SOUTHEAST ASIAN CIVILIZATION (SEAC)
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.
Church, P. (2017). A Short History of South-East Asia, Sixth Edition. Singapore: John Wiley and Sons, Ltd.
Higham, C. (2014). Early Mainland and Southeast Asia: From first humans to Angkor. Bangkok: River Books.
Course Portrait | Indonesian Culture and Dance
ABOUT THE COURSE
Southeast Asian Civilization (SEAC) is an exciting new course with global significance.
This course looks into the pre-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.
Course Portrait | Burmese Culture and Dance
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.
A BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO CIVILIZATION
FRESHMAN POSTER PROJECTS | ARCHAEOLOGISTS AND FIELD SITES IN SOUTHEAST ASIA
2017 Freshman Posters
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- Andrew Hardy – Wall of Quang Ngai, Vietnam
- Charles Higham – Ban Non Wat, Thailand
- Chin Yudee – Ban Chiang, Thailand
- Danny Hillman – Gunung Padang, Java, Indonesia
- Laura Lynn Shackelford – Tam Pa Ling, Laos
- Lim Chen Sian – Empress Place, Singapore
- Miriam Stark – Angkor Borei, Cambodia
- Mylene Lising – Rizal, Kalinga, Philippines
- Robert B. Fox – Leta-Leta Cave, Palawan, Philippines
- Robert Von Heine-Geldern – Dong Son Culture, Vietnam
- Srisak Wanlipodom – Pha Taem, Thailand
- U Khin Maung Kyaw – Padah-Lin Cave, Myanmar
- Wilhelm G. Solheim II – Kalanay Cave, Philippines
A 10 period approach to studying Southeast Asian countries
I have developed a modest 10-topic chronological framework for studying individual Southeast Asian countries. Topics point to core histories and geographies and provide guidance for student presentations and class discussions. Topics and subtopics may overlap or apply to more than one period.
- Prehistory – Archaeology, Anthropology and Linguistics
- City-states, chiefdoms, kingdoms and dynasties – Historical geographies and indigenous peoples
- Colonial powers and governance – British, French, Dutch, Portuguese and Spanish
- WWII and Japanese rule – Imperial power and global conflict
- Return of colonial powers – New resistance and legacy
- Independence – The rise of national identities and new political geographies
- International relations (IR) – Nationalism and the global stage
- ASEAN – Rise and development of inter- and intra- regional relationships
- Contemporary issues – Globalization, urbanization, education and technology
- Tourism Geography – Planning, development and case studies
New 2020 CNA (Channel News Asia) documentary series on Southeast Asian countries | Video playlist with Singaporean scholar Peter Lee
Treasures of Champa Kingdom
Interview at Po Nagar Temple in Nha Trang, Vietnam | Cham Culture | Steven Martin
2006 Interview | Prof Wilhelm G Solheim | University of the Philippines
Research at the Plain of Jars using virtual reality and drones | Monash University
Contemporary Topics for Today's Discussion
Plain of Jars | Exploring Prehistory
Dams on the Mekong | Economy & Ecology
Casino Enclaves | Development and Poverty
Burmese Thanaka Culture Class | Steven Martin
Prayer for Peace Documentary | 2007 Matt Blauer
The Lady | Story of Aung San Suu Kyi
Thailand Culture & Heritage | Tourism Authority of Thailand
The new Phuket Aquaria, or Aquaria Phuket, Thailand, opened August, 2019, and we were lucky to be among the first to check it out and make this short video for our Thai Geography students.
Located in the basement of Central Phuket Floresta, is the largest aquarium in Thailand, featuring a cast of thousands from Thailand and other countries, including fresh and saltwater fish and turtles, otters, sharks, groupers, penguins, stingrays, jellyfish, lizards, insects, and snakes.
PHUKET AQUARIA | อควาเรีย ภูเก็ต
SOUTHEAST ASIAN CIVILIZATION | FINAL POSTER PROJECT | ANTHROPOLOGISTS AND ETHNOLINGUISTIC GROUPS IN SOUTHEAST ASIA
PROJECT TYPE | ACADEMIC POSTER
Develop an academic poster using PowerPoint or other software which can incorporate text, maps, tables, and images.
PROJECT THEME | ANTHROPOLOGY, ETHNICITY, AND LANGUAGE IN SOUTHEAST ASIA
- Choose an anthropologist with deep experience in living among, or studying, an ethnolinguistic group in Southeast Asia.
- Discuss the events or interests which led the anthropologist to study the ethnic group or culture.
- Emphasize the language, culture, history, and location of the ethnic group.
- Identify the significance of the ethnic group in terms of Southeast Asian civilization.
POSTER SIZE | INTERNATIONAL A3
Set slide dimensions for international A3, landscape (297 x 420 mm) (11.7 x 16.5 in)
ASEAN Q & A
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I hope you enjoy my photos and the information in the links provided. If you feel motivated to learn more about Southeast Asia, or would like to arrange a public talk, please let me know – I’d love to hear from you.