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

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1805 2015
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Description: A family letter to the grandfather

Description: A letter sent from a mother, whose husband’s family name is Chen 陳, to her son Chen Shubang 陳樹邦 who was working in Cuba with his father.

Created Date: 1973-01-17
Description: 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.


Description: It is a personal Letter sent by two daughters who lived in Hong Kong. They told their father their and their relatives' details and hoped that he could come back to Hong Kong.


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Description: Family letter

Description: Letter written to the father-in-law. The son-in-law knew his father-in-law will go to U.S.A and said he would be willing to provide financial support to him.

Contributors: Cha, Louis
Description: The famous Chinese martial novel written by Louis Cha Leung-yung.

Description: This is a story about a rich lady Josephine and her daily life.

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.