SolarBK hopes the country can become a world leader in providing renewable energy solutions.

TripAlly, a new app from Thailand, aims to alleviate the problem of high roaming costs

New Thai app simplifies roaming

A new app launching next year will provide overseas travellers to Thailand with access to mobile internet services without the need to purchase expensive data packages or a local SIM card. TripAlly is tackling the problem of high roaming costs by offering in-app internet data packages ranging from one day, which costs $3 for unlimited data, to three weeks. Although the service will initially only be available in Thailand, TripAlly plans to expand to Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Myanmar and Malaysia, tapping into a market of about 85 million travellers per year. With no need to change SIM or purchase any extra hardware, this new service will come as a welcome relief to tourists, CEO Aleksey Gordienko told the Bangkok Post, adding that it should “help them stay connected even on the beach or at national parks without having to scout for free Wi-Fi”.

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

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