The Center for Southeast Asia Studies (CSEAS) was founded in 1960 for the development of research and teaching on Southeast Asia. In 1970, it merged with the Center for South Asia as the Center for South and Southeast Asia Studies, but re-established its independence in 1990. CSEAS merged with the Institute of East Asian Studies in 2017. An advisory committee of UC Berkeley faculty members with research interests in Southeast Asia, led by a faculty Chair, supervises CSEAS, directing its outreach and research programs and strategic direction.

CSEAS promotes the expansion of Southeast Asian Studies on the UC Berkeley campus by facilitating faculty and graduate research, by funding language instruction, by presenting lecture series and cultural programs, by organizing public outreach and international conferences, and by hosting visitors and scholars. CSEAS is a consortium U.S. Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center with the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at UCLA. The UC Berkeley-UCLA CSEAS National Resource Center is one of only seven Title VI National Resource Centers for Southeast Asia in the U.S., and the only such center in California.

CSEAS is also the editorial home of the Journal of Vietnamese Studies, published by the University of California Press. First launched in 2006, this journal presents original primary research on Vietnam.

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After many years of sharing office space, CSEAS formally became part of the Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS) in July 2017. This re-structuring will help promote cross-border initiatives with the other IEAS centers (Chinese Studies, Japanese Studies, Korean Studies, Buddhist Studies and Silk Road Studies) and will provide more financial stability to CSEAS. CSEAS continues to manage its own programs, and remains a consortium Title VI National Resource Center for Southeast Asia with UCLA’s Center for Southeast Asian Studies.

FLAS awards

CSEAS awarded Foreign Languages and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships for 2017-18 to Jonathan Baldoza (Asian Studies) to study Indonesian, Yasmin Golan (Folklore) to study Vietnamese, Adrien Chorn (Asian Studies) to study Khmer, and Toshi Pau (Performance Studies) and Stephen Harrell (Agricultural & Resource Economics) to study Thai. Trung Nguyen, a Ph.D. candidate in History of Consciousness at UC Santa Cruz, received a FLAS award to study Vietnamese and will be in residence at UC Berkeley this academic year. Sau Pahulu received an undergraduate FLAS award to study Filipino.

In Memoriam: Prof. Jeffrey Hadler (1968–2017)

Prof. Jeffrey Hadler, Associate Professor of South & Southeast Asian Studies, passed away on Wednesday, January 11, after a short and intense battle with cancer. He was a CSEAS core faculty member and former CSEAS faculty chair.

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