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The Southeast Asia Program (SEAP) was founded by Lauriston Sharp in 1950 to promote the acquisition and dissemination of knowledge about countries, cultures and languages of the region. It is an interdisciplinary program of Cornell University that focuses on the development of graduate training and research opportunities on the languages and cultures of Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. Cornell is known for being one of the world's greatest centers for the study of Southeast Asia. The SEAP at Cornell is designated as a National Resource Center (NRC) by the United States Department of Education 2010 – 2014. Therefore, the SEAP is nationally prominent in promoting advanced foreign language training, area and international knowledge in the liberal arts and applied discipline focused on Southeast Asia.[1]

Southeast Asia Program
ChairmanAbigail C Cohn
Address640 Stewart Ave, Ithaca, NY 14853
WebsiteCornell Southeast Asia Program Homepage

George McTurnan Kahin Center for Advanced Research on Southeast AsiaEdit

The George McTurnan Kahin Center for Advanced Research on Southeast Asia is located in the historic "Treman House". The house was built by Robert Henry Treman, the son of an enterprising local family and the first member of that family to attend Cornell University and be elected to its board of trustees. George McT. Kahin Center is home to SEAP graduate students, visiting fellows and scholars, faculty members, and SEAP's Publication and Outreach offices.[2]

SEAP PublicationsEdit

The SEAP Publications, an imprint of Cornell University Press, publishes and distributes academic books and a semi-annual journal on Indonesia. It aims to make scholarship on Southeast Asia widely available to interested readers and researchers. Books are divided into four main series. The Studies on Southeast Asia Series (SOSEA) is made up of substantial scholarly books, essay collections, and monographs, usually in the fields of history, anthropology, or political studies. The Cornell Modern Indonesia Project, which was initiated in 1956, publishes many translations of primary source materials, along with original studies of the nation's contemporary political events and the evolution of its government through the twentieth century. SEAP offers instructional language textbooks for students of Indonesian, Cambodian, Filipino, Thai, and Vietnamese. SEAP also publishes Indonesia, a semi-annual journal, that deals with Indonesia's politics, economics, language studies, literature, and the arts.[3]

John M. Echols CollectionsEdit

Cornell's Kroch Library has the largest collection of books on Southeast Asian Studies in North America. The Southeast Asia Collection, named in honor of John M. Echols, has been a joint undertaking of the university, the library, and the Southeast Asia Program with the goal of acquiring a copy of every publication of research value produced in the countries of Southeast Asia and publications about the region published in other parts of the world.[4]

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