The Chinese in Cuba, 1847-now

The Chinese in Cuba, 1847-now

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This book deals with Chinese immigrants' role in the struggle for Cuban liberation and in Cuba's twentieth-century revolutionary social movement; the history of the Chinese economy in Cuba; and the Chinese contribution to Cuban music, painting, food, sport, and language. The centerpiece of the book is a translation of a study by Mauro Garcia Triana and Pedro Eng Herrera on the history of the Chinese presence in Cuba. Over many years, Garcia and Eng have collaborated closely on scholarly research on the Chinese contribution to Cuban life and politics, although their work is not widely known. Both are well equipped for such an enterprise: Eng as a Cuban of Chinese descent and a participant in the ethnic-Chinese revolutionary movement in Cuba, starting in the 1950s; Garcia as a participant in the struggle against Batista and Cuban Ambassador to China during the period of the Cultural Revolution. The study is supplemented by an extensive collection of archival photographs and of paintings on Cuban-Chinese themes by Pedro Eng, who is not just a chronicler of the community but a well-known worker-artist who paints in a style described by commentators as "naive." The volume has three appendices: excerpts from the Cuba Commission's 1877 report on Chinese emigration to Cuba; the rebel leader Gonzalo de Quesada y Arostegui's pamphlet "The Chinese and Cuban Independence," translated from his book Mi primera ofrenda (My first offering), first published in 1892; and the chapter on "Coolie Life in Cuba" from Duvon Clough Corbitt's Study of the Chinese in Cuba, 1847-1947 (Wilmore 1971).show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 298 pages
  • 157.48 x 231.14 x 25.4mm | 589.67g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739133438
  • 9780739133439
  • 2,168,901

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The Cuban Chinese story has been told as fragments of historical tragedy and growing irrelevance. Gregor Benton has now given us voices that tell us how some Chinese managed to make a difference. -- Wang Gungwu, National University of Singapore Given the authors' unique personal experiences and the title, this book will attract readers seeking answers to a major question: why and how did the Cuban Chinese community, a result of migration and hard work of more than one century and once the most active overseas Chinese community in Latin America, cease to exist shortly after the 1959 Cuban Revolution?... The Chinese in Cuba, 1847-Now stands as a significant contribution to the discussion on Chinese in Cuba up to 1959... Overall, the book should be recommended to all readers concerned with the connections between East Asia and the Caribbean in the 19th and 20th centuries. China Quarterly, December 2009 This book is a wonderful example of historical recovery. Garcia and Eng tell the largely forgotten story of the Chinese who came to Cuba in the middle of the nineteenth century to work as coolies. They reveal the remarkable role played by them in Cuba's struggle for independence and for socialism as well as their important contribution to the country's economic development. Above all, they demonstrate the vital input made by the Chinese into forging the vibrant mix of cultures that is modern Cuba, outlining in absorbing detail their influence on music, painting, theatre, food, sport, and language. Gregor Benton offers an enlightening and erudite introduction and the book concludes with some fascinating original documents. -- Stephen Anthony Smith, European University Institute This book is a good resource for scholars researching the history of the Chinese in Cuba. Mauro Garcia Triana, a historian and former Cuban ambassador, and Pedro Eng Herrera, a Cuban artist and writer of Chinese descent, have assembled a wide-ranging compendium of information about the history of the Chinese in Cuba. Covering everything from culture to labour to business, this book contains encyclopedic information on what seems like every detail the authors could gather about the Chinese in Cuba. Those looking for analysis of the materials presented may be disappointed, but it is to be hoped that this work of historical recovery will help others to flesh out the stories of the Chinese in Cuba. Bulletin of Latin American Research Overall, the essays and appendices included in The Chinese in Cuba, 1847-Now are, undoubtedly, a great source of information on the Chinese presence in Cuba for specialists in the topic. Chinese Review Internationalshow more

About Mauro Garcia Triana

Gregor Benton is professor of Chinese history at the School of History and Archaeology at Cardiff University.show more

Table of contents

Part 1 Editor's Introduction Part 2 Preface Part 3 Authors' Introduction Part 4 Part 1: The Chinese in Cuba's War of Independence Chapter 5 Appendix: Cubans in a Japanese Internment Camp in Hong Kong Part 6 Part 2: Chinese Business in Cuba in Twentieth Century Part 7 Part 3: Chinese in Cuban Cultural Life Part 8 Appendices Chapter 9 1. Chinese Emigration, the Cuba Commission. Report of the Commission Sent by China to Ascertain the Condition of Life of Chinese Coolies in Cuba (1877) Chapter 10 2. Gonzalo de Quesada, The Chinese and Cuban Independence (1892) Chapter 11 3. Duvon Clough Corbitt, Coolie Life in Cuba (1971)show more

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