These three lectures given at Smith in 1947 represent a scientist's approach to the concepts behind the forces at work in SE Asia in the shaping of a new world. First defining the meaning of culture as relative and dynamic, she then explores the indigenous traditions and diverse cultural strains dominant in this area. Next she shows the external impact of India, Islam, China, Europe and the resulting effects on native systems, as well as emotional and political atmosphere. She traces the influence of the Japanese invasion, its part in accentuating the drive for independence and the force of the new integrations. There is a summation of the possible trends of the future and the areas of change, population growth, intellectual, political and economic futures, and the chance of a union of Southeast Asia. A thoughtful, scholarly interpretive accounting for the serious thinker, the psychologist, the anthropologist. Newsworthy, in view of the upheaval in Southeast Asia at present.