Welcome to the UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies! We have been supporting the study of this important region at UCLA for more than 15 years, serving as a place to encourage the discussion and dissemination of scholarly work on the countries of the region.

Our Center has been critical to sustaining and expanding Southeast Asian Studies at UCLA, which has now become one of the major U.S. sites for the study of this region.

Read about our latest activities:

  CSEAS Announcements 2/19/18  

Upcoming Events

A Dialogue on the Challenges of Minoritized Academic Fields at this Time

Friday, April 13, 2018
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
10383 Bunche


Going Global: Exploring Human Rights in the Shadow of Nationalism

Friday, April 20, 2018
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
UCLA Faculty Center


News & Announcements

Indonesian Cultural Day 2018 showcases music, dance and martial arts

The 2018 Indonesian Cultural Day, hosted by the Indonesian Bruins Student Association, featured a mix of traditional and modern music and dance performances by UCLA students and outside dance groups.

Wednesday, March 07, 2018


“The Best We Could Do”: Confronting unspoken trauma through storytelling

The author/illustrator of the UCLA 2017–18 Common Book advised students how to engage with their refugee families' heritage, stressing the importance of diversifying refugee narratives to prevent future superpowers from adopting condescending “savior” attitudes.

Wednesday, February 07, 2018


Edward Lansdale as an early proponent of counterinsurgency strategy

Speaking at UCLA on February 8, Max Boot argued that Edward Lansdale's approach to advancing U.S. interests in the Philippines and Vietnam in the early years of the Cold War offered a promising strategy for the “war on terror.”

Wednesday, February 14, 2018