Khogendra Das Clippings and Photographs Collection

Samuel P. Hayes Research Library
Perkins School for the Blind
175 N. Beacon Street
Watertown, MA 02472

Creator: 

Perkins School for the Blind

Date Range: 
Circa 1960-1973, bulk 1964
Call number: 
AG121
Abstract: 

The Khogendra Das Clippings and Photographs Collection is comprised of photographs and copies of clippings of and about the Chan Poh Lin, her aid Wong Shui Sin, and her speech teacher Khogendra Das. One of the clippings is about the 1963 made for television movie, Journey of Pho Lin, while the other is about the marriage of Wong Shui Sin and Khogendra Das in 1964. The photographs feature Das, Poh Lin, and Shui Sin off campus and in the classroom.

Extent: 
1 half size manuscript box (.25 linear feet)
Language: 
English
Processed by: 

Jen Hale, 2016

Biographical/Historical notes: 

Chan Poh Lin (1943-2016), later known as Theresa Chan, was referred to as the Helen Keller of Asia. Born in Singapore, Poh Lin became deaf and blind as a teenager after contracting meningitis. In 1960 she came to the United States to acquire an education at Perkins School for the Blind. She was a student at Perkins off and on until she returned to Singapore permanently in 1973. There she taught at the Singapore School for the Blind until 1990. Poh Lin received international media attention during her lifetime. She met Helen Keller in 1961 and attended Keller’s funeral in 1961. Poh Lin is the subject of a 1663 television drama titled “Journey of Poh Lin,” and In 2005 Poh Lin was featured as herself in the 2005 Singapore movie, “Be
with Me.”

Sources of information: 

Johnson, Janet. “Remembering the Helen Keller of Southeast Asia.” Perkins Blog, 8 July 2016, http://www.perkins.org/stories/blog/remembering-the-helen-keller-of-southeast-asia. Accessed 5 October 2016. 

Perkins School for the Blind. Annual Report of the Trustees of the Perkins Institution and Massachusetts School for the Blind, vol. 126-131, 1957-1962. Internet Archive. Web. Accessed 5 October 2016.  

Perkins School for the Blind. Annual Report of the Trustees of the Perkins Institution and Massachusetts School for the Blind, vol. 131-135, 1962-1966. Internet Archive. Web. 5 October 2016. 

Perkins School for the Blind. Annual Report of the Trustees of the Perkins Institution and Massachusetts School for the Blind, vol. 136-140, 1967-1971. Internet Archive. Web. 5 October 2016. 

Perkins School for the Blind. Deafblind Bibliography. Watertown: Perkins School for the Blind, 1987. Revised edition. 342. Internet Archive. Web. Accessed 5 October 2016.

Restrictions: 
None
Credit line/Citation: 
Khogendra Das Clippings and Photographs Collection, Perkins School for the Blind
Scope/Contents: 

This collection documents the education of Chan Poh Lin at Perkins School for the Blind, her relationship with aid Wong Shui Sin and her speech teacher Khogendra Das, and media coverage about Poh Lin, and the marriage of Shui Sin to Das in 1964. The collection consist of 6 black and white photographs, circa 1960-1973, that feature Poh Lin, Shui Sin and Das. Xerox copies and print outs of digital scans feature a newspaper article about the television movie Journey of Poh Lin and a newspaper clipping and photograph related to the marriage of Shui Sin and Das.

Arrangement: 

1 box arranged by format and chronologically within.

Container List: 

Box: 1 
B1:F1: Photographs, circa 1960-1973
B1:F2: Copies of clippings and photograph, circa 1963-1964

Subject Headings: 

Chan, Theresa.

Deafblind women.

Perkins School for the Blind.

Perkins School for the Blind--History.