University Awards
Recognising Excellence
  • History of mainland Southeast Asia, with particular focus on cultural and
    ethnic issues
  • History of Christianity
  • Played a leading role in re-making a foundation module in History, and created or re-introduced six modules on Southeast Asia, as well as developed a module on the history of Christianity as a contribution to the Religious Studies minor programme
  • Regularly invited by schools and the Ministry of Education to share with students and teachers his insights and expertise on Southeast Asian history and teaching it
  • Plans and delivers training lectures for docents at the Asian Civilisations Museum
  • Served on the Faculty Teaching Excellence Committee
  • Presents meticulously crafted and thought-provoking assignments and questions to compel students to reflect, analyse and critique
  • Exposes students to a diverse mix of reading materials, enabling them to appreciate and discern different writing genres, presentation styles as well as historically- and culturally-specific works
  • Strong ability to teach a variety of modules within and beyond his areas of expertise, whether in seminars for 40 Honours year students or lectures for 400 freshmen
  • Published a monograph entitled The End of the Vietnamese Monarchy, co-edited a volume on The Cham of Vietnam, and is part of a team from the Department of History authoring New History of Southeast Asia
  • Authored several journal articles and book chapters focusing on issues in the historiography of Vietnam and Laos
  • Honour Roll, Annual Teaching Excellence Award, NUS (2007); Annual Teaching Excellence Award, NUS (2005/2006, 2004/2005, 2003/2004)
"To develop students' understanding of, and interest in, Southeast Asia as a region, particularly the mainland countries which are my specialty. Achieving this objective involves a combination of lecture material, tutorial readings (including my own translations of primary sources), thought-provoking discussion questions, and anecdotes from my own experiences in the region."