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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
1854 1984


This is a copy of Statue of Casino Chung Wah. Casino Chung Wah, also called centro principal de la comunidad China en cuba, is the main association of Chinese immigrants in Cuba.

Created Date
1984-01-01

Official naturalization document of Simon, a Chinese settler, who was granted his carta de naturaleza, or naturalization documents. Relates that Simon had take an oath of loyalty and obedience to the Cuban government that was required of him.

Relates that Vicente, a Chinese settler, was granted permanent residency in Cuba after fulfilling the legal requirements.

Relates that Juan Ley Acheu, a Chinese settler, was granted permanent residency in Cuba after fulfilling the legal requirements.

Records for Luis Wong Chi, a Chinese immigrant. It includes his fingerprints, photo, and physical description.

Created Date
1962

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
1962

Records for Eng Sep Nam. He was originally from China, but traveled from Hong Kong.

Created Date
1924

Relates that Juan Ley Acheu, a Chinese settler, was granted permanent residency in Cuba after fulfilling the legal requirements.

Created Date
1886-01-18

Loyalty oath taken by Ramon de Mendoza, a Chinese settler, who become a naturalized Cuban citizen. In exchange, he pledged his loyalty to Cuba. He was to observe correct and moral conduct. The Secretary of the Superior Civil Government witnessed.

Created Date
1886-01-08

Relates that Serapio, a Chinese settler, applied permanent residency in Cuba after fulfilling the legal requirements.

Created Date
1885-06-14