Gifts to CSEAS help support events and programming that promote attention to the countries and peoples of Southeast Asia and encourages the growth of Southeast Asian Studies on campus.
Gifts may be directed in a variety of ways, including to support CSEAS public programs, to develop a lecture series or distinguished scholar program, to fund summer research projects by graduate and undergraduate students, to fund postdoctoral fellowships for students from the U.S. and from Southeast Asia, or to establish an endowed chair for faculty.
The university has long-standing ties to many of the countries of Southeast Asia, because of campus history and through alumni connections.
UC Berkeley has long been an important center for Indonesian Studies. Prominent graduates of the university from Indonesia include Ali Wardhana, Bambang Susantono, Dorodjatun Kuntjoro-Jakti, Emil Salim, Gunawan Tjahjono, Hasbullah Thabrany, Johannes Sumarlin, Mely G. Tan, Muhammad Prakosa, Sehat Sutardja, Todung Mulya Lubis, Wicaksono Sarosa, and Widjojo Nitisastro. Berkeley is also one of the few universities in the U.S. that offers instruction in the Indonesian language, as well as in Javanese and Balinese gamelan.
CSEAS faculty with long-standing research interests in Indonesia are Benjamin Brinner (Emeritus Professor of Music), Nancy Lee Peluso (Professor of Environmental Science, Policy & Management) and Sylvia Tiwon (Associate Professor of South and Southeast Asian Studies). Affiliated faculty whose work intersects with Indonesian Studies include Richard Buxbaum (Law), Pheng Cheah (Rhetoric), Jeroen Dewulf (Dutch Studies), Lisa Gold (Music), Midiyanto (Music), and Ninik Lunde (South and Southeast Asian Studies).
UC Berkeley has had close ties to the Philippines for more than a century, due to the connections forged by American colonial administrators in the Philippines who later served the campus as faculty and administrators. These figures include David Barrows, UC Berkeley political scientist and President of the University of California from 1919 to 1923, political scientist Bernard Moses, anthropologist Alfred Kroeber, and Robert Sproul, President of the University of California from 1930 to 1958. The Bancroft Library on campus holds sizeable archival collections of the papers of many of these men.
CSEAS is the home of the Journal of Vietnamese Studies, the only academic journal focused on the country.