The Asian House Museums, Havana . Cuba
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- Calle Mercaderes No. 111 e/ Obispo y Obrapia. Old Havana
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The Asian House
It was the mansion of an influential Dominican clergyman in the 18th century. It was restored in 1997 with the objective to recall the bonds with the Asian world and culture. The trade exchange and later on the arrival of Asian immigrants, mainly from China, who integrated in our nationality are shown in a large exhibit. The House has a classroom for the study of Japanese and traditional artistic ex
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The Old Havana and system of forts led UNESCO to declare it a part of world heritage in 1982. Founded on its present site in 1519, the settlement of San Cristobal de La Habana prospered mainly due to its bay, which was a natural port of call for ships sailing to and from the New World. Starting in 1634, because of its strategic location, San Cristobal de La Habana was considered the key to the New World-as attested to by royal letters patent-and the main defense of the West Indies.
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The museum is devoted to Asian culture and exhibits paintings and sculptures from this far region of the globe. The Chinese, especially those from Canton, represent the island's third most important ethnic group. For a modest sum, visitors can see intriguing objects, which demonstrate the importance of Asian culture in Cuban society reflected not only in the island's cuisine but also in the local customs of its inhabitants.
Built in 1688, the former see of an influencing Dominican cleric in the 18th century, it was turned into a slum in the 20th century until its restoration in 1997, the Asia House-Museum devotes itself to remember the bonds with the Asian world and its culture. Trade and later the arrival of communities which integrated into the Cuban nationality, are displayed in this institution's ample exhibition. There is a classroom for people interested in learning Japanese language and traditional artistic expressions from Far East, as well as stores where eastern goods can be acquired. A tour through the Asia House permanent exhibition rooms shows the Manila Galleon slicing through the waters of the Pacific Ocean, loaded with exotic goods; sumptuous objects for the enrichment of the Spanish metropoli's coffers, which left its trace in Cuba, especially in the city, because the Havana port was a compulsory meeting point for the fleet that guarded and carried wealth to Spain. The main collections of the 20th century have been enriched with pieces donated by President Fidel Castro, given as gifts to the top Cuban leader. Different cultural activities take place in its spaces, such as transitory exhibitions, conferences, events, courses, workshops, shows, among others, whose objective is to divulge the diversity and richness of a millenary culture. It also have a library that promotes literature from Southeast Asia and the Far East, with a wonderful collection about Buddhist topics, as well as a newspaper library with holdings from more than eight countries of the region. Among rare copies, it holds The History of China, by the French writer Du Halde; The 24 Cases of Filial Mercy; and the collection Picturesques Journeys, from the early 20th century. It also holds videos, discs and cassettes about various topics.
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