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In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, UCLA CSEAS will be working remotely and transitioning all events and programs to virtual platforms for the rest of the academic year until June 30, 2021. We appreciate your understanding as we make the appropriate adjustments to protect students, faculty, staff and the community.
CSEAS 2020 Newsletter
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The UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies Annual Newsletter highlights ongoing academic programs, faculty research and engagement, student opportunities, and teacher training and community outreach initiatives.
PDF: UCLA CSEAS Annual Newsletter
CSEAS Virtual Events

Ruling an Empire through Compassion:
Angkorian Infrastructure of Public Health and Accommodation

Piphal Heng (Northern Illinois University)
Tuesday, January 19, 2021 from 10AM to 11:30AM (Pacific Time)

"Compassion" was an instrumental state’s infrastructure in building, maintaining, and expanding Angkor’s power from the 9th through 15th centuries CE. Angkorian civilization is known for its intricately carved monumental architecture, large water reservoirs, and interconnected road and canal systems. The relative importance of religion in Angkorian state governance has been debated for more than a century: to what extent can we separate Angkorian "church" from Angkorian state? This lecture provides a background to Angkor and emphasizes two rulers. The first was Yaśovarman I (889-910 CE), who established religious foundations throughout his polity to support his population and nurture religious pluralism. Attention concentrates on Jayavarman VII (1181-1218 CE), whose embrace of Buddhism and state projects were undergirded by a commitment to compassion. His many religious foundations (temples with reservoirs, etc.) housed religious specialists, hosted universities, and served as community anchors. They also expressed state power, marked its territories, and provided myriad social services to Angkorian Khmers.

Dr. Piphal Heng is a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at Northern Illinois University. He received his PhD degree in Anthropology from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Heng’s archaeological research themes include religious change, urbanism, settlement patterns, political economy, and sociopolitical organizational shift. He is also interested in the intersection between heritage management, collaborative and public archaeology, knowledge production, and urban development. His current project explores the transformation of urban and rural settlements in response to the demographic and political changes that took place with the adoption of Theravada Buddhism in Angkor (14th-18th century Cambodia).

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Community Virtual Events
The Mekong, China, & Southeast Asian Transitions Series
Panel 1: Markets for Mekong Commodities
Wednesday, January 27, 2021 from 7PM to 8:30PM EST
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  • Ian Baird (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
  • Ben Belton (Michigan State University)
  • Nathan Green (National University of Singapore)
  • Patrick Slack (McGill University)
Moderator: Jefferson Fox (East-West Center)
Winter 2021 Courses
Class starts week of January 19! UCLA students who wish to enroll in Intermediate Burmese 100B for Winter/Spring Quarter 2021 should contact Kenneth Wong / for a language assessment.
Explore the Southeast Asian Studies course list for Winter 2021!
FLAS Fellowships

Southeast Asia FLAS Fellowships

FLAS fellowships are designed to support graduate and undergraduate students who commit to studying Southeast Asian languages and area studies courses.

  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents.
  • Recipents must enroll in full-time study for the duration of their award period.

Summer 2021 fellowships are for intensive remote summer language programs offered through a U.S. university. They provide a stipend of $2,500 plus tuition and fees to a maximum of $5,000. A letter grade is also required. Students should apply separately to that university for admissions into the summer language program. Non-language programs are not eligible for summer FLAS funding, nor is dissertation research. In order to qualify for funding, 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.

UCLA students who wish to attend the Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute (SEASSI) should simultaneously apply for admission and other funding directly to SEASSI and for FLAS funding through the UCLA FLAS application. Qualified applicants should apply for all possible scholarships to maximize opportunities.

**Please note that Summer FLAS is considered summer financial aid for UCLA  students. Students might not be able to receive any additional summer financial aid funding for UCLA Summer Sessions or other fellowships and should contact the UCLA Financial Aid Office for more information about summer financial aid eligibility. 

Academic Year 2021-2022 fellowships provide a total stipend of $15,000 for graduate students and $5,000 for undergraduates and cover up to $18,000 of academic year tuition and fees for graduate students and $10,000 for undergraduates. The Academic Year FLAS Fellowship requires that students take one Southeast Asia language and one area studies course for a letter grade every quarter for the entire year while enrolling full time for residence at UCLA. Independent Studies are allowed with specific permission.

AY awards may be used for dissertation research or writing for students who have completed their degree coursework and are at the advanced level of language proficiency, but this must be approved in advance. 

Selection for the award is based on the following criteria:

  • Academic performance and potential as evidenced by academic transcript, letters of recommendation, and statement of purpose;
  • The extent to which overall course of study focuses on Southeast Asia;
  • The level of planned language study. More advanced levels are preferred;
  • Financial need as determined by past financial aid levels;
  • Past awardees may reapply.
Required information includes:
  • 1-2 page statement of purpose outlining the student’s primary research interest and explaining how language study will enhance the project;
  • 2 academic/professtional letters of recommendation;
  • unofficial UCLA transcripts and from other institutions for previous degrees (Graduate Students);
  • resume or CV;
  • language program details and information (for summer only)

Deadline: February 24, 2021
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June 14 to August 6, 2021
SEASSI is an eight-week intensive language training program for undergraduates, graduate students and professionals. UCLA students applying for for UCLA Summer 2021 FLAS must also apply separately for admission into SEASSI.
To apply for SEASSI 2021:

Application Deadlines: 
SEASSI FLAS Fellowship: February 15, 2021
SEASSI Tuition Scholarship and General Applications: April 5, 2021
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Teacher Training
National Foreign Language Resource Center (NFLRC) 
Dates: February 1 – March 8, 2021
Registration deadline: January 28, 2021
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Envisioning Project-Based Language Learning (PBLL) is designed as a 5-week open-enrollment course for language educators beginning to learn about Project-Based Language Learning (PBLL). Successful learners will be able to describe essential features of high quality PBLL and to generate high-quality ideas for projects using the Product Square. Registration and the content for this MOOC (massive open online course) is FREE. However, if you wish to earn the optional digital badge for completion afterwards, you will need to meet the badge criteria and pay a nominal fee ($25) to have your submitted materials evaluated by NFLRC staff.
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