Chinese Immigrants in Cuba: Documents from the James and Ana Melikian Collection

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1806 2015
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Description: A photo from Jorgito Cheong (Jorge) Cheong to Mercedita (Mercedes) (presumably Cheong).

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Created Date: 1944
Description: The back reads: "To Enrique and Mercedes." From Lidia and Pedro.

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Description: The back reads: "For my nephew and niece, Enrique and Mercedes de Rene at five months."

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Description: The back read: "For Conchita and Merceditas, a sweet memory. From Mauricia and Pedro."

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Description: A photo from Nora, Benito (Bene) and Jorgito (Jorge) to family members Mercedes and Enrique (presumably Cheong) in 1943


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Created Date: 1957-09-03
Description: The back reads: "To my only love with all the passion of my love, Pedro."


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Description: Baby photo

The Chinese Immigrants in Cuba collection includes hundreds of original documents, manuscripts and photos covering the migration of 125,000 Chinese who signed up to be cheap labor in Cuba from 1847 until the later 1890s. The archive continues until the 1970s and records the Chinese community in Cuba and is rich with photos. This massive collection, from the archive of James and Ana Melikian Collection, is probably the largest one in private hands concerning Chinese in Cuba. At present the collection contains over 1341 records and about 8,000-9,000 pages.