Over on Tumblr, some historical photographs from the Americas

first boat people canada

mynahwings:

My brother just found this old article from The Toronto Star. My dad is the guy in the front row with his head down. He was one of the first “boat people” who landed in Canada.

Vietnamese religious procession in Versailles, 1975

Vietnamese religious procession in Versailles, 1975. Photo Credit: Archdiocese of New Orleans

Caption:

The name “Versailles” refers to “Versailles Arms Apartment,” the New Orleans East public housing project where a tight-knit group of Vietnamese refugees was first resettled in 1975. The refugees have fled their homes twice already in their life time—first from North to South Vietnam to escape communist persecution in 1957, and then to New Orleans from the war in 1975.

Interior of Victoria Rice Mills showing rice packaged in mats and Chinese worker. ca. 1889. Victoria, BC, Credit: Reford, Robert W.

Caption:

Interior of Victoria Rice Mills showing rice packaged in mats and Chinese worker. ca. 1889. Victoria, BC, Credit: Reford, Robert W.

Multiracial Carnival Band Los Chinos de Colón, Havana, (1919). In The Chinese in Cuba, 1847-Now, Mauro García Triana and Pedro Eng write: According to [musicologist] Jesús Blanco, a band of Abakuá mulattos in the Colón district, from the Urianabon [a lodge of the aforementioned religious brotherhood called Abakuá, with roots in the Leopard Society of the West African Cross River region] and known as Los Chinos de Colón, played a chinese gong, but that was a rarity. Chinatown was not far from Colón, and some mulatto descendant of Chinese may have known how to use the gong.

Multiracial Carnival Band Los Chinos de Colón, Havana, (1919).


Caption:

In The Chinese in Cuba, 1847-Now, Mauro García Triana and Pedro Eng write: According to [musicologist] Jesús Blanco, a band of Abakuá mulattos in the Colón district, from the Urianabon [a lodge of the aforementioned religious brotherhood called Abakuá, with roots in the Leopard Society of the West African Cross River region] and known as Los Chinos de Colón, played a chinese gong, but that was a rarity. Chinatown was not far from Colón, and some mulatto descendant of Chinese may have known how to use the gong.

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  1. Very cool! Thank you for sharing that. I love old photos like that :)

  2. Great blog,this is a guest blog post I wrote about some of my experiences as a Babylift adoptee if you are interested in reading it: http://ohiasia.com/2013/01/06/anlac/






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