The Globe as you know it is changing. Coming June 2019

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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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Hanoi / Where to eat, sleep and shop

Posted on: May 14, 2018 | Featured

Our guide to the teeming streets and stately architecture of Veitnam’s eclectic capital, from an ancient temple offering a haven of peace, to late-night shopping at the city’s lively night market

Eat: Quan An Ngon

With a shaded central courtyard lined with street-style stalls, Quan An Ngon promises all the variety of Vietnam’s iconic street food without the risk of a funny pho turning your hour-long walk to Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum into an awkward emergency. The reason for Quan An Ngon’s popularity is clear after a quick glance around the bustling garden area, where tourists find themselves overwhelmingly outnumbered by local aficionados drawn in by the promise of an authentic bowl of bun cha.

Drink: Tadioto

Tadioto was relocated to the capital from the US more than a decade ago by Vietnamese-American proprietor, artist and author Nguyen Qui Duc and has since become something of a local hangout for Hanoi’s vibrant artistic community. Lying in the stately shadows of the Opera House and historic Metropole Hanoi in the city’s vibrant French quarter, Tadioto’s intimate interior is perfectly laid out for intense, late-night conversations over a few too many glasses of the bar’s seasonal cocktails. Vintage curios and assorted objet d’arts complete the bar’s Bohemian bearing.

Sleep: Apricot Hotel

Overlooking the serene expanse of Hanoi’s sacred Hoan Kiem Lake, Apricot Hotel offers a more intimate brush with luxury than the expansive Metropole Hanoi. The hotel prides itself on embracing the capital’s flourishing arts community by lining its walls with the latest works from local creatives. Alongside all the usual luxuries of a fivestar address, Apricot boasts a breathtaking rooftop bar commanding a panoramic view of Hanoi’s scenic inner city and a music stage that hosts performances by Vietnamese and international artists alike.

Explore: the Temple of Literature

The almost 1,000-year-old Temple of Literature is a beautifully preserved example of imperial Vietnamese architecture, an elegant tribute to learning, culture and the arts. The grounds of the temple, originally a Confucian university that educated the scholars and mandarins who oversaw the nation’s governance, mirror the slow path to enlightenment that all students embark on. Lavish archways carved with stars and dragons lead visitors through a series of walled gardens and reflecting pools to the shrine’s inner sanctum, rich with incense and the silent prayers of supplicants.

Shop: night market

The sprawling night market in the city’s Old Quarter is a labyrinth of street stalls offering visitors a dizzying selection of local wares and produce. Friday through Sunday, it’s lit by the ubiquitous glow of paper lanterns as its streetside cafes hawk Hanoi delicacies from pho to bun cha, washed down with bottle after bottle of local beer. Fashion-wise, the cut-price T-shirts and sunglasses spilling from their racks won’t leave you kitted out in the finest local couture, but there are few better places in Hanoi to drink in the ambience.

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