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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.

Records indicating that the police located and broke up an illegal Chinese raffle in Havana under the orders of the Chief of Police, Maria de Rala y Aranaz. The raffle, Chiffa, was located near a fruit stand and the Consulate in Havana. Jose Manuel Ledon investigated and Jose Afa, a Chinese settler, was arrested in connection with the lottery.

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