Skip to main content

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


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.


Language
Date Range
1860 2015


This is the last page of a letter sent o China from a Chinese medical student in Cuba in 1973. In the letter, Wenchao 文超, the Chinese medical student expressed his sadness and regret in the sudden death of his grandmother and his deep appreciation for everything her mother had sacrificed for him. He also expected to find a job in the United States and meet his father there after his graduation.

Created Date
1973-01-17

This is a letter from Peter Tan to the administrator of Kwong Wah Po( Guanghua newspaper). With an attached check of 20 Canadian dollars, Tan expressed his willing of subscribing to Guanghua Newspaper.

Created Date
1990-07-20

This is a bank book from the Bank of China in Havana, Cuba, that belonged to a man named J. Chan. Havana- 1958

Created Date
1958-12-30

This is an English translation of the Chinese document found at Melikian370 in this collection.

Contributors
Tillman, Margaret
Created Date
2015

Oscar Fong, a Chinese immigrant born in Canton, was granted citizenship in Cuba. The Ministry of Foreign Relations's Doctor Armando Garcias Garagarza confirmed his citizenship. Fong's parents were named Fong Con Gan and and Chuey Si. Also features a small photo of Oscar Fong.

Created Date
1951-04-10

Letter from Florence Page to Meloceio Martin Rivero.

Records for Eng Sep Nam. He was originally from China, but traveled from Hong Kong.

Created Date
1924

These are insurance documents that pertained to a Chinese settler, Antonio Lau Wah.

Created Date
1956-06-18

A letter to Minister Antonio Martin Rivero of Cuba from a Mexican dignitary who visited Cuba twice in 1925. Written in English.

Created Date
1925

Josefa Lam Chang, a Chinese immigrant born in Canton, was granted citizenship in Cuba. The Ministry of Foreign Relations's Doctor Armando Garcias Garagarza confirmed her citizenship. Changs's parents were named Wong Fi Cho and Secci. Also features a small photo of Josefa Lam Chang.

Created Date
1861-04-28