SIM Yong Huei


Humanities & Social Studies Education (HSSE)

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Research Interests
Portuguese in India / the East 18th-19th centuries, political economy involving Macau and network 18th-19th centuries

  • Brief Description

    (for Chinese and Portuguese version, see below)

    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 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 a couple of papers and an edited volume on island Southeast Asia and the adjacent seas. Currently, an important thrust of Teddy’s investigative work is focused on the military aspects of the Portuguese colonial enterprise in India over an extended time frame stretching to the mid-19th century. The other subsidiary area that he is curious about and has done a little work on is the Chinese business community in diaspora and their network which spanned Southeast Asia and southeastern coast of China. He also writes on Venice (a contemporary of early modern Portugal) in relation to current and education issues of Singapore.

    The courses Teddy teaches center on early modern Asia and colonial developments during the period but at times overlap with aspects of the late classical period and the late 19th century. On the broader front, a general course he undertakes deals with facets of multiculturalism and the exploration of different groups of humans around the world. 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.

    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.     

    Select Publications


    • Teddy Sim Y.H., Portuguese enterprise in the East: Survival in the years, 1707-57 (Leiden: Brill, 2011).
    • Teddy Sim Y.H. ed., Piracy and surreptitious activities in the Malay Archipelago and adjacent seas, 1600-1840 (Wiesbaden, Springer, forthcoming in 2014, see announcement on Springer website:

    Chapters in book

    • Teddy Sim Y.H. and Chelva Rajah S.N., “World history education in Singapore” in S. Minamizuka ed., World history education in Asia (submitted to editor of book).
    • Teddy Sim Y.H., “Iberians in the adjacent seas: A survey of their piratical and smuggling activities in relation to war and political economy of the South China sea” in Piracy and surreptitious activities in the Malay Archipelago and adjacent seas.
    • Teddy Sim Y.H., “Portuguese in the adjacent seas: A survey of their identities and activities in the eastern
      Indian Ocean and Burma sea” in Piracy and surreptitious activities in the Malay Archipelago and adjacent seas.


    • Teddy Sim Y.H., “War and diplomacy in the Estado da Índia, 1700-50” in Journal of Portuguese Review vol. 16.2 (2009), 49-78.
    • Teddy Sim Y.H., “A probe into Macau’s political economy and trade relations during the mid-Qianlong / Pombaline period” in Revista de Cultura vol. 24 (2007), 106-20.
    • Teddy Sim Y.H. and Liu J.C., “Probing Macau as part of the larger analysis of global city and megapolis 1720-1820” in Revista de Cultura vol. 33 (2011), 31-44.
    • Teddy Sim Y.H., “Survival of the Portuguese Estado da India: Political Economy and Economic Challenges 1700-50” in Journal
      of Colonialism and Colonial History
      vol. 13.3 (2012).
    • Teddy Sim Y.H. and Liu J.C., "Studying Nonya ceramics in the Singapore-Melaka region and their larger historical and
      artistic background" in Journal of Overseas Chinese vol. 8.2 (2012), 265-90.
    • Teddy Sim Y.H., "Through a glass darkly: A fresh look at foundation stories of Singapore" in KemanusiaanAsian Journal of Humanities vol. 20.1 (2013), 1-14.
    • Teddy Sim Y.H., “Teaching Venice in school” in HSSE Journal vol. 3 (2014).
    • Teddy Sim Y.H., “Portuguese defence and activities at Macau during the Boxer uprising”.
    • Teddy Sim Y.H. and Liu J.C., "A Peranakan family between Singapore and Shanghai: An exploration of its business-making, network and identity, 1870s-1910s" in Journal of Malaysian Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society vol. (2015), forthcoming.

    Conference Papers

    • Conference Paper “Appendage to a global city? Macau in the 18th century”, presented at the 17th Annual World History Association
      Conference (Jun 2008) in London.
    • Conference Paper “Revisiting Raffles’ founding of Singapore” presented at the New Dimensions in Humanities Education (Nov 2008)
      in Singapore.
    • Conference Paper “Portugal at the Far Eastern colonial frontier in the year of 1900: Organizing in tandem with the initiatives of the big powers” presented at EEHA-CHAM organized Conference (June 2010) in Seville.
    • Chairing Panel, “Creoles and creolization in half a millennium”; and providing commentary on “Supplying the royal hospital: Indo-Portuguese medicinal garden in Goa” by Dr T. Walker at Luso-Asian Legacies Conference (Sep 2010) in Singapore.
    • Conference Paper “International politics and the war of Portuguese independence (1630-50): the Far Eastern theatre” presented at the
      ASPHS Conference (Jun 2011) in Lisbon.
    • Conference Paper "Probing into the identities and activities of the Portuguese and mestizos in the Burman sea” presented
      at the International Seminar on Indo-Portuguese History XIV (Feb 2013) in New Delhi.
    • Conference Paper "Xiaodao hui uprisings and the Chinese in the Nanyang" to be presented at the International Conference on secret societies and popular movements in Chinese and Southeast Asian history (Dec 2014) in Macau.


