The Southeast Asia Program (SEAP) was founded in 1950 to promote the acquisition and dissemination of knowledge about countries, cultures and languages of the region. Its twenty core and eight emeritus faculty members have collective knowledge of Southeast Asia, which amounts to one of the world’s greatest concentrations of expertise on this region. Six language lecturers teach 4 levels of study in Burmese, Indonesian, Khmer, Tagalog, Thai, and Vietnamese.

The U. S. Department of Education has continuously (without interruption since 1958) recognized SEAP as a Title VI National Resource Center. As such, it trains experts on the region and strives to meet strategic national needs in government, business, science and professional fields, as well as provides K-16 Outreach.

SEAP has three unique resources: the John M. Echols Collection on Southeast Asia, the George McT. Kahin Center for Advanced Research on Southeast Asia, and SEAP Publications. The first is the largest collection on the region (over 500,000 monographs in 162 indigenous languages). The Kahin Center is an academic home to SEAP graduate students, visiting fellows and scholars, faculty members and SEAP's Publication and Outreach offices. SEAP publishes Southeast Asian monographs and language textbooks, including the only journal exclusively on Indonesia. It also makes downloads of its Cornell Modern Indonesia Project (CMIP) and SEAP Data papers accessible gratis.

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  • Indonesia Journal

    A semi-annual journal devoted to the timely study of Indonesia's culture, history, government, economy, and society.

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  • Fall Bulletin 2017 

    Unknown author (Southeast Asia Program, Cornell University, 2017)
    The Southeast Asia Program Bulletin is an annual publication covering Cornell faculty research , SEAP outreach activities, student news, and updates about the Kahin Center.
  • Bangka in the 1950's: Indonesian Authority and Chinese Reality 

    Heidhues, Mary Somers (Cornell University Southeast Asia Program, 2017-04)
    “Bangka in the 1950s” looks into a somewhat under-reported period of Indonesian history, especially with respect to the Indonesian archipelago outside of Java. It bases its explorations on the recently recovered ethnographic ...
  • Islamization and Identity in Indonesia: The Case of Arabic Names in Java 

    Kuipers, Joel C.; Askuri (Cornell University Southeast Asia Program, 2017-04)
    A considerable amount of scholarly attention has rightly been devoted to the rise of normative forms of Islamic practice in Indonesia, and to the consequent decline of hybrid, syncretic forms of Islam for which Indonesia, ...
  • Trash, Cities, and Politics: Urban Environmental Problems in Indonesia 

    Dethier, Jean-Jacques (Cornell University Southeast Asia Program, 2017-04)
    “Trash, Cities, and Politics” describes Indonesia's ADIPURA, an environmental program begun in the mid 1980s to focus on waste management, cleanliness and sanitation, and green spaces. The paper discusses the program within ...
  • Legal Self-Fashioning in Colonial Indonesia: Human Rights in the Letters of Kartini 

    Bijl, Paul (Cornell University Southeast Asia Program, 2017-04)
    Focusing on her writings, this article shows how the Javanese woman Kartini (1879–1904) engaged with conceptions of “human rights” that were globally circulating in the early twentieth century, thereby further developing ...

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