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.

Sub-communities within this community

  • Indonesia Journal

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

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  • SEAP Bulletin Fall 2020 

    Cornell University Southeast Asia Program (2020-10-14)
    The Southeast Asia Program Bulletin is a bi-annual publication covering Cornell faculty and student research, SEAP outreach activities, as well as SEAP news and updates.
  • Vietnam's Food Systems 

    Cornell Southeast Asia Program (2020-10)
    This film explores Vietnam’s historical cuisine, agricultural landscape, and climate challenges. It is intended to be used with the discussion guide in middle school, high school, and undergraduate classrooms. Students who ...
  • Vietnam: A Changing Nation 

    Cornell Southeast Asia Program (2020-10)
    This film explores Vietnam’s rising economy, modern society, and religious traditions. It is intended to be used with the discussion guide in middle school, high school, and undergraduate classrooms. Students who view the ...
  • Interview with Professor Thak Chaloemtiarana 

    Unknown author (Southeast Asia Program, 2020-09-02)
    An interview with Thak Chaloemtiarana, retired Professor in the Graduate School. Thak served as the director of the Southeast Asia Program until 2010, and was the associate dean and director of admissions for the College ...
  • Interview with Dr. Audrey Kahin 

    Unknown author (Southeast Asia Program, 2020-09-02)
    Parts one and two of an interview with Dr. Audrey Kahin. In part one she describes her early career, arrival at the Southeast Asia Program, and her graduate research, including her work on Indonesia. In part two she expands ...

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