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The Southeast Asia Program (SEAP) was founded in 1950 to promote the acquisition and dissemination of knowledge about countries, cultures, and languages of the region.

SEAP's 20 core and seven emeritus faculty members create a collective knowledge of Southeast Asia that amounts to one of the world’s greatest concentrations of expertise on the region. Six language lecturers teach four levels of study in Burmese, Indonesian, Khmer, Tagalog, Thai, and Vietnamese. 

Since 1958, the U.S. Department of Education has continuously recognized SEAP as a Title VI National Resource Center. As such, it trains experts on the region; strives to meet strategic national needs in government, business, science, and professional fields; and provides K-16 educational outreach. 

SEAP has three unique resources: the John M. Echols Collection on Southeast Asia, the George McT. Kahin Center for Advanced Research on Southeast Asia, and SEAP Publications. The Echols Collection is the largest collection on the region, with over 500,000 monographs in 162 indigenous languages. The Kahin Center is an academic home to SEAP graduate students, visiting fellows and scholars, faculty members and SEAP's publication and outreach offices. 

SEAP publishes Southeast Asian monographs and language textbooks, including the only journal exclusively on Indonesia. It also makes downloads of its Cornell Modern Indonesia Project (CMIP) and SEAP Data papers accessible gratis.