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Southeast Asian Movement at Yale


Cutting-edge ideas about Southeast Asia in bite-sized videos, featuring conversations with the region’s leaders, thinkers and creators. Watch more on YouTube.

From the Archives


Dewi Fortuna Anwar

SEAM talks with Professor Dewi Fortuna Anwar, Deputy Secretary for Political Affairs to the Indonesian Vice President. She tells us how and why democracy can be promoted in Southeast Asia and how Indonesia can work with the international community to tackle the haze problem.

Hong-Ling Wee

A ceramic artist making one-of-a-kind artworks and handmade pottery in New York City and Singapore. SEAM talks to Hong-Ling Wee at the Singapore ARts Festival in New York, where she shares her exprience as a ceramicist and gives advice to youths on developuing their art.

Pek Koon Heng

SEAM talks with Dr. Pek Koon Heng, Assistant Professor and Director of the ASEAN Studies Center in American University. She uncovers the role of Malaysia's history in today's political battleground.

Eli Tyler

SEAM talks with Eli Tyler, a singer, songwriter, and producer. He shares how Southeast Asian youths can get started in the music world and why we should find our own style.


Ambassador Ashok Mirpuri

SEAM talks with Ambassador Ashok Mirpuri, Singapore Ambassador to the US. He shares how Southeast Asia stays relevant to the US and other players in the region.

Ambassador Pisan Manawapat

SEAM talks with Ambassador Pisan Manawapat, Thai Ambassador to the US. He explains why US-Thailand relations remain crucial to the US' Asia rebalancing and the recent (2016) wave of displaced people in Southeast Asia.

Jolovan Wham

SEAM speaks to Jolovan Wham, the Executive Director of the Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics (HOME) in Singapore, which is involved in case work and legal advocacy for foreign workers.

Mari Pangetsu

SEAM talks with Minister Mari Pangetsu, Indonesian Minister of Trade (2004-2011) and Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy (2011-2014). She discusses the pros and cons of the Trans-Pacific Partnership in Southeast Asia and explains how the creative economy works.

S. Gopinath

SEAM speaks with Professor Saravanan Gopinathan, Adjunct Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and Academic Director of The Head Foundation. Prof. Gopinath shares his ideas about education standards, models and policies in Southeast Asia.

Ambassador Derek Mitchell

SEAM talks with Ambassador Derek Mitchell, CEO of Shwe Strategies LLC, and a Senior Advisor to both the Albright Stonebridge Group and the U.S. Institute of Peace. Ambassador Michell became the first U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of the Union of Myanmar (Burma) in 22 years on July 12, 2012, and departed in March 2016. In 2011, Ambassador Mitchell was appointed the U.S. Department of State's first Special Representative and Policy Coordinator for Burma, with the rank of ambassador. SEAM discussed with him about Myanmar's role in the region as it develops politically and economically.

Lectures and Panels from SEAMConference 2016

Jointly organized with the University Scholars Programme, National University of Singapore.

Ambassador Nina Hachigan

Ambasssador Nina Hachigian, U.S. Ambassador to ASEAN, shares more about why the region plays an important role in world affairs.

Professor Wang Gungwu

Professor Wang Gungwu explains the history of the idea of Southeast Asia. Professor Wang Gungwu is an internationally renowned historian of Asia.

Ng Yeen Seen

Ng Yeen Seen, COO of the Asian Strategy & Leadership Institute and World Economic Forum Global Young Leader, lays down the facts behind the region's inequalities.

Venka Purushothaman

Venka Purushothaman is the Vice-President (Academic) & Provost of LASALLE College of the Arts. He discusses how arts and culture is used in identity-building in Southeast Asia.

Panel #1: Socio-Economic Issues in Southeast Asia

The panel featured four outstanding leaders in their fields: Dr. Mohamed Effendy (Lecturer and coordinator of Southeast Asia in Context, NUS); Calvin Woo (Queen's Young Leader and Head of Programmes at SASTRA Education Development); Rahimah Abdulrahim (Executive Director, The Habibie Center); and Patrick Cuartero (Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Pylon Partners Inc.).

Panel #2: ASEAN Identity Through the Arts

Our second panel featured Mr. Venka Purushothaman (Vice-President and Provost, LASALLE College of the Arts); Ms. Moe Thuzar (Fellow and Lead Researcher, ASEAN Studies Center, ISEAS); Mr. Liao Jiekai (Filmmaker and visual artist); and Prof. Dr. Kevin Tan (Adjunct Professor [Law Faculty], NUS). Our speakers addressed the question of exploring the ASEAN identity through the arts.