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Bringing Southeast Asia Home is a five year initiative (2022-2027), generously funded by the Henry Luce Foundation, which aims to grow the profile of Southeast Asian studies at UNC-CH by providing research opportunities to faculty, students, and community members; strengthening ties with our global partners like Kenan Foundation Asia and the National University of Singapore; growing our network of scholars of Southeast Asia in the US Southeast; adding more course offerings on Southeast Asia; increasing library holdings on the region; supporting postdoctoral scholars; hosting speakers and workshops; and so much more.


Welcome BSEAH postdoctoral scholar Terese Gagnon
Terese Gagnon is an environmental and political anthropologist. Her current book project, a multi-sited ethnography, examines Karen food, seed, and political sovereignty across landscapes of home and exile. She incorporates ethnographic poetry and visual anthropology in her scholarly work. Dr. Gagnon will be affiliated with the Department of Anthropology beginning August 1.

Minor in Southeast Asian Studies
We hope to launch a minor in Southeast Asian Studies in Fall 2024 in Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies. Tentatively, the minor will require four content courses, one of which may be a Southeast Asian language course at the 204 level or its equivalent.

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Opportunities for study and funding

Learn a Southeast Asian language

Study abroad in Southeast Asia

Complete list of funding opportunities for faculty

Complete list of funding opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students


Information and resources

Faculty and graduate student bios

Annual BSEAH workshop

BSEAH award winners

Regularly offered courses on Southeast Asia

How to pronounce BSEAH



Please direct all inquiries about Southeast Asia opportunities and programming to Dr. Becky Butler, Assistant Director for Southeast Asia Initiatives.