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Southeast Asian Studies

Library research guide for Southeast Asia Collection

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Spotlight on Digital Collections

Digital Library of Lao Manuscripts contains approximately 12,000 items covering a broad geogrpahical area and historical timeframe. Collaborating institutions are the National Library of Laos, the University of Passau, and the Staatsbibliotek zu Berlin PreuBischer Kulturbesitz.

Digital Library of Northern Thai Manuscripts In addition to local texts from the Theravada Buddhist tradition, there is a wealth of indigenous literature and historical writings, as well as works pertaining to social relations, customary law, astrology, magic, mythology and rituals, grammar and lexicography, as well as poetry and epic stories, folk tales and romances.

Then and Now: Historical Photographs of Cambodia, this project linked photos from the Mimijac Palgen Photo Collection (from the 1950s and 60s) with photos of the same locations from 2007.

The Mimijac Palgen Photo Collection provides photos from the 1950s and 60s in Cambodia from royal ceremonies to everyday life. The Collection is housed in Hayden Library's Special Collections Department at Arizona State University.

William W. Sage Collection contains photos from Mr. Sage's time in Laos from 1964-74.

Online Journals and resources

Southeast Asia Resources

The Arizona State University Libraries currently maintain an extensive Southeast Asia collection both in western languages and in the languages of Southeast Asia. Languages collected by ASU Library include Thai, Vietnamese, and Indonesian. Other Southeast Asian languages represented in the Libraries' collection on a smaller scale are Lao, Khmer, Burmese, Hmong, and Tagalog. The Southeast Asian language portion of the collection is housed on the lower level map(.pdf) of Charles Trumbull Hayden Library adjacent to the East Asian Collection.

The Special Collections Library, also on the fourth floor of Hayden Library houses several special collections dealing with Southeast Asia, including the Agnese Nelms Haury Collection on Burma, the William Sage Collection on Laos, and the Mimijac Palgen Cambodian Photograph Collection. If you need assistence with collections in the Special Collections Library email Included in the Museum of Anthropology collections is William Sage's collection of ethnographic artifacts collected in Laos during his years working in that country.

The Arizona State University Libraries work cooperatively with other Southeast Asian library collections in the United States through CORMOSEA, the professional organization for Southeast Asian Studies librarians, and the Southeast Asia Microform Project of the Center for Research Libraries.

Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies is the website of a NGO. It's mission is to strengthen strategic intervention into violent conflict with the overall aim of fostering sustainable peace in the Asia region. It offers free download of its books and reports.

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Memory as resistance: Grandma Kong Defending her Village (20 mins)

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