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Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Southeast Asian Studies

Southeast Asia: Crossroads of Culture, Politics, and Scholarship, 1954-2004
Bernice Layne Brown Gallery, Doe Library, First Floor
October 4 through December 31, 2004
Exhibit poster (large PDF file)

This year the University of California Berkeley celebrates fifty years of Southeast Asian Studies. A new exhibit displays a sampling of noteworthy treasures from the Library's extraordinarily rich Southeast Asian collections representing the six insular countries (Brunei, East Timor, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, and Singapore) and five mainland countries (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam) in the region.

The University inaugurated its Southeast Asian Studies program in response to an extensive interest in that area in the years following World War II. This program aimed to fulfill a national need to collect publications that were traditionally hard to obtain for U.S. research libraries. With the initial assistance of the Ford Foundation, the Library's Southeast Asian collections have grown to number over 400,000 volumes and are considered to be the strongest holdings of such materials west of the Mississippi River. These collections emphasize the social sciences and humanities in both western and vernacular languages, with a preponderance of materials published in the second half of the twentieth century.

This exhibit recognizes the scholars who founded the program, their precursors, and those who continue to lead Southeast Asian Studies in Berkeley. Through its display of library materials held in the South/Southeast Asia Library, The Bancroft Library, the Media Resources Center, Doe Library and in other campus libraries, the exhibit demonstrates the evolution, breadth, and remarkable success of Southeast Asia scholarship at Berkeley.

Southeast Asian Village Worlds: Indonesia and Vietnam, a concurrent photographic exhibit by UC Berkeley alumnus Dr. Eric Crystal, is located in the area adjacent to the Brown Gallery.


Virginia Jing-yi Shih
South/Southeast Asia Library

 


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