Siam: Kenneth on the Varied Trouble That Led to Their Resignation

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Siam: Kenneth on the Varied Trouble That Led to Their Resignation


Kenneth explains how he and Margaret decided to resign from mission work. One trouble they had related to a monthly letter to their fellow missionaries that caused some resentment among them. The second was Kenneth's involvement in collecting important materials about Thailand and Japan, as well as his encounters with the Japanese photographer-dentists (actually spies). He wrote an article about his experiences and the need to do mission so as to promote the independence of local churches from foreign missions. All this caused troubles and the Landons put their ideas in paper for the mission officials that were meeting in New York. They explained that they could no longer follow the mission policies in place and that they were resigning. 


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 6


Sub-Series 8: Audio and Video

Main Collection

Series 1: Biographical


Landon, Kenneth (1903-1993) , “Siam: Kenneth on the Varied Trouble That Led to Their Resignation,” Digital Exhibits of Wheaton College, accessed October 24, 2020,