Siam: Kenneth on Acquiring Chinese

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Siam: Kenneth on Acquiring Chinese


Chinese language.


The officials in southern Thailand were mostly Chinese, so Kenneth began to learn the Chinese language from them. He used cards on which he had the Chinese phonetic word on one side and the English meaning on the other. He later got the Chinese phonetic New Testament and its phonetic dictionary in the Swatow dialect. In six months he was able to conduct a church service in Chinese, in this Swatow dialect. He and Ngiap Seng always spoke Chinese. Kenneth would practice as they rode in buses or sat in coffee shops; wherever


Landon, Kenneth (1903-1993)


January 1, 1938


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Over a course of 13 years Kip Landon (Kenneth Landon Jr.) began recording stories from his parents, Margaret and Kenneth Landon, resulting in 95 hours of recordings. Beginning on July 20, 1976, recording finished in June, 1978. The project resumed again in 1982 for a few months. After a long break, the third recording period began in 1988 and concluded in March 1989.

Oral History Item Type Metadata


Kenneth Landon (1903-1993)



Sound File Location

Box 78: Item 1: Oral History: "The Landon Chronicles" Tapes 55-60

Clip Location

Hour 60, clip 1


Sub-Series 8: Audio and Video

Main Collection

Series 1: Biographical


Landon, Kenneth (1903-1993) , “Siam: Kenneth on Acquiring Chinese,” Digital Exhibits of Wheaton College, accessed October 28, 2020,