A Chinese-Cuban Secret Society in Havana 

El Barrio Chino de la Habana, located in Havana, Cuba, is the oldest Chinatown in the Caribbean. The Chinese community in Cuba began in the mid 19th century with the arrival of Chinese indentured servants and has based their Havana community in an area of 45 square blocks, filled with businesses, homes, restaurants, and mutual aid associations. Learn more about this vibrant community and these organizations through this article by Dr. Martin A. Tsang, a postdoctoral associate at the University of Miami Libraries at the time of publication, who now is the Cuban Heritage Collection Librarian and Curator of Latin American Collections at the UML. This community is also the subject of an upcoming film, Barrio Chino. Information on that film can be found on Instagram @barriochinofilm. For further reading, consider Margarita Engle’s Lion Island (ages 10-14). This historical fiction novel focuses the lives of some young people in 1870s Cuba, during both the Cuban war of independence from Spain, and the enslavement of Africans and indenturement of Chinese workers. More information on that book can be found on Teaching Books’ website.