Sons of Han – Stories of Chinese Life and Mission Work

Bernard William Upward [1873-1944], The Sons of Han. Stories of Chinese Life and Mission Work“Sons of Han” is a collection of stories about London Missionary Society mission work in China written for a youthful audience – and hence profusely illustrated. My thanks to Redcliffe College for providing a copy of this book to scan. This title is in the public domain.

Bernard William Upward [1873-1944], The Sons of Han. Stories of Chinese Life and Mission Work. London: Church Missionary Society, 1908. Hbk. pp.192. [Click to download complete book in PDF]


  1. Making Believe
  2. How the Gospel Came to Hankow
  3. Learning New Lessons
  4. “In Journeys Oft”
  5. From Village to Village
  6. Boys and Girls
  7. Playtime
  8. Festivals and Holidays
  9. A Day of Rejoicing
  10. Doctors and Their Patients
  11. Another Hospital, and a Visit to the Lepers
  12. The Revival of Learning


A book for young people, with plenty of pictures and stories, was asked for; and these pages of missionary commonplaces are the result.

The idea throughout has been to give an account of some of the phases of Chinese life and of mission work among this great people. With a field so wide in which to range the difficulty is altogether one of selection. Child-life is so fascinating a subject that these pages might easily have been filled with stories of children and their ways. Folk-· lore is an inviting study, and material for it abounds, yielding many a weird story. To describe fully the different branches of our mission work in Central China would, perhaps, not have been the best way to introduce the young folk, for which this little book is intended, to the study of a great people of whom the missionary can truly say that the more he knows them, the more he finds in them to love. [Continue reading]

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