Since its founding in 1999, the UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies has supported innovative, interdisciplinary teaching and scholarship about Southeast Asia. CSEAS has been critical to sustaining and expanding Southeast Asian Studies on campus, establishing UCLA as a major U.S. site for the study of this important region. We host foreign visitors and scholars, organize talks and colloquia, fund student language study and research, and encourage the discussion and dissemination of scholarly work about the region. CSEAS serves as an important resource for those whose research intersects with Southeast Asia across campus as well as for communities in southern California. 

In 2000, CSEAS joined its counterpart center at the University of California, Berkeley, in a consortium that was federally designated as a National Resource Center (NRC) for Southeast Asia, funded through a Title VI grant at the US Department of Education. The designation was accompanied by Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships that have since allowed graduate and undergraduate students to immerse themselves in the region. As part of its mission as an NRC, CSEAS organizes teacher training workshops and develops curricular materials accessible to California's K-12 schoolteachers.

CSEAS continue to present academic programming on diverse topics and in a range of different formats; improve campus library resources and K-12 outreach; provide specialized training programs for graduate students; and strengthen the quality, depth and accessibility of SEA language and area studies instruction. 

While working to maintain the excellence of its programs, CSEAS continues to develop new ideas for expanding Southeast Asian studies on campus and to increase its prominence on the national and international stage. These programs are opportunities for individuals and foundations to support our mission.

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History of UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies

This timeline details the major milestones in the history of the UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies since its founding in 1999.

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CSEAS Annual Newsletter

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.

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