Theresa Poh Lin Chan
Chan Poh Lin (born 1945?), also known as Theresa Poh Lin Chan, is a writer, teacher, and one-time actor. Born in Singapore, she was known in her youth as "the Helen Keller of Southeast Asia", as a reference to indicate that, like Keller, Chan is a highly accomplished deaf and blind person. Chan has been deaf since age 12, and deafblind since age 14.
In the United States, Poh Lin Chan was educated at the Perkins School for the Blind where she learned to understand and speak English and read Braille as well as dance, ice skate, knit, and horseback ride. While a student in the US, she attended the funeral of Helen Keller.
She is the subject of a 1964 BBC radio documentary, "Child of the Silent Night: The story of Chan Poh Lin" by Stephen Grenfell. She also starred in the feature film, Be with Me (2005), a Singaporean movie in three parts. Chan is credited as a writer for the film as well, considered because her writings about her life were part of the inspiration for the film.
- Holden, Stephen. Movie Review: Be With Me: "Three Tales Revolving Around a Real Life", The New York Times, 29 September 2006.
- Herrmann, Dorothy. Helen Keller: A Life, Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1998. ISBN 0-679-44354-1
- Wilmington, Michael. "Review for Be With Me", Chicago Tribune, 27 August 2007.
- Production Notes for Be with Me
- Be with Me at the Internet Movie Database
- Morgenstern, Joseph. "Chan Poh Lin, The Chinese Girl Of Eighteen, Who Can Neither See Nor Hear", World Health magazine, March–April 1962, pp. 29–31.
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