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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.


Series
  • Chinese Immigrants in Cuba Photograph Series
Date Range
1941 1950


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The back reads: "A beautiful aspect of this window is one of many commercial establishments of Havana that display and sell Chinese porcelain. From the little symbolic figure to the complicated and expensive piece of furniture with the fine piece of sculpture, here is presently a large display of the industry of Chinese porcelain."

Created Date
1950-10-15
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Photograph of a couple at a formal event. Photo Was taken by J. Chaw studio in Havana, Cuba.

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Photograph of a group at a formal event. Photo taken by J. Chaw, who had a studio in San Nicolas, Havana.

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The back reads: "To Mercedes and Lanuliu of Jorge and Bebo Cheong, Havana"

Created Date
1941