Southeast Asia is one of the world’s most politically, economically, ethnically, linguistically, and religiously diverse and dynamic regions. The cultural, religious, technological, and agricultural influences from China, India, the Arabian peninsula, Europe, and South America all end up in this global crossroad. This region is comprised of 11 countries, including Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam, Indonesia, and others.
Even here, at the edge of East Asia, this region's impact on our life is much greater than we use to think—being, for two thousand years and more, a crossing pivot for people, ideas, genes, diseases, ideologies, religions, commodities, and energy.
In this field’s teaching and research, Dr. Ran Shauli researches the connections between the pre-colonial and colonial eras in Southeast Asia and the ways some of the colonial bureaucracy is preserved even today, in the age of independent countries, in phenomena such as majority-minority relations, immigration, agriculture and food consumption, nationality and political violence.