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.

Upcoming Events

Archaeology of Colonialism in Spanish Manila, 16th-17th Centuries

Wednesday, January 25, 2017
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
10383 Bunche Hall


Return to Myanmar: Kyaw Kyaw Naing Ensemble

Saturday, April 01, 2017
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Aratani Theatre - Japanese American Cultural & Community Center (JACCC)


In the News

George Dutton publishes book on Vietnamese priest

Jan. 4, 2017 — "A Vietnamese Moses" chronicles the story of Philiphê Binh, a Vietnamese Catholic priest who in 1796 traveled from Tonkin to Lisbon to persuade the Portuguese king to appoint a bishop for his community of ex-Jesuits.

New exhibit celebrates marine biodiversity in Coral Triangle

November 13, 2015 — UCLA Professor Paul Barber partnered with singer Jack Johnson on a California Science Center exhibit that highlights the need to conserve this highly threatened ecosystem of Southeast Asia.

U.S. and Indonesia urged to open records on 1965 massacre

October 2, 2015 — UCLA historian Geoff Robinson was cited at a recent SOAS conference: "In their sweep and speed and their profound political implications, the events of 1965-66 [in Indonesia] were comparable to some of the most notorious campaigns of mass killings and imprisonment in the postwar period.”