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Source: Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection, University of Texas at Austin

Southeast Asia is a region consisting of the countries that are geographically south of China, east of India, west of New Guinea and north of Australia. Mainland Southeast Asia is made up of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Viet Nam and the western or peninsular portion of Malaysia. Island Southeast Asia includes the nations: Brunei, the eastern or island portion of Malaysia, Timor-Leste, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Singapore.

The major religions of Southeast Asia are Islam, Buddhism, and Christianity. However, a wide variety of religions are found throughout the region, including Hinduism, Taoism, and animist-influenced practices.

Pan-region features of Southeast Asia include: tropical weather, wet rice cultivation, diverse forests, mountains, roosters, cultural influence from both India and China, and seafood.

Country Resource Pages

The Center has compiled lists of resources for each country in Southeast Asia as well as a pan-regional list. You can access them below or via the links to the right of this page.