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National Resource Center

In 2000, the Center for Southeast Asia Studies joined with the Center for Southeast Asia Studies at University of California, Los Angeles as a consortium to become a U.S. Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center for Southeast Asian Studies. As a joint center, UCLA and UC Berkeley form one of only seven Title VI National Resource Centers for Southeast Asia in the U.S., and the only such center in California.

The UC Berkeley-UCLA consortium helps students and faculty at each campus collaborate on particular programs (conferences, workshops, and speaker series), furthers the development of campus resources devoted to the field (such as library acquisitions and cataloguing) and promotes course development and improvements in the quality and accessibility of language instruction.

Consortium activities of particular impact include the Distinguished Visitor from Southeast Asia program that brings prominent figures from Southeast Asia to both campuses for short residencies during the academic year. Past Distinguished Visitors include Chandra Muzaffar (2001), Nurcholish Madjid (2002), Juree Vichit-Vadakan (2003), Pham Thi Hoai (2004), Roland Tolentino (2006), Zainah Anwar (2007) and Youk Chhang (2010).

The consortium has also held a number of joint conferences and symposia, including the international conferences, “Ten Years After: Reformasi and New Social Movements in Indonesia, 1998-2008” at UC Berkeley in 2008, “Languages of Southeast Asia” at UCLA in 2009, and “Space, Movement and Place in Southeast Asia” at UC Berkeley in 2010.

Title VI funding also supports Foreign Languages and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships that are awarded by separate competitions each year at UC Berkeley and UCLA to graduate students and advanced undergraduate students to study Southeast Asian languages and pursue area studies either for the academic year or for the summer.