In ""Indian Communities in Southeast Asia"", thirty-one scholars provide an analytical commentary on the contemporary position of ethnic Indians in Southeast Asia. The book is the outcome of a ten-year project undertaken by the editors at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore. It is multi-disciplinary in focus and multi-faceted in approach, providing a comprehensive account of the way people originating from the Indian subcontinent have integrated themselves in the various Southeast Asian countires. The study provides insights into understanding how Indians, an intra-ethnically diverse immigrant group, have intermingled in Southeast Asia, a region that itself is ethnically diverse.
The late Kernial Singh Sandhu (1929-92) taught at the Universities of Malaya, Singapore and British Columbia before becoming Director of the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in 1972. Professor of Asia Pacific Studies at Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Japan and also Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Singapore.