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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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Revolution and Remigration

Revolution and Remigration

(p.221) Chapter Eight Revolution and Remigration
Chinese Cubans

Kathleen López

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter focuses on how politics, warfare, and revolutions disrupt migration flows, dislocate people, and sever homeland ties, sometimes forever. Revolutions in China, 1949, and Cuba, 1959, transformed both societies and altered the fabric of transnational Chinese merchant communities. Ironically, exiles fleeing Communism in China were confronted with a similar political upheaval in Cuba just ten years later. Both longtime residents and newer Chinese migrants joined the Cuban exodus in the wake of the revolution. The Chinese Communist Revolution contributed to the Cuban government's increasingly hardline stance toward its political opponents. In 1950, the government shut down the Communist newspaper Hoy. When a group of Chinese protested, their own publication Kwong Wah Po in Santiago de Cuba became a target of government censorship and repression.

Keywords:   migration flows, homeland, Communist Revolution, Hoy, Kwong Wah Po

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