Celebrating 20 Years
The UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies is dedicated to enhancing Southeast Asian Studies on campus and serving as an important resource on Southeast Asia for students, teachers, and community members through its public programs and outreach initiatives.

The Center has presented successful academic programs, conferences, workshops and speaker series on diverse topics, improved campus resources in the field in the area of library acquisitions and K-14 outreach, provided specialized teacher training programs for graduate students and educators, partnered with community organizations to promote cultural understanding of the region, and strengthened the quality, depth and accessibility of Southeast Asian language and area studies instruction for students.

The Center continues to develop new ideas to maintain the excellence of its programs. These programs are opportunities for donors to support our mission.
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Director's Message
The past year has seen the UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies continuing to offer compelling and timely programming, provide support to undergraduate and graduate students, and collaborate with other units on campus. Our Title VI federal funding allows the Center to invite speakers who address topics from across the region and in a range of disciplines. It enables us to provide FLAS fellowships to both graduate and undergraduate students studying Southeast Asian languages and research topics. It also supports the UCLA Library in collection building, allows for new course creation, and enables professional development and research.

In addition, the Center continues to benefit from generous funding provided by Julia and Ken Gouw in support of Indonesian Studies in the form of endowed summer travel scholarships and ongoing programming initiatives. As Southeast Asia remains a critical global region, one struggling with a range of political, social, environmental, and economic challenges, our Center will continue to raise awareness about these issues among students, faculty, and the larger Los Angeles community.

Professor George Dutton
Director, UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies
Professor, Asian Languages and Cultures
Academic Programs
CSEAS hosts panel discussing Rohingya crisis in Myanmar

The panel of experts in human rights, international law, and mass violence explores the various debates around the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya people in Myanmar.
“The Best We Could Do”: Confronting unspoken trauma through storytelling

Thi Bui, author/illustrator of the UCLA 2017–18 Common Book, advises students how to engage with their refugee families' heritage and stresses the importance of diversifying refugee narratives.

International conference highlights women's issues in contemporary Indonesia

The conference features keynote addresses by the female CEO of OCBC NISP Bank and a HP Executive and dozens of speakers from the U.S., Australia, Europe and Southeast Asia.

Faculty Research
Professor George Dutton receives book prize in Lisbon

Dutton, Director of UCLA CSEAS, receives the 2017 Premio Fondaçaõ Oriente for his recent book, A Vietnamese Moses (UC Press, 2017). The book explores the life of Vietnamese Catholic priest, Philiphê Binh.

Disrupting the conspiracy of silence on Indonesia's mass killings

Professor Geoff Robinson speaks about his recently published book, The Killing Season: A History of the Indonesian Massacres, 1965–66 (Princeton, 2018).



Archaeological investigations see rice terraces as resistance 

Professor Stephen Acabado dates the adoption of wet-rice agriculture in Ifugao, Philippines at 1,600 years younger than previously thought, coinciding with the arrival of Spanish colonizers.


Student Opportunities
Researching renewable energy in Jakarta and Los Angeles

Sean Kennedy (UCLA 2018 Ph.D.) credits his success to support he received from  the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, including four FLAS grants to study Indonesian.

FLAS Fellow examines gibbon conservation in Indonesia

Tyler Yamin conducts his fieldwork on the auditory dimensions of gibbon conservation by interacting with this endangered species of apes at sites in California and Central Kalimantan, Indonesia.

Southeast Asian Deportation Forum caps week of action

Southeast Asian student groups and centers at UCLA work together to organize a community forum on the hill to address the issue of deportation affecting Southeast Asian American communities.

U.S. archives on Vietnamese refugees fail to tell a balanced history

UCLA graduate students attends professionalization workshop with Long T. Bui (UC Irvine) after his talk contending that archives are political institutions.

Teacher Training
As a National Resource Center designated by the Title VI grant under the U.S. Department of Education, UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies is committed to expanding Southeast Asian language instruction on campus, improving K-12 and post-secondary teaching and promoting community outreach.
New workshop series encourages K-12 teachers to explore historical sites around the world

The summer teacher workshops provide area studies knowledge and pedagogy training to CA public school educators to expand the study of world regions and civilizations in K-12 curriculum.

Bringing Balinese Gamelan to K-12 students and educators in LA

In collaboration with the UCLA Center for the Art of Performance’s Design for Sharing Program, UCLA CSEAS cosponsored a lecture demonstration on Balinese gamelan for music students and their teachers from a middle school in Los Angeles.

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K-12 Arts Education study guide for Cudamani: Balinese Gamelan and Dance

UCLA CSEAS again partnered with the Center for the Art of Performance’s Design for Sharing Program to bring Cudamani to UCLA campus to give a workshop for K-12 students and teachers.

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Indonesian Studies Program
Generous donation by Julia Gouw bolsters UCLA Indonesian Studies Program

In addition to supporting lectures and conferences on Indonesia, the gift underwrites research travel grants for UCLA undergraduate and graduate students.

Los Angeles Indonesian Film Festival returns to UCLA for third consecutive year

UCLA CSEAS co-hosted an evening at UCLA that combined Indonesian food, dance and cinema to celebrate the country's growing film industry.

Study abroad students in Bali engage with new sights and experiences

UCLA undergraduate students participated in an immersive summer study and volunteer program to gain exposure to Balinese culture and history.

Film highlights the reign and legacy of Sultan Agung of Mataram

UCLA CSEAS hosted the 2018 Los Angeles Indonesian Film Festival with a screening of the new film Sultan Agung by the prominent Indonesian director, Hanung Bramantyo.

Gouw scholars immerse themselves in Balinese language and culture

UCLA undergraduate students spent two weeks in Bali, Indonesia on a language and cultural immersion program sponsored by the Julia and Ken Gouw Centennial Scholarship for Study Abroad in Indonesia.

Travel grant recipient publishes article on evictions in Jakarta

Tassaya Charupatanapongse spent a summer in Jakarta on a Indonesian Studies Travel Grant to develop her research on evictions and recently published with the UCLA Undergraduate Research Journal.

Javanese gamelan course is offered at UCLA again

Renowned Javanese musician and composer Djoko Walujo Wimboprasetyo returns to teach Javanese Gamelan course funded by the Indonesian Studies Program.

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