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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.


Date Range
1806 2015


Valentin Salazar, a Chinese settler, converted to Christianity in the city of Havana. He was originally from Canton. His godmother was Ceulia de la Piedra.

Created Date
1865-08-13

Jose, a Chinese settler, converted to Christianity. His godparents were Lorenzo Pedro and Pedro Esperon.

Created Date
1858-03-01

Atineo, a Chinese settler, converted to Christianity. He was originally from Lesatao. He chose the name Eloy Fabricio and his godparents were Jose de la Luz Jaquer and Ceula la Piedra.

Created Date
1865-08-12

Jan-Acao, a Chinese settler, converted to Christianity. He chose the name Cristobal and his godfather was Jose Alonso y Delgado.

Created Date
1855-08-13

Ly-Ayom, a Chinese settler, converted to Christianity. He chose the name Ricardo and his godfather was Jose Alonso y Delgado.

Created Date
1865-08-13

Chio, a Chinese settler, converted to Christianity. He was originally from Emun. In his baptism, he offered his loyalty to the Cuban government and the church in order to eventually receive permanent residency in Cuba, a legal requirement.

Created Date
1864-10-03

Ong Wock, a Chinese settler, converted to Christianity. He was originally from Fukin. In his baptism, he offered his loyalty to the Cuban government and the church in order to eventually receive permanent residency in Cuba, a legal requirement.

Created Date
1863-06-05

Juan, a Chinese settler, converted to Christianity in the city of Cerro. He was originally from Canton. In his baptism, he offered his loyalty to the Cuban government and the church in order to eventually receive permanent residency in Cuba, a legal requirement. His godfather was Manuel Estofinan.

Created Date
1860-01-09

Quiam, a Chinese settler, converted to Christianity. He was originally from Anny. He worked for Carlos Veloz and his godfather was Santiago.

Created Date
1864-10-29

Cayetano, a Chinese settler, converted to Christianity in the city of Havana. He was originally from Canton. In his baptism, he offered his loyalty to the Cuban government and the church in order to eventually receive permanent residency in Cuba, a legal requirement.

Created Date
1862