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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.

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Date Range
1806 2015

Wu (Eng) family documents. 伍氏家族档案。

Wu, Yupu, 伍, 于璞
Huang, Zhi Wen
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This is a story about a rich lady Josephine and her daily life.

A short story about the life of a fisherman named Philip. 鲨魚翅

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This is a short story about love.

The famous Chinese martial novel written by Louis Cha Leung-yung.

Cha, Louis

The Chinese version of Cuban fiction "Protector". 保護者

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This is a list of Chinese workers on the ship the Queen of England. It describes all of the workers as having an 8 year contract.

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This is a passenger list of the Spanish ship "Altagracia". It was captained by Juan Bautista Onain, with destination to Havana. It was recorded by the agent Don Fernando Guton. There are 361 names on the roster.

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This is a passenger list of Chinese immigrants on an unknown ship. There were 352 total passengers, but 9 died on the journey. This was recorded in Havana by Rafael R. Forices.

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This is a passenger list of Chinese immigrants on the Sevuana Maria Natividad. There are 76 names on the list.

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This document is a list of the Chinese immigrants on the French ship "Veloci". There are 265 names on this list. It is signed by Fernando Firtore. it is signed and stamped by the Spanish consul.

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This is a membership card of Casino Chung Wah(古巴中華總會館會員證). The owner's name is Kuang Minqiang. This membership card includes the owner and his relevant's basic personal information.

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This is a collection of some news reported by Xinhua News Agency during 6/20/1999 and 6/24/1990.

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This image includes some statements on Japanese politician Morihiro Hosokawa. Maybe it is from an analysis report or a newspaper report.

This may be an abandoned politics news report draft of Kwong Wah Po, the local Chinese Cuban newspaper.

Here is a summary of the survey on Japanese politician Morihiro Hosokawa.

page one to pages four are chapters from a famous Chinese martial novel written by Louis Cha Leung-yung. Page five is a section of the newspaper Kwong Wah Po.

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A newspaper draft of Kwong Wah Po, dating 5/18/1982.

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Here is a sample of Kwong Wah Po, Guanghua Newspaper, dating 4/20/1982. There are mainly 7 sections, including world news, healthy comments, advertisement and a continued story.

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