Southeast Asian Civilization

Southeast Asian Civilization

The Bayon at Angkor, Cambodia, built in the late 12th century by the Mahayana Buddhist King Jayavarman VII


Course Description

Background and development of society and culture in Southeast Asian countries with an emphasis on major peninsular and mainland civilizations; The influence and impact of Eastern and Western civilizations on Southeast Asia in terms of cults, beliefs, religions, traditions, education, society, economy, and governance.


Southeast Asian Civilization is an exciting new course with global significance.

This course looks into the deep history of the region before examining the impacts of colonial powers and post-World War II developments. Current events provide excellent topics for research projects and in-class discussion.

The ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) region is currently one of the strongest economic growth areas globally, and this course offers a much-needed understanding of the region's complex history and rich ethnolinguistic landscapes.


With the establishment of ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) and the increasing integration of the region through the ASEAN Socio-cultural Community, a growing range of opportunities exist for employment, trade, and travel within and between member countries as well as with other regional trade partners, especially China.

As English is the official language of ASEAN, all member countries have agreed to the goal of teaching every child the language of a neighboring country as well as English. ASEAN represents one of the brightest hopes for economic growth in the present and future.

South East Asia Map 200 kb [click to view at 500kb]

Apsara Dancer, Siem Reap [please click the photo to view this video]

David Blundell (left) - Steven Martin (center) - Charles Higham (right)

Angkot Wat - Siem Reap

A Day in Ho Chi Minh City [click to see this album on Facebook]

Students in Ho Chi Minh City

Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City

The Batanes Islands [click to see this album on Facebook]

Renowned Anthropologists Wilhelm G. Solheim II (1924—2014) (left) and David Blundell (right) [click to see video interview]

Banca Boat at Siargao Island, The Philippines


Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Bang Pa In summer palace, Ayutthaya Province

Chak Phra Buddhist Festival, Surat Thani Province

Thank you for visiting my Southeast Asian Civilization course page.

Steven A. Martin