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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.


Mime Type
Date Range
1926 1974


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This postcard image was taken in a studio in Havana. On the reverse is a handwritten annotation, "For Enrique from Lidila".

Created Date
1926-11-01
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Photograph of a Chinese family taken by YiFong studio.

Created Date
1929-11
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The back reads: "To my grandmother, Loraida"

Created Date
1949-08-25
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This is the immunization records for Jorge Eng, a Chinese natural. The document lists three immunizations given to Jorge Eng on the 7th, 14th, and 21st of March, 1960 that were recorded by the Ministry of Health of Cuba.

Created Date
1960
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An identification card for Joaquin Cok as a member of the Trade Union of Pressers.

Created Date
1959
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A photograph from a newspaper of Mario Kuchilan. This photograph was taken after he was assaulted and hit, while his wife takes care of him.

Created Date
1952-08-24
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A chinese imigrant doing metal work presumably. They have a musket strung across their back and appear to be using a drill press.