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Researchers seek alternatives to Mekong River hydropower damn

The Mekong River, flowing from the Tibetan Plateau through Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam to the South China Sea, is a hotbed of ecological diversity and roughly 60 million people...

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Titan arum to bloom in campus conservatory

Native to Indonesia, Titan arums, otherwise known as "Wee Stinky" for their putrid smell, produce the largest unbranched flowering structures in the world. Thousands of miles away from its place of...


Call for Papers: Sixth International Conference on Lao Studies

SEAP and the Center for Lao Studies (CLS) are pleased to announce that the Sixth International Conference on Lao Studies (ICLS6) will be held on June 13-15, 2019 in Ithaca. The main objective of the...

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Indigenous Movements and Political Sovereignty in Borderland Zones

Emily Hong is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Anthropology, and her research intersects political and legal anthropology, feminist and decolonial epistemology, indigenous media and...

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Linguistics major spends summer immersed in the study of Southeast Asian languages

Thanks to a fellowship from Cornell’s Southeast Asia Program, Javier Agredo ’19, spent the summer studying Thai at the University of Wisconsin Madison’s Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute.

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The Undulating Landscape of Lao Cinema

By: Chairat Polmuk, PhD candidate, Asian studies

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Cornell faculty and leadership begin to tackle grand challenges

As a pre-eminent research institution and New York’s land-grant university, Cornell is uniquely suited to tackle “grand challenges” like the ones discussed at the Nov. 8-9 Global Grand Challenges...

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Visiting Fellow Spotlight: Hang Nguyen

Dr. Hang Thi Thuy Nguyen is a lecturer at the Faculty of International Politics and Diplomacy of the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam in Hanoi, Vietnam. She will be working on a research project at...

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Early Asian alumni website is now live

The Asian Alumni Project is a digital platform with photos, a database, and timeline that spotlights Cornellians who either came from Asia or spent a significant time there after graduation.

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October 19 SEAP Book Launch at Kahin

SEAP hosted a book launch event on Friday, October 19 at the Kahin Center to honor faculty authors, especially Thak Chaloemtiarana, a retired professor in the Department of Asian Studies at Cornell.

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What the US Can Learn from China and India’s Engagement With Myanmar

As U.S. pressure tactics have proven unable to improve conditions for the Rohingya, it is worth considering alternatives. Written by SEAP Undergraduate student Abigail Chen.


Visiting Fellow Spotlight: Darsono Hadiraharjo

Darsono Hadiraharjo is a prominent Indonesian musician and shadow puppeteer who believes in the deep connections of the performing arts.

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Improvisational Islam: Indonesian Youth in a Time of Possibility

Improvisational Islam is about novel and unexpected ways of being Muslim, where religious dispositions are achieved through techniques that have little or no precedent in classical Islamic texts or...

Mary Moroney, a FLAS recipient

SEAP and SAP receive major grant

SEAP and SAP have been awarded more than $3.9 million in Title VI grants under the federal National Resource Centers and Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships programs.

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SEAP Faculty, Thomas Pepinsky, maintains foreign language requirement in Arts & Sciences

Thomas Pepinsky, Associate Professor of Government and Chair of the College of Arts and Sciences’ Curriculum Committee, plans to maintain a stringent foreign language requirement of 11 credits in...


Culture Kit Highlight: Burma

Did you know we have not one or two but SIX culture kits about Burma? Learn about Burmese culture, dance, politics, art and more. Kits are available for free through our lending library.

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2018 Fall SEAP Bulletin in print and online

Read about Lao cinema, shrimp farmers in Thailand, the development of a service-learning course on climate change in Vietnam, and much more in this issue of the SEAP Bulletin.

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More Than Words: Transforming Script, Agency, and Collective Life in Bali

Grounded in ethnographic and archival research on the Indonesian island of Bali, More Than Words challenges conventional understandings of textuality and writing as they pertain to the religious...