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Southeast Asian Study Centers

Title VI US Department of Education National Resource Centers 


Center for Southeast Asian Studies - University of California at Berkeley

The Center for Southeast Asia Studies is one of the oldest and most prominent academic centers concerned with Southeast Asian Studies in the United States. The Center functions as an administrative base to promote the expansion of Southeast Asian studies on the Berkeley campus by facilitating faculty and graduate research, by presenting campus lecture series and cultural programs, by organizing public outreach and international conferences, and by hosting visitors and scholars from around the world.


Center for Southeast Asian Studies - University of Hawaii at Manoa 

With more than 50 faculty members, the Center represents the largest concentration of Southeast Asia specialists in the United States. The Center is one of only eight National Resource Centers for Southeast Asian Studies in the nation. More than 140 language and area courses are regularly offered, with particular strengths in the humanities and social sciences. The Center's Southeast Asia Working Papers series, established in 1972, now has more than forty titles, while the Center's Southeast Asia Papers series, established in 2000, has two edited volumes.


Center for Southeast Asian Studies - University of Michigan

The University of Michigan is proud of a long history of involvement in Asian studies. Since the 1870s, scholars from the University have been engaged in research, education, service, and politics relating to South and Southeast Asia. The Center for Southeast Asian Studies emerged in the fall of 1999 from the former Center for South and Southeast Asian Studies, which was established in 1961. One of the largest programs devoted to this region in the U.S., the Center seeks to promote a broader and deeper understanding of Southeast Asia, its people and their cultures. Over 40 Southeast Asia specialists teach and pursue research in the University's various departments and professional schools. Research resources include library collections containing some 158,400 volumes in Western and Asian languages, the Gedney Collection of Thai materials, and the Worcester Collection of early publications on Philippine life and nineteen pieces of sculpture, as well as an archive of over 100,000 photos and slides donated by the Southeast Asia Art Foundation. Languages taught by Center faculty include Filipino, Indonesian, Tagolog, Thai and Vietnamese, with readings in Burmese, Khmer, Javanese and Old Javanese (Kawi) also available.


Center for Southeast Asian Studies - UCLA

The UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS) was established in 1999 with a mission to take a leading role in defining the place of Southeast Asian Studies in the U.S. for the 21st century. In 2000 the CSEAS joined with the Center for Southeast Asia Studies at UC Berkeley to form a consortium. The same year the UCLA-UCB consortium was designated a US Department of Education National Resource Center for Southeast Asian Studies, one of only a small number in the country.


Center for Southeast Asian Studies - Northern Illinois University

The Center for Southeast Asian Studies was established in 1963 at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. Located 65 miles west of Chicago, Northern Illinois University is a comprehensive undergraduate and graduate university with approximately 23,000 students. A federally funded National Resource Center since 1997, the Center for Southeast Asian Studies provides leadership, focus, and coordination for Southeast Asian studies at the university. It also provides outreach and K-12 teacher training for communities throughout northern Illinois.

Southeast Asia Center - University of Washington 

The Southeast Asia Center promotes and sustains the study of Southeast Asia and encourages understanding of Southeast Asia in the Pacific Northwest and the nation. We pursue this mission by offering language study and courses in various disciplines that focus on Southeast Asia. Southeast Asian languages offered on a regular basis by the University of Washington include Indonesian, Tagalog, Thai, and Vietnamese as well as the self-study of Burmese. The Southeast Asia Center actively organizes Southeast Asia-related programs such as teacher training, outreach activities and an accessible resource library that includes: print materials, microfilm, maps, and instructional media materials. These activities of the Center are assisted by funding from the University of Washington and the U.S. Department of Education.


Center for Southeast Asian Studies - University of Wisconsin at Madison 

The Center for Southeast Asian Studies was formally established in 1973 as an interdisciplinary program of the College of Letters and Sciences. Formal scholarly interest in Southeast Asia, however, developed in the early 1950s when Wisconsin pioneered cooperation in economics with the University of Indonesia and Gajah Mada University. Subsequently, the program expanded considerably as scholars with research and teaching experience in the region joined the faculty. In the early 1960s, the University established a combined East and Southeast Asia Program, from which the Center for Southeast Asian Studies emerged as a separate program in 1973. Since 1981, the Center has been recognized as a National Resource Center by the U.S. Department of Education and has received Title VI funding for program development and Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships. In addition to federal support, the Center's program has benefited greatly from substantial grants from the Henry Luce Foundation (1988-93) and from a million dollar challenge grant from the Mellon Foundation. In 1996, the Center participated in the establishment of the International Institute and currently collaborates with other area programs in global and comparative research and activities. At present, the Center operates a vigorous and well-developed program committed to the study of Southeast Asia that is recognized as one of the best worldwide.


