Henequen Plants in Havana

Far from Distant Shores: Identity Limbo in the Korean Diaspora

Henequen Plants in Havana

Havana, Cuba, 2016

Early Korean immigrants to Mexico worked hard on henequen plantations. After their contracts in Yucat√°n ended, about three hundred Koreans migrated to Cuba in search of better opportunities. They worked in sugarcane plantations when the price of sugar was booming, but when it fell shortly thereafter, they put their expertise to work in the Cuban henequen plantations.