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 Winter 2023 Courses 
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 CSEAS Events 
Buddhist Funerals or Confucian Funerals?
Understanding the Cultural Differences between Korea and Vietnam

Hsu Yi Ling (Chinese Culture University, Taiwan)

Moderator: Sujung Kim (DePauw University)
Thursday, January 26, 2023
6PM to 7:30PM Pacific Time
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Around the 14th and the 15th centuries, Zhu Xi's Neo-Confucianism was transmitted to Chosŏn and Vietnam, and his seminar text Family Rituals exerted profound impacts on the cultures of the two societies. Focusing on pre-modern Chosŏn's and Vietnam's receptions of Zhu Xi's Family Rituals, this talk will show how Buddhist funerals were replaced by Confucian ones in the two societies as a result. Prior to the time between the 14th and the 15th centuries, Buddhism was the orthodox ideology in both Chosŏn and Vietnam: the Goryeo kings held on to the belief that the founding and prosperity of their kingdom was attributed to the protection of Buddhism; the Tran monarchs went further to retire from the world and established a Truc Lam zen sect. Since Buddhism believes in reincarnation, the body of the deceased is thought to have little significance as it no longer serves as the vassal of the soul, and therefore should be cremated in funerals. On the contrary, Confucianism holds that the soul would return to the body and prefers the burial in funerals. The processes in which Confucian funerals challenged and replaced the Buddhis counterparts differed in Chosŏn and Vietnam, which illustrate how these two East Asian societies differed in significant cultural aspects.   

 UCLA Events 
Information Sessions: Asian American Studies Center Funding Opportunities for UCLA Students  
Applications are now open for the AASC's Grants, Fellowships, Scholarships, and Internships, with awards ranging from $500 to $15,000! Awards are given for community-oriented research, creative projects, and essay topics. Opportunities also include scholarships for campus or community service experience and internships with specified community organizations. Applications are due February 27, 2023. 
  • Graduate Students Info Sessions
  • Undergraduate Students Info Sessions

Southeast Asian Students for Organizing (SEASON) 2023 Conference
February 17-18, 2023 at UCLA
Register Here by January 25, 2023
SEASON is a 2-day conference open to all current college students with various advocacy training workshops, keynote speakers, and coalition-building activities. Our main goal is to provide a safe space for Southeast Asian students nationwide to strategize campus-based actions to effectively advocate for their community.

Vietnamese Community Health General Meeting
January 24, 2023 from 6PM to 7PM in Kaplan 169
Vietnamese Community Health at UCLA is a non-profit, on campus organization that combats health inequality by providing free health services and resources to underserved communities in Orange County and the Greater Los Angeles area. We typically host biweekly health sites and quarterly health fairs where volunteers get hands-on experience in providing different health services to primarily Vietnamese and Hispanic service recipients. 
For more about VCH, visit or email

 Community Events 
SEASGRAD Writing Group
Mondays from 9AM to 11AM Pacific Time

For the Zoom meeting link, please contact Magnolia (

The UC Riverside Southeast Asian Studies Graduate Student Association (SEASGRAD) Writing Group, convened and facilitated by Magnolia Yang Sao Yia, is a virtual writing workspace for SEASGRAD members at UCR and other graduate students in Southeast Asian Studies who are based in Southern California. The SEASGRAD Writing Group seeks to provide support and accountability, and cultivate confidence in writing. Every meeting begins with a check-in where participants have the opportunity to share their work goals or intentions for our time together, we mute and work, and conclude with a check-out/report of our progress. 

National Less Commonly Taught Languages Resource Center Professional Development
The NLRC is housed in the Center for Language Teaching Advancement at Michigan State University. It exists to support and develop less commonly taught language (LCTL) education by offering high-quality opportunities for professional learning, creating open and innovative instructional resources, and forging strategic collaborations at the inter-institutional level. Learn more about the NLRC by visiting

Spring 2023 Professional Learning Community 

The Professional Learning Community (PLC) offers a forum for sustained pedagogical discussion with a small cohort of LCTL educators. Participants in spring 2023’s PLC will develop their ability to conceptualize and create proficiency-based language teaching materials that fit their classrooms. Learn more about the Professional Learning Community and register here.

Spring 2023 Online Language Teaching Courses 
The Online Language Teaching (OLT) initiative provides free professional development in online instruction through task- and project-based learning, interaction with peers, and instructor guidance. Spring 2023 courses and application deadlines: 
  • Oral Communicative Tasks: January 23, 2023 
  • Purposeful Technology Integration: March 6, 2023
  • Teaching the Whole Class: March 27, 2023
Learn more about the courses and application process here
 FLAS Fellowships 
Southeast Asia Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships
Deadline: February 22, 2023
Open to UCLA students from any discipline

  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents.
  • Applicants must be a current UCLA undergraduate student or an incoming and current UCLA graduate student. 
  • Recipients must study an eligible Southeast Asian language at the Intermediate or Advanced level for the award period.
  • Recipients must enroll in full-time study for the duration of their award period.

Summer 2023 fellowships are for an in-person intensive summer language programs offered through a U.S. university or abroad. They provide a stipend of $2,500 plus tuition and fees to a maximum of $5,000. Students should apply separately for admissions into their chosen summer language program. The summer intensive language program must last at least 6 weeks and provide at least 140 synchronous contact hours for beginning and intermediate level courses, or 120 synchronous contact hours for advanced level coursework. Only current UCLA graduate and undergraduate students are eligible. Approved languages for Summer 2023 FLAS are Burmese, Hmong, Indonesian, Filipino, Lao, Khmer, Thai and Vietnamese.

