The Burma Studies Group (BSG) is a subcommittee of the Southeast Asian Council (SEAC), operating within the Association for Asian Studies (AAS). The purpose of the BSG is to form a scholarly, nonpolitical, and nonprofit professional association of all persons interested in Burma studies; to promote interest in and scholarly study of Burma; to provide means for the publication of scholarly research and other materials designed to promote Burma Studies; to promote cooperative activities and exchanges of information within the field of Burma studies, and to facilitate contact and exchange of information between scholars and scholarly organizations in North America interested in Burma studies and those in other countries.
This archive, hosted by the University of Toronto and supported by Robarts Library, aims at bringing together and making manuscripts and rare print editions available online from individual libraries throughout Myanmar. It is the platform for an ongoing digitizing project, initiated and conducted by William Pruitt and an international team of Myanmar and Pali scholars, and supported, since 2012, by the Pali Text Society, as well as by Yumi Ousaka of the Sendai National College of Technology, the KDDI Foundation, the Mitsubishi Foundation, the CARI Foundation, and JSPS Kakenhi.
The Burmese language major at Peking University was established in 1949, marking it as the first Burmese language major offered by universities across the nation. Thanks to the dedication of esteemed scholars from previous generations such as Chen Yan, Ren Zhugen, Shi Zhencai, Li Mou, Wang Danian, Yao Bingyan, Cai Zhusheng, Ji Lianfang, Zhao Jing, Han Deying, Jiang Yongren, and other luminaries, the Burmese language major at Peking University has established a firm foundation. It boasts traditional strengths in fundamental research fields including literature, history, and culture.
Faculty members specializing in Burmese language have collaborated to produce vital reference works, including “Burmese-Chinese Dictionary,” “Concise Burmese-Chinese, Chinese-Burmese Dictionary,” and the “Burmese Classified Dictionary.” Notably, the “Burmese-Chinese Dictionary” (published by Business Press) holds the distinction of being China’s first Burmese-Chinese dictionary, featuring an extensive vocabulary, precise definitions, and a high level of compilation. Building upon a strong linguistic foundation, these teachers have undertaken the translation of numerous Burmese literary and historical classics. It took a decade to translate and publish the Burmese historical book “The Glass Place Chronicle,” along with other influential classical and modern literary works in Myanmar such as “The Rising Sun,” “Not Hate,” “Farewell, Summer Night,” “The Boat Arrives in the Heart of the River,” and “The Fisherman.” In addition to dictionaries and translations, academic works within the Burmese language major encompass titles like “Comparative Studies of Burmese and Chinese,” “Studies of Burmese Dialects,” “History of Burmese Literature,” “A Review of Burmese Culture,” “Burmese Religion and Society,” “Research on the Translation of Burmese Classical Novels,” “Selected Poems of Myanmar,” and “History of Cultural Exchanges between China and Myanmar.” These publications, marked by their originality and high research quality, have garnered unanimous recognition and praise from colleagues both domestically and internationally.
The Institute of Myanmar Studies of Yunnan University was officially established in December 2015. It stands as the sole substantive Myanmar research institute in China to date and is the second professional Myanmar research institute globally, following the Myanmar Research Center of Northern Illinois University in the United States, which was established in 1986. This institute traces its origins back to the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies at Yunnan University, founded in 2002. Since its inception, Myanmar has been the institute’s primary research focus.
Yunnan University’s Myanmar research team has garnered substantial achievements in basic research, applied countermeasures research, the development of a public diplomacy platform, fostering foreign academic exchanges, and personnel training. To align with the requirements of the “One Belt and One Road” initiative, the Myanmar Institute has, in recent years, directed its research efforts towards Myanmar’s political transformation and China-Myanmar relations. It has also maintained a focus on the security of large-scale projects invested by China in Myanmar and conflicts in northern Myanmar. These endeavors are undertaken with the aim of providing robust intellectual support for the security and development of China’s southwest border.
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The Inya Institute is a Yangon-based higher learning institute dedicated to advancing the social sciences, the arts and humanities as are related to Myanmar. It is a non-political, non-religious, non-profit, and non-degree granting organization.
Northern Illinois University was selected by the Burma Studies Group of the Association for Asian Studies to be the national Center for Burma Studies. The Burma Studies Foundation was created, which, as part of its mission, supports the Center for Burma Studies through the gathering of Burmese materials which are suitable for inclusion in the Burmese Collections at Northern Illinois University.
The interdisciplinary programme on Modern Burmese Studies is situated within the Asian Studies Centre at St Antony’s College. The programme is designed to open new perspectives on Burma/Myanmar during its period of political and economic transition and on the contested borders, social interactions and economic opportunities that exist within Southeast Asia and with its regional neighbours in South and East Asia.
The Myanmar-Institut is an academic association aiming to foster networking and exchange among (primarily) German-speaking scholars who work with, in, and about Myanmar.
The Australian National University is home to one of the largest concentrations of Myanmar/Burma specialists in the world. The Myanmar Research Centre provides a central online showcase of ANU-Myanmar activities; facilitates communication among ANU scholars working on Myanmar; supports academic interaction with Myanmar-related visitors to ANU; coordinates research grant applications; consolidates relevant Myanmar activities under one over-arching umbrella.
The Myanmar Studies Programme’s ambit is on policy-oriented research pertaining to the reforms taking place in Myanmar, and the emerging issues and trends in the country’s transition to democracy. Through research, seminars, conferences, consultations and publications – undertaken individually or in partnership with other like-minded entities – the Myanmar Studies Programme (MmSP) seeks to give a critical analysis (and policy-relevant recommendations) on issues and events in Myanmar.