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— by Lulu Yao Gioiello: “A Chinatown without Chinese” is how most describe the neighborhood in Havana, Cuba known as Barrio Chino de La Havana—once home to thousands of Chinese men and their mixed-race families. Some might struggle to imagine a sprawling community of Chinese-Cubans. Yet in the late 1800s, there were as many as 120,000 Chinese men living and working in Cuba. Havana’s Chinatown was once the largest in all of Latin America…

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July 15, 2019