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Chinese CubansA Transnational History$
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Kathleen M. Lopez

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781469607122

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9781469607146_Lpez

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(p.237) Epilogue
Chinese Cubans

Kathleen López

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter focuses on January 2012, when members of the Chinese Cuban community gathered in Havana to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the founding of the Asociacion Nacional Min Chih Tang (Minzhidang; formerly Chee Kung Tong). As the author entered the recently renovated building, she experienced an extreme sense of disorientation. Was this the same association that over the past decade of research trips to Cuba had become an obligatory stop? Where were the newspaper clippings and mementos haphazardly stuck to the walls, the outdated selection of Chinese magazines, the elderly native Chinese sipping tea on loosely arranged chairs? Today, members and visitors are greeted with a stunning mural of the Great Wall of China spanning the entire length of the meeting room. This image, while representative of China for tourists, holds little meaning for the few remaining Cantonese migrants in Cuba.

Keywords:   Chinese Cuban community, Asociacion Nacional Min Chih Tang, Minzhidang, Chee Kung Tong, Great Wall of China, Cantonese migrants

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