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 CSEAS Events 
Animating Southeast Asia:
Perspectives Behind the Historic Production of Raya and the Last Dragon

Thursday, May 4, 2023
3PM to 4:30PM Pacific Time
10383 Bunche Hall
Register Here | Refreshments will be provided.
Panelists: Steve Arounsack (CSU Stanislaus), Emiko Saraswati Susilo (Çudamani), Fawn Veerasunthorn (Walt Disney Animation Studios), Scott Sakamoto (Netflix), and Juliana Wijaya (UCLA)

Cohosted by UCLA Association for Indonesian Americans
Nothing Follows: A Poetry Reading and Conversation with Lan Duong
Lan Duong (USC)
Monday, May 8, 2023
3:30PM to 5PM Pacific Time
156 Royce Hall
Cosponsored by UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies, UCLA Asian American Studies Center, UCLA Department of Asian American Studies, and CSW/ Barbra Streisand Center.
Ann Phong: Re-Evaluating Normal
Ann Phong (Vietnamese American artist; Cal Poly Pomona)
Friday, June 2, 2023
11AM to 12:30PM Pacific Time
1246 Public Affairs Building
 Community Events 
Library of Congress Southeast Asia
American Impact on the Culture of the Republic of Vietnam
Wynn Gadkar-Wilcox (Western Connecticut State University)
Tuan Hoang (Pepperdine University)
May 2, 2023 from 3PM to 4PM EDT
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Learning from Aliens: New Directions in Environmental Humanities Research and Practice
May 4-5, 2023
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This workshop is organized by the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore, with support from Yale-NUS College, and funded by the Singapore Social Science Research Council project on "Linking the Digital Humanities to Biodiversity History in Singapore and Southeast Asia."

SEA US HEAR US (Southeast Asians in the US; Health Equity and Research to Understand COVID-19 Stories) Survey
If you qualify, fill out the screener questionnaire.

The SEA US HEAR US survey would like to better understand the experiences and impact of COVID-19 on Southeast Asian American communities. The purpose is to collect information about your experiences with COVID-19 to potentially develop new, more culturally relevant interventions for Southeast Asian Americans (SEAAs) living in Greater Los Angeles.

During the study, you will review and complete a consent form agreeing to participate, then you will complete the survey. You will be contacted to complete follow-up surveys at 3 months, 6 months, and 12 months. The survey asks about your health and COVID-19 experiences change over time among SEAAs like you.

To be eligible to participate in this study if you:

  • Older than 18 years of age
  •  Live in the Greater Los Angeles area
  • Self-identify as Cambodian, Filipino, Thai, or Vietnamese

This study is being conducted by Dr. Patchareeya Pumpuang Kwan, Associate Professor in the Department of Health Sciences at California State University, Northridge and Dr. Melanie Sabado-Liwag, Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health at California State University, Los Angeles.

 UCLA Courses 

To view the Southeast Asian Studies course list for Summer 2023:

Distance Learning Introductory Burmese Academic Year 2023-2024

This course is intended for beginners with little or no exposure to the language. It focuses primarily on Colloquial (or Spoken) Burmese, with some excursions into the Literary Style, reserved for written texts. 

This is a distance learning class conducted via Zoom from UC Berkeley and taught by Kenneth Wong. UCLA students are required to attend and participate in live discussions during the designated times.

Academic Year 2023-2024
Introductory Burmese 1A/B (15 units)
Wednesdays 4-6PM
Thursdays 4-6PM
Fridays 4-5PM

Fulfills one year of language requirement.
Units at UC Berkeley can be transferred to UCLA.

Course Dates

Burmese 1A Fall 2023: September 28, 2023 to December 8, 2023

Burmese 1B Winter/Spring 2024: January 17, 2024 to May 3, 2024


  • Currently enrolled graduate or undergraduate student
  • Minimum GPA required: 2.0 for undergraduate students, 3.0 graduate students
  • Must be enrolled in minimum 12 units at UCLA
For instructions on how to enroll in the course, visit the DL Burmese webpage.
 Professional Development/Training 
UCLA National Heritage Language Resource Center
Fourteenth Heritage Language Research Institute:
Heritage languages and communities in the post-pandemic world

