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~ Agnes Keith House

Posted by
EstherK Borneo (Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia) on 7 March 2009 in Documentary & Street.

I FINALLY got to visit the Agnes Keith House during my working trip to the east coast town of Sandakan a few days ago.

Agnes Keith (an American) and her husband, Harry, came to Sabah, the Land Below the Wind, and formerly British North Borneo in 1934 and Agnes documented her stay by writing.

"The title of Agnes's first book about the then-North Borneo, Land Below the Wind, has become the unofficial motto of Sabah. The phrase was used by sailors to describe all the lands south of the typhoon belt, but Agnes popularised the special connection of the phrase with Sabah, by applying it exclusively to North Borneo in her book. As well as inspiring the film of the same name, Three Came Home has been cited as one of the sources for cinematic and television depictions of women in Japanese camps during World War II. Paradise Road and Tenko both contain scenes based on episodes in the book."

Extracted from Wikipedia.

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