Shillong. [Photo courtesy of wikitravel.org]
The region of Southeast Asia includes 6 insular countries (Brunei, East Timor, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Singapore) and 5 mainland countries (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam).
UC Berkeley offers over 30 courses in Southeast Asian studies through 14 departments, most notably the Department of South & Southeast Asian Studies. Established in 1972, the department's courses cover South and Southeast Asian civilizations, languages, literature, and religious studies.
The Center for Southeast Asia Studies (CSEAS), established in 1960, enriches the study of Southeast Asia by sponsoring annual Southeast Asian studies conferences, lectures, and workshops throughout the academic year. These events provide numerous opportunities for international visitors to work with Berkeley faculty for promoting interdisciplinary Southeast Asia research. CSEAS events can be found on the CSEAS event calendar.
The South/Southeast Asia Library (S/SEAL) serves as the center for Berkeley's Southeast Asia collections, which focus on the social sciences and humanities, covering both prewar and postwar periods in western and vernacular languages.
Berkeley's Southeast Asia Special Collections are most often the result of generous bequests and gifts from private collectors. Most special collections are housed and distributed by the Main Library and various subject specialty libraries and are accessible through the OskiCat and MELVYL catalogs.