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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.


Josefa Lam Chang, a Chinese immigrant born in Canton, was granted citizenship in Cuba. The Ministry of Foreign Relations's Doctor Armando Garcias Garagarza confirmed her citizenship. Changs's parents were named Wong Fi Cho and Secci. Also features a small photo of Josefa Lam Chang.

Created Date
1861-04-28