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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.


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

Letter from Florence Page to Meloceio Martin Rivero.

The Union Family Benevolent Association Inc sent the Huang Clan Association of Jiangxia in Cuba an invitation to participate the sociable party. However, the representative of the latter said as the circumstance did not allow them to go. So they could only reject this invitation. But at the end, they also hope the party will be held successfully.

Created Date
1991

A letter written by a younger sister in Hong Kong. She wrote this letter to her older brother who lived in Cuba and to asked whether he was safe or not since she did not receive his letter and she was very worried about that. She hope that her brother would send her a letter after receiving this letter.

Created Date
1959

A letter written by a daughter lived in Hong Kong to her father in Cuba. She complained her mother-in-law did not treat her well or fairly, even she was filial. So she hoped her father would come back and save her.

Created Date
1963

Letter written to Ramon Wong. At the beginning the writer thanks for Mr. Wong's help. After that, he hoped that Ramon Wong could drive his uncles to the airport so that they could go back to Hong Kong safely.

Created Date
1992

A daughter-in-law sent a letter to her father-in-law. She hoped he could send her a letter to let her know whether his lift was good or not so she no need to worry about it.

Created Date
1970

A letter from the Consul General of China in Havana to Chang Yin Jung, the mayor of Matanzas. It details how the Consul General congratulates him on his recent appointment to the position of mayor.

Created Date
1899

Several letters written by Julis Eng Chong and there were three people who received these letters. They were living in Guangdong Province at that time.

Created Date
1932