Academic Year 2022-2023 fellowships provide a total stipend of $20,000 and cover up to $18,000 of academic year tuition and fees for graduate students or $5000 stipend and $10,000 for tuition and fees for undergraduate students. The Academic Year FLAS Fellowship requires that students take one Southeast Asian language and one area studies course for letter grades every quarter for the entire year while enrolling full-time for residence at UCLA. Approved languages for Academic Year 2022-2023 FLAS are Indonesian, Filipino, Khmer, Thai and Vietnamese. (Intermediate Khmer is available at UCLA via distance learning from UC Berkeley during the academic year.)

AY awards may be used for dissertation research abroad or dissertation writing for PhD students who have completed their degree coursework and have advanced level of language proficiency, but this must be approved in advance and of low priority for consideration in the selection process.

Apply Here
 SEASSI 2023 
Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute 2023
Program Dates: June 19, 2023 through August 11, 2023
University of Wisconsin-Madison

The Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute (SEASSI) is an eight-week intensive language training program open to undergraduates, graduate students, professionals, and non-traditional students. Students learn speaking, reading, listening, and writing skills through classroom instruction and a full range of co-curricular activities.

Languages offered through SEASSI 2023 include Burmese, Filipino, Hmong, Indonesian, Javanese, Khmer, Lao, Thai, and Vietnamese. 

Applications for SEASSI 2023 are now open!
FLAS Fellowship Deadline: February 14, 2023
Tuition Scholarship Deadline: March 15, 2023
General Application Deadline: March 15, 2023
 PEMSEA Fieldschool 

PEMSEA Summer 2023 Archaeological Field School in Cambodia
Deadline: January 30, 2023
Open to all college students from any discipline
The Program for Early Modern Southeast Asia (PEMSEA) is calling for applications to the 2023 Field School in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, tentatively scheduled from June 22-July 13, 2023. Students participating in the 3-week field school will learn how to conduct archaeological field research; share the results of their studies by writing research papers and creating and participating in public presentations; and through active involvement in public outreach activities.  The field season will be divided into blocks of activities, geared toward achieving the research goals of the project. Activities include participation in surface mapping, archaeological excavations, the initial processing of artifacts, ethnographic interviews, and laboratory analyses. Lectures, discussions, one-on-one meetings, and hands-on laboratory training will be held every evening to guide students to complete their research projects.

The field school has been awarded funding by the Henry Luce Foundation’s Luce Southeast Asia Initiative, complemented by funding from the UCLA Cotsen Institute of Archaeology and UCLA International Institute. Eight (8) undergraduate students and four (4) graduate students will be selected through a competitive process. Costs of roundtrip airfare, field accommodation, meals, and ground travel for selected students will be covered by PEMSEA.

Click here for more information and to apply to the PEMSEA Field School 2023.
 PEMSEA Awards 
PEMSEA invites proposals from PhD students, researchers, and scholars focusing on climate and anthropogenic change, disaster responses, and interactions during the early modern period (EMP) Southeast Asia for research awards up to $7500.

PEMSEA seeks a more nuanced understanding of the EMP through building local and indigenous histories, particularly, those that show responses to climate change and disasters. The compelling problem is long-term climate change in Southeast Asia during the last millennium CE, with a special focus on the EMP and the extent to which the Little Ice Age affected Southeast Asia. PEMSEA aims to contribute to developing datasets and analyses on the intersection between anthropogenic and climatic change during the EMP. We particularly encourage interdisciplinary proposals that draw from archaeobotanical, zooarchaeological, dendroclimatological, and/or sedimentological sources, and historical records that utilize both indigenous and colonial documents from various sites in Southeast Asia.

Proposals should include:

  • cover letter with contact information; 
  • CV (5 pp. limit);
  • a five-page narrative that highlights the significance of the proposed research on PEMSEA’s goals, methodology, data sources, and plans for further research; 
  • and an itemized budget with justifications as needed. 

Proposals are due March 15, 2023. For more information, view the full award guidelinesSubmit proposals by email to

 Call for Papers 

Southeast Asian Studies Graduate Conference: Southeast Asia and the World
Harvard University
April 7-8, 2023
Deadline: January 25, 2023
Southeast Asia is a region whose identity and place in the world have long been debated. To think about Southeast Asia and the world is to ask what constitutes a region, what connects one place to another, and what it means to be part of “the world.” More than half a century since Southeast Asian studies began to cohere as a field, the question of what, if anything, lends the scholarship a sense of cohesion continues to be remade by momentous developments in global politics. Whereas climate catastrophes and global pandemics reveal the fragility of borders, the persistence of ethnocentrism and racism continues to disclose the human-made permanence of the boundaries we have drawn, and still draw, between ourselves. The inaugural Harvard Southeast Asia Graduate Conference invites submissions engaging the possibilities of and limits to thinking about Southeast Asia and the world, regardless of disciplinary background.

 CSEAS Resources 
Curriculum Materials
These K-12 teacher resources, lesson plans and language resources were developed by UCLA CSEAS to cvoer Southeast Asia.
CSEAS Multimedia
Videos of past lectures and events organized by UCLA CSEAS are accessible online with closed captioning.
Southeast Asian Studies in CA
This faculty list highlights the range of expertise in Southeast Asian Studies currently found at public and private universities and community colleges in the state. Faculty emeritus based in California are also included.
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