June 5-8, 2023
Registration Cost: $129
Register by May 31

The Institute will allow us to discuss the effects of the events of the last several years on vulnerable minoritized groups around the world. The pandemic and multiple political crises have left indelible marks on the way people communicate across the globe. Two opposing pressures were felt during the pandemic. On the one hand, person-to-person communication, an important factor in the maintenance of minority languages and cultures, was negatively impacted, and older people, often the most vulnerable in minority populations, were cut often off from their families. At the same time, several generations within a single family were compelled to be in the same space for a long time, which created new opportunities for communication in home languages. The horrific wars in Ukraine and Armenia have created waves of refugees whose needs various host communities are desperately trying to meet. Linguistic, educational, and sociocultural needs are among them, and the discussions at the Institute will center around new ways to meet such needs.

K-12 Teacher Professional Development Workshop
Themes in World History: Democracy and Power

June 21-23, 2023
9AM-12PM Pacific Time
All sessions will be held virtually via Zoom
Register Here

This free three-day virtual K-12 teacher professional development workshop will focus on revolutions in Mexico, Vietnam, and the Middle East to align with themes of "Democracy and Power" in world history curriculum under the CA History Social Science Framework. This PD workshop aims to provide area studies content and pedagogy training to K-12 teachers in California to help with the classroom instruction of these themes. The workshop will give educators an opportunity to hear lectures from scholars to gain more historical knowledge, work with model lessons developed by teacher leaders, and receive training for designing lessons to align with the HSS Framework.

Eligibility & Requirements:

  • No cost and open to all K-12 teachers.
  • Teachers must complete reading assignments and attend all three days for the entire duration of the workshop.
  • Teachers must fill out a survey evaluating the workshop at the end of Day 3.
 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. 

For more information, view the full award guidelinesSubmit proposals by email to

Deadline: July 14, 2023
With support from the Henry Luce Foundation, the Southeast East Asian Language Council (SEALC) and the Graduate Education and Training in Southeast Asian Studies (GETSEA) consortia award financial assistance to students who incur tuition fees when studying a Southeast Asian language via synchronous distance learning during the academic year at an institution other than their home institution.

This award is intended to facilitate cross-institutional collaboration and increase access to Southeast Asian language instruction. Eligibility requires that the course is credit-bearing at a North American institution and that the applicant is a full-time student at a North American institution. Priority will be given to graduate students, but all are encouraged to apply. S

EALC and GETSEA encourage applicants to consider attending SEASSI which serves as an excellent resource for summer language instruction. This award is intended to improve access during the academic year so that students can obtain multi-year instruction in a timely manner. 

For more information and to apply, click here.
 Call for Papers 

The Southeast Asia Digital Library Undergraduate Paper Award seeks papers from undergraduates concerning original research in Southeast Asian Studies. The first place winner will receive their choice of two books from the Cornell University Press catalog. Both first and second place winning papers will be published on the Southeast Asia Digital Library.

Applicant Eligibility

Applicants must be current undergraduate students at CORMOSEA affiliated institutions at the time of submission. Applicants must agree that, should they win, their papers will be made openly accessible and published online on the Southeast Asia Digital Library

Paper Eligibility

Eligible papers must be within the field of Southeast Asian Studies and reference primary source materials. Papers may be written for a class or independent study within the past three academic years. Papers must be between six to twenty pages in length, excluding references and figures.

Council on Thai Studies Annual Meeting
Northern Illinois University
October 20-22, 2023
Deadline: July 1, 2023

The Council of Thai Studies (COTS) invites students, scholars, and practitioners to submit proposals for individual papers, panels of papers, and roundtable discussions for its 2023 Annual Meeting, which will be hosted in-person by the Center for Southeast Asian Studies and the Thai Studies Committee at Northern Illinois University (NIU) from October 20-22, 2023. We welcome all topics and perspectives from any discipline and background that focus on Thai Studies broadly construed. 
Proposals can be submitted electronically on the conference website. Acceptance notifications will be sent by August 15, 2023.

 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.
 Online Resources 
Resources on Anti-Asian Discrimination:
Statement on Stop Asian Hate
UCLA Office of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

COVID-19 Resources
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COVID-19 Teacher Resources 
COVID-19 Multilingual Resource Hub
STAND Together during COVID-19
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