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Asian Studies: Southeast Asia


This guide is organized by region, with countries divided into subpages. Choose from the dropdown tab or click the links below:


Southeast Asia - The Asia Society

The Asia Society fosters insight, encourages engagement, elevates regional voices, informs and educates new audiences, addresses complex – and where necessary – contentious challenges, engages in creative problem-solving, and helps deliver real solutions for the benefit of all. 

Encyclopedia Britannica - Southeast Asia

Information on the land, people, economy, administration and social conditions, cultural life, and history. 

World Regional Geography - East and Southeast Asia

This ebook offers information about geographic features, patterns of economic development, and East and Southeast Asia interactions within the global economic system

Secondary Sources

Use these databases to find articles and/or essays in scholarly journals and books.


Open Access

This online newspaper directory offers a directory to thousands of newspapers from around the globe. Organized by country & region, users can easily find media through direct links for each region in Asia.


Living Standards in Southeast Asia
Southeast Asia
Sinophone Southeast Asia - Sinitic Voices Across the Southern Seas
Southeast Asia
Strange Parallels Southeast Asia in Global Context, C. 800-1830
Southeast Asia
The Emergence of Modern Southeast Asia
Everyday Life in Southeast Asia
Food Culture in Southeast Asia
A Muslim Archipelago: Islam and Politics in Southeast Asia
Popular Religion in Southeast Asia
Sultans, Shamans, and Saints
The Flaming Womb
The Art of Not Being Governed


RAND in Southeast Asia
Colonial Legacies
Islam on the Move
Citizenship and Democratization in Southeast Asia
Borderlands of Southeast Asia
Popular Music in Southeast Asia

Primary Sources

These databases and websites provide access to digital archival materials such as manuscripts, letters, photographs, moving image and sound materials, artwork, books, diaries, and other artifacts. You can also visit our main page for Asia for additional databases and resources covering broader regions.

Open Access

Dutch Indies in Photographs, 1860-1940

The collection consists of some 3000 photographs from the period between 1860 and 1940, most of which were taken by professional photographers capturing landscapes and street life, in addition to photographing houses and factories and taking portrait and group photos.

Images of Colonialism - Harvard Library

This visual record of early European contacts with Africa and Asia is a primary visual resource for historical and socio-cultural studies.

Indo-Pacific Art - University Art Gallery

The University Art Gallery’s Indo-Pacific art collection represents the art of insular Southeast Asia and the Pacific includes about 1,900 objects, with strengths in ethnographic sculpture, Javanese gold from the prehistoric to the late medieval period, and Indonesian textiles.

Southeast Asia Banking and Finance Web Archive

The Southeast Asia Banking and Finance Web Archive focuses on the role of the government in the banking and financial sectors in Southeast Asia. 

Southeast Asia Digital Library

Gateway for electronic resources on Southeast Asia, including photographs, interviews and video

The Southeast Asian images & Texts Project – University of Wisconsin-Madison

This digital collection brings together, in digital form, two categories of primary and secondary resources: research and teaching materials collected by University of Wisconsin faculty and staff; and unique or valuable items related to these fields held by the University of Wisconsin Libraries.

Southeast Asia in the Ming Shi-lu

This work identifies all of the references to Southeast Asia contained within the Ming Shi-lu, the annals of the emperors of Ming China (1368-1644), and provides them to readers in English-language translation.

South East Asia Posters

Posters from South East Asia countries: Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, Thailand, The Philippines, and many more.

Southeast Asia Vision Collection (Cornell University Library)

This site provides full download of old texts and rare book collections about Southeast Asia. Type a related topic in search after connecting to the link.

The United States and its Territories, 1870-1925: The Age of Imperialism

Full text of monographs and government documents published in the United States, Spain, and the Philippines between 1870 and 1925, from the University of Michigan's collections.