Los Chinos de Cuba: The Chinese Diaspora in Cuba
Photographs by Marilyn Wong
For the month of October, please stop by the Ethnic Studies Library to see a new exhibit of photographs by Marilyn Wong portraying the Chinese diaspora in Cuba. Stop by to pick up a brochure and to see a display of books from the Asian American and Chicano Studies collections.
About the Exhibit:
With the United States and Cuba moving towards the normalization of relations for the first time in more than fifty years, this exhibit examines an often unknown part of Cuban history: the Chinese diaspora in Cuba. This series of photographs by Marilyn Wong was taken in Havana and Cienfuegos, Cuba, in December of 1999 during a conference hosted by the International Society for the Study of Chinese Overseas. Professor Emeritus Ling-chi Wang was the co-chair and Professor Lok Siu was a presenter at the conference.
Throughout the late nineteenth century, hundreds of thousands of Chinese contract laborers (called "coolies") migrated to work alongside or replace enslaved Africans on Cuban sugar cane plantations. These photographs illuminate that history and portray how these migrants and their descendants became woven into the fabric of Cuban society and history -- by building multiracial families, resisting oppressive working conditions and fighting alongside anti-colonial forces in the wars for Cuban independence from Spain, and establishing one of the oldest and largest Chinatowns in Latin America in Havana. Visit the exhibit to learn more about the history and legacy of los chinos de Cuba.
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