Southeast Asia

People from Southeast Asia feel right at home in Canada — in fact, there are more than 200,000 Southeast Asians in Canada, the majority (43 per cent) residing in Ontario. Since the 1970s, Asia has been the source of more than half of Canada’s immigrants.

Canada’s interest in Southeast Asia has increased significantly in the past few years as the region’s commercial and trade potential have been gaining global attention. As Canada works to rebuild and solidify its connections with Southeast Asia, York too is striving to develop and maintain its ties within the region, through environmental initiatives, research projects and academic exchange programs. York welcomes students from Southeast Asia to its diverse, multicultural community.

Fast FactsResearch in Southeast AsiaConnections at York
  • York undergraduate and graduate students from Southeast Asia in 2015-2016: 466
  • York alumni worldwide from Southeast Asia: 849
  • York has 440+ student clubs and organizations; The Asia Pacific Students Association prepares students for their professional, cultural and academic careers through job development and involvement community activities
  • Sociology professor Peter Vandergeest’s research focuses on governmentality and forest politics in Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand, as well as regulatory practices in shrimp aquaculture in Thailand. He was also co-investigator in a SSHRC-MCRI project on challenges of agrarian transition in Southeast Asia.
  • Psychology professor Anne Russon has worked for the last 18 years on the re-introduction of orangutans into their natural environment in Borneo after a period of captivity. She serves on advisory boards at the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation in Indonesia.
  • Anthropology professor Albert Schrauwers has conducted research in Indonesia and has written extensively on the To Pamona of Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, including a book on colonial reformation in the highlands between 1892 and 1995.
  • Geography professor Phillip Kelly is the director of York Centre for Asian Research. He is also the author of Landscapes of Globalization; Human Geographies of Economic Change in the Philippines.
  • Business professor Atipol Bhanich Supapol has worked as a research consultant for the UN’s Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific.
  • Law professor Benjamin Geva has advised and drafted key financial sector and payment systems legislation for Cambodia and East Timor through International Monetary Fund’s technical assistance program.