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

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1805 2015
Created Date: 1975
Description: A certificate of appointment which indicated that Min Qia had been appointed as the candidate of executive member of Gongce 共策 (Strategic Plan) Committee, Freemasonry Society in Cuba.

Created Date: 1992-12-28
Description: A membership registration receipt of the Chinese Freemasons (Hongmen Society) of Cuba Branch.

Created Date: 1992-07-31
Contributors: 中國洪門民治黨駐古巴總支部
Description: Receipt of the membership registration fee to the Freemasonry society in Cuba.

Contributors: 中國洪門民治黨駐古巴總支部

Created Date: 1959
Description: A letter about Carlita, who is the descendant of immigrants from Asia and Africa. The letter notes that she went to Madrid

Created Date: 1961-10-03
Description: A membership certificate of the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association in Cuba 古巴中华总会馆. According to the certificate, the name of the member is Wu Yudeng 伍于燈. He was a native of Taishan 台山 county of Guangdong 廣東 province. He was born on Nov. 8th, 1897. He had been a member since 1961, but his wife Huang Huilian 黃慧蓮 and son Wu Jingxing 伍景行 were still in his hometown.

Created Date: 1962
Description: Records for Luis Wong Chi, a Chinese immigrant. It includes his fingerprints, photo, and physical description.

Created Date: 1962
Description: Records for Luis Wong Chi. He was originally from China, but traveled to New York in 1962. His occupation is listed as commercial business.

Created Date: 1924
Description: Records for Eng Sep Nam. He was originally from China, but traveled from Hong Kong.

Created Date: 1935
Description: Records for Oscar Fong. He was originally from China.

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.