Southeast Asia Centers (non-NRC)

The Asian Studies Center at the University of Pittsburg is widely recognized as being amount the best and most comprehensive in the country in research, public service, and teaching about East Asia.  The center's mandate is to promote an enhanced understanding of East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Islands through exceptional undergraduat and graduate academic programs, strong interdisciplinary faculty development, and energetic community outreach. 
Yale established its Southeast Asia Studies Program in 1947 - the first area studies program in the United States to embark on the study of Southeast Asia in all disciplines. Southeast Asia Studies at Yale became an endowed program in 1961, and today helps to maintain one of the most extensive library collections in the country. 


Southeast Asian Studies - Ohio University

The rich cultures, traditions, and societies of Southeast Asia are the focus of an interdisciplinary program supporting graduate studies at the masters and doctoral levels at Ohio University. The graduate program in Southeast Asian Studies was established at Ohio University in 1967. The goal remains one of providing opportunities for special in-depth study of this important and dynamic region of the world.


Center for Asian Research - Arizona State University

The Center promotes Asian studies at ASU and fosters greater understanding of Asia through a wide variety of research and outreach activities including teacher training, curriculum development, scholarly conferences, public symposia, film series, and exhibitions.


Southeast Asia Studies at The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), The Johns Hopkins University

The Southeast Asia Studies Program at SAIS is creating a world-class program on Southeast Asia in keeping with the school's mandate to offer the best international relations education in the United States. SAIS anticipates the future need for Southeast Asia experts in the public and private sectors and appreciates the necessity to foster greater communication and interaction between the region and the United States.


Weatherhead East Asia Institute - Columbia University

Since its establishment in 1949, Columbia University's East Asian Institute has been a major center for research, teaching, and publishing on modern and contemporary Asia, covering China, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, the Korean peninsula, and the countries of Southeast Asia; in recent years the scope has expanded to include Tibet and Inner Asia. The Institute is affiliated with Columbia's Schools of Business, Law, International and Public Affairs, and Arts and Sciences, bringing together over 50 full-time faculty, a diverse group of visiting scholars and professionals, and students from the United States and abroad.  As of January 2003, the East Asian Institute was renamed the Weatherhead East Asian Institute to honor the generosity of the Weatherhead Foundation.


Southeast Asian Studies - University of California at Riverside

The SEATRiP Program at the University of California, Riverside – Southeast Asia: Texts, Rituals, Performance – brings together faculty and students who share an ongoing interest in the arts and humanities and are actively engaged with the languages and expressive cultures of Southeast Asia.


Center for Asian and Pacific Studies - University of Oregon

The Center for Asian and Pacific Studies is a research and outreach center devoted to promoting understanding of the Asia-Pacific region. Its primary aim is to foster collaborative and individual research engaging Asia-interested scholars from the UO, the nation, and around the world. The Center is distinctive in terms of its geographic scope with programmatic focus on East Asia, South East Asia, South Asia, and the Pacific Islands.


East Asia Center - University of Virginia

The East Asia Center was founded in 1975 to provide a forum for faculty and student interest in East and Southeast Asia and to encourage extra-curricular lectures and activities. It is essentially an interdisciplinary organization of faculty associates, each of whom is a full member of a department. Likewise, Asia-related courses are taught as part of the various departmental curricula. Therefore, the Center does not have its own faculty or course offerings. However, it does have the tasks of administering the interdisciplinary MA and MBA/MA degree programs in Asian Studies, encouraging and coordinating Asia-related activities, especially the lecture series, and administering a travel grant program for student and faculty travel to Asia. 


Harvard University Asia Center

The Harvard University Asia Center was officially established on July 1, 1997, to reflect Harvard's deep commitment to Asia and the growing connections between Asian nations. The center is an active organization with varied programs focusing on international relations in Asia and comparative studies of Asian countries and regions. Harvard's study of Asia is spread across the University's departments and schools, and a wide array of disciplines come together under the auspices of the Asia Center. Through such a convergence, the Center brings a layered, multi-faceted approach to the scholarly description of events to probe questions of history and culture, of economics, politics, diplomacy, and security, and the relationships among them.


Asian Studies Program - University of Colorado

The Asian Studies major gives students an opportunity to discover Asia through a wide variety of courses that reflect the astonishing diversity of the region. Many students choose Asian Studies as a second major to complement the study of such subjects as business and geography. As part of your Asian Studies major requirements, you will receive a thorough grounding in the history of Asia and you will study an Asian language — Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Hindi, Vietnamese, or Sanskrit. All majors will complete their Asian Studies major with the Senior Seminar in Asian Studies, an exploration of broad comparative issues that relate to the region of Asia as a whole.