The Sian Incident and Beyond

"Sunrise, I go to work
Sunset, I rest my feet
I dig a well so I can drink
Plow the fields so I can eat
To me, the power of the King
Doesn't mean a thing."

(From the I Ching)

"Harrison Brown: The Sian Incident and Beyond" is a chronicle of author and journalist Harrison Brown's voyage to China between 1936 and 1937, and the events that unfolded during that time in what has become known as 'The Sian Incident'. The events are presented largely through the eyes of Harrison Brown himself - 'H.B.' as his friends called him - through the journals that he kept during his trip, the photographs he took, and the articles and manuscript that he wrote during and after his journey. You may browse through a collection of 137 of H.B's photos, his 22-chapter manuscript "On the Trail of a Freelance", his original hand-written journal pages, and much more. All of these materials – along with many others written by and belonging to H.B. - are available for examination in person in the Harrison Brown Collection from the Special Collections department of the Simon Fraser University Library, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada.

Grateful acknowledgement is made to Mrs. Hilary Brown, who donated all of her late husband's materials to the SFU Library. Special thanks are offered to the David Lam Centre and the North America-China Research Project of the David Lam Institute for East West Studies, as well as the Asia-Canada Program at Simon Fraser University for their generous support of this project.

About Harrison Brown

The Sian Incident

H.B.'s Journals

H.B's Photos


H.B.'s Writings on China

H.B.'s Writings on the Sian Incident

H.B's Maps

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