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Southeast Asia Center

#ASEAN  #Southeast Asian VIP countries  #New Southern Policy  #Islamic Finance  #Mekong Area Studies

The Southeast Asia Center (SEAC) was established in 2012 as an answer to the socioeconomic and cultural interest toward Southeast Asia. SEAC has since become the core of Korea’s Southeast Asian area studies by providing expert insight and disseminating meaningful data. SEAC’s researchers have conducted multiple comprehensive studies on the Southeast Asian region, established strong networks with other Southeast Asian regional research institutes both domestic and abroad, and provided Open Lectures to continuously promote Southeast Asian studies to the public.

Main Projects and Research Topics

  • Studies on Islamic finance: Conducted <Is Islamic Finance an Alternative to Conventional Finance? Principles and Practices of Islamic Finance in Southeast Asia>, selected as a 2018 General Joint Research Project by National Research Foundation
  • Research on rising regions: Focused on the dynamic changes and potentials for growth of rising ASEAN countries after launching of the ASEAN community
  • Southeast Asian regional knowledge proliferation project: Hosted invitational expert lectures and provided Open Lectures on Southeast Asia
  • Academic activities: Published issue papers and policy reports for enhancing understanding of the region


Choi, K. (2020). Qualitative Considerations of Cultural and Human Resource Exchanges to build a ‘Human Centered’ Korea-ASEAN Community. Monthly Public Policy, 171.

Choi, K. (2019). Certain Ally in Uncertain Times, ASEAN: Tourism as a form of Korean-ASEAN cultural interaction. Korea Tourism Policy, 77.

Choi, K. (2019). 2019 East Asia Strategy Evaluation. East Asian Security Strategy Research Society.

Lee, S. H. & Lee, C. L. (2019). An Analysis of the Relationship between Conventional and Islamic Stock Market: Focusing on Stock Market of Malaysia and Indonesia. The Southeast Asian Review, 29 (4).

Oh, M. S. et al. (2017). Consumption culture in Indonesia and Malaysia: Taste, beauty, space, and halal . Zininzin.

Choi, K. H. et al. (2017). Islamization in Southeast Asia II. Nulmin Books.

Eom, E. H. (2017). Localization of oversea Korean companies and CSR: Focusing on cases in Indonesia. Journal of the Association for Korean Geographers, 6(3).

Eom, E. H., & Shin, D. H. (2017). The path formation of Thailand’s electricity/energy regime and sustainability assessment. The Southeast Asian Review, 27(4).

Lee, J. H. (2017). The political economy of Indonesia’s global maritime axis and infrastructure development plan under the Jokowi administration. The Journal of Asian Studies, 20(1).

Lee, J. H., & Lee, S. H. (2017). The birth of hybrid convenience store and consumer culture in Indonesia. The East Asian Studies, 36(1).

Jung, B. M. (2017). The Philippines in 2016: Election, economic development and independent foreign policy. The Southeast Asian Review, 27(2).

Jung, B. M. (2017). Extrajudicial killing in the development field: The case study on the death of community leaders in the Philippines. The Journal of Philippine & Southeast Asian Studies, 20(2).


Suhong Chae | Director | | Anthropology | Vietnam,
Multinational corporations, Industrial relations

Kyunghee Choi | HK Research Professor | | Political Science | Indonesian regional studies, ASEAN community and Korea-ASEAN relation studies, Southeast Asian Islam and the political economy of Islamic finances

Byeongho Kim | Researcher | | Middle Eastern Area Studies | Islamic finance, Middle Eastern economics

Choonglyol Lee | Researcher | | Economics | Macroeconomics, Monetary finance theory, Econometrics

Hyungjun Kim | Researcher | | Cultural Anthropology | Indonesia, Islamic finance, Rural area studies

Hyunjung Chae | Researcher | | Anthropology | Thailand, Border area studies, Ethnographic study of corporations

Jihyouk Lee | Researcher | | International Area Studies | Cultural conflicts between Indonesia and Malaysia, Indonesian consumer culture

Sunho Lee | Researcher | | Macroeconomics | Islamic finance, East Asian economic development