News

August 18, 2020

CSEAS has awarded Foreign Languages and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships for the 2020-21 academic year to Alan Yeh (French) to study Vietnamese, and to three incoming graduate students: Christian Gilberti (South & Southeast Asian Studies) will study Burmese and Daniel Owen (South & Southeast Asian Studies) and Jennifer Silver (Anthropology) will study Indonesian. Rose Marie Schweis (South & Southeast Asian Studies) received an undergraduate FLAS award to study Thai.

August 13, 2020

CSEAS is pleased to announce that it is a founding member of the newly-established Graduate Education and Training in Southeast Asian Studies (GETSEA) consortium. The consortium has been awarded a $275,000 grant by the Henry Luce Foundation through its Luce Initiative on Southeast Asia (LuceSEA).

July 1, 2020

Prof. Nancy Lee Peluso is the new Chair of the Center for Southeast Asia Studies, following Prof. Aihwa Ong who served as interim chair for 2019-20. Prof. Peluso will serve as CSEAS Chair until June 30, 2024.

June 29, 2020

CSEAS awarded Foreign Languages and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships for Summer 2020 to Melissa Carlson (South & Southeast Asian Studies) to study Burmese, Jocelyn Duffy (Journalism) to study Filipino, Ngoc Mai Phan (Ethnic Studies) to study Vietnamese, and Justin Weinstock (Anthropology) to study Thai. Because of the travel restrictions imposed in the spring in response to the COVID19 pandemic, the FLAS recipients who had planned to study their languages in Southeast Asia had to change their plans.

June 2, 2020

CSEAS affiliated faculty Prof. Khatharya Um has received this year's Chancellor's Award for Advancing Institutional Excellence and Equity, presented to a UC Berkeley faculty member who has "an extraordinary record of accomplishment in advancing equity, inclusion and diversity through their scholarship, research, teaching, and public or university service." The award

May 7, 2020

May 6, 2020

UCLA’s Center for Southeast Asian Studies, the consortium partner with CSEAS as a Title VI-funded National Resource Center for Southeast Asia, recently posted two articles about the ongoing collaboration between the two campuses in offering Distance Learning Khmer and Distance Learning Burmese.

April 22, 2020

UC Berkeley’s Office of Resources for International and Area Studies (ORIAS) has been hosting a regular series of online presentations for K-14 educators about world responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. A presentation in early April, by Prof. Siddharth Chandra from Michigan State University, covered the 1918 flu pandemic in India and Indonesia, which saw high death rates and waves of transmission.

March 24, 2020

Lisandro Claudio has recently joined the UC Berkeley faculty as Assistant Professor of South & Southeast Asian Studies. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Melbourne. He was on the faculty of De La Salle University in Manila prior to his move to Berkeley. His research focus is on modern history and political change in Southeast Asia, specifically in the Philippines.

March 13, 2020

To help limit the risk of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) to our campus, community, and guests, the Center for Southeast Asia Studies has canceled all events that were planned to be held on the UC Berkeley campus through the end of the spring semester.

The UC Berkeley-UCLA Southeast Asian Studies conference, "Ethnic and Community Identity in Southeast Asia", scheduled to be held at UCLA from April 24-25, 2020 has been postponed until the fall. 

January 24, 2020

CSEAS core faculty Catherine Ceniza Choy is the co-editor, with Judy Tzu-Chun Wu, of the Brill book series Gendering the Trans-Pacific World. The latest volume of their book series is a much anticipated reprinting of the seminal book on Filipino food by the late Doreen G. Fernandez, Tikim: Essays on Philippine Food and Culture. The reprinting includes a new editor's preface by Prof. Choy.

October 14, 2019

Mu Sochua gave a CSEAS-sponsored talk on campus on October 30 on the role of women in Cambodian politics. Sochua is the Vice-President of the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) in charge of Foreign Affairs and Public Relations. Formerly, she served as Minister of Women and Veterans' Affairs in Cambodia’s coalition government from 1998 to 2004, and was also a member of Cambodia’s National Assembly, representing Battambang. Sochua left Cambodia in 2017 following a crackdown on opposition leaders and civil society, and the forcible dissolution of CNRP by the Hun Sen government.

October 1, 2019

CSEAS core faculty Prof. Nancy Lee Peluso (Environmental Science, Policy & Management) is the 2019 recipient of the Al Moumin Award in Environmental Peacebuilding, awarded by the Environmental Peacebuilding Association, UN Environment, American University’s School of International Service, and the Environmental Law Institute.

July 1, 2019

Prof. Aihwa Ong is the new Chair of the Center for Southeast Asia Studies, following Prof. Pheng Cheah who has completed his five-year term. Prof. Ong will serve as CSEAS Chair until June 30, 2020, when she will be succeeded by Prof. Nancy Lee Peluso (Environmental Science, Policy & Management). 

June 25, 2019

CSEAS has awarded Foreign Languages and Area Studies (FLAS) graduate student fellowships for the 2019-20 academic year to Jennifer Duque (Ethnic Studies) and Aaron Gatdula (City & Regional Planning) to study Filipino, Ngoc-Mai Phan (Ethnic Studies) to study Vietnamese, and Justin Weinstock (Anthropology) to study Thai. Chyrylle Digsay (South & Southeast Asian Studies and Legal Studies) received an undergraduate FLAS award to study Filipino.

June 24, 2019

UC Berkeley's Department of Anthropology has announced a new faculty hire effective July 2019. Dr. Daena Funahashi is a medical anthropologist who studies mental health, sacrifice and addiction in Finland and Thailand. She received her Ph.D in Anthropology from Cornell University. Before joining the Berkeley faculty, she was Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Aarhus University in Denmark. 

May 7, 2019

Four UC Berkeley graduate students working on Southeast Asia-related topics have received 2019 IEAS graduate fellowships. Natalia Duong (Performance Studies) will conduct research in Vietnam and the U.S.

May 1, 2019

Khmer language instructor Frank Smith, in the Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies, has set up a website about his classes. These classes are also open via Distance Learning for enrollment by students at UCLA and UC Irvine.

April 15, 2019

CSEAS awarded Foreign Languages and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships for Summer 2019 to Melissa Carlson (South & Southeast Asian Studies) to study Burmese in Myanmar, Oren Samet-Marram (Political Science) to study Thai in Bangkok and undergraduate Chyrylle Digsay (South & Southeast Asian Studies, and Legal Studies) to study Filipino at the University of the Philippines.