    荣辉 (FRHistS), 其家人与葡萄牙裔的朋友们昵称他为Teddy.  

    Teddy 的博士研究范畴为18世纪葡萄牙人在其东方中心之印度殖民事业. 其专书问世后, 无敢逸豫, 几番透过发表论文, 乃至于编撰一本17-18世纪东南亚海域书籍的机会, Teddy将触角延伸至海洋史(中国南海)和葡萄牙人在远东澳门的网络等相关领域, 循序渐进, 当中亦获前辈无私相授. 时至今日, Teddy 的研究迈向19世纪中叶葡萄牙在印度的殖民事业, 并且聚焦于军事相关议题. 其次, 他略探了由中国东南沿海侨乡延伸至东南亚的华侨商业网络. 他也(从中世纪葡萄牙)横跨至同时期的城市国家威尼斯, 讨论与新加坡教育相关的课题.

    研究与教学二者挹彼注兹, 必相辅而行. Teddy 的授课范围以中世纪亚州为主轴, 偶尔向前溯及古典时期晚期, 或者往后延伸至19世纪末期. 在通识课程方面, Teddy 带领学生探究世界各个族群的历史背景与风土民情, 以启发学生多元文化的概念. 具体而言, Teddy 博观约取, 将其研究精要融入课程内容, 引导学生在同一议题上, 横向延伸至各个角度, 再纵向深入讨论, 通过苏格拉底式的思考辨析, 勾勒出较全面的结论. 而在实务上, Teddy 必须依据学生人数调整互动模式, 方能集众思, 广忠益.

    在教学与研究之余, Teddy 对科幻或历史小说爱不释卷. 他也乐于和三五好友在棋盘游戏中排兵布阵. 走出户外, Teddy将山水之乐寄托于不同层面的文化洗礼, 凭借其研究探索葡萄牙的东方网络, 由非洲东部向东一步一步拼贴出人文万花筒, 从不同角度看待人生 

    Breve descrição

    Yong Huei (FRHistS) é conhecido pelos seus familiares e amigos como “Teddy”.

    O trabalho de investigação da sua pesquisa abrange desde a sua tese de doutoramento que fez sobre o império português no Oriente centrada na Índia colonial do sec. XVIII, sobre o qual escreveu um livro. Também tirou proveito desta oportunidade de pesquisar esta área para aprofundar o seu trabalho sobre o espaço marítimo (o mar da China meridional) e a rede das atividades portuguesas em Macau no Extremo Oriente. Este trabalho levou por sua vez à publicação de vários artigos e um volume de vários artigos editados sobre as ilhas do Sudeste Asiático e os mares adjacentes. Presentemente, uma boa parte do trabalho investigativo de Teddy centra-se sobre aspectos militares do império colonial português na Índia até meados do séc. XIX. Uma outra área que lhe tem despertado muita curiosidade e sobre a qual fez algumas pesquisas é a comunidade comercial chinesa na diáspora e a sua rede comercial ligando o Sudeste Asiático com  o sudeste da costa da China. Teddy também escreve sobre Veneza (contemporânea da fase inicial da história moderna de Portugal) em relação a tópicos ligados a temas atuais e educacionais de Singapura.

    Os cursos que Teddy ensina centram sobre o período da fase inicial da história contemporânea da Ásia e os desenvolvimentos coloniais desse período que por vezes se sobrepõem com aspectos dos finais do período clássico e do fim do séc. XIX. Num aspecto mais amplo, um dos cursos gerais que dirige, trata de aspectos de multiculturalismo e a exploração de variados grupos humanos pelo mundo fora. A filosofia do método de ensino de Teddy procura posicionar a pesquisa (de conteúdo, daí a paixão pelo tópico) de forma a informar e entusiasmar os alunos
    pelo ensino. Em termos de método de pedagogia, Teddy valoriza grandemente o método dialéctico associado a Sócrates, idealizado num diálogo entre dois ou mais interlocutores com vários pontos de vista sobre um tema, embora numa sala de aulas com um elevado número de interlocutores é necessário modificar e adaptar esta metodologia.

    Fora do âmbito do seu trabalho de pesquisa e ensino, Teddy adora de ler um bom livro de ficção científica e ficção histórica. Ele também gosta de jogos de tabuleiro (quando consegue juntar um número suficiente de jogadores, o que hoje em dia não é fácil). Apesar de Teddy não ter tido um preferência específica para viajar, a sua pesquisa tem o levado a lugares e posto em contacto com várias culturas e línguas das antigas redes portuguesas do Oriente, que vão desde a costa da África Oriental e que alimenta o caleidoscópio humanístico que de um certo ângulo está tão intimamente ligado à vida humana.