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Outreach Newsletter
Welcome to the Southeast Asia Program's Outreach Office!
Karen language lessons in Lansing

Southeast Asia Outreach is part of Cornell University's Southeast Asia Program as a U.S. Department of Education National Resource Center (NRC) dedicated to teaching the languages of Southeast Asia and furthering the understanding of the history, culture, and societies of the region.

We offer access to area-specific resources from each Southeast Asian country, and we invite you to borrow books and materials from our lending library and culture kits, and to make use of our curricula. 

If you are interested in internationalizing your curriculum and have thought about featuring Indonesia, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Laos, Cambodia, or the Philippines, give us a call! We offer professional development opportunities for community college faculty, education faculty, K-12 teachers, and pre-service teachers.

We also offer opportunities to partner to develop and pilot-test curriculum, with coaching for K-12 teachers to align and address Common Core standards. Our scholars cover many disciplines and are willing to share what they know.

We can help you tap into the ever-changing array of talent and Southeast Asia expertise at Cornell. We welcome feedback on any of our materials. Explore this website and learn more about Southeast Asia and the program's resources!


Explore Our Newly Digitized Lending Library
Thailand culture kit

The lending library is an online educational outreach resource housed in, which provides images, descriptive text, and searchable keywords to aid the teacher-user in finding the materials they need. The library encompasses all of the regional programs within the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, including the Southeast Asia Program. This online resource contains books, movies, music, and culture kits—all of which are intended to promote the internationalization of course curriculums. The lending library consists of over one thousand educational books, and over fifty uniquely designed culture kits. These resources were developed to engage both educators and students in creating a deeper understanding of foreign cultures and languages. The resources within the lending library were prepared by experts at Cornell University and are geared for use by K-12 and community college educators. 

To search and checkout materials from our lending library visit:

To view the mission, goals, description, and policies related to the lending library view this presentation:

Open Source Library, Cornell’s eCommons
2017 Spring Bulletin Cover

SEAP’s open source library is housed in Cornell’s digital repository, eCommons, providing free access to publications and downloadable documents useful for educators, researchers, students, or those simply interested in learning about Southeast Asia. Currently, SEAP’s eCommons offers high resolution versions of the SEAP Bulletin and publications.

Shortly, it will also include other outreach resources such as Karen children’s books. These resources can be used in combination with our lending library materials to aid in the internationalization of K-12 and community college curricula.

Check out our eCommons library at:

Centering the Stories of Refugee Women: Nobel Nok Dah Film Screening & Workshop for Teachers & Refugee Service Providers
We welcome high school teachers, college professors, refugee service providers, and others interested in using film to spark conversations about the refugee experience, to join us for a film screening and discussion guide launch. The event will begin with a screening and discussion of the short film Nobel Nok Dah, which features the powerful stories of three refugee women from Myanmar (Burma) who resettle to Central New York. The screening will be followed by a workshop for those interested in using the film to spark conversations in their classrooms and communities about themes of the film such as the refugee experience, immigration & resettlement, gender roles, culture and identity, coping & resilience. The event will also serve as the launch of the film’s Discussion Guide,  a robust resource which features workshop outlines and discussion questions for multiple audiences as well as multimedia stories to accompany the short film. Lunch will be provided.
Due to the workshop format and limited space, please RSVP by email to Brenna, SEAP Outreach Coordinator,, with a short description of your interest in the workshop.
Film synopsis:
NOBEL NOK DAH offers an intimate view into the lives of three refugee women from Myanmar (Burma), whose migratory paths cross in Thailand and eventually meet when they resettle to central New York. Drawing upon methods of feminist oral history and ethno-fiction, the film traces glimmers of subjectivity that complicate any singular narrative of the refugee experience. As camera movements follow the textures of everyday life and work, a weave of sensorial fragments immerses audiences in women's narratives of self, place, and belonging.
April 21, 2018; 9:30 AM-12:30 PM followed by lunch