The Melikian Collection holds the majority of these original documents from the 1800s.
Cuban Manuscript Regarding a Catholic School for Chinese Children
Chinese in Cuba: Cuban manuscript discussing the creation of a school to give Catholic teachings to the Chinese Immigrants.
Addressed to the Governor of the Bishops in Cuba, this manuscript discusses the “creation on the island” of a school to give lessons on “catequesis cristiano” to the “asiaticos”.
Catechesis is an education in the faith of children, young people and adults which includes especially the teaching of Christian doctrine imparted, generally speaking, in an organic and systematic way, with a view to initiating the hearers into the fullness of Christian life.
The manuscript goes on to say the Chinese “that [still] exist on this island” would be instructed “under the protection of the Government” and with “Ecclesiastical direction” as they move ahead learning “the mysteries of our Saintly Religion” and the Governor General (Capitain General of the island) it then states that the Treasury must be in agreement if the Ecclesiasts are looking for funding.
The baptism of the Chinese was an important – imperative actually – requirement for them to become citizens of the Spanish Colony of Cuba. Many Chinese Cubans became devout Catholics.
Colonialism / Diaspora
This collection features objects related to human colonization and displacement.