Yong Huei (FRHistS) is known to his family members and his Portuguese friends as “Teddy”.
The investigative work of Teddy’s research extends from the doctoral work he does on the Portuguese enterprise in the East
centering on colonial India in the 18th century, of which he has published a book. He is currently publishing another work focusing on the military aspects of the Portuguese colonial enterprise in India over an extended timeframe stretching to the mid-19th century (please refer to publications page for list of works). He has also taken the opportunity to work on the sea space (South China Sea) and network extending from the Portuguese activities at Macau in the Far East. This has led to the publication of several papers and two edited volumes on maritime Southeast Asia and China. The other areas that he is interested in and has done some work are on aspects of Venice (a contemporary of early modern Portugal) and early modern Singapore in relation to current and education issues of Singapore.
The courses Teddy teaches center on early modern Asia and colonial/military developments during the period but at times overlap with aspects of the late classical period and the late 19th century. The philosophy of Teddy’s approach in coaching seeks to position (content) research (hence, the passion harnessed) to inform and hopefully, to enthuse teaching. In terms of particular pedagogy approaches, this instructor is most fascinated with the dialectical method associated with Socrates, idealized in a dialogue between two or more people holding different points of view about a subject; although in reality, the much larger classroom setting usually requires adjustments to be made with this methodology. Teddy is also passionate about fieldtrips in his courses. All his courses feature a local or overseas (popularly dubbed as Sim’s 3 days 2 nights) trip that culminate as part of the overall assessment.
Teddy has co-supervised and graduated a Ph.D candidate on the topic of the Chettiar community and network in Southeast Asia. He is currently co-supervising another Ph.D candidate on violence and gender in early modern India. He welcomes postgraduate candidates who wish to work on aspects of colonial / military history of early modern Asia to write/email him or drop by for a chat.
Outside research and teaching, Teddy enjoys a good read in a sci-fi or historical fiction when he can lay his hands on one. He also enjoys a traditional board game (if one can gather enough people to play one these days). Although Teddy has not specifically wanted to travel anywhere, the research he does, which brings him to places and into contact with the varied cultures and languages of the forgone Portuguese eastern network stretching from the coast of east Africa, fuels the humanistic kaleidoscope that life, from certain angle, is so intimately linked to.