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

Description: Letter

Created Date: 1873
Description: Relates that an unnamed Chinese settler was granted permanent residency in Cuba after fulfilling the legal requirements.

Created Date: 1874
Description: Death certificate for Domingo Siere, a Chinese immigrant. He died in the Hospital of San Felipe y Santiago.

Created Date: 1874
Description: Death certificate for Antonio, a Chinese immigrant. He died in the Hospital of San Felipe and Santiago.

Created Date: 1892
Description: Death certificate for Patriao, a Chinese immigrant. He was buried in the Cemetery of Colon.

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.